Easter Sailing along the Andalucian coast, Seville to Gibraltar


Its Easter - time to dust off your sailing kit and join us in the Spanish sunshine.

We cannot bring Velvet Lady all the way up the river to Seville, so we will be based on the coast in the Old town of Rota.  If you fly to Seville this gives you a great opportunity to visit this delightful Spanish town on the way to the coast.

Take a direct flight from Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh or most London airports to the delightful Spanish town of Seville and then continue on by bus/train to the coastal resort of Rota.  We are located on the north side of Cadiz bay. There are quite a few options for trains and buses throughout the day, either direct or via Santa Maria or via Cadiz itself and the ferry.  However this may become quite a long journey, so why not spend a day in Seville as well.  There is a closer airport at Jerez which will be faster but with more limited flights.  Take a direct Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Jerez on 9th April and then on by bus to Rota.  If you need help with buses/trains etc, please do not hesitate to ask us – bus timetables for April 2020 are hard to find online but we can walk up to the bus station!

Join on board between 12 noon and 1800.  If you are early go off and find your own lunch, mid afternoon we will have tea and biscuits and at 1800 it is time to meet your fellow crew mates and discuss the trip.  Please do not be later than 1800.

We do not run courses but this trip is ideal to get hands on sailing and practice all the theory you may have learnt in a classroom over the winter!

We will sail south from Rota, across Cadiz bay and visit many other old Spanish towns on the way to Gibraltar.  There is also the opportunity to hop across to Morocco.

We will finish in the Spanish town of La Linea - right next to Gibraltar airport.  Fly home from Gibraltar or take the bus to Malaga for a better selection of flights,

Our Sailing Holiday highlights include

  • Opportunity to explore Seville before arriving at the boat
  • A day ashore in Gibraltar
  • Sailing in Atlantic Waters
  • Visit many old historic Spanish Ports 
  • Hop across to Morocco and spend a day in Tangier
  • Spend peaceful nights at anchor enjoying the stars
  • Just relax on board and enjoy the sailing wherever we go
There are direct flights to Seville from many UK airports.
Other options are fly to Malaga and take a bus or fly to Gibraltar and take a bus.


At a Glance

 Thur 9th Apr to Fri 17th Apr 2020

£925  see What's Included

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Rota, Cadiz Bay/La Linea

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8 nights

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 If the weather was perfect, this is what we would be able to do!  We will adapt the itinerary to suit what is possible with the weather that we get at the time.

Day 1 – Arrive on board 1800.  Welcome reception, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner served on board at 2000.

Day 2 – Breakfast, safety briefing. Learn about the boat and where things are kept – short day sail across the bay to Cadiz with time to explore this old Spanish town.

Day 3 – Lets spread our wings a bit further today and sail 30 miles to the small marina at Barbate

Days 4– From Barbate it is a 25 mile dash across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and the old town of Tangier with a big modern marina just on the outskirts of town.

Days 5 - Spend the day wondering the souks of Tangiers or visiting the ancient fortress

Day 6 – Cross the Gibraltar strait again - this time to anchor in the shelter of the island of Tarifa and take the dinghy ashore to visit this old fishing port

Day 7 – Its 20 miles from here to Gibraltar, but the straits often funnel the wind, so it could take a while!.  Arrive in Gibraltar bay late afternoon and moor in the new marina at La Linea - a short walk from Gibraltar (If there is room we will moor in Gibraltar itself but..)

Day 8 – Spend the day exploring ashore in Gibraltar

Day 9 – Breakfast, Depart 1000

This is an example itinerary for a sailing holiday aboard Velvet Lady.  Velvet Lady is an Oyster 55 skippered yacht and all our trips are great for hands on sailing no matter what your experience.  We have to be practical so all our sailing holidays are weather dependent and the exact itinerary will be decided by the skipper to suit the weather conditions. On all our trips it is possible to book an individual berth and become part of a group. To see our other opportunities please see our schedule

AA Day sailing holidays during daylight hours in more testing weather conditions
This trip is great for all experience levels including those new to sailing, but if you are expecting flat water like the Solent the sea might come as a bit of a surprise!  The swell of the Atlantic can reach as much as 3/4 metres and thus present more of a challenge.

  • Date: 9th - 17th April 2020
  • 5 Berths available

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