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Yacht Charter Porto

Yacht Charter Porto

On a Porto yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Costa Verde, Douro River Valley and Atlantic Coast of Portugal within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Portugal yacht charter, from enjoying the vibrant culture to beautiful beaches, a Porto sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.

In Portugal they say, 'Porto works, Coimbra sings, Braga prays and Lisbon shows off'! Though the yachting holiday out of Oporto (as it is also known) can be quite different, to the uninitiated Porto is a destination very like Lisbon for the tourist. You will find the old city in Ribiera enchanting, the nightlife in the university district wild and fun, and after too long walking the steep hills, your legs might hate you just as much as they would in Lisbon!

You will find many a beautiful beach just outside the city, great places to eat or watch the world go by with a cold or hot drink, and can quietly absorb the culture and flavours of what is and has long been an important European commercial centre.

Porto is Portugal's second city and has a history and culture that is very much its own. One of the key things that makes it different is the 200+ year old Port wine industry, with wines from the Douro River Valley aged in cellars in the city and outside.

Explore Oporto By Renting A Yacht

There are two charter holiday types you can enjoy out of Porto. Many will take a Douro River luxury yacht charter with crew and skipper taking care of your every need as you cruise this beautiful valley that has vineyards and wilderness for miles around - a stunning holiday destination best seen afloat. Most Douro River cruises will take you right up to the Spanish border (and sometimes beyond) where the valley hasn't been tamed with dams and becomes unnavigable. You will almost certainly be a Port wine fan and will get to taste lots of the stuff as you go!

Oporto sits on the Costa Verde, a wild yet beautiful stretch of the Atlantic coast. Here, sailing the Portuguese trade winds you will get to see hideaway beaches, high cliffs and astounding scenery on your bareboat or luxury yacht charter. Though warm and comfortable in the summer months, this is definitely not like a Mediterranean sailing holidayas the Atlantic is a completely different beast! Seas can get big even if a storm is 1,000 miles away and they crash on the high cliffs and beaches, making for great surfing and other more extreme water sports.

On a superyacht charter you can go further afield - with time and the crew it is possible to reach Portuguese administered Madeira or even the Azores. Those on a smaller bareboat charter 40-50ft yacht will have plenty to enjoy on their Porto yacht charter without having to travel for many miles. This part of the world has plenty to offer without a long voyage!

How To Get To Porto

Porto Airport

Porto Airport is a major international airport with flights coming in from all over the world. You can take a bus or taxi to your charter yacht.

Marinas In Porto

There are three mid-sized marinas in Porto, making it an important yachting destination.

Douro Marina

Douro Marina is a mid-sized marina in Leca da Palmeira close central Porto. It is a yacht charter hub with yacht owners and charter companies offering crewed chartering and bareboat charter of luxury catamaran, monohull sailing yacht charter, superyacht charter, luxury yacht charter and motorboat charter yachts.

Berth Characteristics:

300 berths

Max Length 50m (164 Feet)

Max Draught 3.5m (11.5 Feet)

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

Porto Atlantico

Porto Atlantico is a mid-sized marina close to the centre of Porto. It is a yacht charter hub with charter companies and yacht owners offering crewed charter and bareboat catamaran charter, monohull sailing boat, luxury yacht charter and motor yacht charter yachts. .

Berth Characteristics:

248 berths

Max Length 20m (65 Feet)

Max Draught 3.5m (11.5 Feet)

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

Povoa de Varzim

Povoa de Varzim is a mid-sized marina close to the centre of Porto. It is a yacht charter hub with charter companies and yacht owners offering crewed chartering and bareboat charter of luxury catamaran, monohull sailing boat, luxury yachtcharter and motor boat charter.

Berth Characteristics:

241 berths

Max Length 18m (59 Feet)

Max Draught 3m (10 Feet)

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

Suggested Sailing Routes From Porto

On a sailing boat or motor yacht charter out of Oporto, where would you like to go? There are two types of Porto yacht charter - the first is a luxury yacht trip up the Douro River to sample the wines and take in the scenery that make this Portuguese region so entrancing. The other is a bareboat family yacht or superyacht charter up the Costa Verde. Let's get a taste of both.

8 Days - Douro River cruise: Sit back and let everything come to you on this journey as far as the border with Spain, with the skipper and crew catering to all your needs on a luxury yacht charter. You will stop at wineries, towns and castles every day to take in the culture and beauty of this UNESCO-protected world heritage site. You will sleep aboard the vessel and enjoy a relaxing and laid back boat holiday.

7 Days - Costa Verde: On your bareboat or skippered sailing trip it is down to you where you wish to go! Heading north, pause at Povoa de Varzim, Viana do Castelo and sail as far as the border with Spain at Caminha on the Minho River. The coastline is stunning and the beaches beautiful.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Porto

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 Porto?

There are three mid-sized marinas close to Oporto - Douro Marina has 300 berths and is capable taking a vessel up to 50 metres, while Porto Atlantico has 248 berths and a maximum vessel size of 20m. Nearby Povoa de Varzim has a marina capable of taking yachts of up to 18m.

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

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. Try April or October to avoid the worst of the heat!

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

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 Porto?

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.