Third stage is about endless sailing and entering the ocean from the sea. Highlights include Ibiza, Gibraltar and the final point, Lisbon. 10 days, 850 miles
In this stage you will have to sail a LOT, visit three countries, go out on the ocean, and do a ton of navigating. Teamwork is essential here, as this stage is quite challenging, so get ready.
Palma de Mallorca → Ibiza, 85nm
Our trip starts in Palma de Mallorca and continues on the island of contrasts, Ibiza. Cosmopolitan and multicultural, it is at the same time firmly connected to its rural roots. People visit Ibiza not only for electronic nightlife, but also for its beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear water and famous fortified old town, Dalt Vila, a World Heritage Site. Large meadows of seagrass Posidonia oceanica under the water here are home to many species and are responsible for the clear and turquoise waters of Ibiza, declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO as well.
Ibiza → Cartagena, 145nm
Then we head to Cartagena, the most important seaport in Murcia region. The city is famous for its great weather, local gastronomic dishes and incredible history. The old town of Cartagena was constructed in 223BC and was the great Hannibal's capital city, just take look at the Roman theater of Cartagena to understand. And the art legacy near the Barrio del Foro Romano is a bunch of masterpieces, a must-see!
Cartagena → Málaga, 200nm
Málaga is a southern port city with a very rich history. Wandering around here today is like walking around an open air museum with Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian influences - there is a lot to see.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in Málaga on 25 October 1881. A museum honoring his achievements as an artist has been constructed in his birthplace, which also features some of his work. Since 1983, artist’s birthplace, the “Casa Natal,” has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Málaga → Gibraltar, 70nm
Our next stop is Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on a rocky stretch of the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula; it is a British colony in Spanish territory.
The Pillars of Hercules is the ancient name of two capes at the eastern entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, separating the continents of Africa and Europe. Legend has it, on his way to the island of Erytheia Hercules had to cross the mountain that had once been Atlas. Instead of climbing the great mountain, Hercules split it in half with his indestructible mace. In doing so he connected the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea and formed the Strait of Gibraltar.
Gibraltar → Faro, 150nm
Then we cross the Bay of Cadiz and head to the southernmost city in Portugal, Faro.
Faro is a corner of 18th century Portugal, with cobbled streets and stunning historical buildings. Many examples of ancient Roman and Moorish architecture can still be observed here in ‘old town’ quarter.
Faro is a good starting point to explore Ria Formosa Natural Park, a beautiful area for hiking and bird watching.
Faro → Lagos, 50nm
From Faro we go to Lagos, an ancient port city located near the place where the Bensafrin river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Its cobblestone streets and narrow courtyards are still surrounded by Fort Meiya-Praia walls.
The beaches are the pride of Lagos. All of them can be divided into two categories: open areas along the coast or sheltered bays of unusual shape. Most of them offer stunning views of the cliffs.
Lagos → Sines, 90nm
From Lagos we turn north, rounding the Sagres cape. Next stop is Sines, a former fishing village, now a fishing port and resort with a history dating back to Roman times. Castelo de Sines and the Revelim Fort were built to protect the town from pirates and are now its main attractions.
Sines is also the birthplace of the most famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. His statue is located at Castelo de Sines where his father served as governor of the city.
Sines → Lisbon, 60nm
Lisbon is a final point of our trip. The capital city of Portugal is all abour charming streets with trams, old neighbourhoods, breathtaking architecture, World Heritage Monuments and magnificent beaches. We'll stop in the charismatic Belém neighborhood or perhaps go even farther, to its harbor, Alcantara.
The most iconic sites of the city are Jerónimos Monastery - a grand monastery and resting place of Vasco da Gama, Vasco da Gama Gardens, Padrão dos Descobrimentos (the Monument of the Discoveries) and Belém Tower. Take your time - enjoy nature and the spectacular views of the city. And of course, you’re always welcome to join us on the next stage of our route.
🛬 Malaga [AGP]
🛫 Madeira/Funchal [FNC]