|Mon 12-08-2024, 16:00Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores
|Sat 17-08-2024, 10:00Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores
|Santa Maria Manuela
Join Santa Maria Manuela for a captivating voyage to the Azores. Setting sail from Terceira, we’ll explore the stunning islands of São Jorge and Pico, each offering unique natural wonders and wildlife. Expect serene sailing conditions, enchanting landscapes, and a blend of adventure and relaxation. This journey is not just a trip but an exploration of nature’s marvels, from majestic whales to UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Join Santa Maria Manuela as she sets sail from the charming Terceira in the Azores. This will be an unforgettable journey through this enchanting mid-Atlantic volcanic archipelago. Our past voyages here in 2023 were a resounding success, and we’re thrilled to offer a similar experience, weaving through these magical islands. The beauty of this trip lies in the short distances, allowing ample time for both island exploration and a full day of blissful sailing.
Based on the wind and tides, your Captain will chart a course through the archipelago. The first stop is São Jorge, a paradise of natural beauty, boasting breathtaking trails, natural pools, and renowned for its exquisite cheese. Next stop is Pico Island; in these rich waters, keep your eyes peeled for sperm whales, along with blue, fin, and sei whales. The presence of playful dolphins like the Bottlenose and Atlantic spotted varieties adds to the aquatic spectacle, particularly vibrant at this time of the year.
As your voyage comes to a close, Santa Maria Manuela returns to Terceira, docking at Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO-listed gem and the oldest city in the Azores. With its 16th-century fortress and Renaissance charm, it’s a delightful conclusion to our voyage. Upon disembarking (after a festive deck BBQ and evening celebrations!), consider staying an extra day and exploring the fascinating Algar do Carvão with its deep volcanic chimney, or the quaint vineyards and lava-rock pools in Biscoitos.
In August, the Azores are graced with pleasant weather, characterised by moderate winds and gentle seas, ideal for smooth sailing. The region’s climate, influenced by its mid-Atlantic position, brings comfortable temperatures and a chance for both sunny days and mystical foggy mornings, adding to the adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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