La Coruña, Spain – Porto - Lisbon
3rd (Board 1000h) 8th July (Disembark 1000h)
We start our voyage in the bustling port city of La Coruña, then on south past Cape Finisterre to the historic wine city of Porto and then Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon.
La Coruña is 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 vibe, 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 Porto.
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 and trim the sails for best speed are always welcome, and the feeling of helming a 67m 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.
Before long we sail into Porto, Portugal’s northern capital. This mystical city has a certain allure which has much to do with its people, famously generous and easy-going, the River Douro overflowing with heritage, historic bridges and monuments, buildings adorned by traditional tiles, flowering balconies and bustling cafes and restaurants in the cobbled streets. The quayside of historic Porto where the Port Wine lodges are located is classified as World Heritage.
Soon Lisbon beckons. South again we sail, past the marine protection zone of the Berlengas Islands and into Rio Tejo with its historic shoreline, blessed by 290 days of sunshine each year. We sail into the rising sun, under the famous Ponte da 25 Abril suspension bridge and dock just yards away from the Oceanario do Lisboa, voted many times as the worlds leading aquarium.
Once you’ve disembarked, if your schedule allows, take time to explore Lisbon, an ageless city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with culture, entertainment and innovation.
For this product Portuguese taxation will be applied. If you require an invoice it is necessary to request it to Santa Manuel Manuela S.A. with tax code PT-515 755 028.
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Santa María Manuela
The Santa Maria Manuela was launched on 10 May 1937 in Lisbon. It is a 67-metre sailing ship. The ship was named after the owner’s wife, Maria Manuela, mother of 16 children. The main function of the Santa Maria Manuela was cod fishing. The Santa Maria Manuela underwent a number of structural changes over the years, from the removal of the masts to the installation of a navigation bridge. In 1993 the ship was considered obsolete, was dismantled and only the steel hull remained. The following year the Santa María Manuela Foundation was created, a project that united 17 institutions under the same purpose: to recover the ship. The SMM now has unique conditions for sea voyages, events, parties and training at sea. Predominant colour WHITE.
Map of the journey
What is included
- Atlantic coastal sailing with the prevailing wind at your stern
- Sail from the bustling port city of La Coruña
- Explore Portugal’s ancient port wine city of Porto
- Sail up the Rio Tejo at sunrise under Lisbon’s famous suspension bridge
- Travel in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
What it does not include
• Transportation to and from the Santa Maria Manuela
• Add-on excursions not mentioned in this programme
• Discretionary tips.
• Travel insurance **
• Dive courses
• Wet suit rental *
* Price depends on equipment needed
** Dive insurance is required and general travel insurance is highly recommended
This amazing adventure does not require diving experience.
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