Isla Cies are two spectacular islands in the west of
Spain right outside Bayona close to the
border. Great beaches and fantastic walks.
Here we met up with the Norwegian boats Christiania (old Colin Archer
rescue boat from 1893)
and Veto (Rival 38). Both crewed by families with three kids. Also
meeting up with Wild Alliance ( Formosa 51) with three kids set us up
for a great football match on the beach.
The arrival of Adele meant more physical exercise
as Jan Eric and Jennifer on Adele loves hiking. Camilla and I joined in
for a hike to the light house on the island. Colin and Lesley took it
easy on the beach. It was too far for Colin to hike and Lesley's back
did not allow any walking. Instead Colin got a chance to play with his
new friend on Wild Alliance, Will. They had a whale of a time on the
beach running around and doing boys things
like filling their swimming trunks with sand.
For Camilla and I it was a great hike rewarded with great scenery. An
absolute highlight on our trip so far especially as it was lovely and
hot as well. It all gave us a taste
of what things are going to be like when we get
further south and west. It definitely fuel my enthusiasm.
After our hike we got to join Jennifer and Jan
Eric for lunch. Colin was well pleased as he got to drive the dinghy.
We spent one night at Isla Cies at anchor.
Remarkably our first night at anchor on the whole trip. After leaving
Sweden it feels like all opportunities for anchoring disappeared. Only
possibility might have been in the rivers in the UK. But cold unstable
weather did not encourage exploring rivers,
creeks or bays.
The type of yachting life we have in Norway and
Sweden is very different from the rest of Europe
where it is
mostly harbour to harbour sailing.
we anchor out in the "skjærgård"
archipelago most of the time. No need to say marina fees do add up.
Adele left us and headed south for the med while
we tied up in Bayona as our next stop. Bayona is a delightful Spanish
town close to the Portuguese border. It has great beaches and is guarded
by a old fort. The local yacht club has excellent facilities and is
situated inside the old town.
A great setting. We spent a couple of very nice days here.
Going south from Bayona we entered Portugal. The
mountainous and green terrain subsided. The land became more dry and
flat. The Spanish rias that gave shelter and protection ended. Now there
was only a few harbours left for miles of coast line. Many of them with
warnings that entry in bad weather was impossible. It was interesting to
experience the Portuguese peoples attitude. In a restaurant at a yacht
club I was kindly reminded by the waiter that he was Portuguese and not
Spanish and that I should talk English to him and not try any of my
Sailing south towards Lisbon we finally arrived at
Cascais outside Lisbon. A great town with beautiful buildings, beaches
and a great marina. I felt we had arrived. This is how I remember it
"used" to be when we where sailing all those years ago. Hot and sunny.
Small cafes and restaurants. Infrastructure for yachts and a charming
busy town. Cascais also had something to offer the kids in a mini-zoo,
great park and beaches. Many of the kids friends where here and we had a
busy social life.