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Sailing holidays near Portimao City

Best places and sailing routes for your sailing trip near Portimao City. Sailing season details, trade winds and everything you need for perfect sailing holidays.

Marinas in Portimao

Portimao is a large resort town. It is located in the west of Portugal. It is considered the center of Portuguese yachting. In the city's marinas, you can rent catamarans, sailing and motor yachts of all models and classes. In the old part of Portimao, we recommend looking at the ancient architectural objects. It looks especially beautiful from the sea.


For centuries, Portimao has been the center of fishing and shipbuilding. Now it is a resort with yachting as the main attraction. There is a wide variety of ships, a comfortable marina and a season that never ends. 

Sailing season
All the year round
Travel season
May — October
Marinas in this location
Boats in this location

Main facts about region

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Sailing trip in Portimao

The settlement on the coast of the European Atlantic was founded by the ancient Greeks, and after them the Romans, Carthaginians, Phoenicians, Visigoths and Arabs used to live here. All these ethnic groups were known as the skilled navigators.


Portimao is the southern Portuguese port. It stands at the mouth of the Arade River that flows into the Atlantic


The place attracted sailors as a convenient port with the safe bays. Today yachtsmen appreciate the trouble-free mooring and the fact that the ships are protected from a storm as well. A strong wind rarely gets up here.


It is a good place for beginner skippers, especially since in the neighboring Faro situates one of the largest Portuguese sailing schools. There is also an airport 70 km far from Portimao.


It makes sense to arrive a couple of days before the cruise start to visit at least the main local places of interest and to try some entertainments:

  • the vast Praia Rocha beach with golden sand, azure waters, cliffs and grottoes;
  • one could hook the main local edible fish — mackerel — right on Praia Rocha;
  • if fishing does not attract, the spicy mackerel with onions and tomatoes could be ordered in numerous local restaurants; another typical local dish is grilled sardines;
  • after lunch it’s a perfect time to go for a walk to admire the balconies of old houses decorated with colored ceramics to see the Jesuit college, monastery, the fortress of St. Catherine and much more;
  • or to go to the suburban orange trees plantation.

For children, there is a dolphinarium and an aqua park. It’s convenient to come here by any crews — with friends, beloved ones and with whole family. In the city, there are the entertainments for yachtsmen of all ages and habits.

Portimao - Yacht Charter Sailica
Portimao - Yacht Charter Sailica

Yacht routes in Portimao

Example of a yacht route (123 miles): 

  • Portimao — Sagres — Lagos — Albufeira — Faro — Vilamoura — Portimao

The skipper must own a certificate of RYA, IYT, ISSA, GIMS (the category should correspond to the selected vessel) or a diploma of yacht captain.

Airports in Portimao

Aeroporto de Farо FAO
Aeroporto de Lisboa LIS

Yachting season and weather in Portimao

The continental Mediterranean climate of Portugal is significantly changes from the North to the South. In Portimao the climat is temperate, air temperature is high, and an amount of precipitation is small. In the city, thanks to influence of the Mediterranean Sea, the winter is short, windy and dry, and summer is very hot. The city has short winters. They are windy and rainy: in a month the number of rainy days can reach 10. Frost and snow do not happen in Portimao. Summer in the region is dry. During this period, strong winds blow. For inexperienced sailors, this is a big problem. 

The swimming season on the west coast lasts only three months. The water temperature is about + 18˚С. At the southern coast, the water warms up to + 21˚С. During the day, the air temperature is +15 — + 17˚С, at night it drops to +9 — + 10˚С.

Water temperature in sailing season +20...+23 °
Air temperature in sailing season +25...+29 °
Wind speed in sailing season 15−25 knots

Weather forecast for yachting in Portimao

Upon arrival at the marina, you are usually given the forecast for the next day. You can also get storm warnings over radio links.


You can also use the following services to get information about weather conditions:

  • — Detailed weather forecast for yachting in the European Region.
  • is the most progressive and updated website and mobile weather forecast app for sailors.
  • — a short 3-day weather forecast and assessment of yachting conditions by region.

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