Spend a summer week sailing and exploring the Northwesterly coast of Spain onboard tall ship Bessie Ellen.
Take a break and enjoy cool Spanish days in the remote and beautiful area of Galicia. Experience stunning mountains, the air full of the scent of eucalyptus, traditional ancient villages and beautiful deserted estuaries.
La Coruña town’s history is closely connected with its historic fishing and trading port, and the peninsula on which the historic part of town is situated is home to an interesting Romanesque road network with squares and medieval churches as well as the Hercules Tower, the oldest lighthouse in the world. The Museum of Fine Arts, with works by Goya and others on display, is also worth a visit.
From La Coruna in the north, Bessie Ellen will cruise along the spectacular coastline towards the fishing port of Vigo. The sailing will mostly be made by day, however, there may be an opportunity for an overnight sail down the coast. As you make your way down, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore stunning locations such as Muros. A seafront town lined with ancient granite-paved streets, traditional Spanish markets and bustling taverns.
Take a shore day to visit the ancient Spanish city of Santiago de Compostella. The capital of the Galicia region and a short bus ride from the coast if you don’t have time to walk the pilgrim’s trail. Wander the streets within the walls of this old medieval city, revelling in its history and elaborately carved stone architecture opening onto grand plazas.
Before reaching your final destination of Vigo, sail and explore the beautiful Iles Cies. An archipelago situated in the mouth of the River Vigo and now a designated National Park teeming with birdlife. Anchor in its picturesque sheltered coves and swim in its glistening clear waters to the stretches of sandy white beaches. Follow the walking trails as they meander higher amongst the tree before reaching Mount Faro – a fabulous point offering spectacular panoramic views.
Your final destination is the traditional fishing port of Vigo and is still home to Europe’s largest fishing fleet. An industrious port on the one hand but a traditionally and culturally Spanish one on the other. Wander the old city walls and soak up the historic Spanish architecture, old tavernas and traditional tapas bars.
Famous for its seafood and fresh produce, be sure that Bessie Ellens onboard will definitely make the most of this coastline’s rich offerings.
The time at sea is yours to make your own and guests are invited to become as involved as much as they like by taking the wheel, navigating or hauling the ropes. Alternatively, just sit back, relax and soak up the Spanish sunshine and enjoy the views!
As with all Bessie Ellen’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Drinks. Curtained bunk berths are int he spacious shared open saloon below decks with bedding provided – you just need to bring your own towel.
Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book!
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Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Bessie Ellen offers quality sailing holidays on board a classic tall ship with over 100 years of history, and is now one of the last West Country trading ketches.
This ship worked through both world wars during the last era of wind-powered trade, when ships like Bessie were seen all over England. She is featured on the National Historic Ships Register, which identifies her as a historic vessel that needs to be conserved.
Now, her working life is very different, and she spends her days cruising around British and Spanish waters, offering sailing holidays. With an experienced and hospitable crew, Bessie Ellen provides her guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience. Skipper Nikki occasionally nods back to Bessie’s past by loading her up with cargo for ocean passages, transporting beer from Harbour Brewery and making the most out of the emission-free transport that Bessie offers.
Sail with Bessie Ellen and Nikki, around Cornwall, the Hebrides, St. Kilda and the Canary Islands, and not only enjoy sailing aboard a tall ship, but experience unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food. While enjoying all of this you will also be able to feel smug about having such an environmentally friendly holiday, as Nikki tries to be as green as possible in every aspect of her journeys – everything down to providing guests with toiletries that are microbead free, and so don’t harm the marine life.
Choose from weekend breaks, weeklong trips, or 10-day explorations for a truly unforgettable holiday.
- Are meals included?
Yes - and we pride ourselves on the quality of food served!
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know at the time of enquiry
- Do I need to bring bedding or towels?
All your bedding (duvet and pillow) is provided but please bring your own towels (washing and/or swimming)
- What language is spoken on board?
English is the main language spoken, however on occasion we have crew onboard who are multilingual.
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 12 comfortable berths in the former cargo hold. This is an open plan area that is also used for meals and relaxing
- How many toilets/showers does she have?
Bessie Ellen has two toilets/showers for guests.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you will be able to reach 3/4G when you are close to land.
- Is there age limit?
No, but we advise over 16's for scheduled voyages as there is an open saloon sleeping arrangement. There is no limit for private charter.
- Can I charge my phone or camera?
Yes. We run generators every day in the morning and evening, which run the 240 volt system of normal 3 pin sockets.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are waterproofs available?
No. Please bring your own. There are a few spare for emergencies only.
- Do I need to be a seasoned sailor?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like, whether the know how to or not.
- Do I have to do watches?
During a passage crossings you may be asked to be part of our watch rota, this is not compulsory but is definitely part of boat life that guests enjoy when at sea for long periods.
- Will there be time to get off the boat?
Yes on most of our trips we try and explore the areas we are sailing around each day, except for passage crossings where of course we are at sea for most of the voyage.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are worried to take some medication 24 hours before travelling.
From: La Coruna