Portugal is a promise of absolute happiness
Portugal’s important cities such as Porto and Lisbon are located in the west coast and open to the ocean, which requires a bit more experience in sailing, while the Algarve region is more popular with yacht charter clients as the sea is more tranquil here. Azores and Madeira await those who would like to enjoy a subtropical climate. Portugal is just a few hours away from the other European capitals. With its pleasant coastal cities and towns, delicious seafood and quality wine, Portugal is a promise of absolute happiness, plus it is quite convenient as the prices here are much lower than most Western European countries.
The Sunny Algarve
150 kilometers of sheltered sea in southern Portugal, Algarve is a great destination for a sailing holiday with its fine-sandy beaches and spectacular shores – hills ascending up from the sea. As the climate is milder, Algarve enjoys a longer season. Its rural hinterland is also worthy of dedicating time, with its many vineyards, historical villages and towns.
Algarve’s shores are famous for their sea caves. The most famous of all is the Bengail Cave in Lagos. Contrary to Western Portugal coastline, the sailing distance between Algarve’s ports is quite short, so you can comfily sail between ports-towns. Here, you shouldn’t miss Portimao with its long beaches, coves and caves, and Faro with its lively port. No hurries, though: Before you reach Faro, the Ria Formosa lagoon in front of it will take some nice time to look around, with all its islands and islets, and extraordinary views. And don’t forget to stop by the fish market in Olhao further east, we can guarantee that you’ll find something for your taste here.
Bareboat or Skippered: If you are a “good captain”, you may prefer bareboat but if you decide to hire a captain for your yacht charter, your experienced skipper will take you the most secluded bays and coves and tell the stories of these places.