It was with some reluctance that we left Castro Urdiales to head west along the northern Spanish coastline. The first leg was a short 3 hour hop to Santona where we encountered another blessing of the fishing boat festival outside the harbour. We went in for a quick look before going into a wonderful new marina at Laredo on the opposite bank. The Marina can take over a 1000 boats but probably only had a maximum of 250 so we had a choice of many berths which made berthing very easy.
|The Knights Templar Castle & Roman Bridge|
Leaving Castro Urdiales
|The Castle & Church Of Castro Urdiales|
|Blessing Of The Laredo Fishing Fleet|
Laredo looked very dull from the marina but we went in to investigate and stumbled into a fantastic Swinging Sixties Party attended by the whole town. They really do know how to party in Spain, the whole village, including stall holders, bar and restaurant staff, kids and grandparents were all dressed up for the occasion and having a most wonderful time, all without an excess of alcohol. Well, we had to join in, less the dress code, and enjoyed ourselves enormously.
|Guy Building Up An Appetite|
|The Swinging Sixties Band!|
|All Dressed Up & Having Fun|
The following morning, we walked along the 5 km beach from Laredo to Santona. It is a wonderful beach with very Russian like hotels or flats set back from the beach. The Spanish (there are no foreigners here) also looked Russian so we assumed that this was the poor Spanish resort of the north. We caught a ferry across the river and had a wander around Santona but there was not much of interest. We returned and enjoyed a good snooze on the beach close to the marina. The beach walk having stiffened up our ankles.
|The 5Km Russian Beach!!|
|Beach Life At Low Tide|
As explained the Marina was new and very smart except it appears they forgot to build an ablution block. We eventually found the showers and toilets in a large empty hanger within ships containers. This was a real reminder for Guy of his Army experience and showers in Kosovo and Afghanistan. They were however very good. The price of the marina was a bit of a shock at £36 per night! Ow.
|The Fantastic New, But Empty And Expensive Marina Of Laredo|
Kisti Two left her most comfortable mooring on 22 July and we headed off with the intention of visiting Santander and finding an anchorage along the coast. The northern Spanish coast is well known for its misty and foggy weather and it obviously decided we had been having too good a time so fog, mist, rain and a confused sea decided to attack us along what looked very much like the Jurassic coastline of Dorset.
|Back To Needing A Brew Sailing And Top Layer|
|Approaching Santander In Mist|
|Stunning Architecture Of Santander|
|Planet Of The Apes Rock|
Double Click The Pictures To Get Full Screen Picture
|Fantastic Buildings At Comillas|
Tom, What Are They?
|Good English Sailing Along Spanish North Coast|
|Gijon Cafes & Bars|
|Gijon Marina With Bars In Background|
The weather improved so we departed Gijon on 26 July heading for our first Spanish Ria, Ribadeo. It was a misty start but we had an enjoyable motor for 80 nm to Ribadeo and were able to see some of the coastline. We have concluded that Spanish fishing trawlers have a yacht magnet on them. Our Radar was excellent at picking them up early so as to avoid clashes. It was an easy entrance at high tide and we were welcomed by the 'marinero' and put on a comfortable end jetty.
|Spanish Fishing Magnet For Yachts!|
|Ginny Preparing For Ribadeo Marina|
|Castrapol Opposite Ribadeo|
The Merchants Town
|Ribadeo Customs House|
|Old Ribadeo Streets|
Another long walk ensured we covered every aspect of the town and its surroundings finishing off with a couple of good beers overlooking the harbour. Still the only Brits!
|Ribadeo Marina From Town Lookout|
|Bridge Across The Ria With Marina Beyond|
|Kisti Two In Ribadeo Marina|
|The Local Sail Boat With A Latine Rig, Of Which There Are About 25.|
Something Similar To Small Egyptian Dhows!
|Searching For Spanish Gold!|
|Guy On The BBQ.|
The slide below shows our coastal hugging route from Castro Urdiales to Ribadeo. A very English coastline with the weather to match and not many places to stay so some long legs. We depart tomorrow for the start of our Spanish Rias crusade heading west still, starting with Viveiro along to Corunna before we turn south again along the Atlantic Coast of Spain. Our Spanish is improving but it will be lovely to see some Red Ensigns again.
|Along Northern Spain. Kisti Two Is At Yellow (wind) Arrow|