Spain and Portugal - Travel and Further Information



We will be based in the Puerto Deportivo in Rota. Rota is an old Spanish port on the north side of Cadiz bay. The easiest airport is Seville, once you land there are several ways to get to Rota. The quickest is to take the train from the airport to Puerto Santa Maria and from there a bus to Rota. Alternatively visit Seville city and take a bus from Seville city centre to Rota. 

Direct flights are available from Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and most London airports.  However this may become quite a long journey, so why not spend a day in Seville as well. 

There is an airport in Jerez which provides a faster route, but is more limited in flights. Take a direct Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Jerez on 9th April and then on by direct bus to Rota.  If you need help with buses/trains etc, please do not hesitate to ask us – bus timetables for April 2020 are hard to find online but we can always walk up to the bus station!

Other ways are fly to Gibraltar and take the bus, or if you want to include a visit to Cadiz there is a ferry from Cadiz direct to the marina in Rota!


Our base in Gibraltar will be the new modern marina in La Linea right next to the runway for Gibraltar airport. There are daily direct flights to Gibraltar from London and flights from UK airports on random days of the week. It may be easier to fly to Malaga and take the bus

La Coruna

Our base in Coruna is in the marina in Sada just on the outskirts.  The nearest airport is La Coruna about 6km away easily reached by taxi or regular airport bus.  It may be easier to fly to Coruna via Madrid or Barcelona or alternatively fly to Santiago de Compostella.


Our base in Vigo is the Real Club Nautico, situated right in the centre of the town.  Vigo airport is 10km away and easily reached by taxi or airport bus although there maybe direct flights there will be more choice if you fly via Madrid or Barcelona.  However in the past our guests have found that the easiest and most economic option is to fly from UK to Oporto and then take the special airport bus to Vigo – cost approx. 10 euros.


The nearest airport is Asturias/Oviedo, although there will be no direct flights you will be able to fly home via Madrid or Barcelona.  Or it is possible to get a bus to Bilbao/Santander where there are direct flights to the UK or overnight to La Coruna.


The nearest airport to our base in Cascais is Lisbon 35km away.  From Lisbon airport take the bus or metro into the city centre to Cais do Sodre station and then take the train to Cascais which runs every 15 mins.


The nearest airport to our base in Vilamoura is Faro, approximately 25 km away.  It is then easiest to take a taxi from the airport to the marina.



Arrival on board

We like to give you all day to travel.  Join Velvet Lady between 12 noon and 1800.  If you are early, drop your bags and go off and find your own lunch, mid afternoon we will have tea and biscuits and at 1800 it is time to meet your fellow crew mates and discuss the trip.  Please do not be later than 1800. Please let us know your flight details so that we can be sure to be on board when you arrive

On the last day, disembarkation time is 1000 after breakfast. If your flight is later in the day you are welcome to leave your bags on board.

Travel Documentation


You require a valid in date passport for this trip.


Currently no visas are required by British subjects or any citizen of an EC country, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States. Please check with the Spanish/Portuguese Embassy for visa requirements for other nationals.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking that you require travel insurance. Please bring a hard copy of the insurance certificate with you together with any emergency contact numbers. This travel insurance must cover you for medical evacuation from the boat and repatriation. Please be aware that a lot of travel policies have exclusions for hazardous sports, and sailing is often listed as one of them, this means your regular insurance provider may not be giving you suitable cover for this trip. Please check with your insurance company.

For insurance that specifically covers sailing try Topsail Insurance

We also recommend that you carry your EHIC with you.

Guest Information form

To ensure your comfort and safety on board we need to know a little bit more about you.  The confirmation e mail you receive after booking will have a link to a booking form – please complete this and e mail it back to us. 

What to Bring

The temperature at this time of year ranges from 16 to 25 degrees. Warm and sunny during the day time but often cool enough to need a jumper in the evenings.

Whilst sailing especially on overnight passages, the wind chill can make it cool enough to need a lightweight jacket. It is also important to remember that it is possible to burn from the reflection of the sun off the water even if you do not feel very hot. In this instance it is advisable to have a long sleeved thin shirt and a thin pair of trousers to protect you.

When packing please remember to use a soft bag – there is no room for hard suitcases on board. Please also note that whilst we have more stowage space than a smaller yacht, space is still limited.

We provide you with;

  • Use of breathable foul weather gear
  • Use of lifejacket and safety harness
  • Duvet, pillow, linen and one large towel

When packing for a sailing trip please remember that lots of thin layers are better than one thick one. It is easier to cool down than to warm up, so we recommend that you start with a lot of layers, and if they are too much you can always take one off.

Bearing this in mind we advise you to bring

  • T Shirts/Polo shirts
  • Shorts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Fleece Jumper – not wool as this is difficult to dry
  • Fleece Trousers or tracksuit bottoms
  • Light sailing/walking trousers – please do not bring jeans as they do not dry
  • Light weight waterproof jacket
  • Socks
  • Fleece Hat
  • Cap to keep the sun off
  • Gloves
  • Deck shoes with a non marking non slip tread (fine treads are more effective than deep treads)
  • Sailing boots if you have them if not a second pair of deck shoes
  • Much of this clothing is available from specialised sailing shops, but can be expensive. Any outdoor clothing for walking, skiing, hiking etc will work just as well.
  • Casual clothes to wear ashore
  • Shoes for wearing ashore
  • Light weight waterproof trousers (the waterproofs we loan you are heavy duty and not suitable for wearing ashore in drizzle)
  • Swim suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Wash Kit
  • Personal medication - please bring sufficient for the trip plus extra, please also bring any emergency medication with you
  • Camera and charging device
  • Small pair of binoculars
  • There is a hairdryer on board for your use, please do not try plugging your own hairdryer in.
  • There are 240V sockets available to charge up phones, cameras, electric razors etc
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