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Explore the Portuguese and Spanish Coasts: Round Trip from Portimao via Cadiz

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Sat 22-10-2022, 16:00Portimão, Portugal Fri 28-10-2022, 10:00Portimão, Portugal Santa Maria Manuela 6 NightsRound Trip from Portimao via Cadiz SM221022

Let this striking Portuguese ship and her crew show you the highlights of the rugged coastline, with a varied 6-night adventure. Great sailing, fascinating history, vibrant port stops and time in some of the Iberian Peninsula’s hidden gems.

Santa Maria Manuela is a 4 masted schooner with huge wooden decks and acres of canvas sails. You are part of the crew on this Explorer Voyage, but you can also be assured of travelling in comfort, with the ship recently having completed her latest refit.
celebrating this journey of environmental and cultural enlightenment guided by a marine biologist during a final sunset evening of local food and song.

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  • Hands on sailing while travelling in comfort
  • Kayaks and SUPs carried on board
  • Sunny Autumn sailing on Portugal’s Algarve Coast
  • Port stops in Cadiz and Albufeira, with time to explore
  • Arrive in style wherever you go!

Santa Maria Manuela

Vessel type / Rig Gaff Schooner
Guest Berths 50
Beam 33ft
Draft 18ft
Deck Length 173ft
Overall Length 225ft
Tonnage 992 tons
Year Built 1937
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Voyage Description



A tall ship experience that could suit both experienced sailors wanted to sail a surviving example of Portugal’s maritime heritage, and beginners who want to try a large tall ship in the open blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. You are never far from the coast and the ship will be stopping in its home patch – along the Algarve Coast – but the sailing still has that ‘out there on the big blue ocean feel’ to it. Absorb the history whilst you learn the ropes on this 4 masted schooner built for the cod Fishing off Greenland. If you are just looking for an interesting way to explore the coast of Portugal and Spain, this is right up your street too!

helming a mighty tall ship
helming a mighty tall ship


Let a Portuguese run ship show you their home coastline.   Get stuck into the sailing, relax in the bowsprit netting, haul ropes like a hero or enjoy some very comfy deck chairs on the biggest wooden decks in the Classic Sailing fleet. Santa Maria Manuela is a sail training ship and takes part on tall ships races and corporate team building, so the action and hands on participation and sailing instruction is there if you want it. She has a lot of ships crew with many specialism apart from sailing. She also has kayaks and Stand up paddleboards if you are at anchor somewhere suitable for watersports.

You’ll be exploring the coast from Portimao on the Algarve coast with its cliffs, arches and golden beaches, including stopovers at Cadiz and Albufeira, with opportunities for shoreside exploration as well as coastal meandering by sea.

The round-trip nature of this voyage means your onward journey from Portimao is straightforward. 

relaxing on a tall ship - but you are encouraged to help sail the ship

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports.

Santa Maria Manuela’s new owners have given a lot of though into how to offer unique activity holidays on a tall ship over 200 feet long.  With the deck spaces to store water sports ‘toys’ and dive equipment on some specialist dive trips, the keen professional crew offer much more than the sail training experience. Adventure charter voyages are open for all age groups. The Portuguese are very hospitable people and want you to have a great time on their flagship

She has been restored to create a comfortable ‘mother ship’ with well organised hospitality team, but without compromising her ability to offer the real hands on tall ship experience. Even complete novices can be taught to become crew on one of the biggest schooners in the world. The huge gaff sails are traditionally rigged and it will take teamwork to set all sail on her 4 masts and  look magnificent. On passage, guest crew will be in working watches, participating in the sailing, steering the ship and lookout duties.

Santa Maria Manuela from the RIB
Santa Maria Manuela from the RIB

Atlantic Spain Windy Blasts, Beachcombing & Historic Ports

The ports here are the real Spain and the architecture has a moorish twist. Metal studded doors, palm trees, narrow kazbah alleys and secret courtyards abound. Cadiz has been raided by pirates including Sir Francis Drake. 

This is not a lazy sailors coast to sail. there should be decent winds and rugged lee shores to avoid. The surf rolls in and migrant land birds fly the coast towards Gibraltar, ready for the over water hop to North Africa. The Battle of Trafalgar and Battle of St Vincente were fought off these shores.

tall ship port hopping in spain and portugal
tall ship port hopping in spain and portugal


The weather should be warm and sunny but the winds are typically from the North so you might have to tack quite a lot, or do a bit of strategic motoring.


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.


We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.


Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

Start & End Port

Portimão, Portugal

For joining Blue Clipper or Maybe: Porto de Portimao, Doca Pesca, 8400-278 Parchal, Portimao is the provisional joining location. Any changes to this starting location will be sent to you by email.

Kit List

Below is a recommended travel packing list for a sailing voyage.

See bottom of page for Diving Holiday Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet, towels for cabin (but please bring your own beach towel)

What is Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Travel to and from the start and end port
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore unless otherwise stated
  • Alcoholic Beverages , but you can purchase drinks from the bar (you can set up a tab and pay at the end). 

What to Bring

For any destination north of Cape Verde warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. It is a good idea to bring two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet as salt water soaked shoes take a while to dry.

Madeira, Portugal and the Azores in summer can get pretty hot and it is easy to get sunburn at sea as the air is clear. The Cape Verde are in a tropical climate so a good sun screen is essential.

Please remember that space on board is limited and pack accordingly. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers!! It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases. Electricity on board is European 2 pin sockets, please be sure to bring any adaptors you may need. 

Passports, Visas and Insurance

If you voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

We have Third Party Liability Insurance and recommend all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage. 

Medical Conditions and Special Diets

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Personal Items

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.

  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • gloves - either sailing gloves or gardening type gloves
  • Wet weather clothing – water proof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers!!)
  • Trainers or deck shoes
  • shorts and t shirts
  • nightwear (ear plugs ?)
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • swimwear (googles are useful)
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Small torch (head torches are good!)
  • Camera
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
  • Travel insurance


  • Musical instruments 
  • games or cards
  • book/kindle

You can buy Santa Maria Manuela caps on board.

Diving Holidays on Santa Maria Manuela - Kit List

Please note the ship will only be carrying scuba diving equipment on the specialist diving voyages. 

On a diving voyage - Bottles and weights are included in the voyage price.

If you need diving equipment other than bottles and weights it is €150 extra

Nitrox costs €5 euros a dive

Classic Sailing will expand on this kit list shortly.



Santa Maria Manuela is a new vessel to the Classic Sailing fleet. We first became aware of her at the Tall Ships Race Fleet visit in Torbay in 2016. She has new owners who are incredibly proud of the ships history and are developing many new roles for the ship with a major niche in adventure holidays and oceanographic expeditions that benefit the world's oceans.

First Hand Knowledge

Classic Sailing co-founder Adam Purser has recently sailed on board a dive expedition in Cape Verde. He spent quite a bit of time getting to know the ship, its style of operations and the characters in the crew. You can speak to him in Classic Sailing UK Office on 0044 (0)1872 580022

New friends on Adam's voyage
New friends on Adam&#039;s voyage

Customer Feedback

Here are a few customer comments from previous trips. We hope to have many more soon.

Terrific crew & ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew & Guests very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. It would be difficult to find a better one. This is a terrifically well run vessel, or was on this trip. Excellent accommodation, well serviced by a professional crew. All very friendly, helpful and willing to give information throughout. Many opportunities to get involved in most aspects of the ships operation & involvement in the vessel's past history.The Island was beautiful and rather unexpected. Best wishes & Good Luck for the future.Very many thanks"
Keith H. 28-04-18

We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during the Sachsen Sail 2018 in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members and maritime greetings from Leipzig, Germany. " Mario L. 25-09-18

Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique .Merci pour tout" Marie-francoise A. 05-09-18


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