Embark on this unforgettable 5-day sailing voyage for a unique blend of sailing adventure, culture and history. Whether you're a sailing enthusiast or an adventurous traveler, the Santa Maria Manuela promises a hands-on sailing experience on an extraordinary journey to three of the Mediterranean's most captivating port cities.
We start our Mediterranean adventure in the charming port town of Port Torres, founded in Roman times by Julius Caesar. Before boarding immerse yourself in the local culture and warm hospitality by savoring traditional Sardinian cuisine at waterfront restaurants. Consider stepping back in time with a visit to the local Roman ruins, thermal baths and the Antonine Palace, or lose yourself in the bustling markets filled with fresh seafood and local Sardinian crafts.
We set sail past the Asinara National Park the second largest island of Sardinia with an odd historical and environmental status. Known as "Isola del Diavolo" ("Devil's Island"), it has been used as a quarantine location, a prison camp during the First World War, and a high security prison, until the establishment of a National Park in 1998. Now treasured for its ecological importance it is considered the most beautiful beach in Sardinia, characterized by a long coastline dusted in white quartz pebbles which line the shallow seabed.
As we sail west towards Menorca, volunteer to help the crew hoist and set the sails. The feeling of helming a 68m sailing ship with the sensation as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever. 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 sailing the ship.
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 on the bowsprit. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.
The tranquil bay of Mahon offers some welcome respite from the elements after a few days under sail. The town has a storied maritime history, having been a strategic naval base for the Romans, Moors, British and Spanish throughout its history.
There’s plenty of time to explore Mahon’s picturesque streets, lined with pastel-colored houses, and savor Mediterranean cuisine in charming restaurants along the seafront. The ships kayaks are at hand for those with exercise in mind or in need of a cooling dip after your island adventures.
Again we set sail, this time to the north and towards Catalonia’s beautiful and vibrant city of Barcelona, rich in maritime history with a tradition of shipbuilding dating back to the Roman era. Our arrival is marked by a night of celebration with fellow shipmates during a deck BBQ.
After disembarking, visit the Gothic Quarter, explore the historic heart of Barcelona with its narrow medieval streets, charming squares, relax on the city beaches, soak in the Mediterranean spring sunshine or visit the iconic Sagrada Família, an architectural masterpiece by Antoni Gaudí.
Expect pleasant spring weather in May, with temperatures averaging 18-24°C (64-75°F).
When preparing for your voyage please bear in mind:
The trip between Lisbon and Funchal was really exceptional thanks to the kindness and professionalism of the crew that was always available to answer all our requests. A trip far too short.
It was my first cruise aboard Santa Maria Manuela but it will certainly not be the last.
Catherine - France
I can't imagine the Santa Maria Manuela having a bigger fan than me. It was a remarkable experience and I really enjoyed getting to know the crew as well as all of the passengers. It was a great group of people to spend 6 days with.
Sailwiz - Spain
It was obvious that the crew was very capable of doing everything without the help of the passengers, but I loved that they wanted us to be involved and gave us tasks that we could do. It is also evident how important safety on board is and I was impressed to see all of the crew members in harnesses and helmets whenever they were in slightly precarious positions preparing a sail to be raised or fixing something.
Sailwiz – Spain
The trip was absolutely incredible. I am extremely impressed with the ship and the crew. I felt very at home on board and the crew was so kind, helpful and knowledgeable. I feel like I learned so much about the ship and navigation and I know many of the other passengers feel the same. I truly enjoyed the trip and hope that I will go aboard again.
Julia – USA
My friends and familly are all '50 shades of green' with envy. Thankyou from Andrew and me to you and the crew for an experience of a lifetime.
Gordon - Scotland
As for the trip to Madeira was the best experiences I have had and I take the opportunity to congratulate your team and crew who are fantastic ...
We want to say THANK YOU to all the crew they all were so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. If the world would follow Santa Maria Manuela’s example we would all live in a better place.
Peter & Ron, UK
Absolutely loved the trip from Lisbon. Such a beautiful ship - have fallen completely in love with her and can't wait to book the next trip.
It was a wonderful journey. The ship is beautiful and in a perfect condition, we felt comfortable at any time, thanks to the gentle team. The meals were very tasteful (thanks to the cook!).
Katrin - Holland
We really enjoyed our Madeira-Tenerife crossing onboard SMM. Great crew, fantastic downwind sailing, pleasant ‘guests’.
Pierre - France
The crew took good care of us, I just hope they enjoyed the trip as much as we did. Could not have been any better.
Irmgard – Germany
Without a doubt, this year the best experience I had was being on board Santa Maria Manuela. The days on board were extraordinary. Crew 5⭐
Nuno - Portugal