The trip from Plymouth, UK to Porto, Portugal is the first true blue-water leg of our journey down to the Canary Islands. It features lots of offshore sailing and round the clock watches but also some beautiful historic cities, especially our destination, the city of Porto. The trip is dominated by the crossing of the legendary Bay of Biscay, a worthy achievement on any sailors CV. So as not to put our selves in harms way, we will be crossing the Bay of Biscay outside, or west of, the shipping lane, staying well clear of both the shipping, as well as the shoal and potentially dangerous waters of the bay itself. As this will take place in mid September, the weather should still be more summer like and peaceful than later in the autumn. Depending on the weather, we may opt for the straight route from Plymouth past Finisterre (the nortwestern point of Spain) and all the way to Baiona, but we may also visit Brest, A Coruna and even Muxia on the way.
In mid September it will still be very warm and pleasant throughout the trip, but when we get past Finisterre and the Galician coast, it will really start getting hot. While the Galician cost of death, Costa da Morte, is rugged, fascinating and a little wet at times, the Portuguese coast is warm and welcoming. This stretch of the Iberian cost is perfect for cruising with fjord-like bays and we will enjoy it to the fullest. Our final destination is Povoa de Varzim on the outskirts of Porto, where you conveniently can hop on the Metro to get directly into the city center. This is a must, as Porto is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities.
As a big part of this leg is the crossing of the Bay of Biscay, with its sometimes rough weather, we are well prepared to wait a couple of days before crossing, should that become necessary. Better safe than sorry! It is therefore impossible to say beforehand how much time we will have in which places.
We will anyhow make a few stops on the way, possibly in Brest, A Coruna, Muxia, Ria de Muros, Ria de Arousa, Ria de Pontevedra, Ria de Vigo and Viana do Castelo.
The price for this trip (11 days) is 1000 € per person and includes:
- Boat and crew (incl skipper&hostess)
- Meals and soft drinks on board.
- All boat costs – marina fees, diesel and cooking gas
- Safety equipment
- Travel to/from boat
- Personal insurance
- Meals and shopping ashore