A must-see is the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park. The park is made up by the archipelagos of Cíes, Ons, Sálvora, and Cortegada. See the nature and landscapes of the Atlantic, or visit the breathtaking beaches only accessible by private boat. If you’re the type of sailor who wants a mix of smooth and rough sailing, the Finisterrae is just 89 kilometers from Vigo. The route will take you to the end of the “Camino de Santiago” hiding the real secret of the “Death Coast,” as the Romans called to it.
The low levels of light pollution make the islands the perfect spot to go stargazing. With the skies filled with stars, the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park is an ideal place to anchor overnight.
Next, take a moment to go to the Cíes island called “The Islands of the Gods.” Here you can find a tropical island vibe, crystal-clear waters, and sandy beaches. All the beauty and hidden gems of the islands will make you rush to take a European sailing holiday.
The Cíes Islands are also home to a total of nine beaches and secluded coves. However, the most famous beach is Praia das Rodas. That beach is bordered by rolling dunes and blue waters. As a result, locals to call it their ‘Caribbean Beach.’ The Praia das Rodas became famous back in 2007 when The Guardian named it the ‘best beach in the world.’
Ria de Vigo estuary
Tucked away from the ocean by the Cíes island, this Vigo estuary is one of treasure. While legend states that the islet of San Simón is home to sunken galleons filled with gold from the Americans. The delta is also home to some of the best beaches in Galicia; Berra and Nerga in Cangas, Samil and O Vao in Vigo, and Playa América in Nigrán.
Ria de Arosa estuary
The largest of the Galicia estuaries is the Ria de Arosa. The delta has a history of being targeted by invaders due to its size and wealth. Torres del Oeste (West Towers) was built to defend the inlet from attackers in the 11th century. While visiting Catoira, visitors have the chance to see the fun reenactment of the Viking landing.
Ria de Corcubión estuary
The estuary of Ria de Corcubión opens just South of Fisterra. In Fisterra lies a lighthouse, allowing visitors to see the enormity of the ocean by day. By night, the lighthouse’s beacon shines so brightly that inhabitants view it for up to 65 kilometers. To the south of the estuary also lies the beach of Carnota. This beach is a natural reserve that stretches 7 kilometers long. As a result, Carnota beach has maintained its beautiful, golden sand.
Galicia may sound like a faraway paradise, but in fact, it’s right off the coast of Northern Spain. These hideaways are just a flight away from Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Dublin, or Bologna. If you enjoy train travel, then you won’t mind the one and a half-hour train ride from Porto or Santiago de Compostela.