This voyage will start with a day cruise along the Ría de Vigo, combined with a tasting of local cuisine. Then we'll set sail towards the Cies Islands for a day and night. You will feel the beauty of night sailing, A profound and beautiful experience that few people get the chance to have.
The day after we'll anchor off a beach of the Cies Islands where you can swim, followed by a guided tour of one of the islands. The day will end with a BBQ on board. The next day we'll anchor on the other island to swim on its beaches and explore it, followed by a delicious paella Then we will watch the sunset from on board while enjoying a delicious paella dinner on deck while watching the sun set.
After departing the islands, we'll have another day of sailing to O Grove in the Ria de Arousa. There we'll have a day to explore, with a guided tour of the city. The next day, before disembarkation, we'll have a hiking tour around the area with anyone who's interested.
Vigo is a busy commercial port. From atop Mount Castro you can see the estuary, the coastline and the city, a great spot from which to take photos. Visit the Park of Castrelos, Vigo's largest urban park covering over 5 acres. The park houses the Quiñones de León Palace, now the municipal museum, surrounded by beautiful English- and French-style gardens. A huge variety of trees and plants border the River Lagares, and the park features an open-air auditorium, making use of the terrain's natural slope, where concerts and festivals are held in the summer.
Be sure to visit Santiago de Compostela, an hour from the port. View Obradoiro Square and explore the 15th-century Hotel of the Reyes Catolicos, built during the reign of the Catholic Kings with a blend of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles. Just across the square is the impressive cathedral, where at the Jubilee Door pardons are dispensed in Jubilee Year.
Cies Islands, Spain
The Cíes Islands are an archipelago in the mouth of the Ria de Vigo. They were declared a Nature Reserve in 1980 and are included in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park created in 2002.
The Atlantic Islands National Park is a beach paradise with crystalline waters, in a natural environment that makes it a unique wildlife observatory. The Cíes are ideal for hiking or for a getaway to quiet and unspoiled beaches.
O Grove, Galecia, Spain
O Grove is situated at the mouth of the Arousa estuary. The port of O Grove is devoted to fishing and mussel gathering. In addition to shellfish gathering and shallow-water fishing, locals live from the cultivation of mussels, oysters and scallops on platforms out in the water. Be sure to try the fresh shellfish while you are here.