Island of San Simón

Immerse yourself in history

San Simón Island, located in the Vigo estuary, is a place of great historical and natural importance that will captivate you. This island, also known as Monks' Island, has witnessed many events over the centuries, from its use as a place of spiritual retreat to its role as a quarantine centre for various pandemics. Today, its tranquil landscape and historical remains make it a magical and fascinating destination, perfect for connecting with nature and the legends of the Vigo estuary.

With an area of approximately 17 hectares, San Simón Island is rich in biodiversity and offers a variety of natural habitats, including pine forests, sand dunes and rocky areas. Its crystal clear waters and calm beaches also make it an ideal haven for marine life.

In addition to its natural beauty, San Simón Island is home to important historical monuments, such as the Convent of San Simón, built in the 17th century. As well as various buildings from the time when the island served as a quarantine site. These historical vestiges offer a fascinating window into the past and provide you with the opportunity to explore its rich cultural heritage.

Discover the Island

Boat Cruise
The boat trip to San Simón Island in the Vigo estuary offers panoramic views and an unforgettable experience. Fall in love with its history and intricacies!
Guided Tours
Guided tours of the island of San Simón offer the opportunity to explore its history, nature and architecture accompanied by experts. It's an enriching and magical adventure - don't miss it!
Travel guide
From Mar de Ons we make it very easy for you. We have created a "traveller's guide" so that you can consult any doubts you may have before setting off on your visit to the island of San Simón.

Discover the island

After sailing through the most historically relevant places in our Bay, you will have the opportunity to go on a guided tour around San Simón Island, a place beaming with tales and legends, which still irradiates magic because of the changes that it went through.

The icing on the cake for this journey through the history of the Bay of Vigo is a walking tour through the legendary San Simón Island. Discover all the secrets that this enigmatic island hides and the different uses San Simón has had throughout the years.

After the conditioning of its gardens and the restoration of its buildings, the island, known as the Island of Thought, continues to be a place of great beauty that offers a unique panoramic view of the Ría de Vigo, with the Cíes Islands in the background.

Declared as an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), Area of Special Protection of Natural Values (ZEPVN) and integrated into the Natura 2000 Network, it is a storybook island, surrounded by stories and legends.

Although it was inhabited since Prehistory...

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Photo gallery

Discover the beauty of the settings where you will live these amazing experiences through our photo gallery.

Discover the secrets of the San Simón Island thanks to our gallery of images of the island. Get up close to one of the islands with the most history in the Atlantic thanks to these photographs.

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