Are you up for a challenge?

Join our adventure sailing trips!

Adventures for people like you

Atyla is a historic wooden ship that you can join for an adventure trip where you take the helm.

Join our hands-on sailing trips with people of all nationalities, ages and backgrounds without needing previous experience.

About us in 3 lines:

  • Atyla ship Foundation is a charity based in Spain.
  • Our ship visits ~16 European cities every year.
  • Our mission: To promote 8 life skills and raise awareness about their importance.

International sailing holidays

The tall ship Atyla sails across Europe from April to October doing trips that anyone can join.

Each trip gives you the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience and improve skills like emotional intelligence and courage.

Sail a wooden ship in an intercultural environment and return home with a story to tell.

Highlights of the adventure

  • Digital Detox
  • Eco-Friendly holidays
  • Personal growth
  • Connect with nature
  • Connect with other adventurers
  • Learn to sail

“I will remember it all my life”

Joseba C. – 48 years old

What do you learn on board?

Life on board is fun and interesting, but also tough and full of challenges.

Our crew uses those challenges to help you step out of your comfort zone, learn about yourself, and improve 8 life skills:

  • Intercultural communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility
  • Courage
  • Resilience
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How is the day-to-day?

During your time on board you will be part of the crew as a participant.

Sailing the ship yourself

You will get involved in all the sailing manoeuvres and activities. 

Collaborate as a team to set and adjust the sails, climb the mast to release the square sails, take the helm and learn to keep Atyla on course. Our crew will be there to guide you and share their sailing passion with you.

Challenges and reflections

All the challenges on board are related to one or more of the 8 life skills, and therefore are opportunities to practice and improve them.

We encourage you to get involved in those challenges in order to get as much as possible from the experience.

Living with other adventurers

You share the adventure with up to 24 international adventurers. During the trip you’ll connect on a deep level and become friends with many of them.

“Completely unique, it blows your mind”

Sofía S. – 26 years old

Reaching the masses

One of the goals of our charity is to raise awareness about the importance of soft skills. We do this on the sailing trips, but when we welcome visitors at the ports where we stop.

Every year we participate in several maritime festivals in which dozens of ships like Atyla gather in the same port and become an attraction for hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Our estimates are that, under normal circumstances, around 950,000 people see the ship and 45,000 people visit it each year.

Through social media and mentions in the press we reach many more thousands.

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“A ship from the past that promotes the skills of the future”

– AMP news

Reaching the less fortunate

Those who participate in our adventure trips often say that the experience “changes your life”, and their feedback is very positive in 98% of cases.

We don’t want this experience to be exclusive to those who can afford the cost of a trip, that’s why our Scholarship Fund allows people with fewer resources to also sail on Atyla.

To cover different levels of need, the Fund offers scholarships ranging from 30% of the cost of the trip to 100% + travel expenses.

To inspire others, we ask scholarship recipients to record a video speaking about their experience on board.

Visit the ship! Next stop: Bilbao

The ship Atyla and its history

Atyla is a wooden schooner built in the 80’s to circumnavigate the earth following the Magellan-Elcano route. It was built following the designs of the sailing vessels of the XVIII century and it’s now classified as historic.

Today Atyla is the only wooden ship of its kind that does adventure sailing trips internationally.

Want to learn more about this unique sailing vessel?

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An experience for true adventurers!

Join the Atyla family

Become part of the community that makes this project a reality.

Become an ambassador

Are you active in your community? Do you have a circle of influence? Do you want to have an impact?

Join our mission to promote emotional intelligence, critical thinking, social and environmental responsibility…

Use our materials or create your own. Let’s join forces to reach more people and raise awareness about how important these skills are for our future.

Volunteer with us

If you have time on your hands, you can join the winter maintenance works in Bilbao. Live on board for free, help hands-on and get a 200€ gift-card for every month you spend on board.

If you are a professional sailor, cook, coach, or marketer, you can apply to become a member of the crew or the office team. You won’t be doing it for the money, but for the amazing experience and the impact you can have with your effort.

“My journey on board Atyla exceeded all expectations.”

Mhairi B. 25 years old, Singapore

“The most friendly boat I have sailed on.”

Tony F. 70 years old, UK

“It feels like being on a floating piece of art.”

Samuel R. 20 years old, Canada 

“It was such a fun, profound and unforgettable experience...”

Odei K. 17 years old, Spain