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Yacht Charter Portimao

On a Portimao yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Algarve and southern Portugal depending on how long your charter is for. Whatever you want from an Algarve yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches to its fantastic culture, a Portimao sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.

Though associated with the beach resort Praia da Rocha 3km down the road, Portimao is unlike its boisterous neighbour. A port at the mouth of the River Arade, it is primarily a residential town for Portuguese tourist industry workers.

Tourism is part of its DNA - the old fishing wharves are now the Ribeirinha seafront boardwalk where people go to see the sunset every evening. You will find the restaurants, shops and bars focused on what Portuguese want in their world as opposed to the riotous hedonism often served up in places like its smaller neighbour Praia da Rocha down the road or Albufeira further down the Algarve coast.

For those seeking an authentic bit of Portugal, you can't go wrong with Portimao. You the yacht charter sailor will also love the large Portimao Marina just across the bridge from the main town - close enough to enjoy on foot yet still far enough away to get a good night's sleep!

So what about the rest of the Algarve region on your Portimao yacht charter? Read on to find out!

Explore Portimao By Renting A Yacht

Heading west from Portimao and just a couple of hours sailing is Lagos, one of the most important cities in the Algarve thanks to its history but also its colourful culture today.

Further west and on the westernmost tip of the Algarve coastline is Sagres, one of the top surf sports destinations in Europe with beaches pointing at three directions of surf. With its wild coastline, sometimes angry seas and challenging outdoor activities vibe, Sagres is about as pure a surf town as you'll find anywhere on the planet.

Staying on the natural side, the Ria Formosa nature reserve and Faro islands at the eastern end of the Algarve region is a 60km stretch of coast with rare species of birds and deserted beaches that will draw those who just want to forget the world.

10km or so to the east of Portimao is another major attraction - the Benagil Cave complex, only accessible by by boat trip, is another place that Instagram knows very well! As a tip it might be worth mooring off and going in by tender as the currents can make swimming dangerous.

For those who want a big holiday vibe, Vilamoura will give you a solid fix. A modern yet tasteful holiday resort it has several golf courses, a very good marina for everything from superyacht to family sailing boats as well as all the things the tourist wants - restaurants, nightlife and a range of water sports.

With a healthy mix of old and new, Albufeira to the west of Vilamoura has a mix of all out hedonism and family holiday vibe. Those who don't want to watch dawn after an alcohol fuelled night can simply avoid the new-town area and stay in the old town!

In short, the Algarve region with its perfect climate has all you could want from a sailing holiday or luxury cruise. The Algarve coastline is beautiful and there is a mix of the human and natural attractions that will make your Lagos yachtcharter a memorable one indeed!

How To Get To Lagos

Faro International Airport

Around 55 miles to the east of Portimao, Faro International Airport has airlines serving it from all over Europe. A bus to Portimao takes about 90 minutes and costs around €9 a head.

Marinas In Lagos

Portimao Marina is a large marina in the centre of the city.

Marina de Portimao

Marina de Portimao is a yacht charter hub with charter companies and boat owners offering crewed charters and bareboat catamaran charter, monohull sailboat charter, luxury yacht charter and motorboat charter yachts.

Berth Characteristics:

620 berths

Max Length 50m (164 Feet)

Max Draught 5m (16.4 Feet)

List of additional amenities: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, hotel, restaurant.

Suggested Sailing Routes From Portimao

On a bareboat yacht charter or luxury yacht charter motor boat or sailing yacht out of Portimao, you can sail most of the Algarve coast in a week. Let's look at a typical sailing holiday itinerary.

6 Days - Ria Formosa and back: As a shakedown cruise you will head west for around 10NM to Benagil to see the Benagil Cave complex. The buzzing holiday resort of Vilamoura will be your next evening ashore, and then to offset the fun run ashore, off to the quiet of the Faro Islands and Ria Formosa for the next day. Albufeira will be your fourth night (your choice - buzzing or relaxed?). Your fifth night ashore will be in Lagos for a culture fix your fifth ahead of a short and relaxed sail east for your final day's charter to Portimao for handover on day 6.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Portimao

The hottest time - and the most expensive time of year are the school holiday months of July and August. If you are limited to these months then be prepared to pay a premium on the boat you are hiring and in the marinas you visit.

The sailing season in the country runs from April to October so it may pay to go earlier or later in the year. The weather is still a lot warmer than in Northern Europe - be prepared to smile in your tee shirt as you see locals bundled up in their winter jackets - but you will find the locals warmer toward you, the marinas cheaper and to have parted with less cash on the holiday in the first place. As a tip? October is better than April as the Atlantic Ocean is still warm from the summer months

The Climate

Portuguese Trade Winds

These build from the morning and can peak at around Force 6 in the afternoon on a summer's day in northern Portugal. This can be boisterous but given the warm weather, always fun! Towards Lisbon and the Algarve Coast you can expect north-westerlies in summer but a lot lighter than what you'd find to the north.

FAQs:

What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

What are the Marinas in Portimao?

Portimao Marina sits right in the centre of town. With 620 berths and taking large superyacht charter up to 50m, it is a great starting point for your boat rental holiday.

When are the best times to hire a boat in Portimao?

The sailing season in the country runs from April to October so it may pay to go earlier or later in the year. The weather is still a lot warmer than in Northern Europe - be prepared to smile in your tee shirt as you see locals bundled up in their winter jackets - but you will find the locals warmer toward you, the marinas cheaper and to have parted with less cash on the holiday in the first place. As a tip? October is better than April as the Atlantic Ocean is still warm from the summer months

Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Portimao?

You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.

What happens if my Yacht breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.

What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Portimao?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat rental before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Have something for cooler winds but be prepared for fierce heat in summer.

What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?

If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a crewed yacht charter you typically don't require licences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.