Many English yachts visit and enjoy the Rias Baixas, in Galicia, in the NW
corner of Spain. But few seem to call in to the Rio Mi˝o, which forms part
of the frontier between Spain and Portugal, and lies only some 15 miles South of Baiona.
There are some good reasons for not visiting it. In particular: the entrance
is a bit scary, and needs to be made in good weather at the right state of the tide;
the river is shallow, especially in its lower reaches, with sandbanks that dry at low
water, and cannot usefully be charted as they change so frequently; and there are bridges
restricting headroom to between 15 and 25 metres, depending on how far you want to go. But,
for a yacht, such as our Dazcat 9.2m catamaran, with a shortish mast and no concern for
gentle grounding on sandbanks, the river provides an idyllic interlude from cruising the
Anchored off Illa Bohega
The highlights are the ancient towns of Tui in Spain and Valenša in Portugal,
the mountains of Santa Tecla and Aloia in Spain and Faro in Portugal, and the quiet
anchorages behind wooded islands.