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V15 - Atlantic Portugal Coastal Run

Itinerary:  A Coruña – Berlengas – Lisboa

Dates: 23 July (Embark 16h00) - 27 July (Disembark 10h00)

Voyage highlights

  • Atlantic coastal sailing with the prevailing wind at your stern
  • Sail from the bustling port city of A Coruña
  • Explore the Berlengas Islands Natural Park
  • Sail up the Rio Tejo at sunrise beneath Lisbon’s famous suspension bridge
  • Travel in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela

Voyage description

We start our voyage in the bustling port city of A Coruña, home to the Tower of Hercules, the only working Roman lighthouse in the world, and its many typically Spanish squares and medieval churches.

Invigorated by the Spanish culture, we set sail west for the notorious Cape Finisterre, where the north Atlantic winds compress into a narrow channel, at times delivering some exciting sailing conditions.

With all hands-on-deck and a good team effort to hoist the sails, we round the Cape and hope for a favorable wind from the north to help us make good speed for the Berlengas Islands.

There´s nothing our crew like more then to share their knowledge of sailing with our guests, and they will encourage you to get actively involved in the ship’s life. Volunteers to hoist and trim the sails are always welcome, and the feeling of helming a 68m sailing ship as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever.

Knot classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst sharing sailing stories with shipmates, and if the weather allows there's the opportunity to go up the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.

Halfway down Portugal’s Atlantic Coast lie the ruggedly beautiful Berlengas Islands, a natural reserve, celebrated for their crystal-clear water, unexplored caves and an unspeakable beauty. This junction of the Mediterranean and Atlantic climates gave rise to a unique ecosystem, now a natural sanctuary protected by UNESCO since 2011. The Santa Maria Manuela is the only ship blessed with the unique opportunity to anchor here, thanks to our close connections with local authorities. The ships kayaks are available for those with exercise in-mind, or explore the islands by zodiac.

Continuing south, Lisbon beckons with its historic shoreline. We motor beneath the famous Ponte da 25 Abril suspension bridge and dock just yards away from the Oceanario do Lisboa, voted many times as the world’s leading aquarium.

If your schedule allows, once you’ve disembarked take time to explore Lisbon, an ageless city where old customs and ancient history intermix with contemporary culture, entertainment and innovation. Visit the historic Belem Tower, a symbol of Portugal's Age of Discovery, explore the vibrant Alfama district, known for its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and Fado music.

July in Lisbon is warm and sunny, with average temperatures ranging from 20°C (68°F) in the mornings to 30°C (86°F) during the day.

When preparing for your voyage please bear in mind:

  • Your passport must have at least 6 months validity at the time of travel
  • The SMM is granted no flexibility for the embarkation and disembarkation times from the customs authorities
  • All guests must be between the age of 14 and 80 yrs at the time of travel