7 days of Unique Sailing vacation
Follow the original El Camino de Santiago sailing The Atlantic Ocean
Experience the incredible coastal sceneries of Portugal, Spain and Galicia
Have you always dreamed about sailing the Atlantic Ocean? You now have the opportunity to get a truly special sailing experience. SpainYourWay are proud to offer this unique sailing experience where you will be sailing along one of the most spectacular and emblematic sailing routes in Europe – El Camino de Santiago.
Besides that, of course you will be grappling with the Atlantic Ocean, you will also be following one of the most original and important pilgrim’s routes to Santiago de Compostela. According to the legend the body of Skt. James (Apostle Santiago), should have been following this route by the sea before the apostle was buried in Santiago. Most people know The way of St. James as a hiking trail, as thousands of pilgrims from around the world each year follows to the cathedral of Santiago. But there are very few who know the “original” route to Santiago along the coast of northern Portugal and Galicia.
We have put together this sailing vacation for those who have a spirit of adventure, love the sea and who might appreciate good foods and wines and would like to see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, while experiencing an authentic culture which goes several thousand years back in time.
Available from April until October
Minimum of 6 people recommended
Arrival to Porto and transfer to Povoa do Varzim. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Night on board.
After breakfast it is time to set sails and head for the fishing village of Baiona. This day offers sailing along the Portuguese coastline before crossing the border into Spain at the river Miño. This is also the longest day of sailing from 9.00 am to arrival in Baiona around 20 o’clock in the evening. We eat lunch on board during our cruise and in the evening there will opportunity to enjoy Baiona´s old quarters and maybe get some tapas and a glass of wine in one of the many bars. Accommodation on board.
After breakfast we are again ready to set sail and head toward new adventures. Today’s maritime route takes us among other things to Islas Cies, which is a protected nature park consisting of three small islands in the estuary of The Bay of Vigo. Every day is arriving many tourists to the islands, which among other things are known for having some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. But to arrive there in your own private sailboat, anchor and get on shore, is a very special and beautiful experience.
There will be possibility to hike up to the Faro de Vigo (Vigo Lighthouse), where you will find a breath-taking view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding fjords.
We can choose to have lunch on the beach or on-board, before we in the afternoon set course for Sanxenxo. Sanxenxo is famous for its summer atmosphere and is a place where many Spaniards from Madrid, choose to spend their summer holidays. We will sleep on-board the boat.
After breakfast, we set sail again, to be cruising along the impressive coastline in between the two bays Ria de Aldan and Ria de Arousa. The route takes us towards Illa Arousa, where we will moor in the port of Xufre and also have lunch, before we again will be sailing across the bay towards the Ria de Arousa and the beautiful fishing village of Pobra do Carmiñal, where we will spend the night on-board.
After breakfast we continue our sailing in the beautiful Ria de Arousa, which is also the largest of the bay in Las Rías Baixas. Our route takes us from Pobra do Carmiñal to O Grove on the other side of the bay.
We suggest that you ask your skipper to berth the boat in Vilanova de Arousa, and then take a taxi to Cambados, which is the official European Wine City 2017. Cambados is a pretty fishing village, which is especially known for being the place where the Albariño wine district originally emanated. To enjoy a fish or seafood lunch togheter with a chilled Albariño white wine in this area, is something that really should be tried – at least once in a lifetime!
After lunch we set sail towards today’s final destination Villagarcia de Arousa. Accommodation on board.
Today we will disembark our sailboat, to get on-board a motorboat that will take us up the Rio Ulla. We follow the legendary route, which allegedly also have been the last Saint James (Apostle Santiago), according to legend, should have followed before he was buried in Santiago de Compostela. We will sail past the 17 stone crosses that marks the route up upon the Rio Ulla, before we again get land under our feet. To arrive in the traditional way, we will be walking the last approximately 25 kilometres to get to the famous Plaza de Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela. Here we can rest our tired feet, maybe lay down on the square of Plaza de Obradoiro and have a look up at the impressive cathedral, all the while we quietly think about the last week’s amazing pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. There will be time during the evening to enjoy a glass of wine and maybe some tapas. We spend the night in a nice hotel in Santiago’s old town.
After breakfast it’s time to check-out of your hotel and our service also ends here. Depending on your flight, there will be time for a last stroll around Santiago- for now!
- Private English speaking guide during the route.
- Transfers from Porto airport.
- Welcome dinner day 1.
- Hire of a sailing boat
- Skipper for the route
- Mooring fees
- Motor boat trip up the river Ulla
- Cleaning, petrol and insurance.
- One night accommodation and breakfast hotel in Santiago.
- Tapas tour in Santiago dinner day 7.
- Travel insurance.
- 24 hour telephone assistance.
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