After a brief stop in Santander where we anchored just off the Yacht Club but did not actually get off the boat we then went to Gijon for a few nights. This is the old Ferry port but as the ferries no longer stop here it seems a bit quiet however the old town is pretty nice and it is obviously a place where stag & hen parties go as we saw loads.
Next stop was the first real Ria of Ribadeo which was a lovely spot. We anchored all alone opposite our own private little beach just along from the ship yard. We found Ribadeo town to be very nice with interesting old buildings close to the harbour and also quite a busy large town as well. We stayed here for 5 nights and enjoyed the peace and quiet and generally relaxed.
Then on to the major port of A Coruna. We got a good deal at Marina A Coruna where we paid mono prices and also got an extra 2 nights free if we paid for 5 hence we ended up staying the week.
We both enjoyed Coruna and this also would be a good spot to keep your boat. The city is huge and we went to a few places by local bus and on our bikes. Found a good supermarket right next door to the Deportivo football stadium. June got to hear of a huge shopping area on the city outskirts so needless to say we ended up there. It was a huge place and June dragged me around Primark whilst I dragged her around a huge Decathlon Sports. We ended up eating at Kentucky but it was interesting to note the chicken is cooked totally different as to back home, ie it is quite dry and doesn’t seem to be fried in oil at all…obviously it must be more healthy than the UK style too?
Coruna old city Jail…. made me think of work !! well for all of 2 seconds it did lol !
Monument to Hercules, Coruna
One of Coruna’s beaches with Deportivo Stadium in background
Ribadeo, Friendship anchored all alone.
Ribadeo… our own private beach
Found this in Decathlon…. tempted !
June having breakfast
We have stayed in some fantastic anchorages…Muros being just one. Very nice town with a Friday morning open market. We stayed here a few days. The views in the morning across the Ria were breathtaking. In the afternoon the temperature steadily rose up to 34*C each day and its the first time it felt good to get in the sea to cool off!
Muros… some stunning early morning views over the Ria.
First stop after crossing Biscay was the Spanish Basque city of Bilbao. This is a lovely city and the ‘Old’ part of which is a few miles up the river is beautiful and fascinating. The world famous Guggenheim Museum is located here. We anchored in between the two marinas in the large bay which was a superb spot to stay. It also meant we avoided the 50eu a night they wanted for us to stay in Gexto marina. We also turned up on the weekend Bilbao happened to be playing Barcelona in the Copa del Ray cup final. The city was awash with the red and white stripe flags of the local team and we watched the game in one of the many squares where they had erected a huge screen. Unfortunately for the locals Barcelona were by far the better team and won fairly easily. This was a city we could easily come back to at some future time.
Friendship (in background) anchored just outside Gexto marina Bilbao
Bilbao..only a few of this type of bridge still in existence in the world
Bilbao v Barcelona…copa del ray 2015
Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao at night
Bilbao lovely city
Our Polish friends Marek & Lucy on ‘Liberi’
After a great stay at La Sables, which was unbelievably cheap, (17eu a night) we decided to set off direct from there to cross Biscay rather than going further down to La Rochelle which is the usual place to set off from. We were glad to have the company for the crossing of Marek & Lucy on board ‘Libari’. With his on board Jacuzzi bath and Washing machine which amazed June. The 200 mile journey took us 48 hours to do and the trip was thankfully uneventful…infact we could have down with a bit more wind !
Apart from Benodet which was a very nice (but expensive) place…La Sables was our favourite stop in all of the French atlantic coast region. It is one place I would consider for leaving the boat on a permenant basis if required.
Many thanks to Marek for these photos of Friendship crossing the Bay of Biscay.