The Cíes Islands among the best destinations in the world for ‘The New York Times’: this is how they conquer the international press

The charms of the Cíes Islands do not find a roof. Everyone who visits its beaches, its hiking trails, its lighthouse, enjoy its sunset or a starry night sky in them it is clear that it is a little paradise on earth.

This time it was the newspaper The New York Times who has succumbed to all the attractions of the archipelago to the point of including it in its list of best destinations around the world. Only two Spanish enclaves have made a place for themselves in the selection of the prestigious media, and one of them has been Cíes.

“A thriving nature reserve, teeming marine life and robust colonies of seabirds” are some of the strengths that stand out. In addition, they highlight the limit of visitors to the islands to preserve this “exuberant archipelago”. Because in Cíes not everything goes, in order to preserve the environment and practices allowed in similar surroundings are prohibited in the Galician paradise.

Who was “tremendously happy” by this news was the mayor of the city. Abel Caballero boasted at a press conference of Vigo’s second appearance in the New York Times.

For the councilor, this recognition supposes the best endorsement of the archipelago’s candidacy as a World Heritage Site. Caballero stressed that the list includes other natural enclaves that do enjoy this type of protection, such as the Japanese city of Kyoto or the humid tropics of Queensland in Australia.

The mayor of Vigo highlighted that this recognition came after 7 years of campaigning for global recognition to this natural space and National Parkl, just like it was done with Doñana (1994), Monte Perdido in the Pyrenees (1999) or Teide (2007). He also wanted to emphasize that to highlight the choice of Monaco, one of the few European cities on the list, the NYT used a photograph of some Mechanic stairs very similar to those found in Vigo.

The long romance of The New York Times with Vigo

The speeches of Abel Caballero and the messages addressed to the mayor of New York, during the lighting of Christmas lights in Vigo caught the attention of the New York Times newspaper that, on Christmas Eve 2019, published a report that not only analyzes the economic impact of lighting -with hotels hanging the entire sign in a time of low hotel occupancy- but also the ecological and social footprint of lighting in the city. town.

“People could see that I have transformed Vigo, and not only because I have made sure that we are celebrating Christmas as the great party that it should always have been”writes Raphael Minder, author of the article, echoing some statements by Abel Caballero.

Precisely, the figure of Abel Caballero also occupied a large part of the New York Times report. He reviewed his time as Minister of Transport and Tourism in the 1980s until his last absolute majority in the municipal elections of 2019 “in which he won 67% of the votes in a city of just under 300,000 inhabitants.” “His longevity in office draws attention at a time of instability and political fragmentation in Spain,” he concluded at that time.

From The Guardian to the arrival of the AVE

This presence dates back even further back in time. On February 16, 2007, The Guardian chose the beach of Rhodes as the best in the world. Since then there have been numerous magazines, blogs and youtubers that have valued this “Galician Caribbean”, an expression that was re-coined in a national publication this week.

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The Cíes Islands, in the Club Renfe magazine Renfe Club


On the occasion of the arrival of the AVE in Galicia, the Club Renfe magazine of the public operator puts the community on its cover of the January issue. Accompanying the path of Santiago o la gastronomy, the railway company highlights the benefits of the archipelago, including its rrecovery in the last decades. In addition, it narrates “how to get to them by train” thanks to the new Alvia services.

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