The Rias .... steaming South
A long trip motor sailing, straight past many of the places I wanted to visit, I just KNOW Im going to kick myself for doing this , Im going to be sat in some shore side cafe packed with yachties waxing lyrical about the Rias.
Stories about amazing anchorages and beautiful vistas, how cheap the food was and how friendly the locals are etc .... Im by passing them in hope of good winter weather further South, chancing an arm, good decision or bad ? Ill let you know when winter hits!
Baiona is the last of the Spanish Rias and the entrance way into the place is breath taking , massive jagged rocks , barren countryside and not another boat insight , which has been the norm most of month, I thought there would be some boats heading South for the ARC in November , but ive seen very few.
A night entry into yet another foreign port, no commercial traffic so very few markers showing the way made this a bit nerve wracking and I crept in very slowly , knowing if I touched bottom it was likely to be rock.
The joy of a night entry into port ( if there is one) is that waking up in the morning you have absolutely NO IDEA what your surroundings will look like or the extent of the rocks that you have just avoided or the lobster pot marks you have narrowly missed !
This should keep those pesky Brits at bay
Mans attempt at copying nature ??
Baiona is a hidden gem of a place, this is what I had expected of La Corunna, fantastic places to walk, beautiful beaches , amazing architecture , history in spades and a cafe culture to to boot.....LOVE IT
What a BEAUTIFUL place to walk
There is the remains to a castle and grounds here that have been so TASTEFULLY ( look at this Concarneau - Brittany ) restored into a 4 star hotel and the grounds are open to the public for the grand sum of one Euro - had to be done !
I say ...YOU over there ... Get this man another Mojito !
Lots of great statues - no idea what this one was about
The replica of La Pinta
The whole area clearly has some wealthy (or had) the side streets have no graffiti , the main areas are clean and well cared for, no signs of empty shops or recession here, and its SOOOOOOOO well presented.
--------------------------------BEWARE BAIONA MARINA ----------------------------------
If I had one gripe about this place ( I am British !) ...The marina is a MAJOR
let down, its SHOCKINGLY run and the facilities are ABYSMAL
Toilets and Showers are OLD portacabins with ripped vynyl shower curtains , cheap plastic communal hand basins, heavily stained with rust, the floors are filthy, the drains all backed up and the place stank.
The staff are MASSIVELY disinterested in their jobs , i was tossed the paperwork to fill out , no interest what so ever , I wasn't even told I needed a gate card ,and had to climb in and out, over the 6 ft fence at night
The pontoons were thick (AND I MEAN THICK) with bird droppings, no way i could wear shoes down below once worn on the pontoon, and the dogs paws had to be washed each trip off the boat to prevent bird sh*t being walked in , the smell was terrible.
The water taps on the pontoon didnt work, neither did the electricity, or the WIFI, all supposedly "included" in the price !
The swell just rolls straight in to the pontoons and the local boats have no speed limit through the harbour, resulting in the boat continually rolling from wash , my ropes were snatching so badly, I had to hold on while below AND use the pan clamps on the cooker to stop things from being thrown off ... IN the marina !
I didnt sleep properly for the 2 nights I was there, the wash from the numerous fishing boats and the swell was just unbearable - I lived on a swinging mooring in Poole harbour for 5 years with LESS wash than this -
Put all these things together and they add up to be the WORST marina I have visited EVER
- such a shame - I loved the town and so wanted to stay longer !
oh and the day price for OCTOBER (out of season) 48 EUROS per night , the facilities were WAY BETTER at the last place I stayed and that was only 13 EUROS per night ! !.........Once again I voted with my feet and left,
I refused to pay the full 90 euro bill, which was handed to me on a piece of scrap cardboard
and paid 20 instead (which was MORE than it was worth), resulting in a mouth full of abuse from the staff and a pathetic attempt to shower me in wash with a VERY close high speed turn from their RIB as I left the harbour.
So now Im on the run from the English - the French - and the Spanish - just twenty miles to Portugal , lets see who I can piss off down here