This 430 nm coastal voyage takes us from Portugal’s historic capital, Lisbon, to Andalusia’s bustling coastal city of Malaga via the ancient Spanish city of Cadiz. This 7 night voyage is a great opportunity to gain sailing experience on a tall ship and explore 3 of the Iberian Peninsula’s most fascinating coastal cities.
We set sail along Lisbon's historic city shoreline, under the 25 de Abril suspension bridge to spend the first 48 hours at sea learning the ropes of the Santa Maria Manuela.
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 with all aspects of the ship’s life. Volunteers to hoist the gaff tops and trim the sails are always welcome, and the feeling of helming a 67m sailing ship with the sensation 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.
We sail south through the same waters which witnessed the Battle of Trafalgar, towards the welcoming sight of Spain’s ancient port city, Cádiz, home to a gold-domed cathedral and more than 100 watchtowers. Generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, founded in about 1100 BC. Cadiz’s ancient centre is surrounded almost entirely by water, and is a romantic jumble of sinuous streets where Atlantic waves crash against eroded sea walls, cheerful taverns fry up fresh fish and salty beaches teem with sun-worshippers. There’s time to explore the family run restaurants, and myriad of decorative churches concealed within the labyrinth of cobbled streets before we sail south again, through the Gibraltar Straights towards Malaga. We hope for calm seas for our last evening for our celebratory deck BBQ before disembarking after a hearty breakfast.
The tour guides encourage visitors to ‘come for the sun — stay for the boho art scene, Moorish heritage, hidden panoramic views, and authentic Andaluz tapas. Loaded with history and brimming with a youthful vigor that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past, the city that gave the world Picasso has transformed itself in spectacular fashion, with half a dozen new art galleries and a radically rethought port area.