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Mon 27-05-2024, 16:00Ibiza Sat 01-06-2024, 10:00Málaga, Spain Santa Maria Manuela 5 NightsSM270524V8


Hop aboard the Santa Maria Manuela for a 5-day sailing jaunt that promises more than just sea spray and sunsets. We start in Ibiza, an island that’s more than just a party hub; it’s steeped in maritime history. Take a side trip if you can to nearby Formentera, where the beaches are as pristine as they come and the waters are an underwater spectacle.

Then we set sail for Cartagena, a city whose history reads like a page-turner, filled with Carthaginian conquests and Roman rule. Take some time to explore its aged streets and artistic landmarks, a living testament to its varied past.

We round off our trip in Malaga, an art lover’s haven and notably, Picasso’s birthplace. Take a stroll through the Picasso Museum or simply soak up the local culture before we say our farewells.

Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique. Merci pour tout.
A splendid ship with a very kind crew. Thank you for everything
.”
Marie-Francoise

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

Begin in Ibiza, an island with a rich maritime history.
Number of nights at sea: 4
Sail to Cartagena, a historic port with Carthaginian and Roman influences.
Discover Malaga’s artistic heritage, including the birthplace of Picasso.
Join in on knot classes and share sailing stories with shipmates.
Celebrate your journey with a deck BBQ in Malaga before disembarking.

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

Voyage Description

Get underway on a 5-day voyage that weaves history, culture, and natural beauty into an unforgettable maritime tapestry. Your ship for this journey is none other than the Santa Maria Manuela, a newly renovated historic tall ship that combines hands-on sailing with sheer comfort.

Your adventure begins in the iconic island of Ibiza. Renowned as much for its maritime history as its vibrant night-life, Ibiza was a key outpost for Phoenicians and Romans. While you’re here, it’s worth popping over to Formentera. Just a stone’s throw away from Ibiza, Formentera boasts pristine beaches and exceptional diving spots filled with colourful coral reefs and diverse marine life. It’s a natural wonder that eco-conscious efforts have preserved.

Next on our nautical itinerary is Cartagena, a city seeped in history from its time as an important Carthaginian port to its Roman conquests. Witness how civilizations have shaped this maritime city through its impressive architectural and archaeological sites, such as the Muralla del Mar and the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Don’t miss the Roman splendour of El Molinete and the Augusteum Roman forum.

Our final anchorage is Malaga, a city brimming with art and history. Once we dock, why not have a celebratory BBQ on deck and share stories of your voyage with your shipmates? Before you leave, consider delving into the local art scene. Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso, offers a treasure trove for art enthusiasts, including the Picasso Museum.

A Note on Voyage Descriptions

When embarking on a sailing adventure, it’s important to understand that the word “itinerary” takes on a flexible meaning. This isn’t a road trip where you can plan each stop down to the minute. Instead, we embrace what we call a dynamic itinerary. Our skippers are as excited as you are to experience the voyage’s potential highlights, but the ultimate guide here is Mother Nature. We navigate in harmony with her, never against her.

Dynamic itineraries

So, what’s a dynamic itinerary? It means our captain or skipper is always prepared with a plan that’s anything but set in concrete. Weather conditions, sea currents, and other unexpected elements can lead to adjustments. However, rest assured that the final port is a constant goal and our track record for timely arrivals is something we’re really proud of.

Experience-Based Descriptions

In setting your expectations for the trip, know that our descriptions draw from a wealth of past experiences and voyages. However, they are not promises carved in stone; they are possibilities tethered to the realities of seafaring life. Routes, activities, and destinations are subject to change, often due to complex weather patterns, and safety requirements that may require swift decisions. That is the skill our Captains excel at.

Unfold and live the journey

So when you join us, come with an adventurous spirit and a willingness to let the voyage unfold as it will. Trust in the skill of your skipper, the strength of your vessel, and the wisdom of centuries of seafaring tradition. Here, the journey genuinely is the destination.

relaxing on a tall ship - but you are encouraged to help sail the ship
relaxing on a tall ship – but you are encouraged to help sail the ship
Santa Maria Manuela from the RIB
Santa Maria Manuela from the RIB

A Note on Voyage Descriptions

When embarking on a sailing adventure, it’s important to understand that the word “itinerary” takes on a flexible meaning. This isn’t a road trip where you can plan each stop down to the minute. Instead, we embrace what we call a dynamic itinerary. Our skippers are as excited as you are to experience the voyage’s potential highlights, but the ultimate guide here is Mother Nature. We navigate in harmony with her, never against her.

Dynamic itineraries

So, what’s a dynamic itinerary? It means our captain or skipper is always prepared with a plan that’s anything but set in concrete. Weather conditions, sea currents, and other unexpected elements can lead to adjustments. However, rest assured that the final port is a constant goal and our track record for timely arrivals is something we’re really proud of.

Experience-Based Descriptions

In setting your expectations for the trip, know that our descriptions draw from a wealth of past experiences and voyages. However, they are not promises carved in stone; they are possibilities tethered to the realities of seafaring life. Routes, activities, and destinations are subject to change, often due to complex weather patterns, and safety requirements that may require swift decisions. That is the skill our Captains excel at.

Unfold and live the journey

So when you join us, come with an adventurous spirit and a willingness to let the voyage unfold as it will. Trust in the skill of your skipper, the strength of your vessel, and the wisdom of centuries of seafaring tradition. Here, the journey genuinely is the destination.

WIND & WEATHER

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.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

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.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

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.

AGILITY & FITNESS

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.

Start & End Port

Ibiza

Ibiza 'The Gates of Heaven'

‘The Heavens Gate’ rock feature near Ibiza.

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 Ibiza

History

Ah, Ibiza. It’s not just a playground for the rich and famous; it has a rich history too. Take a step back in time and visit Dalt Vila, the UNESCO-listed old town, with its medieval fortress walls and charming cobbled streets. The Archaeological Museum is a treasure trove of Carthaginian and Roman artefacts.

Culture

Beyond the beats of electronic music, you’ll find a rich culture influenced by Moorish, Roman, and Carthaginian history. Keep an eye out for local festivals, including the traditional Spanish celebrations and processions.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor

While we tend to avoid marinas like the plague, Ibiza has plenty of alluring headlands and bays for a sailor to enjoy. A sail past the mystical rock of Es Vedra is almost obligatory. It’s said to be the third most magnetic spot on the earth; navigational instruments tend to go haywire, so it’s a true test for any seasoned sailor.

Entertainment

Ibiza is synonymous with world-class nightlife, with clubs like Pacha and Ushuaia setting the bar high. But there are also flamenco shows, live bands and beachside DJs to keep you entertained.

Eating Out

From traditional Spanish tapas to high-end gastronomy, Ibiza has it all. Be sure to try some local dishes like “bullit de peix,” a hearty fish stew.

Nature

If you’re a bit of an adventurer, Ibiza’s hiking trails in the north will appeal. There are also some spectacular beaches that are less frequented by tourists—perfect for when you’re ashore and keen to escape the crowds.

Unique Features

Ibiza’s salt flats are a natural wonder, and the sunsets there are something to write home about. The island also has a more spiritual side, with a variety of wellness retreats and even a hippy market.

Accommodation

Well-known hotels include the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel for the party-centric, and the Hacienda Na Xamena for those looking for a quieter, more luxurious experience.

Official Tourist Website

For more information, check out the official tourist website.

Weather Ibiza

Summer is hot and dry, perfect for sailing and beach activities. Autumn sees milder temperatures and fewer crowds. Winter is cooler but still relatively mild, and spring brings blooming flowers and an uptick in temperature.

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 plentiful from various UK airports. However, you could opt for a train to a Spanish port and then a ferry, adding another dimension to your adventure.

Europe Well-connected by flights from major European cities, Ibiza is easy to reach. Alternatively, mainland ferries from Barcelona or Valencia are available.

North America Flights typically connect through a major European city. No direct sail routes, but once you’re in Europe, you have options.

Australia A long-haul flight connecting through a European or Middle Eastern airport will get you to Ibiza. Given the distance, why not turn it into a multi-stop adventure?

Málaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

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 Malaga

History

You can’t set foot in Malaga without feeling the weight of its history. The Alcazaba, a fortress built by the Moors in the 11th century, offers panoramic views and an unforgettable glimpse into the past. The nearby Roman theatre, still in use after two millennia, adds another layer to this historical tapestry.

Culture

In terms of culture, Malaga is Picasso’s birthplace, and it honours the artist with an excellent museum in the city centre. When you’re there, you might also stumble upon spontaneous Flamenco performances in hidden squares. The Holy Week celebrations are a spectacle of pageantry you won’t want to miss if you’re around in spring.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor

The headlands surrounding Malaga offer fantastic opportunities for spotting marine life, from dolphins to the occasional whale. The Cape of Gata, a sailor’s day-trip dream, has some of the most incredible geology and clear waters on this side of the Mediterranean. Faro de Calaburras is one of those lighthouses you want to see up close, standing defiantly against the elements.

Entertainment

Nightlife in Malaga varies from traditional tapas bars where locals and tourists alike revel in culinary delights, to modern rooftop lounges offering cocktails and sweeping views of the city. Live music is common, ranging from jazz to more traditional Spanish guitar.

Eating Out

For those looking to dine, be sure to try the region’s specialities like ‘espetos,’ sardines skewered and grilled on an open flame at the beach. Fresh seafood is the norm here, and the local wines pair beautifully with the flavours of the sea.

Nature

Nature lovers will appreciate the nearby Montes de Malaga Natural Park, featuring pine forests, hiking trails, and even the occasional waterfall. The beaches are not to be ignored either; they are well-kept and offer various water-based activities like paddle boarding and kayaking.

Unique Features

What sets Malaga apart is its blend of the old and the new. You can go from exploring ancient ruins to taking in some avant-garde art, all within a day. It’s a port city that offers a bit of everything, with an Andalusian soul that’s hard to resist.

Accommodation

Some well-known spots for accommodation include the Gran Hotel Miramar for a more luxurious stay and the Room Mate Valeria, known for its Andalusian style and modern comforts.

Heading Official Tourist Website

For more detailed information, the official tourist website for Malaga is malagaturismo.com.

Weather Malaga

In Malaga, you can generally expect a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot, with temperatures often reaching above 30°C, while winters are milder, rarely falling below 10°C. Spring and autumn offer the most pleasant conditions for exploring, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 25°C.

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 from major UK airports to Malaga are plentiful. Alternatively, a combination of train travel to southern France followed by a ferry can make for an adventurous journey.

From Europe

Trains connect Malaga with various European cities, including Barcelona and Madrid. Buses also provide cheaper but longer options.

From North America

Direct flights are limited, but one-stop options through Madrid or another European hub are commonly available.

From Australia

There are no direct flights from Australia to Malaga. One or two-stop flights via Asian or Middle Eastern cities are the quickest options.

 

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Santa Maria Manuela

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

Included

  • 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
Extras
  • 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.

Review

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.

Richard
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.

Keith

An amazing ship and amazing crew.

David

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!

Mario

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

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

Marie-Francoise

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