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Tue 06-08-2024, 16:00Sao Miguel Sun 11-08-2024, 10:00Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores Santa Maria Manuela 5 NightsSM060824 V17

Explore the impressive Azorean archipelago in style & comfort!

Join Santa Maria Manuela for an unmissable holiday exploring the beautiful islands of the Azores. These voyages around the Azorean Archipelago in 2023 proved so popular that we plan to follow a similar itinerary as we hop through this impressive mid-Atlantic volcanic archipelago. Distances are short allowing plenty of time to explore the islands, but we start with an exciting 36 hour crossing from Sao Miguel to the central islands of Faial and Terceira.
This journey is not just a trip but an exploration of nature’s marvels, from majestic whales to UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • Sail through the Azorean archipelago in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • Gain a hands-on sailing experience aboard this historic sailing ship
  • Keep an eye out for whales in the São Jorge Channel
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo

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


Setting Sail from São Miguel

Our journey commences from the vibrant Ponta Delgada, a city where modernity intertwines seamlessly with rich traditions. Before we set sail, take some time to explore São Miguel. Dive into its history at landmarks like Igreja de São Sebastião and Igreja de São Pedro. For nature enthusiasts, the volcanic lakes of Sete Cidades to the west are a must-see, showcasing the island’s volcanic legacy.

Along the Way – Faial

As we sail west keep an eye open for sperm whales hunting in the deep channels for giant squid, and there’s always a chance to sight blue, fin and sei whales. Bottlenose, Atlantic spotted and common dolphins are also found here at this time of the year.

We sail into the Sao Jorge Channel under imposing shadow of Mt. Pico which dominates the horizon. A stop on nearby Faial offers the chance to visit Horta and it’s the famous Peter’s Café Sport bar frequented by yachtsmen since 1918. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colours that adorn the marina, a centuries old canvas painted by sailors from around the world, leaving their mark on this seafaring haven, and delve into the fascinating world of marine giants at the Whale Museum; a reminder of the need to protect this fragile ecosystem.

Arriving in Terceira

Our sailing adventure culminates at Terceira Island, anchoring in the bay of the UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo. This oldest city in the Azores beckons with its 16th-century fortress and charming Renaissance architecture. After a delightful deck BBQ and celebratory evening, if you have an extra day, explore the intriguing Algar do Carvão volcanic chimney or unwind in the unique lava-rock pools in Biscoitos.

Bow View Santa Maria Manuela


Expect a serene sailing experience through the Azorean Archipelago, with August offering calm seas and pleasant weather. The gentle winds and moderate waves make for an ideal sailing climate, allowing you to fully enjoy the beauty of the mid-Atlantic and its islands.


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 


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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.


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.

Start & End Port

Sao Miguel

Worthwhile Journeys You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.

What to Do in Sao Miguel, Azores

History Sao Miguel, steeped in rich maritime history, offers a treasure trove of historical landmarks. The Carlos Machado Museum in Ponta Delgada, housed in a former convent, is a window into Azorean culture and history. Forte de São Brás, overlooking the ocean, recounts tales of defence and conquest.

Culture The Azores are a hub of vibrant traditions. Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, a religious festival in spring, showcases processions and Azorean music. Local artisan markets brimming with ceramics and woven baskets reflect the island’s artistic heritage.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor Sailors will appreciate the dramatic coastal views Sao Miguel offers. The famous Ponta do Arnel lighthouse, accessible via a steep winding road, provides a breath-taking ocean panorama. The rugged cliffs at Nordeste and the serene bays like Praia de Santa Bárbara are visually captivating.

Entertainment Ponta Delgada, the island’s hub, buzzes with a range of entertainment options. From live music in quaint bars to traditional dance performances in local theatres, the nightlife here is an eclectic mix of the modern and the traditional.

Eating Out Sao Miguel’s culinary scene is a delight. Seafood is a staple, with dishes like ‘Caldeirada de Peixe’ (fish stew) being a must-try. Cozido das Furnas, cooked using volcanic steam, is a unique gastronomic experience. Waterfront restaurants in towns like Ribeira Grande offer fresh catches alongside spectacular views.

Nature The island is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The Lagoa do Fogo and Sete Cidades offer stunning crater lakes amidst lush greenery. Hiking trails through the Gorreana Tea Plantations and the Terra Nostra Park’s thermal baths offer tranquil experiences amidst nature’s splendour.

Unique Features Sao Miguel’s geothermal springs, like those in Furnas, are a unique feature. The Terra Nostra Park, with its thermal pools and exotic botanical gardens, is a testament to the island’s volcanic activity and natural beauty.

Accommodation The island boasts several renowned hotels and spas. Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, with its thermal pools, and the luxurious Pedras do Mar Resort & Spa are popular choices for those seeking comfort and relaxation.

Official Tourist Website For further information, visit Visit Azores.

Weather Sao Miguel, Azores The Azores experience a mild, temperate maritime climate. Winters are rainy with temperatures around 14°C. Spring sees milder temperatures and blooming flora. Summer, with temperatures hovering around 25°C, is ideal for outdoor activities. Autumn brings cooler temperatures and is less crowded.

Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices? Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.

Special Interests If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

How to Get There

From the UK Direct flights are available from major UK airports to Ponta Delgada. Alternatively, connecting flights via Lisbon or Porto offer more flexibility.

From Europe Sao Miguel is easily accessible from European capitals with direct flights from cities like Lisbon, Porto, and Frankfurt. Train travel to Portugal followed by a flight is an option for those preferring scenic journeys.

From North America Direct flights from cities like Boston and Toronto to Ponta Delgada are the quickest way to reach Sao Miguel. Connecting flights via mainland Portugal are also available.

From Australia Travellers from Australia can reach Sao Miguel by flying to major European hubs like Lisbon or London, followed by a connecting flight to Ponta Delgada.

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores

Worthwhile Journeys

You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.

Keeping in Touch The exact location of your ship may not be known until closer to your joining time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s mobile/cell phone number with you in case you are delayed or there are any other problems on the day.

What to Do in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores

History Angra do Heroismo is steeped in maritime history, reflecting its key role as a strategic port during the Age of Exploration. The town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, replete with 16th-century forts and churches. For a deep dive into history, visit the Museu de Angra do Heroismo.

Culture The Azores have a rich tradition of folk music and dance, and Angra is no exception. The town frequently hosts festivals that showcase local traditions, like the Sanjoaninas Festivities in June, featuring parades, bullfights, and concerts.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor Angra offers coastal views that can take your breath away. Monte Brasil provides an elevated vantage point to view the harbours below. For those with a nautical bent, the local lighthouses, such as the one at Serreta, are worth a look. Sail by the numerous bays and headlands to truly appreciate the coastline.

Entertainment If you find yourself yearning for a bit of social merriment after sundown, Angra has a few watering holes and pubs that offer live music. You might also enjoy the local dance clubs where you can sway to both modern and traditional tunes.

Eating Out Angra has a range of dining options that include traditional Azorean dishes like Alcatra, a hearty meat stew. For seafood enthusiasts, the local lapas (limpets) are a must-try.

Nature Venture beyond the town to explore the island’s lush green pastures, hiking trails, and unique lava tunnels. The island offers guided tours and opportunities for bird watching and whale spotting.

Unique Features One can’t speak about Angra without mentioning the sulphur springs and the natural swimming pools formed by lava. These features offer a unique twist to the usual beachside experience.

Accommodation Some well-known accommodations include the Terceira Mar Hotel and the Quinta de Nossa Senhora das Mercês.

Official Tourist Website Visit Angra do Heroismo Tourism (website link) for more information.

Weather in Angra do Heroismo Winters are mild but wet, while summers are warm and relatively dry. Spring and autumn offer a pleasant, temperate climate, making these seasons ideal for outdoor activities.

Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices? Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches, or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.

Special Interests If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

How to Get There

UK Flights are available from London to Lajes Airport in Terceira. Alternatively, you can fly to Lisbon and take a connecting flight.

Europe Direct flights are available from various European cities to Lisbon, from where a short connecting flight can get you to Terceira.

North America From the United States, one-stop flights are typically available, usually with a layover in Lisbon.

Australia A longer journey is required from Australia, often involving multiple layovers, commonly in Asian and European cities before reaching Terceira.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Santa Maria Manuela

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


  • 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.


We had the most amazing time. The crew were so friendly and helpful, the food was great throughout, and the cabins were really comfortable. We both climbed the rigging as the sun was setting over Porto Santo to round off a brilliant last day with the new friends we met. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

Ian & Dayna

I have sailed many times on tall ships, this is by far the best yet.

sailing for beginners


Terrific crew and ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew and guests were very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. This is a terrifically well run vessel. 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 operations. Very many thanks.


An amazing ship and amazing crew.


We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during Sachsen Sail in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members!


Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique. Merci pour tout.

A splendid ship with a very kind crew. Thank you for everything.


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