Cíes Islands: from Prehistory to the Contemporary.
“As Hortas” is a fortified Iron Age and Roman settlement, classed as such due to the structures and remains found. This place has a series of natural shelters, the “Altar Druídico” being especially relevant, having been interpreted by many as an altar to offer sacrifices to the gods.
The legend describing how Julius Caesar fought the Celtic tribes that sheltered in these lands is also set in this natural paradise. However, the unbeatable general was incapable of defeating the fierceness of this nation with weapons, so he had to conquer them with siege and hunger.
» Ancient History
» Middle Ages
Between the 16th and 17th centuries, the internal conflicts of the Church and the continuous attacks of pirates caused the abandonment of the Cíes Islands by the clergy.
Currently, most of the Cíes Islands archipelago is owned by the Autonomous Government and its use is mainly tourist. In recent decades, tourist visits have increased exponentially. Today, it has become the second tourist destination in Galicia, after the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is why the need to establish various systems of protection. Unlike other islands such as the Ons Island, in Cíes there is currently no permanent population. However, there are still a few houses built in the 60s-70s.
» Contemporary Era
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