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Sailing in the Algarve
Boat trips and sailing in the Algarve are increasingly popular as people discover its spectacular coastline, sunny skies and calm seas, interesting wild life and modern marinas.
We offer sailing charters in the Algarve and boat trips in Vilamoura, Albufeira, Ria Formosa and Lagos.
Highlights of sailing in the Algarve include:
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The Algarve Coast
The Algarve coast stretches from Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the east to Sagres in the west and is world famous thanks to millions upon millions of postcards! The east, known as sotavento, is less developed and is characterised by long sand dunes, salt lagoons full of marine life and little, often uninhabited, islands. The central region offers up-market marinas, seemingly endless golden beaches and red cliffs topped with umbrella pines. As you go further west, into the barlavento region you'll come across towering cliffs and rocky outcrops, wierd caves and grottoes, pretty sandy bays and finally the dramatic headland at Sagres.
Weather and Sea Conditions
The Algarve enjoys a mediterranean climate with short mild winters, early springs and long hot summers making for pleasant sailing all year around. The Algarve has some of the best sailing conditions in Europe, particularly in autumn and winter, making it an ideal place to learn to sail. This is because much of the coastline is sheltered with north-easterly trade winds from April to September. The seas are generally calm with gentle tidal streams and warm offshore breezes. In the Algarve the likelihood of strong winds (over gale force 8) is only 1% in summer and 9% in winter.
There are attractive ports and anchorages all along the Algarve coast with marinas at Vilamoura, Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira and Vila Real do Santo Antonio. If you choose to moor your yacht at one of the marinas then you'll find that there are plenty of companies that specialise in cleaning and maintaining them. There are also numerous sailing clubs and schools that offer sailing tuition and organise regular competitions and social events.
If you're planning to come sailing in the Algarve as well as the Portuguese coast you are also ideally placed for exploring the African and Spanish coast and for visiting Gibraltar.
sailing in the Algarve photos copyright: Antonio Sacchetti, Algarve Tourist Board.
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