On this 5-day motor-sailing voyage aboard the Santa Maria Manuela we start from the vibrant city of Malaga, through the Gibraltar Straight, make a stop in the charming Portimão, and conclude in Portugal’s historic capital of Lisbon.
Malaga has a rich history, serving as the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and boasting a vibrant seafaring tradition. Before you embark consider exploring the Alcazaba, a stunning Moorish fortress with panoramic views of the Mediterranean, or visit the Picasso Museum, home to an extensive collection of the legendary artist's works. Delight in the local seafood cuisine and soak up the sun on Malaga's city beaches.
We head west through the Gibraltar Straight and north against the prevailing wind towards Portimão’s golden sandy beaches and quaint old town's cobbled streets and historic architecture. After a brief stop its west again to the Cape of Sao Vincente and north again to Lisbon.
If we get lucky with the wind direction, volunteer to help the crew hoist the sails.
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.
Lisbon beckons, as we sail up the Rio Tejo beneath the city’s famous suspension bridge, Ponte 25 de Abril. After you disembark consider immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Lisbon, with its Fado music, historic neighborhoods like Alfama, and stunning viewpoints. Visit the Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Expect warm and sunny weather in June, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°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