Lisbon - Pasaia
Discover the Iberian Peninsula with this coastal voyage
Lisbon - Pasaia
Sat. 16 - 05 - '20
Thu. 28 - 05 - '20
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This is the best time of year to sail north along the Portuguese coast. Later, during the summer months, there is often a strong northern wind. The Nortada and the current is going south. But around this time of year there is also wind from other directions in this area and that is what we need during the first days of this trip. Just above Portugal, between Cabo San Adrían (Malpica) and Muros, we will sail along the so-called Costa de la Muerte (Death coast). The Costa de la Muerte got her name because there have been many shipwrecks along its treacherous rocky shore. Cape Finisterre is the most western point of the Iberian Peninsula and the Roman legend goes that this area was the end of the world (Finis-terrae). Despite the awful name the coast is beautiful. The landscape has a rugged beauty and is untouched. Along the coast there are narrow steep roads along breath-taking steep cliffs, creeks, deserted beaches and dunes. In the deep fjords (Rías) you will find quiet waters and many sleepy fishermen’s villages and farms. When you are here, you will feel one with nature. Once we have passed Finisterre, we use the time we have left to explore the rugged Spanish northern coast. Hopping from one bay beautiful bay to another we sail towards our destination, Pasaia. The Basque city of Pasaia has several faces. It is a large industrial port, but at the same time a sleepy fishermen’s village with medieval houses along the waterfront. It actually consists of several villages opposite each other on the banks of the river Oiartzun. The OOSTERSCHELDE is invited to attend the maritime festival in the city.
This description is meant to give you an impression of how a voyage could look like. Depending on wind and weather conditions the travel plan could be altered, however we always try to sail as much as possible. It is not mandatory, but we invite everyone to participate in the watches and to help sail, steer and navigate the ship.