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The Death Coast of Galicia

The name “Death Coast” certainly isn’t exactly welcoming, and the conditions were challenging on occasion.

Although we never got a definitive answer as to the origin or true meaning of the name, we decided it was best to remain several miles offshore as we sailed to the next anchorage.

We finally made around the last headland, Fisterra, and into our chosen anchorage in Sardiñeiro de Abaixo. But while we were relaxing with a cocktail, we spotted a huge plume of smoke… followed by wonderful flying circus of firefighting planes as they killed the fire. We were glad to watch from a safe distance.

Galicia was just filled with little bays for us to explore. Sometimes near a village that we could explore, sometimes pleasantly remote.

We hardly ever saw boat traffic here.

While anchored near Baiona we enjoyed our dinghy ride with a view of the Castelo de Monterreal.

The view from the castle was impressive.

Due to the rocky and windward shoreline, it would have been very difficult for any invading forces to make landfall here, even without guns pointing at them.

Here’s a view to the south, towards Portugal.

The lichen and moss add a characteristicly ancient texture to the stones.

The ramparts went on and on. This was a seriously big undertaking to build, so long ago.

A view of the marina and modern buildings in the distance stand in contrast to the old castle.

We had a wonderful time sailing down the coastline and walking around Baiona with our very private guests.