Sail and explore the magical coastline of Galicia, Spain
Rocky headlands, winding inlets, small fishing towns, plunging cliffs, wide sweeping bays and many a remote, sandy beach - welcome to beautiful Galicia
Galicia is a unique region in Spain with its own language and distinctive culture. It lies on the county's north west corner, just south of the fearsome Bay of Biscay and the wonderfully named Costa da Morte. Not only is it home to the world famous Santiago de Compostela, its beautiful granite coastline is home to the long, steep sided ‘Rias’. Just a day sail apart, these make it such a special cruising ground. Discover its wonderful towns, anchorages, islands and a national park all steeped in mysteries and legends, add in the top-class local seafood and good Galician wines and you'll know why this is one of our very favourite sailing grounds.
This is a typical itinerary for our adventure sailing route exploring Galicia. What makes an adventure holiday so special however is that there is no fixed itinerary. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.
Day 1: Welcome on board in Muros
Join the yacht between 1200h and 1800h in Muros. Today is all about settling in, meeting the crew and finding your way around your home for the forthcoming sailing holiday. Grab a cold beer, enjoy the Galicia sun and enjoy the town. Muros is a charming little fishing town and behind its busy seafront there are lovely stone-paved lanes with many a local tavern and very elegant stone houses. This evening we’ll likely grab some tapas and have some of the local super fresh seafood.
Day 2: A day of sail training to get everyone up to speed
As ever on Rubicon 3 trips, there’s no previous sailing experience required to get fully involved. Every Rubicon 3 trip encompasses a full sailing course and today your skipper and mate will guide you through all the basics. You’ll learn about points of sail, tacking, gybing, reefing and even how to recover a casualty over board. For those who have sailed before, this is all great revision and a chance to develop as a crew. If it sounds a lot, don’t worry as you have the rest of your time on board to practise and develop your skills! Tonight we’ll likely stop just across the Ria in Portosin, a lovely little marina surrounded by wooded hills.
Day 3: Sail to Ria De Arousa
Today we’ll likely sail the 35nm or so south to Ría de Arousa, reputedly home to some of the best seafood in the world. Depending on the wind, we may anchor off one of the gorgeous beaches of Illa de Arousa or we may go to the lovely old town of Cambados.
Day 4: Sailing and exploring to Combarro
Today we’ll head on a 20nm sail south to Ría de Pontevedra. Before we turn in, we will drop anchor at the stunning Isla Ons, which shelters the entrance to the Ría, and have a lazy couple of hours having lunch and swimming. We’ll then sail right down the length of the Ría to the gorgeous village of Combarro. This is as picturesque as it’s possible to be and another place that serves fabulous seafood. Combarro’s beautifully preserved ancient quarter, represents one of the most outstanding examples of Galicia’s traditional sailor-style architecture.
Days 5-6: The Isle De Cies
Today we can anchor here. These small islands are the jewel in the crown of Galicia with their crystalline waters, tree-lined coasts, forest-covered mountains and white beaches. This is a world of natural, untamed beauty, and it is worth spending a full day here, with hikes to Monte Faro, the highest of the islands’ three lighthouses (at 175 metres), and to the panoramic viewpoint of Alto do Principe (111 metres).
Day 7 : Baiona
Today we have another morning of sailing to the ancient walled town of Baiona. This former vital Spanish trading post has a hefty reminder of its former importance in the shape of the stout defensive walls, towers and gun batteries of Monte Boi promontory jutting out from the town’s waterfront. It is a beautiful place to spend an evening and we can head into town for more wonderfully fresh tapas and seafood.
Days 8-9: Cabo de Finisterre
Presuming the wind is playing ball, today we can sail back north to Finisterre, Europe’s most westerly point. You can’t help being mesmerised with your first glance at Finisterre. Rich in history, the ancient fishing community of Finisterre has not only been an inspiration to those seeking their own magic, it’s a land of importance for the pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. When the world was still considered flat, many journeys ended at the Cape, where the sun disappears over the horizon of the Atlantic. The Cape has long since been the site of spirituality, reflection, battles, and tragedies at sea. Finisterre means “lands end” in Latin.
Day 10: Sail back to Muros
Finally, it’s time to sail back to Muros. With about 20nm to go, it’s a lovely last sail, that we can relax into and have some real fun along the way. There’s no rush and we’ll pull into Muros about 4pm, giving us lots of time to shower, change, head into town and have a really fun last night together.
Day 11: Clean ups, debriefs and goodbyes
The end comes all too soon, and it’s time to put the boat back to how we found her, exchange pictures, reminisce about the trip and bid farewell to the yacht and new found friends. You’ll be free to disembark at 1200h and take a flight home that afternoon.
JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join & leave the boat in Muros after 1200 hrs on the start day. It is good if you can join us as close to 1200 hrs as possible, but if your flight or ferry gets in later than this, that is fine. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details.
- You will disembark the boat by 1200 hrs on the last day.
- The closest airport is Santiago de Compostela (IATA code: SCQ). From there, there is a bus that runs every hour. You can see the timetable by clicking on the link here
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medial issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: COASTAL SAILING
Mostly day sailing, shorter mileage and more time to head ashore and explore.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
- Any meals you eat ashore.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.