This 100 mile return journey takes us from Portugal’s sunny Algarve coast to the ancient historic city of Cadiz. This 6 night voyage is a great opportunity to gain sailing experience on a tall ship and explore one of the Iberian Peninsula’s ancient gems.
We set sail from Portimao and 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.
After a few days at sea, the welcoming sight of Spain’s ancient port city, Cádiz, appears on the horizon. It is home to a gold-domed cathedral and more than 100 watchtowers, like the Torre Tavira. Generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, founded as Gadir by the Phoenicians 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.
After a day and a night exploring, we set sail west through the same waters which witnessed the Battle of Trafalgar of the Napoleonic Wars. The bay of Albufeira provides the perfect anchorage for our final night with the promise of a BBQ on the deck. Our final morning sees us arrive back in Portimao to disembark after a hearty breakfast.
SMM COVID AND INSURANCE POLICY:
The Santa Maria Manuela recognize that travel is different nowadays. The safety of our guests and our crew has always been our priority, but we have added some additional precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (corona) virus aboard the SMM and to minimize the chances of disruption to your voyage. We follow the safety measures taken by the Portuguese concerning the coronavirus, and those of our fellow tall and international passenger ships.
Cancellation -We offer a 100% refund guarantee on the sum paid to us should any COVID 19 related travel or health matter directly affect your ability to travel or the ability of the SMM to deliver the voyage.
COVID Testing -A valid vaccination certificate and NAAT/ PCR test must be shown before boarding by all guests
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