Sailing in style from Barcelona to Lisbon
Damien and Violette from France had booked trips to Ireland with us on a number of occasions. Violette likes the Game of Thrones Series, one trip to Ireland was dedicated mostly to visiting filming locations. Damien enjoys cycling and mountain biking and after an accident, their plans for an active holiday were seriously hampered. Together we looked at a number of options but one after the one was ruled out because of his injury.
I knew how both of them felt about the idea of being on a cruise ship with 2000 or 3000 other holiday makers but knowing that both love water sports I mentioned tall ship sailing as an option. It did not take long for the two of them to decide to give it a go.
Barcelona as the starting point suited them perfectly, they arranged a short city break themselves and we arranged the main Sailing event: The treasures of Southern Spain & Morocco on board the Wind Star, a sleek 4-masted sailing ship accommodating up to 148 guests. The Wind Star features wide open decks, all the comforts of cruising on an elegant sailing ship. A top sailing speed of 15.8 knots can be achieved with a good wind. There are only 73 deluxe ocean view staterooms and one sumptuous “owner´s suite,” which keeps the total number of passengers down and the sensation of yachting way up.
A voyage on the Wind Star includes all meals in all venues at all times including 24-hour room service and all non-alcoholic beverages. Also included are the unlimited use of all water sports equipment, informative nightly port talks and destination briefings. The sailing starts in Barcelona with overnight sailing to Tarragona. The ports visited on this journey are Tarragona, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Cartagena and on to Malaga. Each port offers superb opportunities to visit the city and taste, smell, feel and touch the regions. From Segway tours to wine tastings, the choices are superb.
A day at sea brought them through the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier in Morocco. We suggested booking a cooking class in Moroccan cuisine. Other choices were a visit to the Berbers of Tetouan and joining a guided walk through the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Tangier, it is a day at sea with arrival in the early hours of the morning in Lisbon. Together with Violette and Damien, we decided to leave out a possible add-on of a stay in Lisbon to allow an immediate flight back home.
Fact sheet: 10 days sailing with Wind Star from Barcelona to Lisbon starts at €2498.00 per person plus taxes €249.00 subject to availability in a category B stateroom cabin.