Galicia Northbound - explore from Vigo to La Coruna

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The price will be £1195 per person. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us.  It seems that in Spain we will be able to go sailing at the end of June.  Once we are clear of the rules, we will start taking bookings. Thanks

Long narrow inlets extend from rugged capes that jut out into the ocean. They penetrate far inland to beautiful ports and are lined by spectacular white sandy beaches.  A fantastic cruising ground with a huge variety of anchorages and harbours to visit. These harbours are special because they are so small - it often means that we anchor outside. 

There are 2 main areas to the Spanish Rias,  the Rias Altas in the North and the Rias Bajas in the south.  They are separated by Cape Finisterre – a headland with a fierce reputation in bad weather but with hidden beauty. 

This trip gives us the opportunity to explore both areas by mixing short days of relaxed sailing in the shelter of the rias,  with an offshore passage to round Finisterre. A great way to extend your sailing experience.

Our Voyage highlights include

  • Sailing aboard a powerful and comfortable Oyster 55
  • Opportunity to practice your navigation skills
  • Pull the ropes and take the helm as we enjoy sailing in the sunshine along a beautiful coastline
  • Practice your Spanish in the bars ashore
  • Experience the tranquillity of sailing beneath a starry sky
  • Take the dinghy ashore and swim off a sandy beach


We start this trip in the south from the historic town of Vigo and finish at the pretty marina Sada on the outskirts of A Coruna. 

Part of Galicias charm is how unspoilt it is - it is not known as a British tourist area so dont expect direct flights. There are many options of getting to the boat with airports in La Coruna, Vigo, and Santiago, if you fly via Madrid, or we have found the best option to be fly to Oporto and take the airport bus which goes to both Vigo and La Coruna. 

At a Glance

Tues 7th July to Fri 17th July 2020

£1195 per person fully inclusive on board. For more details  see   What's Included

Real Club Nautico, Vigo/Marina Sada, La Coruna

Difficulty Level AAA see more here

10 nights

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If the weather was perfect, this is what we would be able to do!  We will adapt the itinerary to suit what is possible with the weather that we get at the time.

Day 1 – Arrive on board 1800.  Join us at the Real Club Nautico in the centre of Vigo. Welcome, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner served on board at 2000.

Day 2 – Breakfast followed by safety briefing.  Lunch. Sailing drills in the Ria de Vigo before heading further east along the Ria and into Lins favourite anchorage at San Simon.

Day 3 – At the end of the Ria de Vigo is the fabulous island of Cies.  Anchor here for the night and take the dinghy to explore ashore.

Day 4 – Sail from Cies north into the Ria de Pontevedra and spend a night at the marina.  Enjoy a G and T in the Real Club Nautico which has great views over the bay.

Day 5 –  Head north from here between islands and follow the narrow passage into the Ria de Arousa - depending on wind direction there are a selection of places to anchor in this very sheltered Ria

Day 6 – A short hop north east takes us to the fishing village of Muros in the Ria of the same name.  Stop here for lunch and the chance to watch the fishermen unloading their catch before heading across the bay and spending a night in the marina at Portosin

Day 7 – Sheltered by the famous headland is the small town of Finisterre.  Arrive at lunch time and spend the afternoon here to walk to the light house.

Day 8 – Set off into the Atlantic swell and around Cap Finisterre – once past and just before Cap Villano is the sheltered Ria of Camarinas – perfect to give us a break from the weather.

Day 9 – From  Camarinas, the coast bends around to the east and we follow it along to the bustling port of La Coruna. This will be the longest sail of the trip.

Day 10, - Explore ashore in La Coruna in the morning before going for our final sail into the Ria de Betanzos and the very sheltered marina at Sada

Day 11 – Breakfast, depart 1000

This is an example itinerary of an adventure sailing holiday aboard Velvet Lady in the Spanish Rias.  Velvet Lady is an Oyster 55 skippered yacht.  All our sailing holidays are weather dependent and the exact itinerary will be decided by the skipper to suit the weather conditions. For other trips and sample itineraries please see our schedule.

AAA  Primarily day sailing, but one day of the trip will include being at sea overnight.
 There will be a mix of short and long days – upwind and downwind sailing.  Although mainly coastal there will be some offshore sailing.  We will stop most evenings although sometimes we will eat dinner on our knee in the cockpit underway.  If the weather is bad we can change the itinerary and stay in port.

  • Date: 7th July - 17th July 2020
  • 4 Berths available

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