Since leaving A Coruna we went to Camarinas then went by Cape Finneterre also known as Costa Del Morte (Coast of Death). Cape Finisterre was at one point the most westerly point in the known world. We probably should have stopped and walked out to the end of the cape but the nearby anchorage was too exposed to the northerly winds. We wanted to go to a sheltered point and then take a taxi but while Glenda is getting used to the sea again and gets a bit seasick, so we elected to press on to Ria Muros. We anchored off Muros had a cup of tea then decided to go over and anchor off Portosin and use the WIFI at the yacht club there. This area is very busy with Spaniards on holiday in August.
Spent a couple of nights anchored off Portosin then went on to the next Rias de Arousa. De Arousa is the biggest Ria (Spanish for Estuary) and known to be the nicest. As we entered in the hot afternoon sun we saw boats anchored off an island beach so made our way there. The bottom dropped off rapidly so the anchor depth was 20 metres. Later all the boats left. At that point knowing the winds were from the north and onshore in relatively deep water we up anchor and went over to a more sheltered bay. We were the only pleasure yacht there. During the night the wind did get up so luckily we were nicely tucked in.
The next day we went to a marina in Vilagarcia de Arousa as Glenda wanted to do a 25 kilometre pilgrimage walk along the last part of the Portuguese Camino (Road) to Santiago de Compostela. I was going to take the Train! so we needed the boat in a marina. Glenda’s walk was in the memory of David and for all Juniper’s wishes to come true.
As much as I tried to discourage Glenda saying it was hot, hilly and she was not fit for a 25 KM walk she did set off and made the journey. It is unbelievable the number of pilgrims who arrive in Santiago de Compostela each day! In 2008, 125,141 pilgrims registered. Glenda saw a lot of pilgrims on her stretch and most had walked many days. The route is centuries old and fascinating. There are 3 main routes. The French Camino, The Portuguese Camino originating in Lisbon and The English originating in the port of A Coruna. The Cathedral is the most visited Catholic site after St Peter’s in Rome. St James is reportedly buried here. St James was beheaded in Judea and remains were taken up the Ria we are currently in, Ria De Arousa. Glenda’s walk started at Padron where a church was built around the stone that reportedly was used to tie up the boat carrying St James’ remains. Richard also did a little repair in the dinghy. Tomorrow we are setting of to Ria Pontevedra.