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Stories from the Atlantic Adventures

All you want to know about the Maritime, Military and Industrial experiences across heritage destinations on the European Atlantic Coast

Stories from Atlantic Adventures

This introduces cities, culture, hundreds of years of history, industry, vibrant waterfronts, gastronomy,… There is something for every traveller to experience in these historic cities. 

Unforgettable journeys along the Atlantic Coast, these experiences offer  numerous destinations in all for tourists. Holidays and opportunities to discover military and medieval strongholds through the ages, to explore maritime heritage across Atlantic Coastal cities, and to connect to the past & present of industrial attractions.

Stories from Liverpool

In 1715, the first ever commercial wet dock opened in Liverpool; the Old Dock, originally known as Thomas Steers’ Dock. The Royal Albert Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront was an architectural triumph that opened in 1846 and was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone

Stories from Limerick

County Limerick has one of the highest concentrations of medieval castles in Ireland, with almost 400 recorded fortifications dotted throughout the verdant countryside. John’s Castle is one of the finest and best preserved castles in Ireland.

It formed the strongpoint of Limerick’s defences, which stretched for over 3 kilometres, today a quarter of the medieval town wall remain standing: a formidable reminder of Limerick’s martial history.

Stories from Cork

Thanks to its deep water harbour, the city of Cork experienced a commercial boom in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

As an important provisioning centre for the Royal Navy, ships carrying textiles, salted beef and salted butter left Cork for destinations as far away as the Caribbean.

By this time, Cork’s Butter Market had grown to become the largest in the world.The Butter Museum is a unique institution, celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland – the butter trade.

Stories from Plymouth

In the Second World War Plymouth was one of the most badly bombed cities in England. 

The ‘Blitz’ caused widespread damage; flattening large parts of the city centre, central Devonport and areas of Stonehouse.

By 1943-4, before the War had ended, there was a revolutionary plan in place to create a new modern City. Plymouth City Centre was rebuilt following the war and is now one of the most striking examples of post-war architecture.

Stories from Caen

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there. William’s Chateau de Caen, an 11th century castle that is one of the largest medieval complexes in Europe and an impressive piece of military architecture.

Surrounded by a dry moat, the Chateau de Caen is now home to the Musée de Normandie which explores the region’s history from the Gauls and the Romans to the Vikings and Saxons.

Stories from Rochelle

La Rochelle has a very significant maritime heritage referred to as the Historical gateway to the Atlantic.  At the Musée Maritime La Rochelle, visitors can tour its ships afloat, most being classed as an historical monument.

Stories from Ferrol

This maritime route was followed by the Scandinavians, Central Europeans and pilgrims from the British Isles in the Middle Ages, from the s. XII, arriving at the port of Ferrol. Its name was due to the fact that the largest number of pilgrims came from the British Isles.

Stories from Ílhavo

Cod is almost a way of life in Portugal, and if ever there’s a place to go to understand this affection, Ílhavo is the right place to start.

Cod fishing, the history tells us that most of the cod fishing vessels officers, as well the majority of Portuguese cod fishermen were Ílhavo born and bred, and went on epic voyages to the North-Atlantic seas.

Stories from Cádiz

Cádiz has always  been a city of  great navigators and merchants, with important episodes of its history strongly related to its geographical location and strategic position of its port, which led to the rise of maritime trade in the seventeenth century that reached its peak splendour in the eighteenth century.

Thanks to trade to the West Indies, the Casa de Contratación or House of Trade was delocated from the beautiful Seville to the city.