Galicia

After we left A Coruna, we continued south to explore some of the Galician rias. One thing we quickly noticed, the weather was not very warm on the contrary it was rather chilly, and I have also understood that we had some luck with the weather, it could be rather windy and rainy, so we should not complain.

Camarias

Camarias is a small village not without some charm, it was some kind of festival when we arrived.

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We saw a procession of kids walking and playing bag pipes or Galta as it is called in across northern Spain. Until now I thought bag pipe was merely Scottish, but they do play it in Galicia as well.

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Camarinas town

We found this construction in the town

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Very nice construction does not know what it is used for, we guessed they were used for food storage in the old days, but later on we saw similar constructions and they looked more like tombs.

Of course, we have to try the local cuisine

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Have never been any big fan of scallops, but fresh out of the sea they taste good, so I will give it a few more tries.

 

Muros

Anchored outside the village Muros, we saw “harvest” of mussels

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We saw a lot of people walking in the water, first we did not understand what they were doing, but later it became very clear. They rake through the sand and mud looking for clams. It looked as a hard work

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The catch, which we of course tried later on at the local restaurant tasted great.

As you could see the area is very tidal, we anchored to close to the shallow area, so in the morning when we woke up we had to move rather quickly not to be caught on falling tide.

Just when we got our anchor down on the new spot another boat thought we left a good spot and dropped his anchor close to where we have had ours.

Not a very good move

I and another sailor tried to help him getting of the “ground” I took his halyard to my dingy with the 15 hp engine and try to heal him, but the mud held him in a firm grip.

A few hours later the tide lifted him of the mud and the only damage was to the captains pride.

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There is a marina if one does not fancy to anchor.

Muros has a beautiful church, Igrexa San Pedro its foundation is 13th centuries.

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Very beautiful stonework

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Old Tomb? Outside the church, construction very much like the” food store” we saw in Camarinas

From the clock tower one has a nice view of the harbor and anchorage.

The village itself is very nice indeed.

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The local “Mercado”

Isla De Arousa

 

South Anchorage/harbour Isla De Arousa

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Yet again festival, this time it was a clam festival, and of course we had to test the sea food

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Tasted good

There is also a north harbour, with a brand-new marina not yet opened, but haul out for the winter is possible for a rather reasonable cost.

After feast on mussels we enjoyed this magnificent sun set

Just south of our anchorage there is a small island Arenoso where locals spend the day enjoying life.

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And it is not difficult to understand why.

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It is very interesting rock formations on the island, looks as if they were shaped during an is-age, try to google but could not find anything about any ice coverage of Spain.

Leaving the island we passed this old Swedish Folk-boat

We wondered how it got there, but the owner did not spoke any English so we could not found out how.

 

Ensenada de Barra

A good and sheltered place to anchor just north of Baiona.

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De Barra anchorage and beach. One should not be prudish taking the dingy to the beach as it is a nudist beach, crowded with naked people. But it is well worth to land with your dingy because there are some nice trails out to the light house at Punta Robaleira

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Punta Robalei

On the walk we saw some very large pine cones

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And a chestnut tree

Baiona

Baiona is an old town founded 140 BC, currently ca 12000 inhabitant, well worth a visit.

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The harbor with its old forth, on one of the pictures one can see a replica of Christopher Columbus Caravel La Pinta, which was the first of Columbus ships to return from America to Europe, thus the people on Baiona was the first port to know about the discovery of America.

A tile wall describing the voyage of Columbus.

Walk around the castle is very nice

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Yet again we saw the strange isolated “tombs”

If anyone know anything about the please let me know.

It offers a great view of the Atlantic.

The town itself is well worth a visit

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Plenty of restaurants to choose from

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And we choose the right one, the calamari’s was one of the best we ever tasted.

Baiona was our last anchorage in Galicia, next stop will be in Portugal.

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