We set off from the anchorage at Islas Cies as planned at around
0930. There was very little wind so
it was a gentle motoring job for the 30 NM or so south to Viana do
Costello. We tied up alongside the
waiting pontoon in Viana do Costello at around 1430 Portuguese time (an hour
behind Spanish time). The advice
was not to go inside the marina itself.
We’ve got spring tides and, given our draught of 2.4m, would probably go
aground at low water. Not that
that’s a major issue – done that plenty of times alongside in Lymington and
Gosport. But it’s a nuisance if you want the
freedom to move on at will. And,
here, it makes little difference whether you are actually inside the marina or
not – apart from about a further two minutes to walk to the marina
So, what’s to like about here?
Apart, that is, from the €15 a night charge. Stop – let me re-run that – €15 a night (or a bit less than 13 quid)
for a casual visitor of our size.
Hm; not entirely used to that in the south of England. Other stuff that seems to be pretty
agreeable includes 80ºF temperatures, the port captain who obviously likes his
job and sorted out the potentially tricky entry formalities in a trice, the
laundrette facilities and a very historic and charming little town which we’ll
explore a bit tomorrow.