We had organized our schedule around the forecast westerly wind for the sail down south – but that never materialized. We rounded the famous Cap Finisterre (also referred to as Costa del Morte) and ended up motor-sailing and instead of reaching the Islas Cies, we stopped at Muros – which turned out to be a good choice. A modern marina in an old fishing town setting with lots of restaurants and bars.
Our somewhat eccentric harbor master, Pedro, checked us in, copied our paper, showed as two living-room like hangout areas and did not waste any opportunity to over-accentuate his moves in a flamboyant Spanish way (after starting a false-haggle about the marina fees…) 😉
The initially thick cloud-cover turned into blue skies over lunch and we enjoyed another sunny day ashore.
English seems to be more common here and we enjoyed strolling around, connecting with the real world (we watched the US beat Spain in basketball and Spain win the badminton Gold etc) and having again another great dinner.
More wind is predicted for tomorrow afternoon and we hope to reach our next destination , Islas Cies, then.
Live is still good – live it to its fullest…
We hate to start our blog post on a negative note, but
there is not paella in Spain,
not every waiter is friendly and
it is ok to move to another restaurant if needed…
We had another great day in A Coruna, strolling around, absorbing the history and Spanish way of life around us. We went to the around 2000 year old light house, Torre de Hercules, checked out the old sailor’s church from 1300 and meandered around town.
Due to the holiday, most stores were closed and we postponed our grocery shopping etc until tomorrow. Philip found some internet access at the Real Club Nautico A Coruna but was not able to exchange burgees yet (planned for tomorrow).
Back to the above – we followed some local advise on our hunt for Paella but learned that despite prior inquiry and confirmation by the waiter, that not everything is as it seems. We went on to find another very nice tapas place and enjoyed lots of pulpo and other local delicacies. Our favorite were the Boquerones (anchovies).
Back at the boat, the fog had subsided and we decided to take the drone for a first night flight (and even got some standing ovations when we landed it again at the dock).
What a finish to the day!
We had a pretty perfect day on the water already and did not expect much from A Coruna. The feedback we got when calling the marina closest to the City was that it was full, fog had come in and the initial building facing the ocean were not exactly elegant…
we were pleasantly surprised:
– when calling the harbor master again, he confirmed they had space in Marina Real -(the tall-ship event had just ended and cleaned out the harbor, also explains why we met all these beautiful large sailboats hours earlier when approaching Spain) – check!
– motoring into the harbor the fog lifted and the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today, UNESCO world heritage site – Torre de Hercules – became visible – check!
– instead of the somewhat industrial look, a lot of historical or nice building revealed themselves around the marina – check!
– although we arrived relatively late at 21:00, the marina office was still open, had an efficient check-in process and lots of good local advise – check!
– showers are free, wifi reaches the boat and LTE reception is very good – check!
– we found a great little restaurant at the corner of the beautiful square and had a simple but amazing dinner – check!
– the downtown maze of narrow streets was still packed way after midnight with endless bars etc full of lively activities – check!
The fact that we were given the half-full bottle of Aguardiente as a present since we inquired about buying one (they poor it into the espresso…) rounded off the day even more 😉 (it is always worth asking “what is in the jar?”).
After that sensory overload we went to bad happy to have finished a long and very nice sail with such a memorable finish.