Sail with tall ship Blue Clipper to explore the Algarve coast of Portugal and the Spanish coast of Andalusia.
Your tall ship sailing adventure on Blue Clipper begins in the traditional harbour city of Portimao. Traditionally known for its ship-building and sardine fishing, this beautiful city still retains its heritage charm and is a great place to begin your sailing holiday in Portugal.
Enjoy some Autumn sunshine as you explore the dramatic coast of the Algarve and the rolling hillsides of Andalusia. Experience stunning mountains, the air full of the scent of eucalyptus and traditional ancient villages as well as warm wind sailing and good mix of time under sail and time ashore.
- Fully Crewed tall ship
- Winter sunshine
- Coastal sailing
- Great for couples or solo travellers
- En-suite cabins
- Suitable for beginners
- Traditional tall ship sailing experience
YOUR SAILING AREA
Portugal & Spain
Your skippered sailing holiday in Portugal will not run a fixed itinerary to make best use of the wind but there are plenty of traditional harbours and natural wonders to explore.
Discover the fascinating caves and cliff formations of the Algarve region, spending time walking the dramatic coastline and taking the boats paddle-boards to discover caves off the beaten track. The world famous Benagil Cave is located in the district of Lagos and was named one of the Top 10 Coolest Caves by Huffington Post in 2014. It’s not accessible by foot and swimming out to it would be very dangerous, so entry is only possible by boat – making it the perfect spot for Blue Clipper to anchor up and explore.
The ancient city of Cádiz is almost entirely surrounded by water. This Andalusian port city boasts 3000 years of history, reflected in ancient buildings lining the waterfront. Cobbled medieval streets spill out into whitewashed Spanish plazas and Roman ruins. Home of the Spanish Navy, Cádiz is a 16th century port city that was once a base bustling hotspot for exploration and trade for ships passing through the Gibraltar Strait. It has more than 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, which was traditionally used for spotting ships.
The main focus of this voyage is to explore the Algarve coast of Portugal and the Andalusian coast of Spain. There are many harbours and Nature Reserves dotted all along the coast and the Ocean winds make for some great sailing opportunities. The wind and weather will determine your route so it is never 100% guaranteed that all locations mentioned will be reached. The skipper and crew will have a better idea of what to expect from the weather as you board.
All voyages for Blue Clipper
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Schooner
Built-in Sweden in 1991, tall ship Blue Clipper is an impressive three-masted gaff rig schooner. With a clipper bow, original teak deck and elegant stern, she mixes a traditional tall ship feel with a relatively modern build giving guests an authentic experience with all the mod cons.
She has spent many years sailing all over the world from the Caribbean to the Arctic and is a frequent participant in the European Tall Ship regattas. Originally owned by the Brandy company Hennessy and named ‘Spirit of Hennessey, she appeared in many TV programmes and commercials before being privately bought in the late 90’s.
On deck, she boasts ample space for her guests to become fully immersed in hands-on sailing; heaving the ropes, hoisting the sails, learning ropes skills and even taking the helm. She has 3 kayaks and 3 paddle-boards for guest use while on anchor so you can explore even further inshore.
A spacious saloon, wheelhouse and galley also sit at deck level while below decks has been well-considered with six ensuite cabins a family cabin that sleeps six. All cabins have a porthole for natural light and heating/air conditioning.
In 2016 she started her new life with her current owner and now spends her summers sailing Scotland and the Hebrides and her autumn months heading south to Spain and Portugal.
Deck planMore about Blue Clipper
Life on board Blue Clipper
Sailing with tall ship Blue Clipper is certainly an enjoyable, hands-on experience and guests are encouraged to get involved with all aspects of sailing this magnificent tall ship. Spending her summers exploring Scotland and the Hebrides and her winters sailing in the Caribbean, Blue Clipper is a luxury tall ship experience. Perfect for couples or solo travellers looking for that added touch of luxury with private en-suite cabins and top-notch all-inclusive food.
From hoisting the sails to taking the helm, the friendly and knowledgable crew are always on hand to show you the ropes. Part of the beauty of sailing with such a magnificent vessel is the opportunity to get involved in a safe and supported environment! The permanent crew are all professionally trained so as much as guest involvement is encouraged, if you just want to sit back and take in the view or are concerned about your physical ability to hoist ropes – there are plenty of other boat jobs such as coiling ropes, preparing lines and keeping watch!
Eating on board
Blue Clipper has a dedicated chef on board too so you don’t have to worry about cooking after a days sailing in the salty sea air. Think locally sourced produce, fresh fish and home-made bread with hearty home-cooked meals and plenty of tea, coffee and cake!
Sleeping and relaxation
Below decks, Blue Clipper has a large comfy saloon perfect for sharing sea-faring tales, hearty home-cooked meals or even a game of cards! Rest up after a day of adventure in your spacious private en-suite cabin. With twin bunks, sailing with Blue Clipper is certainly one of comfort and is the perfect choice for couples or solo travellers.
Blue Clipper has two kayaks and paddleboards on board which guests are welcome to use to explore the nooks and crannies of the coast! There is no extra charge for this and buoyancy vests are also provided.
As with all Blue Clipper’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, hot/soft drinks. There are six ensuite twin cabins with all bedding and towels provided per guest.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Use of boats kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards
What’s not included
- Waterproof coat or trousers
- All flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will be not more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks)
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
6x Twin Ensuite, 1x six-berth family cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
9 in total. All Cabins are Ensuite aside from the six-berth that shares a bathroom.
Is there an age limit?
Over 12's ideally but please check in the over for ages between 12-18 years.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes - please bring EU adaptors.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Faro Airport requires taking a 45-50 minute taxi ride to [Doca Pesca] Parchal. This could cost in the region of £60-£75. This is much easier than multiple changes on public transport. You can fly direct to Faro from a number of airports in England.
STAY IN PORTIMAO:
There are plenty of places to stay in Portimao. Try Colina Da Lapa & Villas, Flor da Rocha or Quinta Aida Cottages and B&B Suites.