Video – Ireland to Portugal

A video summary of our roughly 950nm tour this summer from Cork, Ireland, to Lisbon, Portugal.
We meant to spend a little more time cruising the southern Irish coast and ideally round Fastnet Rock before heading south. However, the weather convinced us to leave right away to take advantage of the northerly winds (and to avoid the upcoming strong southerlies).
While the water remained cold all the way to Lisbon, it was clear that we were moving south as day after day we were wearing less and less layers.
While La Coruna does not look that pretty from the water, we were quickly convinced we found a hidden jewel when walking down the old town alleys with endless rows of restaurants, bars and an amazing atmosphere until late. That in combination with outstanding food and endless opportunities to visit historic sites made for a good start into the Iberian part of our tour.
Santiago de Compostella did not disappoint at all; neither did Lisbon – fantastic destinations on their own.
What surprised us was the natural beauty of the Islas Cies (a must stop for any visitor in Galicia!) as well as the atmosphere of Porto. We wish we had been able to spend more time in either location.
On the downside, the water was much colder than expected and we therefore sailed in a fair bit of fog (we never saw the Portuguese coast north of Lisbon…).

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There is paella in Galicia

Today’s highlight was another UNESCO world heritage site (2 in 2 days now), Santiago de Compostela – the famous city at the end of the  Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The train ride took less than an hour and the old town was just amazing, like a Disneyland for history buffs.
While the inner city was filled with tourists, we had a great time strolling around, waiting in line to see the tomb of apostle Saint James under the cathedral and many, many other very old and beautiful buildings… – and most importantly:

We found a restaurant that served paella!
Ordering various kinds allowed us to sample a wider variety and finally satisfy Alex’s craving.

We enjoyed that nice lunch, took the train back to A Coruna and took care of groceries and numerous other errands. A burgee was exchanged with the Real Club Nautico Coruna and the first course of our dinner organized at El Rey del Jamon.

After the outstanding appetizer at the King of Ham, we went to our favorite place around the corner and enjoyed another typical Galician meal. The by now obligatory ice cream stop at the local ice cream parlor rounded off the day.

Tomorrow, we will tackle the first half of the sail around the corner.

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