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Yacht Charter Cascais

Yacht Charter In Cascais

On a Cascais yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Portuguese Riviera on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Portugal yacht charter a Cascais sailing holiday is going to be an experience you never forget

Once a sleepy fishing village, Cascais became a haunt of Portuguese nobility as an escape from the hustle and bustle and unwashed masses of nearby Lisbon. Nearby Estoril became a favoured bolthole for the rich and famous in World War 2 and it is claimed that author Ian Fleming developed the character of James Bond from the intrigue that went on at Estoril Casino!

Today Cascais and Estoril are renowned as the centres of the Portuguese Riviera. You will find a bit more substance in Cascais thanks to its ancient roots as a fishing village and the old manors and homes of the wealthy elites of Portugal. The beaches are among the best in the country, and it is a favoured beach resort for Lisbonites who head out of the city to enjoy the cool winds from the Atlantic Ocean and a chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and escape of the Cascais coast.

Whether a sunset cruise or longer boat rental down the Portuguese coast, book your sailing holiday with Borrow a Boat today!

Explore Cascais By Renting A Yacht

There is lots to see and do on a Cascais yacht charter. Cascais Bay sits on the mouth of the Tagus River and as such Lisbon is a short sail away. Perhaps docking in the maritime centre of Belem you can get your walking shoes on and tour the great city that is widely held to be among the best capitals in Europe for a city break.

You don't need to travel far from Cascais Bay on your motorboat or sailing yacht to see some of the very best of Atlantic Portugal. A day's sail south takes you to Sines, the supposed birthplace of legendary adventurer Vasco da Gama who was the first person to sail to India. It is a small fishing village with great character that has like Cascais turned its head to tourism, but no one quite knows where Mr da Gama was actually born!

Heading north towards Cascais, Sesimbra is another town favoured by Lisbonites looking to get some sea air. Again a fishing village, it has seen history pass it by with the Romans and Moors making bases here. You will see forts and churches along the coast as armies and navies have fought for control of the town. Swordfish is central to the cuisine served in the restaurants - grilled on charcoal, a delicious meal after a day at sea!

Book your boat rental with Borrow a Boat today to enjoy these and other sailing destinations!

How To Get To Cascais

Lisbon Airport

Airlines from all over Europe, the US and beyond fly into Lisbon Airport that is a short bus ride from Cascais Marina.


Lisbon's main train station has national and international services running into it daily - for those who may have a little more time this could be an interesting (and less stressful) way of getting to your charter yacht. This can be a 24 hour journey from London (as compared to 8 hours door to door by plane).

Marinas In Cascais

Marina de Cascais is one of the largest in the region.

Marina de Cascais

Marina de Cascais is a large marina close to all the amenities of the town. It is a yacht charter hub with charter companies and boat owner offering yacht charter with crew and bareboat charter of luxury catamaran, monohull sailing yacht, luxury yacht charter, superyachts and motor yacht charters.

Berth Characteristics:

650 berths

Max Length 25m (82 Feet)

Max Draught 8m (26 Feet)

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

Suggested Sailing Routes From Cascais

Whether on a sailboat or motor boat on a bareboat charter or skippered yacht charter there is a lot to take in on a Cascais yacht charter. Sailing on the Atlantic Ocean you can take in the sights and sounds of this important maritime nation.

7 Days - Cascais Bay to Sines Return: As a first port of call, head up the Tagus River to Belem in the centre of Lisbon. Here you can take in the nightlife and attractions of the ancient seaport. After a day in the city, day 3 will be a half day leg to Sesimbra, a strategically important and fortified town that is now an excellent tourist resort. Day 4 takes you further down the coast to Sines where you can explore the supposed home town of Vasco da Gama. Troia is a quiet fishing village you can explore after your fifth day's sailing north before returning to base in Cascais on day 6.

14 days - the Algarve: This is an opportunity to get to the world-famous Algarve on the south coast of Portugal. Coast hopping to towns on the west coast like Sesimbra and Sines you can then spend time at the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina with its 100km of protected coastal wilderness before turning east and getting as far as Lagos or Portimao on the Algarve. Head back west and then north to Cascais, having seen some of the best sailing mainland Portugal has to offer.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Cascais

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.


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 Cascais?

Cascais Marina is the largest on the Tagus River with 650 berths and capacity for yachts of up to 25 metres.

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

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 Cascais?

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 Cascais?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Dress for warm weather but do have something for tropical rains - light but waterproof.

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.