From Malaga to Bridgetown
18th June 2015
In addition to cruises around the Eastern and Western Mediterranean and the Caribbean, Star Clippers also operate a range of Ocean Cruises which can take passengers across the Atlantic from Europe to the exotic islands of the Caribbean. The Malaga to Bridgetown cruise can take you from the warm weather of southern Spain on a short journey around the Mediterranean and Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic and heading towards Bridgetown.
Travelling onboard the Star Flyer, this cruise is a perfect way to experience the glory of wind sailing and appreciate historic methods of transport. Star Clippers takes a closer look at what you can expect from the Malaga to Bridgetown cruise, which departs this October.
Malaga has been a popular destination with tourists for many years. This large city in southern Spain offers a Mediterranean climate, gorgeous beaches and an array of historical architecture of cultural significance. It is also worth noting that Malaga was the birthplace of the renowned artist, Pablo Picasso, and it is possible to visit the place of his birth and museums dedicated to his work.
Oddly enough, Tangier was used as a model for the famous American film ‘Casablanca’. Only 20 miles separates Tangier from Spain, with the Strait of Gibraltar the only body of water sitting between the two nations. Tangier offers a bizarre but intriguing mix of the Arab world, Europe and Africa all in one city. A walk along the beach will allow you to visit possibly the most famous landmark, the Kasbah – the former Sultan’s palace.
Thought to be the oldest city in Western Europe, Cadiz was founded by Phoenician sailors around 3,000 years ago. A venture around this city will allow you to delve into its extensive history. The huge stone walls surrounding the old town were built to protect the city from the attacks of Sir Francis Drake in 1596. The old town boasts much in the way in of historical architecture, but there is also the option to travel on an excursion to Seville – the cultural and colourful centre of Andalusia.
Funchal gets its name from the abundance of fennel on the island and it is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal. The city is full of botanical gardens, each of which offers a lush, green place to wander and relax in natural beauty. The main city of Madeira also offers historical architecture, in the form of Sao Lourenco Palace and Se Cathedral.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Considered a paradise for yachts crossing the Atlantic, Gran Canaria offers a semitropical colonial ambience. Explore the amazing geological features that include the volcanic crater of Caldera de Taburiente National Park. Venture the centre of Las Palmas and, wherever you decide to wander, you’ll be able to see the Catedral de Santa Ana – which embodies several centuries of history.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is dominated by the huge Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain. It is also volcanic and a journey to the mountains will provide a journey filled with lush green valleys, each of which contains many species of flowers. Visiting the snow-capped mountain that is Mount Teide is a must and a cable car takes you to the summit.
Spending such a large amount of time at sea really allows you to let go of the troubles and stresses of everyday life and simply relax. Thirteen days stand between your departure from Tenerife and your arrival in Barbados – so make the most of the elegant tall ship sailing experience. You can choose to unwind on the top deck or participate in the water sports. There may even be an opportunity to help the crew with the sailing of the ship.
After your long journey across the sea, you’ll feel like a true explorer when you finally reach land in the Caribbean. The isolated beaches here contain sand which has been carried by the wind across the Atlantic from the Sahara desert. Excellent calm beaches combined with a glass of rum make Barbados the perfect location for a spot of relaxation.
If you want to experience tall ship sailing for yourself and embark on a more traditional-style cruise, look no further than Star Clippers. This exciting itinerary is just one of the many Ocean Cruise options that can take you across the Atlantic and, in October 2016, along the Suez Canal.