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El Ferrol

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

25th September, 2016

The infamous Bay of Biscay was very kind to us this time. With only 3-meter sea and swell we sailed across with a gentle roll. This allowed us to pick up the pilot on schedule and sail into the historic harbour before lunchtime.

Our guests were no doubt grateful for the opportunity to stretch their legs on dry land. The weather was great, so many decided to walk to a nearby old town on their own. The rest used the provided shuttle bus or venture ashore on one of the organised tours. The most popular today was ‘The Scenic Coast of Galicia’. During the tour guests, could enjoy the views of the nearby beaches, forests and estuaries as well as some well knows landmarks - the old military camp and the neo-Classical quarter which housed naval officers in the 18th century.

The locals certainly pulled all stops to ensure that we felt welcome here including opening shops on Sunday! In Spain! This is unheard of. Then on departure we received a fantastic send off by a band of local bagpipers (clearly there are some Celtic roots in the region). If that was not enough as we sailed from the bay through the scenic cut, some men dressed up as 18th Century soldiers saluted us from Saint Phillip's castle, with their guns and small cannon. The castle used to defend the port against pirates (apparently locally known as British), but today according to the local agent it means the farewell and ‘please come back soon’. Very nice gesture indeed.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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