Sailing Trip around Galician Estuaries - Rias Bajas - 7 days
Sailboat Cruise with Skipper - Berth and Cabin Charter (Summer 2021)
Why with Veleros Galicia?
-Because only with us you can sail on a 13 meter long sailboat, with a maximum of 4 - 6 people.
-Because we can visit all the archipelagos of the Atlantic Islands National Park: Cíes, Ons Sálvora and Cortegada *.
-Because our routes are "one-way" : we do not have to repeat half the journey to return to the boarding port.
-Because we accumulate 16 years of experience and more than 20,000 miles sharing with you our Sailing Trips.
Sailing Holidays in Galicia - One Week Sailing Trip in the Rías Bajas
The Arousa, Pontevedra and Vigo estuaries make up a unique space in Spain for sailing holidays. Hundreds of beaches where
calmly anchoring, dozens of fishing villages, and a significant number of good marinas make the Rías Baixas an area of
navigation that in recent years has been consolidated as an internationally prestigious nautical destination: the Aldán estuary ,Combarro,
Arousa island, the Xidoiros, the beaches of Cabío ... Comfortable and quiet navigations within well-protected estuaries, knowing that always, a few
miles away, there is an interesting place to sail to.
Besides, the 4 archipelagos of the incredible Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands, which together
with Cabrera archipelago are the only two National Parks of this type in Spain. The archipelagos of Cíes, Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada await us:
Atlantic nature in its purest form, spectacular landscapes, delicious beaches. Each of them with their own history, idiosyncrasies and personality.
After several years sailing the Mediterranean: Balearic Islands, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, the Greek Islands ... we are back in Galicia.
It will be for a reason!
Sailing Trip: Sailing Rías Bajas
Orientative Itinerary of the Sailing Trip:
Full Rias Bajas Sailing Trip
Day 1 Vigo - Barra Beach - Baiona (15 miles).
Boarding from 11:00 at the port of Vigo .
This first morning helps us to get you familiarized with our sailboat ;
cabins, safety equipment, use of bathrooms, kitchen, refrigerator, electrical and fresh water systems on board, etc.
We also study together on the chart the planned voyage taking into account the latest meteorological information and based on this we specify
the navigation plan.
Afterwards, we define the shopping list, we create a common fund for the voyage, we make the purchase according to your preferences and store it
Late in the morning or early afternoon we set sail!
We sail the Vigo estuary to the west. We head towards Barra beach, on the north bank of the estuary. Barra is our favorite beach for
anchoring in the Vigo estuary. An extensive sandy area between the pine forest and the waters of the estuary; just a "chiringuito" on the beach, no hotels, apartment blocks,
second homes ... west of the beach is nudist; the one to the east, "textile". We anchor in Barra to spend the afternoon. A true luxury.
We lift the anchor to sail to the Baiona marina, at the foot of the Monterreal castle. Baiona is one of the
most lively summer resorts in the Rías Bajas, with its cobbled streets and squares and its excellent gastronomic offer. The villa has reserved a place of honor in the
history of the great navigations: it is the first European port in which the Columbian "discovery" was heard. "La Pinta" arrived at this port,
commanded by Martín Alonso Pinzón, on March 1, 1493. It is interesting to visit the replica of the caravel that is moored in Baiona to get an idea of the
conditions of life on board in the great historical navigations carried out by the Portuguese and Spanish sailors during the 15th and 16th centuries. Every year
this event is commemorated with the "La Arribada" party.
We spent this first night moored in the marina of Baiona.
Day 2: Baiona - Cíes Islands - Ría/Estuary of Aldán (18 miles)
We leave Baiona and sail towards the Cíes archipelago. It is made up of three islands: Monte Agudo, Faro and San Martiño. The latter is the first that
we reach and to which, in the absence of public transport, it is only possible to access by private boat. How much we like the small beach of San Martiño on this island where
there is only one registered person! We continue to the famous and spectacular Rodas beach, where
we dropped the anchor and prepared the dinghy to go ashore. It is time to explore the different trails that run through the interior and the beaches of the island; the
most daring and tenacious of you will want to go up to the lighthouse, a point from which the views are unforgettable.
After the mandatory refreshing baths, in the afternoon we lift the anchor and sail our sailboat heading north, parallel to the rugged Costa de la Vela,
to go into the Ría/Estuary of Aldán. Due to its location, at the western end of the Morrazo peninsula, the Aldán estuary has remained relatively
safe from the tourist pressure you can find in other areas of the Rías Baixas. The tranquility, and the abundance and quality of its beaches make it one of the most
sheltered and beautiful places from the Rías Bajas. We look for a safe place to drop our anchor since tonight we sleep anchored in our sailboat.
From the port of Aldán, a short excursion on foot to the "cruceiro" of the village of Hío is recommended, approximately 1 kilometer away,
where you will find one of the most famous "cruceiros" in Galicia.
Day 3: Ría de Aldán - Ría/Estuary de Pontevedra - Combarro (or Sanxenxo / Portonovo) (12 miles)
We dedicate this third day to sailing and getting to know the Ría/Estuary of Pontevedra. After having a sweet breakfast in the boat's cockpit, we
leave Aldán and turn Cape Udra. Going along the estuary we advance towards the east. Again, the wind direction determines the choice for our noon anchorage. Normally, in Summer,
it is the coves on the north bank of the estuary those that offer better protection. We anchor, and there, we review our classic BLS plan , that is, Bath,
Lunch and Siesta!
In the afternoon, we lift the anchor and continue sailing towards Combarro. We go around the island of Tambo and arrive at this iconic village
in which fishing and peasent Galicia merge with each other. It has a good marina that in 2012 became the first Spanish port to achieve the
Jack Nichol award for excellence in marina design for its functionality, integration into the environment and environmental sustainability. We go down to the village and
explore the curious configuration of the granaries arranged on the shore of the estuary. We are not short of options for a good dinner either.
Day 4: Combarro (or Sanxenxo / Portonovo) - Ons Islands - San Vicente do Mar (16 miles)
Our first objective of the day is to sail to the archipelago of the Ons Islands, which protects the Pontevedra estuary from the ocean onslaught.
It is a constant either in Cíes, in Sálvora, or in Ons itself: the face of the islands facing west presents cliffs as a result of erosion exerted by the wind
and the ocean. Paradise for seabirds, they do not offer anchoring options. On the contrary, on the east face of the islands, the one that is safe from the force of the waves,
we find the beaches, the piers and the tiny population centers.
After 11 miles of navigation we reached the east face of Ons, where there are buoys
belonging to a restaurant that offers a dinghy service. If it is used, it seems fair to eat in their restaurant, on the other hand, with splendid views of the estuary,
and with the reputation of preparing one of the best "pulpo á feira" in Galicia. The other option is to anchor a little further north at Melide beach.
We spend the rest of the day getting to know Ons Island. We propose a light but steep walk to the lighthouse, to feel the pulse of this peculiar island and get
as a reward, a fabulous view of the Pontevedra estuary.
In the afternoon, we continue our journey towards the Grove peninsula, specifically towards the small marina of Pedras Negras, in
San Vicente do Mar, next to the famous A Lanzada beach. We are in an surrounding of great environmental importance: the Umia - O Grove
Intertidal Complex, a humedal and ornithological reserve of high ecological value due to the multitude of species that use it for rest and food during their migrations.
San Vicente do Mar has become a must-see on summer nights in the Rías Bajas for the live concerts that are held in a
popular and lively beachfront bar, while around the marina the atmosphere is truly laid-back.
Day 5: San Vicente - Sálvora Island - A Pobra do Caramiñal (15 miles)
After breakfast in Pedras Negras, we set off moorings to sail pararell to Grove peninsula and head towards the pier on Sálvora Island.
The island was acquired by the Xunta de Galicia (Galician Regional Government) to incorporate it into the incipient Atlantic Islands National Park, after his last
owner would have sold it to a finance corporation. On the beautiful beach stands the old salting factory, later converted into a "Pazo" (Galician noble country house)
for summer use. From there, accompanied by the National Park guides, we can walk to the old town and satisfy our curiosity with their explanations about
the peculiarities of the island of Sálvora and its adjacent islets. Like San Martiño, Sálvora lacks regular public transport so the number of
visitors is always significantly smaller than in Ons or Cíes.
The navigation continues towards the interior of the Arousa estuary, this immense sea area full of islets and underwater rocks, beaches and pine forests,
villages and ports. Since the ocean swell does not enter the estuary, sailing, even with fresh winds, is usually very comfortable, with the sea almost flat. However, the
capricious disposition of the underwater rocks in this estuary always means a challenge to our pilot skills. Certainly, in the Arousa estuary you cannot get lost
while piloting a 2,1 meters keel sailboat.
At the end of the day, we moor in the A Pobra do Caramiña marina, one of our favorite coastal towns in the Rías Baixas. With pleasure,
after several hours of sailing, we go down to dinner in the lively streets around the beautiful Alameda gardens.
Day 6: A Pobra do Caramiñal - Arousa or Areoso Island - Vilagarcía de Arousa (12 miles)
Yesterday we sailed directly from the Island of Sálvora to A Pobra do Caramiñal. Today is the day that we calmly explore the thousands delicious corners that
this immense estuary hides. We sail among the floating farms that make the Arousa estuary the world's leading producer of mussels; we marvel at its sandy areas and pine forests,
with its villages and ports; we approach the broken coastline, plagued with beautiful natural granite formations, avoiding the numerous underwater rocks.
There are so many extraordinary bends in the estuary that our greatest difficulty lies in choosing the anchoring place to dedicate ourselves to our already known
"BLS" plan: Areoso , Punta Cabalo on the island of Arousa or the coves of Cabío, are just some of the possibilities. One way or another
we solve the dilemma and diligently apply ourselves to our plan. In the middle of the afternoon, we resume sailing and arrive at the lively port of
Vilagarcía de Arousa. It is the time to celebrate the arrival in Vilagarcía with a good end of the voyage dinner.
Day 7: Vilagarcía de Arousa - Cortegada Island * - Vilagarcía de Arousa (3 miles)
From Vilagarcía de Arousa we can optionally visit the last of the islands of the National Park, the island of Cortegada (please, observe the notes that we
explain below). In any case, 7 days have passed since our departure from Vigo and today it is time to finish removing the salt. It is also time to pack
your things and memories. In the morning, after breakfast, we say goodbye on the boat. A thorough cleaning day awaits us to receive the new crew with a clean sailingboat
just as you deserve.
See you soon!
The Musts of this Sailboat Trip in Galicia
1.- The Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands by Sailboat:
The 4 archipelagos of the Atlantic Islands National Park in a single sailing trip :
The Cíes, Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada Islands at your fingertips.
2.- The Anchorages in Barra, Aldán and in the Arousa estuary
These are some of the most desired anchorages in the Rías Bajas. And there will be more ...
3.-The Gastro-Sailing experience
A sailing trip in which we combine sailing with the fabulous gastronomic seafood offer of the Galician estuaries.
It is not only with wind that man lives!
Important Notes for the Sailing Cruise: Rías Baixas