Goodbye Portugal

We've left Villamoura and are now bound for Seville, Spain!!

After loving everything that we saw in Portugal, Villamoura was a bit of a disappointment. The closest thing to compare it to would be Cabo. Perhaps a bit more family friendly, but still Cabo like. The marina is large, expensive, and surrounded by shops, restaurants, and bars. The beach is a short walk away and lined with high rise hotels that charge you $$ to sit in their chairs on the beach, and then more if you choose to purchase some of their expensive drinks/food. The area inland from the marina is surrounded by four large golf courses, and Villamoura is clearly a destination for guys golf weekends!

Bottom line: We don't need to return!!

This trip to Seville should be very interesting. Its 80 miles from here to the entrance of the Guadalquivir River. We plan to arrive at about 5am in order to catch the incoming tide and ride it 50 miles upriver to the Club Nautico de Seville where the boat will live for the next three to four weeks. Our route and the river is worth a look via Google Maps if you have the chance. We will need to deal with one lock, and a lifting bridge just prior to the YC that opens only at 10pm.

Its going to be a long night/day!!



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Cascais to Villamoura

We left Cascais two days ago for an overnight sail to Villamoura.  It was about a 150nm sail.  South along the Western Coast of Portugal, and then a left turn around Punta Sagres and across to Villamoura. 

The trip reminded us all of sails down the California coast.  Strong, cold Northerly winds along the coast, and acceleration of the breeze at Punta Sagres (think Conception), and then you seem to enter another world weather wise as you sail East to Villamoura (think Santa Barbara)!!

Deb is very happy, we are back in Summer time weather and she is warm once again….

Plans for departure

We hope to leave Cascais this afternoon. Our plans have us heading for

Vilamoura which is very close to the Portugal/Spain border to our South.

Will probably stay there for a day or two and then it will be time to go up

the river to Seville!!

Jim Gregory

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Portugal’s Atlantic Coast

Deb and I spent the afternoon exploring the coastal area just North of Cascais.  We ended up spending most of our time visiting a couple of spots on Guincho Beach.

This beach was famously featured in the pre-titles sequence of the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, wherein James Bond rescues Contessa Teresa de Vicenzo from a suicide attempt and foils off two attackers in the surf.

The beach  is popular for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.[1]

We didn’t take the video below, but it does a great job of showing what we watched this afternoon.  Too bad that I left my wetsuit in California!!

Hint: skip the first minute.

Guincho Beach Portugal and some surfing, kiting, windsurfing from james bedford on Vimeo.