Sailing Trip to the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park

Sailing Trip to the National Park of the Atlantic Islands in Galicia - 5 days

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Sailboat Cruise with Skipper - Berth and Cabin Charter (Summer 2021)

Why with Veleros Galicia?

-Because only with us you can sail on a 13 meter long sailboat, with a maximum of 4 - 6 people.

-Because we can visit all the archipelagos of the Atlantic Islands National Park: Cíes, Ons Sálvora and Cortegada *.

-Because our routes are "one-way" : we do not have to repeat half the journey to return to the boarding port.

-Because we accumulate 16 years of experience and more than 20,000 miles sharing with you our Sailing Trips.

Navegar Galicia en Velero

Sailing in Galicia - National Park of the Atlantic Islands

This interesting sailing trip proposal through the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia is a reduced version of our star voyage: "Sailing the Rías Bajas - 1 week". Our goal is to provide those who are shorter on vacation days, a sailing trip in which in 5 days you can get to know all the archipelagos that make up the National Park, sailing through the Rías Bajas, from the Ría de Vigo to the Arousa estuary, or vice versa.

The archipelagos of Cíes, Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada await us: Atlantic nature in its purest form, spectacular landscapes, delicious beaches. Each of them with their own history, idiosyncrasies and personality.

After several years sailing the Mediterranean: Balearic Islands, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, the Greek Islands ... we are back in Galicia.

It will be for a reason!

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Mapa del Viaje en Velero por las Islas Atlánticas de Galicia

Sailing Trip in Galicia: Atlantic Islands National Park

When? Summer-2021.

-Full Sailboat Charter: other dates are available - please, consult with us

How Long? 5 days - 4 nights

How Far? 70 miles

¿From - To? Vigo - Vilagarcía de Arousa (or vice versa)

¿Price? 2.400 euros/SailBoat (4 - 6 people)


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Orientative Itinerary of the Sailing Trip:

Atlantic Islands National Park - Galicia on Sailboat

Day 1 Vigo - Barra Beach - Baiona (15 miles).

Boarding from 11:00 at the port of Vigo .

This first morning helps us to get you familiarized with our sailboat ; cabins, safety equipment, use of bathrooms, kitchen, refrigerator, electrical and fresh water systems on board, etc.

We also study together on the chart the planned voyage taking into account the latest meteorological information and based on this we specify the navigation plan.

Afterwards, we define the shopping list, we create a common fund for the voyage, we make the purchase according to your preferences and store it.

Rias Bajas en Velero

Late in the morning or early afternoon we set sail!

We sail the Vigo estuary to the west. We head towards Barra beach, on the north bank of the estuary. Barra is our favorite beach for anchoring in the Vigo estuary. An extensive sandy area between the pine forest and the waters of the estuary; just a "chiringuito" on the beach, no hotels, apartment blocks, second homes ... west of the beach is nudist; the one to the east, "textile". We anchor in Barra to spend the afternoon. A true luxury.

Fondeo en Velero en la plya de Barra - Ría de Vigo

We lift the anchor to sail to the Baiona marina, at the foot of the Monterreal castle. Baiona is one of the most lively summer resorts in the Rías Bajas, with its cobbled streets and squares and its excellent gastronomic offer. The villa has reserved a place of honor in the history of the great navigations: it is the first European port in which the Columbian "discovery" was heard. "La Pinta" arrived at this port, commanded by Martín Alonso Pinzón, on March 1, 1493. It is interesting to visit the replica of the caravel that is moored in Baiona to get an idea of ​​the conditions of life on board in the great historical navigations carried out by the Portuguese and Spanish sailors during the 15th and 16th centuries. Every year this event is commemorated with the "La Arribada" party.

We spent this first night moored in the marina of Baiona.

Day 2: Baiona - Cíes Islands - Ría/Estuary of Aldán (18 miles)

We leave Baiona and sail towards the Cíes archipelago. It is made up of three islands: Monte Agudo, Faro and San Martiño. The latter is the first that we reach and to which, in the absence of public transport, it is only possible to access by private boat. How much we like the small beach of San Martiño on this island where there is only one registered person! We continue to the famous and spectacular Rodas beach, where we dropped the anchor and prepared the dinghy to go ashore. It is time to explore the different trails that run through the interior and the beaches of the island; the most daring and tenacious of you will want to go up to the lighthouse, a point from which the views are unforgettable.

Islas Cíes en Velero

After the mandatory refreshing baths, in the afternoon we lift the anchor and sail our sailboat heading north, parallel to the rugged Costa de la Vela, to go into the Ría/Estuary of Aldán. Due to its location, at the western end of the Morrazo peninsula, the Aldán estuary has remained relatively safe from the tourist pressure you can find in other areas of the Rías Baixas. The tranquility, and the abundance and quality of its beaches make it one of the most sheltered and beautiful places from the Rías Bajas. We look for a safe place to drop our anchor since tonight we sleep anchored in our sailboat.

Ría de Aldán en Velero

From the port of Aldán, a short excursion on foot to the "cruceiro" of the village of Hío is recommended, approximately 1 kilometer away, where you will find one of the most famous "cruceiros" in Galicia.

Day 3: Ría de Aldán - Islas Ons - San Vicente do Mar (16 miles)

Our first objective of the day is to sail to the archipelago of the Ons Islands, which protects the Pontevedra estuary from the ocean onslaught. It is a constant either in Cíes, in Sálvora, or in Ons itself: the face of the islands facing west presents cliffs as a result of erosion exerted by the wind and the ocean. Paradise for seabirds, they do not offer anchoring options. On the contrary, on the east face of the islands, the one that is safe from the force of the waves, we find the beaches, the piers and the tiny population centers.

Isla de Ons en Velero

After 11 miles of navigation we reached the east face of Ons, where there are buoys belonging to a restaurant that offers a dinghy service. If it is used, it seems fair to eat in their restaurant, on the other hand, with splendid views of the estuary, and with the reputation of preparing one of the best "pulpo á feira" in Galicia. The other option is to anchor a little further north at Melide beach. We spend the rest of the day getting to know Ons Island. We propose a light but steep walk to the lighthouse, to feel the pulse of this peculiar island and get as a reward, a fabulous view of the Pontevedra estuary.

Grove y San Vicente en Velero

In the afternoon, we continue our journey towards the Grove peninsula, specifically towards the small marina of Pedras Negras, in San Vicente do Mar, next to the famous A Lanzada beach. We are in an surrounding of great environmental importance: the Umia - O Grove Intertidal Complex, a humedal and ornithological reserve of high ecological value due to the multitude of species that use it for rest and food during their migrations. San Vicente do Mar has become a must-see on summer nights in the Rías Bajas for the live concerts that are held in a popular and lively beachfront bar, while around the marina the atmosphere is truly laid-back.

Day 4: San Vicente - Sálvora Island - Arousa Island - Vilagarcía (20 miles)

After breakfast in Pedras Negras, we set off moorings to sail pararell to Grove peninsula and head towards the pier on Sálvora Island. The island was acquired by the Xunta de Galicia (Galician Regional Government) to incorporate it into the incipient Atlantic Islands National Park, after his last owner would have sold it to a finance corporation. On the beautiful beach stands the old salting factory, later converted into a "Pazo" (Galician noble country house) for summer use. From there, accompanied by the National Park guides, we can walk to the old town and satisfy our curiosity with their explanations about the peculiarities of the island of Sálvora and its adjacent islets. Like San Martiño, Sálvora lacks regular public transport so the number of visitors is always significantly smaller than in Ons or Cíes.

Isla de Sálvora en Velero

The navigation continues towards the interior of the Arousa estuary, this immense sea area full of islets and underwater rocks, beaches and pine forests, villages and ports. Since the ocean swell does not enter the estuary, sailing, even with fresh winds, is usually very comfortable, with the sea almost flat. However, the capricious disposition of the underwater rocks in this estuary always means a challenge to our pilot skills. Certainly, in the Arousa estuary you cannot get lost while piloting a 2,1 meters keel sailboat.

We sail among the floating farms that make the Arousa estuary the world's leading producer of mussels; we marvel at its sandy areas and pine forests, with its villages and ports; we approach the broken coastline, plagued with beautiful natural granite formations, avoiding the numerous underwater rocks.

entrando a vela en la ría de Arousa

There are so many extraordinary bends in the estuary that our greatest difficulty lies in choosing the anchoring place to dedicate ourselves to our already known "BLS" plan: Areoso , Punta Cabalo on the island of Arousa or the coves of Cabío, are just some of the possibilities. One way or another we solve the dilemma and diligently apply ourselves to our plan. In the middle of the afternoon, we resume sailing and arrive at the lively port of Vilagarcía de Arousa. It is the time to celebrate the arrival in Vilagarcía with a good end of the voyage dinner.

collage imágenes de la ría de Arousa

Day 5: Vilagarcía de Arousa - Cortegada Island * - Vilagarcía de Arousa (3 miles)

From Vilagarcía de Arousa we can optionally visit the last of the islands of the National Park, the island of Cortegada (please, observe the notes that we explain below). In any case, 7 days have passed since our departure from Vigo and today it is time to finish removing the salt. It is also time to pack your things and memories. In the morning, after breakfast, we say goodbye on the boat. A thorough cleaning day awaits us to receive the new crew with a clean sailingboat just as you deserve.

despedida del velero

See you soon!

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Vídeo of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia N.P.

The Musts of this Sailboat Trip in Galicia

PN Illas Atlánticas en nuestro velero

1.- The Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands by Sailboat:

The 4 archipelagos of the Atlantic Islands National Park in a single sailing trip :

The Cíes, Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada Islands at your fingertips.

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Fondeos en las Rías Bajas

2.- The Anchorages in Barra, Aldán and in the Arousa estuary

These are some of the most desired anchorages in the Rías Bajas. And there will be more ...


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Ruta Gastronómica en Velero en Galicia

3.-The Gastro-Sailing experience

A sailing trip in which we combine sailing with the fabulous gastronomic seafood offer of the Galician estuaries.

It is not only with wind that man lives!

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Important Notes for the Sailing Cruise: NP Atlantic Islands of Galicia


It is important that you understand that the itinerary described above is merely indicative. Nothing is more dangerous on a sailing trip than to stick to plans set in advance regardless of the current and future weather and sea conditions. The safety and well-being of the crew are the non-negotiable principles on which the decisions that the skipper makes every day are based: when to go out to sea, when to stay in port, how many miles to sail each day, what directions to take, in which port or anchorage to call. Therefore, it may happen that, always depending on the state of the sea and the wind, the navigation stages and the ports and anchorages decided by the skipper may not coincide with the itinerary guidance initially described. The reservation in this journey implies the knowledge and acceptance of the content of the previous paragraphs. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Depending on the departure date, we can do this itinerary in inverted direction, starting in Vilagarcía de Arousa and ending in Vigo.

In High Season some ports do not allow prior reservations and can get full. Our alternative forecast to these ports:

-To Pedras Negras: Ribeira, O Grove or free anchorage in the Arousa estuary.

Transportation from / to Vilagarcía de Arousa

The Vilagarcía railway station is located less than 5 minutes walk from the marina. Fast trains stop at the station that frequently connect Coruña, Santiago, Pontevedra and Vigo. In our opinion it is the best option, economical and ecological, to return from Vilagarcía.

What is included in the price?

-Port rates and moorings in the base port.
-Bed Linen: fitted sheets, pillows and sheathed duvets.
-Processing of navigation and anchoring permits in the P.N. of the Atlantic Islands
-Dinghy with outboard engine.
-Cleaning at the end of the journey.
-Accident Insurance.
*Food or drinks, mooring fees in marinas outside the base port and fuel are NOT included .

* Cortegada Island:

Access to the island of Cortegada is only possible from mid-tide and in non-keel boats. Access times may be incompatible with our cruising schedule. As we cannot guarantee the visit to Cortegada, we do not include this activity in the journey. However, when there is coincidence of schedules and tides we can organize it for you: transport in a motorboat with skipper from Vilagarcía de Arousa to the island of Cortegada and visit with a National Park Guide. It is highly recommended. The activity has a total duration of approximately 2 and a half hours. The price of this optional activity varies depending on the number of people between 15 and 30 euros.


Boarding takes place on the first day from 11:00 am.
Disembarkation takes place the last day before 11:00 am.


The two aft cabins, practically symmetrical, are spacious enough for two people to sleep and are equipped with small lockers to store clothes and personal effects. The forward cabin is used by the skipper.

When a family or group of friends requires us to do so, we can enable the convertible bed in the living room to increase the overnight capacity up to 6 people.

Personal Equipment:

- It is essential to use nautical type footwear or white or very light rubber soles (sports shoes with white or light rubber soles are also valid). Footwear with black sole or rubber cannot be used on the boat. And of course, the heels neither.

-Bring your luggage in a flexible bag . Trolleys, rigid or metal-framed suitcases, cannot be left on the boat. This is very important indeed since it is imperative that all objects are firmly attached while sailing. The few available spaces on board do not have the capacity to store rigid suitcases. If you ignore this instruction, you will have to take care of your luggage and send it by your own means to the landing point.

Additional Important Information:

Please, for more information, consult the LIFE ON BOARD section in the menu of our website, where you will find many answers to your most common questions.

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