This voyage is specifically for sailing and ocean sailing in particular. It is non-stop sailing from the port of Cascais to Tenerife. After leaving port, we will hoist sail almost immediately. This will help you get familiar with all the different lines and to get to know the sails. This is the perfect voyage to enjoy not only sailing, but also the nice weather.
One hour on board the Bark EUROPA and it will instantly be clear: “teamwork” has to be the key to this beautiful traditional sailing vessel. No winches, but an infinity of lines; at first glance maybe a complete jungle. The hundreds of blocks look like spiders in their webs. The novice sailor will be introduced to these matters every day and, after a few weeks, all those lines, blocks, stays, booms with their impossible names and functions become an open book. All trainees will be part of the watches, where you will learn everything about navigation, meteorology and rope work. After your watch you will have plenty of time to relax, read a book, to enjoy the views and to have some drinks with your fellow travelers.
The voyage will start in Cascais, a historical town on the Portuguese coast known for being the centre of the Portuguese Riviera. From the Middle Ages onward, the town has been an important harbor for supplying Lisbon with fish and as a stop over harbor for vessels bound for Lisbon as well.
From the end of the 19th century onwards, the Portuguese Royal family had a summer residence in the town. Following the court, a lot of noble houses also went to Cascais and build beautiful mansions as summer retreats. During the Second World War these served as a safe haven for other European Royal Families.
The Canary Islands are an archipelago of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is the largest and most popular island of the seven Canary Islands. On the island you can find the third highest volcano in the world; Teide volcano at 3,718 meters. A climb up the mountain will give you exceptional views over the island.
From the 14th century onwards, numerous visits were made by sailors from Mallorca, Portugal and Genoa. In 1402 the Castillian conquest began, with the expedition of French explorers to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and El Hierro. The natives of other islands resisted the invaders for almost a century. Tenerife was the last island that was conquered and incorporated into the Kingdom of Castile.
The Spanish enslaved many of the natives of whom many died of new infectious diseases. Many of Tenerife’s pine forests were cleared to make fields for crops such as sugar cane, wine grapes, cochineal and plantains. The islands became an important stopping point for Spanish traders on their way to the New World. This brought quite some prosperities to the islands.
The crops-based economy of the islands faced quite some competition of Spain’s American colonies. This caused some severe recessions on the islands. During the 18th, 19th and 20th century, many families emigrated to the New World due to fewer economic possibilities and the relative isolation of the islands. After the establishment of a democratic constitutional monarchy in Spain, autonomy was granted to the Canaries in 1982.Optional reservation Booking form