Terceira – Pico - Faial - Terceira
4th (10h00) -11th (10h00) September
Our journeys to the Azores in 2018 and 2019 proved so popular that we plan to follow a similar itinerary as we hop through this impressive mid-Atlantic volcanic archipelago, this time including a stop on Pico Island. Distances are short allowing plenty of time to explore the islands as well as at least one full day of sailing.
During the journey the captain will decide on the best itinerary based on the weather and sea conditions in order to ensure all guests are comfortable and can get the most of these days.
We start and finish in Terceira. If the weather is good we hope to be able to stop on quiet anchorages around the central islands and to sail up the São Jorge Channel which offers the chance to spot for whales. Sperm whales are the resident species, along with blue, fin and sei whales. Bottlenose, Atlantic spotted and common dolphins also usual species here at this time of the year.
We plan to visit Pico Island, the serene island furthest South in the archipelago where the people have every right to be proud of their beautiful island, the second largest in the Azores and home to Portugal’s highest mountain, Mount Pico, at 2,351m. The climb to the top is tiring, but rewarded by panoramic views which, on a clear day, offer a glimpse of the nearby islands of Faial, Sao Jorge, and Terceira with Graciosa in the distance to the north. (A prebooked guide and good fitness is required to climb Pico)
Pico’s hot, dry climate, together with the mineral-rich lava soil and the stunning mosaic of black stone “currais” (plots) – makes the island perfect for the cultivation of vines, with its wine now internationally celebrated.
The extensive lava fields that dot the island’s landscape were declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 2004.
A stop on Faial offers the chance to visit Horta and it’s the famous Peter’s Café Sport bar frequented by yachtsmen since 1918. Stroll in the marina and marvel at the centuries old sailors art.
We finish our island hopping on Terceira docking in UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo, the Azores’ oldest city, with its 16th-century fortress and Renaissance town. Once you have disembarked consider visiting Algar do Carvão with its 90m-deep volcanic chimney, and the island’s small vineyards and lava-rock bathing pools in Biscoitos are popular tourist sites.
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
- Sail through the impressive Azorean archipelago in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
- Gain a hands-on sailing experience aboard this historic sailing ship
- Explore the beautiful island of Pico with the chance to climb its volcano
- Keep an eye out for whales in the São Jorge Channel
- Visit the vibrant sailor’s town of Horta
- Support our citizen science project to raise awareness of the problem with marine litter
- Discover Azorean food and wine
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo
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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