Galicia – Northern Spain
Sat 2nd Jul – Sat 9th Jul 2022

Siradella ©juantiagues

Siradella ©juantiagues


Due to uncertainty about travel restrictions to Spain we’ve decided to postpone this trip to 2022. Galicia is another first for Sundowners. Situated just south of Biscay in Spain’s northwest it is a verdant region with an Atlantic coastline. Galicia National Park is a pocket cruising ground with offshore islands, stunning anchorages in bays with sandy beaches, warm weather and an incredible history.  The western cliffs of Cape Finisterre were considered by the Romans to be the end of the known world. It is a popular destination for the Spaniards but relatively few Brits know about it.


Our adventure starts in the fishing port of Vigo up the Rias Baixas estuary.  There will be time to visit the beautiful historic old town, a UNESCO-listed world heritage centre, and the Castro fortress before setting off to explore the region.

Galicia Map

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The Cíes Islands

The Romans called the Cíes Islands in Galicia, ‘the islands of the Gods’, and to this day they still an idyllic paradise where you can enjoy nature and the sea. The main beach was chosen as the best in the world by The Guardian newspaper. Heaven on earth? If not, then this is close.

Crystal-clear intense turquoise waters. Beaches with incredibly fine white sand. A lake whose transparent surface enables you to see the wide variety of fish that live there.  There are four islands in the archipelago and besides being a fairy-tale setting, is also of great ecological importance. Its stunning landscapes form part of the Islas Atlánticas National Park, outstanding for its rich seabeds and some of the most important colonies of marine birds in the world. The Atlantic Ocean, sand dunes, pine forests, cliffs…

Portanova and Sanxenxo

Spoilt for choice – there are two fine marinas here. The Club Nautico Portanova and the Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo. Club Nautico Portanova has a modern clubhouse and the town has a bustling market which is open every day. A Kilo of fresh mussels can be found at the market for just 10€.

Top 8 reasons for visiting Vigo

This article will tell you more about the area:

Jules Verne Statue ©Zarateman

Jules Verne Statue ©Zarateman

Vigo Player ©Mmmmngai

Vigo Player ©Mmmmngai

Food and Drink

Galicia is famous for it’s great local food. The excellent food and drink in the local markets and restaurants are good value.

Sailing Conditions

The cruising ground has absolutely everything the cruising sailor could possibly want: reliable breeze, warm weather, good shelter in any wind, plenty of friendly clubs with amazing facilities, offshore islands within easy range, stunning anchorages, excellent value, fabulous food and wine, beautiful scenery, great transport links and incredible history. The only risk is that you won’t want to leave.


Average Temperatue 20C
High Temperature 24C
Low Temperature 15C
Rainfall 50mm
Rainfall Days 8 Days
Wind 12-15 Knots
Iron Age Settlement ©AnaisGoepner

Iron Age Settlement ©AnaisGoepner

Important Trip Information

Embarkation: 1600 onwards on Sat 2 July 2022

Set sail: 1000 on Sun 3 July 2022

Arrival Back in Vigo: 1700 on Fri 8 July 2022

Disembark: 0900 on Sat 9 July 2022

The Sundowners member price of the trip for the yacht charter is £640 which includes the following:

Basic Yacht Charter

Not included in the sailing event price are: flights, transfers, outboards, personal insurance, victualling, meals ashore, diesel, bed linen, end cleaning, water, National Park fees, mooring fees, and any personal expenditure.

The Club’s standard terms and conditions apply.  In summary:

  • Paying your deposit commits you to the trip and to paying all payments as and when required.
  • If you withdraw from an event you are still liable for the full cost unless a replacement participant is found.
  • If a replacement is found there will be an admin charge made for the change of participant.
  • You agree to bear the shared cost of any security deposit loss levied by the charter company for damages.

Additionally you should be aware of the Club’s Covid Policy and the requirements for participation in the event.

The full cost of the deposit is 3000€ per boat.


Return flights to Vigo available from London via Madrid are available with several airlines for around £220.

Do not book flights until advised to do so by the event organiser.

Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount
Deposit Immediately £100
Mid Payment 1 Feb 2022 £300
Final Payment 1 May 2022 £240
Total Cost £640


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