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Atlantic Spain
and Portugal
Atlantic Spain and Portugal: La Coruna to Gibraltar
Martin Walker
& Anne Hammick
South Biscay
Covers the coasts of France and Spain from the Gironde to La Coruna in Galicia
RCC Pilotage Foundation

BlueMoment Harbour and Marina Guide

38O 42'N


9O 25'W
Passage Notes

Cascais is at the entrance to the Teijo river and is an ideal stop if you want to explore Lisbon. It is also a favourite jumping-off point for Madeira, with the passage to Porto Santo being just 485nm. It is a longish day sail (69nm) from Nazare, with the option to stop at Peniche if you are delayed and don't want to sail in the dark.

We left Nazare at 7am (14th October) with just a hint of light - just enough to spot pot markers - and arrived soon after dark. The passage through the Islas Berlingas was pleasant and straightforward, although we never found the alleged favourable current.We rounded Cabo de Roca and Cabo Raso a mile off and headed towards the river mouth before turning in to the breakwater at Cascais.

Entrance(The view shown is taken from the beach looking S.)

Between Cabo Raso and Cascais we encountered some yellow flashing buoys which we think marked a no anchoring area - it was deep enough anyway, and we sailed through the middle of them. It was dark by now, but the extensive shore lights enabled us to spot pot markers and avoid them - or slip into neutral if we were a bit close. A good lookout is needed though. Round the end of the breakwater well off if there is any swell running (marked with an E. cardinal buoy 20m or so from the breakwater end). Secure to the reception pontoon on the right hand side - if outwith office hours you will be directed to a temporary berth by the night staff, so be prepared to move again in the morning.


The formalities are straightforward and are all handled by the marina. You may be required to leave the ships registration document when you first arrive.

Facilities and Charges

Access to the pontoons is by keycard and each key only opens your pontoon gate - you cannot therefore visit friends on other pontoons easily, which is a pain. There is water and electricity on the pontoons at no extra charge. Showers are also included and the facilities are good. There is a washer-dryer operated by very expensive tokens available from the office. Cascais is expensive in the high season, but form 1st October prices are reasonable - we paid less than 10 Eurosa night for our 8.25m boat. The fuel pontoon is beside the reception pontoon, handy for fuelling up when checking out.

The marina is enormous, and it is a long walk from the visitors pontoons to the office if youwant to check the (excellent) daily weather reports. Showers are nearby though. There are a dozen or mor restaurants and several chandlers in the marina complex, but it is a fair walk to either of the big supermarkets. If you are stocking up then the Jumbo supermarket will deliver to your boat for a small charge.


The best internet access is in a small cafe near the Macdonalds, with a cheap and reliable wifi connection for your laptop.

A regular fast rail service will take you into Lisbon in about thirty minutes, where you can connect with the metero. If you need to fly home cheap flights are availabsl via Easyjet or Monarch from Lisbon.

Things to Do

Cascais is an attractive town, pleasant to walk round and with some unusual modern buildings in pseudo-traditional styles. There is a multi-screen cinema and lots of places to eat out. Excellent shops. Most people passing through will take the train into Lisbon.

For a detailed account of Fairwinds' time in Portugal see HERE