Spain and Portugal - Travel and further information

Travelling to La Coruna in northern Spain

Our base in La Coruna is in the tiny marina in Sada.  The nearest airport is La Coruna about 6 km away and easily reached by taxi or regular airport bus. There are daily direct flights to La Coruna from London but more choice if you fly via Madrid or Barcelona.  There are also daily flights to Santiago de Compostella.

Why not extend your holiday by flying to/from Santiago and give your self some town to explore this fantastic city with impressive cathedral. The cathedral is the final destination for thousands of Christian pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Galicia.

Travelling to Vigo in northern Spain

Our base in Vigo is the Real Club Nautico, situated right in the centre of the town.  The nearest airport is Vigo airport, 10 km away and easily reached by taxi or regular airport bus. Although there are direct flights to Vigo from UK, there is more choice if you fly via Madrid or Barcelona. 

One of the most economic ways to reach Vigo is to fly from UK to Oporto and take the special airport bus to Vigo for 10 euros.  This bus runs roughly every 3 hours on weekdays and takes about 1 hour 45 minutes.  Just be aware, Portugal time is 1 hour different to Spanish time so when you read the timetable it looks as though the trip takes 45 mins in one direction and 2 hours 45 mins in the other direction! See here for a timetable

Although there are some direct flights to Santiago and Vigo from London, another alternative is to fly from your local airport to Madrid, Barcelona or other popular Spanish airports and then on an internal flight to Vigo Airport which is only 10km from the boat. Try Skyscanner for further info on flights and airlines

Arrival on board
Please let us know your flight details so that we know when to expect you.
Embarkation time is 1800.
Disembarkation time is 1000.

If you arrive earlier or your flight is due to depart later than theses times, you may leave your bags on board whilst you explore ashore. If your flight is due to arrive later than 1800 do not worry, we will adapt the evening programme to suit your arrival time. If you experience any delays whilst travelling, please let us know. If your departure flight is earlier than 1000 that is not a problem, we will usually be in the marina the evening before

 

Travelling to Lisbon, Portugal

The nearest airport to our base in Cascais is Lisbon, 35km away.  A pre booked taxi from the airport to the boat will cost 39 euros, but it is easy to take the airport bus (or metro) from the airport to Cais do Sodre, and then the train to Cascais.   

Travelling to Vilamoura, Portugal

The nearest airport to our base in Vilamoura marina is Faro airport approx 25km away.  The easiest way from the airport to the boat is to take a taxi.

 Please see Flightmapping for further information on which airlines serves your local airport.  Also try using Skyscanner for cheap flights.

 

Arrival on board
Please let us know your flight details so that we know when to expect you.
Embarkation time is 1800.
Disembarkation time is 1000.

If you arrive earlier or your flight is due to depart later than theses times, you may leave your bags on board whilst you explore ashore. If your flight is due to arrive later than 1800 do not worry, we will adapt the evening programme to suit your arrival time. If you experience any delays whilst travelling, please let us know. If your departure flight is earlier than 1000 that is not a problem, we will usually be in the marina the evening before

Travel Documentation

Passport
You require a valid in date passport for this trip.

Visas
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 Portuguese Embassy for visa requirements for other nationals.

Travel Insurance
It is a condition of booking that you require travel insurance. Please bring evidence of travel insurance with you together with the 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 does cover sailing try GH Insurance or Dogtag Insurance
We also recommend that you carry your EHIC with you. Apply for one free on line here

Guest Information form
To ensure your comfort and safety on board we need to know a little bit more about you. After we receive your booking we will e mail you a guest information form.  Please complete it and e mail it back to us to ensure that we have the relevant information to make your holiday a success. Please also check that your tetanus injections are up to date

What to Bring

 

The temperature at this time of year ranges from 16 to 23 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
Small selection of your favourite CD’s and books
Camera and film
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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