Western Mediterranean Explorer

European Escapes

Portimão, Portugal - Naples, Italy

Join Tall Ship Blue Clipper for this amazing Mediterranean adventure sailing from Portugal to Italy. A great experience for anyone wanting a hands on sailing voyage on board a classic sailing vessel spending 20 days exploring the highlights of sailing the Mediterranean. It is a great opportunity to build your confidence on deck and learn new skills from our experienced crew and experience the Med from a completely unique perspective!  This is a hands-on voyage and you will be involved in all aspects of sailing a classic sailing vessel.


ShipTwo Berth En-SuiteSix Berth Shared Bathroom
Blue Clipper£3,000.00£2,500.00
December 4, 2021December 24, 202120
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Western Mediterranean Adventure

4th December 2021 - 24th December 2021

Voyage Highlights:

  • Escape the crowds and experience the peace and natural beauty of the Western Med
  • Plenty of opportunity to learn new skills
  • Marvel at the wild beauty of Sardinia’s Costa Verde, with its stretching beaches and towering dunes.
  • Anchoring in secluded peaceful bays.
  • Spot birds, including Egyptian vultures and a large number of birds of prey at the UNESCO biosphere reserve on Menorca.

Voyage Description

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.

Escape the rat race, and visit some of the highlights of the Western Med without the queues and crowds.  As this is sailing in the Med in the winter, we cannot guarantee sunshine everyday, there may be days of strong winds and challenging sailing and some shore attractions may not be open; but this all adds to the adventure and excitement of winter sailing.

The waters of the Mediterranean provide ideal challenges and breathtaking views for experienced sailors and novices alike.  Bounded by Europe, Asia and Africa, the waters of the Mediterranean – three miles deep in places – are frequently disturbed by sudden and surprisingly strong winds that blow from the land towards the centre of the sea.  Many of these winds have names including the Scirocco, the Meltemi, the Bora and the Mistral.  The difference in temperature between the land and sea also creates more localised breezes, which are generally northerly in the morning, variable at midday and strong southerly in the afternoon.  All this can make for challenging sailing that will keep you on your toes and constantly learning new navigational and helming skills!

With its incredible richness and variety in nature, culture and history; sailing the Western Mediterranean will not disappoint.

Coastal Portugal, Southern Spain and the Straits of Gibraltar

The journey begins in Portimao, and we set sail along the Portuguese coast, making our way to Gibraltar.  With beautiful coastal scenery and pretty anchorages, this is a great opportunity to get to grips with the boat and life at sea.   Arriving in Gibraltar we will spend a couple of days here, allowing time to climb the famous rock and spend some time with the monkeys there!

The Balearic Islands

With over 300 days of sunshine per year, warm water and beautiful beaches and bays, it would be rude not to spend a few days sailing here.  The islands Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera host many unspoilt coves, dramatic landscapes and beautiful sandy beaches.

Corsica and Sardinia

These two beautiful islands perfectly complement each other as a sailing destination, offering all the charms of France and Italy.  With its rugged coastline and breezy conditions Sardinia is an ideal sailing ground ad the island has also earned a reputation for countless pristine beaches, with white sand and blue waters.

The Gulf of Naples

The Amalfi coast is home to stunning cliffside towns including Amalfi and Sorrento.  Beautiful structures, including churches, fortresses and medieval buildings give this coastline its distinct character, together with impressive scenery and exquisite beaches.  Here we can sail around the Sirenusas, the Gallos archipelago of three islands off the Amalfi Coast.  Said to be home to the mythical sirens, the charms of this beautiful area are sure to lure you in.



What is included in the voyage cost:

  • All meals on board Blue Clipper – including daily breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Use of safety equipment
  • Accommodation in a twin ensuite cabin
  • All instruction and lectures on board by fully qualified crew

What is not included:

  • Travel to and from the boat
  • Personal travel insurance. Check out Top Sail for specialist Tall Ship sailing travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (a TAB system is in place during your voyage. Payable at the end of your voyage in cash (GBP or EUROS) on board.
  • Any shore excursions and meals on shore (unless otherwise stated)
  • VISA fees

Blue Clipper Kit List

Portimão, Portugal

Naples, Italy

Embark Travel Information

Portimão, Portugal

Disembark Travel Information

Naples, Italy

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