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Yacht Charter Setubal

Yacht Charter Setubal

On a Setubal yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Portuguese Riviera 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 Setubal sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.

Close to bigger tourist draws like Lisbon, Sesimbra and Cascais, Setubal is a busy commercial centre that many would find an unlikely holiday destination on the surface. Just beneath that surface though, there is a lot to enjoy.

Muscatel wine is produced in the Setubal region. Like port it is a fortified wine, but it is descended directly from the white Egyptian grape that arrived centuries ago. A mutation made this a blue grape with the same qualities. For those who enjoy a decent dessert wine that isn't made by a British company, a visit to one of the wineries or cellars in or near Setubal is well worth a visit.

The city is a modern town that lives off its own economy. Tourists are not central to its economy unlike many a town and city nearby and you will get a chance to get a feel of the 'real Portugal' from its busy streets. The waterfront is picturesque and a visit to the busy Mercado do Livramento to victual your charter yacht is highly recommended. The Portuguese love their miradouros (viewpoints), and one of the best locally is the Fortaleza de Sao Filipe to get a panoramic view of the city and Sado River on which it sits.

Explore Setubal By Renting A Yacht

On your Setubal yacht charter there are a lot of great places to visit by motor yacht or sailboat. Setubal sits on the Sado River, home to a pod of bottlenose dolphin that live well on the abundant fisheries in the estuary. For the adventurous you can get around 20km up the river to just before Alcacer do Sal (a motor boat can get under the bridges into the city) and see the rice paddies peculiar to this part of the world. It is possible to take a boat tour of the river with the captain knowing the channels, sandbanks, beaches and of course where the dolphins hang out!

Back to the mouth of the Sado River, and possibly an anchorage after your river adventure is the beach resort of Comporta. This is a chilled beach resort with miles of excellent beaches.

To the south of Comporta is the buzzing holiday resort of Sesimbra, where you can enjoy sun, sea, sand, culture and grilled swordfish!

Just around the peninsula to the north of Setubal is Cascais, one of the best tourist resorts on the Atlantic Coast. This has beautiful beaches and a relaxed vibe yet is within a short sail of Lisbon.

Up the River Tagus from Cascais is Lisbon. This hilly capital has been one of the centres of European civilisation for centuries and is rightly proud of its heritage and architecture. Routinely voted one of the top European city break destinations, a visit to the city is another must-do on your boat trip.

Book your Portuguese sailing holiday with Borrow a Boat out of Setubal today!

How To Get To Setubal

Lisbon Airport

Airlines from all over Europe, the US and beyond fly into Lisbon Airport that is a half hour taxi ride or 45 minute bus ride from central Setubal.

Marinas In Setubal

There are marinas in nearby Cascais, Sesimbra and Sines as well as Setubal itself. Let's focus on Setubal Marina.

Doca de Recreio das Fontainhas

Doca de Recreio das Fontainhas is a mid-sized marina close to the centre of Setubal. It is a yacht charter hub with charter companies offering crewed chartering and bareboat catamaran charter, monohull sailing yacht charter, luxury yacht charter and motorboat charter yachts. For those who wish to join a superyacht out of Setubal you can join at the commercial port nearby.

Berth Characteristics:

150 berths

Max Length 15m (50 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 Setubal

On a longer bareboat charter or superyacht charter out of Setubal you could make the Ria Formosa and Faro or the Porto and the Douro Valley. There is plenty to see on a week long sailing holiday up the Atlantic Coast out of Setubalwhen chartering a sailing boat or motor yacht. Let's look at a seven day route from the Lisbon coast.

7 Days - Atlantic Coast: As a shakedown cruise, sail and then motor up the Sado River and enjoy some dolphin watching and the beautiful scenery before returning and mooring in laid back Comporta. Your next day will be a journey down the Atlantic seaboard to Sines, another laid back holiday resort with high cliffs above the ocean. North the next day to Sesimbra and the slightly more buzzy beach holiday vibe. Across the Sado River mouth and past the Setubal Peninsula to Cascais for your next evening. Lisbon will be your next port of call and then back to Setubal for handover to the boat owner.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Setubal

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 Setubal?

Doca de Recreio das Fontainhas is the marina in central Setubal, a mid-sized marina that takes vessels of up to 15m.

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

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 Setubal?

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 Setubal?

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.