Experience a taster of tall ship sailing in Mediterranean

15th March 2018

With the snow thawing across the UK and daylight extending well into the afternoon, there is no clearer indication that summer is just around the corner. With this in mind, there is also no better time to start considering a summer escape and Star Clippers has plenty of options available. While many of these options enable you to float across the sea across a number of weeks, there are also a number of shorter itineraries available.

The Western Mediterranean season starts on the 23rd April 2018 with a five-night sailing aboard the magnificent five-masted Royal Clipper. This is a perfect option for anyone considering a tall ship holiday, without committing to a longer cruise. Star Clippers takes a closer look at this short sailing and the ports you will be able to visit along the way.



The Portuguese capital is the starting point of your cruise and this magnificently charming city offers plenty to see and do. If you’re looking for a quick tour, it is definitely worth taking a ride in one of the traditional cable cars. While many of the lines have been modernised in recent years, Tram Line 28 is one of the three authentic lines remaining and is well worth experiencing during your visit. This route will take you through the Old Town on a journey through a number of interesting sites including monuments, churches and gardens.



Portimao is one of the largest cities in the gorgeous Portuguese region of the Algarve, which has long been known for its warm climate and blissful beaches. Praia da Rocha is one of the most highly-prized beaches in the Algarve and is located close to the city of Portimao. Alternatively, if you wish to wander the city streets, you will find a number of excellent shopping opportunities, with clothes, jewellery and ornamental items available.


Pungent aromas, dazzling vistas and a warm climate are combined in the Moroccan city of Tangier to offer you an authentic North African experience. A walk along the promenade beside the warm and inviting beach will offer a chance to see many of the city’s renowned buildings including the Kasbah and Kasbah Museum, the Tomb of Ibn Battouta (a famous 14th-century traveller), and the American Legation.

Gibraltar (overnight)


Guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean, the British overseas territory of Gibraltar sits in a historically strategic position. Known for its towering rock, which is home to a number of native Barbary macaques, the small nation, bordered by Spain to the north, offers a taste of home away from home. On a clear day, a climb to the top offers a chance to see across the Mediterranean towards Morocco, while more adventurous visitors may be intrigued by the labyrinth of tunnels that are hidden inside.


Heading eastward along the Spanish coast, the Andalusian city of Motril awaits your arrival. Ideally situated at the foot of the Sierra Lujar Mountains, the city is home to two gorgeous beaches including the busy Playa Poniente and the quieter Playa Granada – both offer an ideal place to soak up the Mediterranean sun.



Malaga is one of the more well-known cities of the Mediterranean, highly renowned for its relaxing golden beaches. While these provide an ideal place to relax and soak up the sun, it is also worth pointing out the cultural and historical references present within the city. The fortress palace of Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro are both fine examples of Moorish influence, while an excursion to the nearby city of Granada offers a chance to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace.

This is one of the many taster cruises available in the Western Mediterranean throughout 2018 with Star Clippers. As the weather continues to get warmer, Star Clippers will also operate sailings within the Eastern Mediterranean, offering opportunities to visit the Greek Islands and the Balkan nations.

For more information, contact our friendly Star Clippers team via the freeephone number above or chat to an advisor online.

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