We start our voyage in the bustling port city of La Coruña, then on south past Cape Finisterre to the historic wine city of Porto and then Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon.
La Coruña is home to the Tower of Hercules, the only working Roman lighthouse in the world, and its many typically Spanish squares and medieval churches. Invigorated by the Spanish vibe, we set sail west for the notorious Cape Finisterre, where the north Atlantic winds compress into a narrow channel, at times delivering some exciting sailing conditions.
With all hands-on-deck and a good team effort to hoist the sails, we round the Cape and hope for a favorable wind from the north to help us make good speed for Porto.
There´s nothing our crew like more then to share their knowledge of sailing with our guests, and they will encourage you to get actively involved with all aspects of the ship’s life. Volunteers to hoist and trim the sails for best speed are always welcome, and the feeling of helming a 67m sailing ship as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever.
Knot classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst sharing sailing stories with shipmates, and if the weather allows there's the opportunity to go up the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.
Before long we sail into Porto, Portugal’s northern capital. This mystical city has a certain allure which has much to do with its people, famously generous and easy-going, the River Douro overflowing with heritage, historic bridges and monuments, buildings adorned by traditional tiles, flowering balconies and bustling cafes and restaurants in the cobbled streets. The quayside of historic Porto where the Port Wine lodges are located is classified as World Heritage.
Soon Lisbon beckons. South again we sail, past the marine protection zone of the Berlengas Islands and into Rio Tejo with its historic shoreline, blessed by 290 days of sunshine each year. We sail into the rising sun, under the famous Ponte da 25 Abril suspension bridge and dock just yards away from the Oceanario do Lisboa, voted many times as the worlds leading aquarium.
Once you’ve disembarked, if your schedule allows, take time to explore Lisbon, an ageless city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with culture, entertainment and innovation.