Sailing along the Algarve coast is a gratifying, delightful and relaxing experience. With friends or family, competing in a top-class competition, doing some healthy sport or just trying your hand, the Algarve is becoming increasingly noted for its water sports and is the venue for a number of international events.
The art of taming the winds, tides, sails and rigging is nothing new to the Portuguese. It’s in their genes. And it’s infecting increasing numbers of sailors across the globe.
Professionals and amateurs, owners, guests or crew members will encounter Cape St Vincent here, a cape located at the far southwestern tip of mainland Portugal.
Every February, Vilamoura hosts the International Carnival Regatta, and many other international sailing events are also staged in the Algarve’s waters.
The marinas in Albufeira, Lagos, Portimão and Vilamoura, and the pleasure harbours in Faro, Olhão, Tavira and on the River Guadiana at Vila Real de Santo António all offer a wide range of conditions, including sailing schools and clubs, boat-rental companies and other support structures.
Sailing from the Algarve’s waters into those of Spain or Morocco, or reliving history aboard sailing ships from the past are options that will enrich the experience of anyone visiting the region by sea, sailing to the whim of the wind and the waves. From basic leisure craft to sophisticated yachts used for top-level competition, the seas of the Algarve are dotted with sails.
Dropping anchor and diving in warm, crystal-clear waters, watching the sun set next to the cliffs or simply relaxing as the waves lull you, sailing into lakes and estuaries or out to the high seas are the attractions offered by the freedom which comes from sailing and the region’s natural conditions. On land, however short or long your stay, the fact that the Algarve has so much to offer, is what makes it one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations all year round.