Last Sunday the 28th was out 1st year wedding anniversary!We were anchored in Redes, we sailed across the bay for the day to a sandy beach where we planned to anchor Hestur while we took the bikes to the medieval town of Puentedeume a mile or so towards the end of the Ria. As we anchored Vicky and Elliot on Swallow arrived too, they invited us for a lovely lunch aboard their boat, and they had a bottle of chilled bubbly for us. As we ate a procession of the local fishing boats big and small came touring passed, they were all dressed up with flags and fonds of greenery and flowers. They were full of people and blasting horns and sirens. They threw a wreath into the water which floated down passed us, many of the Fiestas we had heard have processions of boats in honour of saints. From Ares in the distance we could hear more of the huge booming bangers going off, which are ubiquitous at these things.
We had a lovely cycle to the town, nice old place with a roman bridge. We had coffee and ice cream in a cafe in the square then went up the hill further. The sky was grey and a little draft of a breeze started just before an almighty downpour of rain and flashes of lightning and thunder, we sheltered in the doorway of a massive church, till the heaviest stopped. We cycled back in the rain to the dingy which we had left on a sandy beach. I went for a swim, the water was warm, then we rowed back to the boat in one of the heaviest downpours, the water was singing on the surface of the sea, very dramatic. These showers passed over and the evening brightened. We sailed back to Redes to anchor. We opened a bottle of champagne and had an evening in the sun.
The forecast looked like we wouldn’t get off and on round the coast till mid week. So On Tuesday 30th, We decided to head up to a the town of Betanzos which we had read about. Its a town which developed in the 12 century at the head of the ria between two rivers, the centre of it is very small and built on a hill with a city wall round it.
City wall of Betanzos
We sailed to Sada, and cycled from there up to Betanzos. It was a lovely place, and a good cycle. That evening we met up with Swallow again back in Ares, they had us aboard for a very fun bbq on board! Very lovely evening with them.