Galicia Southbound - explore from La Coruna to Vigo


The Galician coastline is home to a spectacular cruising ground, known as the Spanish Rias.  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 north, and base ourselves at the pretty marina Sada on the outskirts of A Coruna. We finish in the south in historic Vigo.

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

Sat 20th June to Tues 30th June  2020

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

Marina Sada, La Coruna/Real Club Nautico, Vigo

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 in Marina Sada – a short distance away from La Coruna. 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 Betanxos then on to La Coruna in the neighbouring Ria.  Spend the evening ashore exploring this bustling city.  Take a stroll to the Torre de Hercules.

Day 3 – More skills and drills as we sail from La Coruna to the Ria de Ares 15 nm away.  Here there is a tiny new marina that might have space, otherwise we anchor off the golden beach and try a swim.

Day 4 – Sail north from Ria de Ares to the beautiful Ria de Cedeira (30nm) – A great opportunity to take the dinghy ashore to this picturesque little town and sample the local vino!

Day 5 –  From Ria de Cedeira head south west towards Cap Villano, for a long sail of about 70nm and enter the Ria de Camarinas in the dark.

Day 6 – From Camarinas head south around Cap Finisterre and on to the small fishing port of the same name hidden behind the headland

Day 7 – A short hop south 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 8 – South of Ria Muros is the Ria de Arousa – by far the biggest of the Rias and with a great choice of places to moor or anchor – we will pick one of these.  This Ria also has the most intricate navigation.

Day 9 –  Continue further south to our favourite place in the Rias, Sanxenxo – this is just a really old Spanish town full of locals.  You will have to practice your Spanish in the bar!

Day 10, - Our last day, so we take advantage of the flat water and anchor for a lunchtime swim at the entrance to the Ria de Vigo before heading on into Vigo and mooring at the Real Club Nautico

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: 20th June - 30th June 2020
  • 4 Berths available

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