Originally Posted by monte
Polux, would be interested in hearing any suggestions along the spain and portugal coasts. We did sail it in 2012 but look forward to discovering some more beautiful places en route
I posted this on another forum. It may help:
"Along the west coast
of Portugal you should not miss Viana do Castelo, lovely town, as well as Porto, Vila do Conde, Nazaré, Figueira da Foz, Cascais and Sines. Interesting places are also Peniche and Povoa do Varzim, both fishing ports
Take care because with bad weather
there are few ports
safe to enter on that coast. Don't try to enter if the authorities say the port is closed. Lots of sailors have died trying that stunt : Leixões, Peniche, Cascais and Sines are the best options with bad weather
On the west coast
the places for the winter are a lot less expensive. Figueira da Foz is a great town to have the boat on the winter. Figueira da Foz is a very pleasant place even on winter.
On the South coast Lagos, Albufeira and Faro are interesting places. Marina places, including Portimão, are expensive and in Faro there are few. Maybe the best interesting compromise in what regards price
and the place in Algarve is Olhão. You can also go up river on the Guadiana (also a Marina in Vila Real de Santo António on the river mouth, but difficult to maneuver due to strong river current) till Mertola where there is a river port. Nice town but lots of boats looking for a place there."
On all the west coast there are very few sheltered places to anchor
: Aveiro, São Martinho (if your boat has 1.8m draft
or less), Cascais, Sines are exceptions. On the South coats there are more: Baleeira, Portimão, Alvor (1.8m), Olhão, Guadiana river are the main ones.
Regarding Spain I have made several seasons cruising the Rias Galegas but since you know the place also, it depends on how well you know it.