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

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Frin Wolter
Frin Wolter
12:42 14 Oct 22
Worth every Penny. Not a cruise-ship but an experience for adventurers ! I enjoyed it very much.The crew members are great people, super friendly and helpful. They teach you how to manage everyday... on the boat and are full of advice for life at sea. On Atyla, you are likely to have a once in a lifetime experience, that is challenging but also rewarding.You don't need prior experience to fit in, it can be your first time at sea. You will learn how to steer the boat, climb the masts, pull the ropes, make knots, fishing, deck scrubbing, and much more.read more
Noor A. B.
Noor A. B.
11:06 29 Jul 22
Sin duda alguna es una experiencia inolvidable, te formas en navegación y a la vez personalmente. Es una semana de desconexión, donde conoces personas increíbles disfrutando de la vida a bordo, de la... tripulación y de los lugares que vas visitando. Cabe destacar que la tripulación demuestra gran profesionalidad, amabilidad y están a tu disposición en todo momento.read more
Mauricio Salinas
Mauricio Salinas
13:17 27 Jul 22
Para mi fue una experiencia que superó todas mis expectativas, por lo que aprendí (navegación, y social). La vida en el mar genera unos vínculos especiales, es una capsula atemporal que te permite... desarrollar vínculos sin interferencias. Desde lo formal, la relación con los líderes amigable y cordial. Desde que que pisé cubierta me sentí parte eso que es mucho mas que un barco.read more
Celia
Celia
11:06 27 Jul 22
Es una experiencia inolvidable, la tripulación es simpática, amable y encantadora. Conoces a mucha gente de distintas edades, lugares...aprendes sobre navegación, visitas sitios preciosos... Ha sido... una semana increíble.Una experiencia muyyyy recomendable 100% !!! 🙂read more
Kate C (Kat)
Kate C (Kat)
15:03 13 Jan 22
Atyla is a beautiful ship managed by wonderful people. My 17 year old son went on his own from Canada, this past summer for a UK to Spain sail. Travelling during the pandemic was stressful but... everyone was incredibly helpful and he had an amazing time. We hope you have another fantastic sailing year! ⛵️read more
Marcin Pasek
Marcin Pasek
14:47 10 Jan 22
Best ship, best crew, best friends 😊
Iñigo Leon
Iñigo Leon
12:48 22 Oct 21
Recomiendo quitar el miedo y animarse a formar parte de la tripu del Atyla. Conoceréis gente estupenda, disfrutaréis de la naturaleza como nunca y aprenderéis de navegación a vela.
Veera Uski
Veera Uski
21:24 31 Jan 19
Atyla is an amazing ship and project going on all year long. In winter they have volunteers to repair the ship and during Summer they teach people of all ages to sail on a traditional sailing ship,... what she is.read more
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Atyla Ship Foundation
4.8
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Noor A. B.
Noor A. B.
11:06 29 Jul 22
Sin duda alguna es una experiencia inolvidable, te formas en navegación y a la vez personalmente. Es una semana de desconexión, donde conoces personas increíbles disfrutando de la vida a bordo, de la tripulación y de los lugares que vas visitando. Cabe destacar que la tripulación demuestra gran profesionalidad, amabilidad y están a tu disposición en todo momento.
Mauricio Salinas
Mauricio Salinas
13:17 27 Jul 22
Para mi fue una experiencia que superó todas mis expectativas, por lo que aprendí (navegación, y social). La vida en el mar genera unos vínculos especiales, es una capsula atemporal que te permite desarrollar vínculos sin interferencias. Desde lo formal, la relación con los líderes amigable y cordial. Desde que que pisé cubierta me sentí parte eso que es mucho mas que un barco.
Celia
Celia
11:06 27 Jul 22
Es una experiencia inolvidable, la tripulación es simpática, amable y encantadora. Conoces a mucha gente de distintas edades, lugares...aprendes sobre navegación, visitas sitios preciosos... Ha sido una semana increíble.Una experiencia muyyyy recomendable 100% !!! 🙂
Iñigo Leon
Iñigo Leon
12:48 22 Oct 21
Recomiendo quitar el miedo y animarse a formar parte de la tripu del Atyla. Conoceréis gente estupenda, disfrutaréis de la naturaleza como nunca y aprenderéis de navegación a vela.
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Atyla Ship
4.9
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Eric Martínez Anadón
Eric Martínez Anadón
2022-11-29T20:17:27+0000
Excelente experiencia a bordo! La tripulación muy profesional siempre me ha enseñado mucho...Con muchas ganas de volver a bordo y disfrutar de... navegar en esta goleta que tiene una historia tan bonita!Lo recomiendó a discreción!!!read more
Laura Mestre Clemente
Laura Mestre Clemente
2022-11-29T20:06:56+0000
Ha sido un viaje inolbidable, me he sentido como en casa!!! Magnifica tripulación que ha sido muy profesional y ha cuidado mucho de nosotros.Lo... recomiendo a todo el mundo, no importa la edad!Hasta pronto familia!read more
Ethel Rosenfeldt
Ethel Rosenfeldt
2022-11-29T18:42:48+0000
Sailing experience with Atyla was just life changing! Its not only the freedom of the sea, the awesome places visited and the gorgeous ship itself,... but the people on it, running it and experiencing it. The soul of Atyla is its people and they are for life! And of course the most magical food, sail training, playful dolphins, glowing waters (bioluminescence), swimming in random places while anchoring and all the hard work with the loveliest people sums up as the best memories for life. If you are in doubt to choose, then this is your sign and it is time for your Atyla adventure story to tell others!! LOVE LOVE LOVE for this ship and humans! 🥰😍🥰read more
Virginia Sosa Torres
Virginia Sosa Torres
2021-04-06T20:21:51+0000
Excelente experiencia , recomendable 100%, todos los tripulantes muy amables y cercanos, nos explicaron todo muy bien , vistas increíbles , los niños... se lo pasaron en grande y los adultos también ! Repetiremos sin duda !read more
Tony Franklin
Tony Franklin
2020-01-07T15:05:36+0000
2020 is looking very promising, four voyages booked so far including one on Atyla of course (Amsterdam to Bremerhaven). Last year’s trip from Bilbao... was so much fun how could I resist another trip on her?read more
Susan Ryan
Susan Ryan
2019-10-28T14:53:11+0000
My son , Charlie went on this ship and it was a trip of a lifetime . He was 15/16 years and I was nervous . The crew were so professional . He made... friends with the girls and boys , learned some sailing and cooking too . At the end of the leg there was a party on shore where he had a great time . I drove through Spain to Cadiz to collect him . He walked off the ship taller and more importantly gained confidence as it was such a positive experience and one of the best decisions I ever made for him . 👍👍👍read more
Da Tea Blue
Da Tea Blue
2019-06-17T07:56:22+0000
Great peeps! 🤙🏼🏴‍☠️✊🏼
Yngve van der Meeren
Yngve van der Meeren
2019-04-19T22:11:55+0000
Sailed with this ship a few years ago. Great experience, a lot to learn, and an amazing crew
CoastalSafety Uae-Lanka
CoastalSafety Uae-Lanka
2019-04-19T10:37:53+0000
Very special experience onboard a traditional sailing ship. Myself and Wing would have enjoyed this!
Sapi Lekeitio
Sapi Lekeitio
2019-03-28T23:24:03+0000
Agusto en el atyla con toda la tripulacion pirata 🚢🍻😘
Asier Muguerza
Asier Muguerza
2019-01-01T00:29:25+0000
live the adventure
Rafael Gardeazabal Arana
Rafael Gardeazabal Arana
2018-10-05T09:30:32+0000
Simplemente espectacular.
Rebeca Iglesias
Rebeca Iglesias
2018-09-19T22:07:07+0000
Agradecer a toda la tripulación por su buen hacer y el buen trato que nos dieron, nosotros disfrutamos un montón del pasein en el Atyla hoy en Gijón... (primer viaje por mar de esta servidora).... e incluso quedamos con las ganas de más ! 😊read more
Menno Vis
Menno Vis
2018-08-07T12:31:11+0000
Really great, unbelievable
Ramona Deerfield
Ramona Deerfield
2018-07-20T21:45:30+0000
Beautiful ship and very fun and kind crew. ATYLA has been family built and run ever since and you can feel that she‘s very well loved �
Ant Ay
Ant Ay
2018-05-20T17:30:19+0000
Fañch Reulier
Fañch Reulier
2018-05-05T14:06:08+0000
very nice ship ! when will you be back to brest ? to see you again?
Maialen Kltzkrt
Maialen Kltzkrt
2018-04-27T12:18:07+0000
Espectacular proyecto,mejores personas y mucho amor y respeto! Experiencias recomendadisimas para la vida, el alma. Vernos más allá de lo que somos.... Gracias Atyla!read more
Luis Eduardo Llorente Molina
Luis Eduardo Llorente Molina
2018-03-10T15:38:25+0000
Peter Loschko
Peter Loschko
2018-03-08T22:00:45+0000
It's not only the Sailing, but as well that people learn more about themselves, what they can achieve and even how to help to reach it (on your own... or with help).For the sailing: just unforgettable experience. �����read more
Veera Suki
Veera Suki
2018-03-08T16:17:16+0000
Thomas Warmuth
Thomas Warmuth
2018-02-23T22:01:45+0000
Marian Verzo
Marian Verzo
2017-11-11T04:52:47+0000
Mysti SoThen
Mysti SoThen
2017-11-07T20:56:45+0000
Erin Densmore
Erin Densmore
2017-08-09T21:28:37+0000
Lucas Keltjens
Lucas Keltjens
2017-07-07T12:27:27+0000
Natxo De La Serna
Natxo De La Serna
2017-07-06T09:04:05+0000
BP Gonzalo
BP Gonzalo
2017-06-26T10:03:27+0000
The best way to share great experiences with great people. Everyday is a new adventure onboard.Stop thinking about it and join the next trip!!
Hans Müller
Hans Müller
2017-06-03T11:05:13+0000
Elena Ruiz De Zarate Ruiz de Austri
Elena Ruiz De Zarate Ruiz de Austri
2017-05-31T19:03:50+0000
Remedios Hernandez Montero
Remedios Hernandez Montero
2017-05-22T08:14:31+0000
Mamen Vicente Jimenez
Mamen Vicente Jimenez
2017-05-22T01:31:03+0000
Sueño con volver!!! No se pueden contar las sensaciones y experiencias a bordo de esta magnifica, única e irrepetible goleta. Hay que navegar en... ella, ver los amaneceres y quedarte atonit@ cuando los delfines te sonríen desde la proa. Compartir con gente maravillosa las horas de guardia mientras tomas un café y charlas de.... lo que quierasUna esperiencia única. Doy Fe!!!!read more
Ann O. Andersson
Ann O. Andersson
2017-05-21T20:24:13+0000
ATYLA, Obra maestra de ESTEBAN VICENTE, Capitán, carpintero y artista. No hay otra goleta igual, es una experiencia única! Enhorabuena si consigues... navegar con ella!read more
Lucia Vicente
Lucia Vicente
2017-05-21T17:13:28+0000
Chrzczonowicz Martynka
Chrzczonowicz Martynka
2017-04-27T08:32:16+0000
Edurne Arrasate Lauzirika
Edurne Arrasate Lauzirika
2017-04-23T17:59:35+0000
El pasado lunes nuestro hijo Odei embarcó en el Atyla con ganas de iniciar su aventura pero preocupado de si se encontraría cómodo durante la... travesìa.... Hoy q ha llegado a Oporto, no quiere desembarcar y le encantaría seguir en el Atyla. Así que no me queda otra que agradeceros enormemente el haber conseguido que se sienta como en casa.Eskerrik asko!!!!!read more
Antoine Langford
Antoine Langford
2017-04-09T16:21:20+0000
Bon voyage a vous ..Bientôt Boston
Rodrigo Manu El Otero
Rodrigo Manu El Otero
2017-04-08T12:46:36+0000
Marcos Ferrer
Marcos Ferrer
2017-04-06T19:14:05+0000
Marko Ličko
Marko Ličko
2017-04-06T09:30:10+0000
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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 in 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.