Heading for discovery
It comes as no surprise that a region that lies on the edge of the sea provides exceptional conditions for sailors from all over the world. When you moor your boat in one of the excellent marinas or pleasure-boating harbours along the coast, you’ll see that the sea is just one more pretext for having fun in your free time, even if your swimming costume stays dry. You’ll understand what we mean when you discover Vilamoura, Portimão, Faro, Olhão or Vila Real de Santo António.
In the sea around the Algarve, the variety and level of a wide range of international competitions continue to attract sailing enthusiasts. Before you take to the sea, have a look at the sporting calendar. Set your compass and sail to the Algarve.
Sailing along the Algarvian coast always reveals a new secret, hidden among the caves of Benagil, the cliffs of Albufeira or the virtually private beaches of Lagos and Ria Formosa, where I tend to drop anchor and spend the night on board, close to Farol Island. The excellent climate and tranquil waters mean that I can enjoy beautiful sailing trips at any time of year. I always tell people that I’m a lucky man to have been born in the Algarve.
Ricardo Barradas – Skipper
Algarve. Europe’s most famous secret
You have probably heard about the Algarve. A friend may have told you about one of its magnificent beaches, maybe you’ve seen a report about its cuisine or perhaps you’ve picked up a brochure before. But there is an Algarve that you haven’t seen, tasted or explored before: it’s the Algarve that the local people know and love.
For almost three thousand years Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Goths, Maghrebins and Mauritanians did what you do – they passed through the Algarve. Until, in 1249, the Al-Gharb (“the West”) was finally taken from the Islamic world by Sancho II, who took the title of King of Portugal and the Algarve.
Since then, the pride shared by the inhabitants of the Algarve has compelled them to reveal their region’s greatest secrets to visitors – about their favorite beaches, hidden hamlets, natural walks and even recommending the best restaurants.