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Coasteering in Sesimbra Portugal – our personal experience

We went to try out coasteering. We had heard about it several times and the feedback of travellers who booked coasteering via SeaBookings has been great. We now discovered that coasteering in Portugal is one of our favorite ways to explore the Portuguese coastline. Our guide for coasteering in Sesimbra, Jorge, explained what this activity exactly involves. Coasteering involves progressing along the coastline in between the water of the Atlantic and the impressive rocky shore. To progress along the shore, we were swimming, climbing, rappelling,  doing zip line, jumping into the water and walking a bit too.

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Our coasteering experience in Sesimbra

We were kindly welcomed by three guides, João, Jorge and Artur. These three guides for coasteering in Sesimbra know the coastline of Sesimbra like no other. They are locals and have been doing water sports and boat tours in Sesimbra since they were kids. Our group, of ten young adventurers, got then assigned a wetsuit, helmet, buoyancy aid and a harness for climbing and doing rappel to each one of us. From home we had brought shoes that could get wet, a swimming suit for under the wetsuit and some old shorts to wear on top of the wetsuit to protect it while we sit on the rocks. About the shoes, the more profile the sole has, the better, as you’ll be able to climb better. After the coasteering activity, you can simply wash them with a lot of water to take the salt off. Don’t’ forget to put on a lot of sunblock on your face. Watches, rings, sunglasses and phones are recommended to stay in the changing rooms. There are changing rooms for the guys and girls separately and they are closed while we were gone. What you should definitely bring is a GoPro camera, if you’ve got one, with a waterproof protection.

Once we were totally equipped, Jorge and Artur carefully gave us a briefing, in both Portuguese and English as we had several nationalities in our group. No doubts? Let’s go!”. The coasteering in Sesimbra started with a walk of about 500m. Not very comfortable wearing the full gear but while chatting to the team, it passed by quickly. Once we got to the shore, the first adventure was a jump. We saw João waiting for us with his support boat. This boat came with us all the time, just in case needed and also to cruise us back to the port of Sesimbra after the activity.

The first jump of the cliffs is maybe the hardest, despite not being the highest neither the hardest technically. It’s the hardest because it’s the first and you’re still dry. Just don’t think too much and jump! Jorge and Artur told us that the best way to jump is to first open your arms to gain balance and then to close to protect your body and eventually close your nose. The legs should stay straight. As it was our first time, no diving was allowed, only regular jumps, which was challenging enough! The guides know where exactly are the best spots to jump given the tides and the depth of the water. The trick is: just trust them and jump.

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The feeling of jumping of the cliffs is great, it truly gives an adrenaline boost. The advantage of coasteering is that you can adapt the level you your “dare level”. If you’re afraid of heights, you can opt for the lower jumps. For the adrenaline junkies like me, go for the highest ones! In this route, from the port of Sesimbra to the beach of Ribeiro do Cavalo, the highest jump is 8m and believe me: it’s high!

The coasteering route along the coastline of Sesimbra involved some climbing and rappelling too. Besides, we had to swim a bit. Fortunately the swimming was not too long as swimming with the harness and shoes on is not that easy! The coasteering activity took about three hours. Time flew! After about one hour and a half, you start getting hungry as coasteering is quite demanding physically. Fortunately, João has a little snack and water for us on the boat. We had a little pause to snack in the lovely sun on top of a rock.

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Why we recommend coasteering in Sesimbra

The finish line of this coasteering adventure in Sesimbra was the beach of Ribeiro do Cavalo. This is one of the prettiest beaches of Portugal. The water is light blue and the sand white and very clean. In fact, along the whole route the natural environment was breathtaking. Coasteering in Sesimbra is surely one of the best ways to explore the nature of this stunning region. Can you be any closer to nature than climbing rocks and swimming in the Atlantic?

I highly recommend coasteering in Sesimbra. It’s a great thing to do if you’re on holidays in Lisbon or the Arrábida area. And no, you do not need to be fit to do coasteering. It’s suitable for kids too, as long as they feel comfortable in the ocean and are over 12 years old. In total the whole activity with getting dressed, briefing, activity and having showers, better count on half a day. We did coasteering in Sesimbra in the morning. I’d recommend you to do the same because like that you can go for lunch in Sesimbra. In Sesimbra fresh fish is a must. We recommend restaurant “Lobo do Mar”, very near the meeting point for the coasteering, or “Formiga” which is more like a snack bar to eat fried squid or clams.

Coasteering can be done all year round, depending on the ocean and weather conditions. The  minimum number of people for coasteering in Sesimbra is two. If you’re with more than two people, let us know and we’ll arrange a nice price! Please book as far in advance as you can to make sure you get your spot!

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Are you ready for coasteering in Sesimbra? Book now or contact us in case you’ve got any questions or suggestions about coasteering in Sesimbra.

Cliff diving in Azores

After Texas and Copenhagen in June this year, in July the Redbull Cliff Diving will come to the Azores on the 7th. The Azores archipelago, part of Portugal, in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean will host the World Series of cliff diving for the fifth year in a row. If you like diving and have the chance to go to the Azores around July 9th, don’t doubt and join this great event on the São Miguel Island. The phenomenal volcanic rock formations of the São Miguel Island are perfect for cliff diving in the Azores!

While in most of the locations that take part of the World Series of cliff diving, the diving is done from an artificial “cliff”, in the Azores, we’ll return to origins, jumping directly from the rocks! The impressive rocks of the Azores islands will invite professional athletes to jump into the deep blue water of the Atlantic from incredible heights. This unique volcanic archipelago of the Azores, situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, will serve as a starting point for the jumps from the rocks for the fifth consecutive year for men. Regarding the women’s  competition, after the huge success of last year, it will be held again on the small island of Vila Franca do Campo, near São Miguel.

Rachelle Simpson of the USA dives from a 20 metre cliff during an open training day prior to the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Islet Franco do Campo, Azores, Portugal on July 15th 2015.

Rachelle Simpson of the USA dives from a 20 metre cliff during an open training day prior to the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Islet Franco do Campo, Azores, Portugal on July 15th 2015.

The motto of the cliff jumping at the Azores is back to the roots. The inspiring volcanic rocks and the outer walls of the circular islet are ideal spots for athletes to explore this sport in its purest form. This is the pure cliff diving: opening your wings and jumping directly from the rocks as the pioneers in cliff jumping did in Hawaii about 250 years ago. Only for the more technical jumps the athletes can choose to jump from a platform built above the ocean.

The women’s competition of cliff diving in the Azores will take place on the islet of Vila Franca do Campo. This islet is so called after a village on the island of São Miguel.  The islet of Vila Franca has been used for several purposes. After having been used for a military fort, it was turned into a vineyard and recently, the islet has been classified as a nature reserve (since 1983).

Characteristics of the World Series of cliff diving on the Azores:

  • Location Volcanic nature reserve off the coast
  • Coordinates 37° 41′ N, 25° 26′ W
  • Platform/rock heights 28m | 20m
  • Water depth >8m
  • Water temperature (July) 22°C
  • Air temperature (July) 25°C
  • Water seawater – Atlantic Ocean
  • Random fact Locals call the islet “Princess Ring”

Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1.369km west of mainland Portugal, on the European continent,  the Azores have nine islands divided into three groups. The Azores are a great holiday destination for nature lovers. Not only for cliff diving, or assisting to the World Series, but also to practice water sports yourself. The Azores are worldwide known for its great conditions for whale watching for example.

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So, if you’re visiting the Azores, enjoy the ocean with one of the many watersports or boat tours and if you’re around São Miguel on July 7th, join this great event.

 

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Wild dolphins in the Sado River – only 30 min from Lisbon

Wild dolphins? You may think that dolphins can only be seen in zoos but we’ve got a surprise! Yes, there are wild dolphins in the Sado River and along the Portuguese coast! Jump on one of our dolphin watching tours and get to see dolphins in their natural habitat. We went in search of wild dolphins in the Sado estuary, 30km south of Lisbon. Find out everything about this amazing boat trip with dolphin watching in the Sado estuary.

Along the coast of Portugal several species of cetaceans can be found. Cetaceans are marine animals belonging to the mammal class. Thus, whales and dolphins are cetaceans. Along the Portuguese coast we can find many species of whales and dolphins. Some species are observed very often, as common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Sometimes, depending on the region and the season, we can even find sperm whales and orcas. These species can be found from north to south of the country and also around the islands, the Azores and Madeira.

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Join us on this stunning catamaran for to watch the dolphins in the Sado

In Lisbon, very occasionally common dolphins are spotted in the Tagus River. A little further south, in the Sado River, it is very common to find wild dolphins. The Sado River estuary in the Setúbal district is one of the few estuaries where a community of resident dolphins can be found. Dolphins in the Sado are a special case in Europe as there have only be identified two more communities of resident dolphins in estuaries: one in Scotland and one in Ireland. In the Sado, it is a community bottlenose dolphins, those who also see in zoos.

The estuary of the River Sado is home to a community of about 27 bottlenose dolphins. The local maritime tour operators have been closely monitoring the evolution of the community. The behavior and characteristics of each of the dolphins of the Sado were studied and documented. The way to identify the dolphins in the Sado is by its unique dorsal fin. The first dolphins were identified in 1981, already have descendants, and are called “Raiz”, “Negro” and “Mr. Hook “.

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The dolphins in the Sado River are rather social and come close to the boat

Dolphin watching boat tours in the Sado Esturary depart from Setúbal or Sesimbra. We tried the dolphin watching boat tour in the Sado with start in Setúbal. For the observation of wild dolphins in Setúbal, SeaBookings collaborates with a maritime tour operators of excellence that has been recognized for its merit with several awards and quality seals for respect for nature. The meeting point for the dolphin watching boat tour in the Sado is in the offices in Setúbal. The offices are a very cozy space where you can buy souvenirs, drinks to take on board and there is also an educational space about dolphins and the Estuary.

This dolphin watching boat tour in the Sado uses a luxury catamaran, very stable and suitable for all ages. The boat is stunning, I totally loved it! This boat leaves at the dock at about 200m from the office. On board of the dolphin watching boat there is a bar with drinks available and bathrooms. On the boat you can choose your favourite spot; or in nets on the front of the boat on the benches in the shade. There are places for all tastes.

The encounter with dolphins in their natural habitat is very special and inspiring. Although I have been working in maritime tourism for over 10 years and have had many opportunities to see dolphins, every encounter continues to be special. In their natural habitat, the sighting of dolphins is very different than the zoos and delights animal lovers of all ages.

I recall that, as the dolphins are wild, there is always a small chance of not being able to find them. However, as this community of dolphins is resident in the Sado estuary and the team of this boat trip is very experienced, we find dolphins on more than 95% of the trips. Even if you have tough luck and were not able to see any dolphins, the fantastic landscapes make this boat trip in the Sado worth it. The cruise on this catamaran is delicious to enjoy the sun and if it gets too hot you can take a dip in the refreshing blue water (not next to the dolphins). As we find the dolphins, the crew explains their behavior and shares some fun facts about the animals.

The boat tours with dolphin watching in the Sado Estuary can be done throughout the whole year. This cruise takes approximately three hours and may be slightly more or less depending on the sea and weather conditions. There are two daily departures from Setúbal (9.30 / 14.30). If you prefer a rigid inflatable boat, you can do a similar dolphin watching trip with departure from Sesimbra.

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The region around Setúbal, the Arrábida Reserve, is stunning!

As in all tours, it is recommended to reserve tickets well in advance to prevent fully booked boats (especially in high season – summer). We recommend you bring a camera, comfortable footwear and clothing, a hat and sunscreen, bathing suit and towel and a light sweater because there may be some wind. If you have binoculars, you can bring them too.

Sagres

Bo’s tips about the best things to do in Sagres

Ever heard about Sagres? Sagres is known as “the end of the world”. In fact, Sagres is most Southwestern point of mainland Europe, located in the Algarve, Portugal.

Me and my sister Femke got to know this magical place when we were two young girls looking to explore the best waves while surfing in Sagres. More than fifteen years after having met this cool surfer town for the first time, we share our personal tips about the best things to do in Sagres.

In this blog post we’ll share our personal tips to enjoy Sagres to the fullest. We’ll tell you what are the best things to do in Sagres and where and how to do them. We will also share our favorite spots to eat and drink in Sagres and also about where to stay in Sagres.

What to do in Sagres?

Surfing in Sagres

Me and my sister were 10 and 12 years old when we started surfing. Actually, we started surfing in Sagres. We used to grab a surf van from Lagos and look out for the best waves of the South Eastern point of the Algarve.

Many times we ended up in the region of Sagres as it has several beaches with different orientations to have suitable waves for all levels. This unique location and perfect waves all year round make surfing in Sagres one of the most sought for activities in Sagres.

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Wave sensations – Surf lessons in Sagres – The best things to do in Sagres

So, when in Sagres, a surfing lesson is a must. We recommend a full day surf lesson. This surf lesson in Sagres is suitable if it’s your first time and also if you’ve surfed before and want to improve your basics. In this stage you’ll be surfing broken waves. Broken waves are the most suitable way to learn and to reach the necessary confidence for the next level. We’re sure this is the ideal surf lesson to gain experience riding the waves as we’ve done it ourselves!

SUP in Sagres

Stand-up Paddle is becoming more and more popular. SUP can be done by all ages and does not require any previous experience and is easy to learn. Sagres is a true paradise to explore this sport, that’s why SUP in Sagres is one of the most popular activities in Sagres.

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SUP in Sagres – The best things to do in Sagres

SUP is a unique way to explore the hidden coastline of southwest Algarve. To make the most out of your SUP experience, we recommend a tour with our friend Nelson. Nelson knows the coast of the Algarve like no other, allowing you to discover places you would never see on a boat tour. Back in the days, Nelson was one of our surf instructors teaching us how to surf in Sagres, and is now SUP guide, among other amazing activities to explore the coast, like Coasteering.

Boat tours in Sagres

There are several boat tours in Sagres. They’re surely all worth it, depending on your taste. This romantic sunset boat tour is one of our favorite boat tours in Sagres. The sunset is a special moment of the day where the skies of Sagres become even more magical.

During the Summer, you can enjoy this sunset on a romantic boat trip. On this tour in Sagres, you’ll be offered a delicious traditional Portuguese snack, a glass of the world famous green wine and a non-alcoholic beverage to round off this inspiring experience.

Dolphin watching in Sagres

Sagres may be worldwide known for surfing, but did you know Sagres is also home to several species of dolphins? Dolphin watching in Sagres is the ideal experience for travellers with children. The encounters with wild dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic are very inspiring experiences.

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Dolphin watching from Sagres – boat trips Algarve

On these dolphin watching trips, we deal with wild animals. As such, you’ll not be guaranteed you’ll actually find them. The good news is that the experienced boat crew finds dolphins on almost every trip. Several species can be found, from common dolphins to Minke Whales and at times even Orcas, Hammerhead sharks and Blue sharks.

On this dolphin watching trip in Sagres, a marine expert will be on board to tell you all the secrets about the animals. Even if you have the tough luck to not find any mammals, the trip is definitely worth it thanks to its adventurous spirit and incredible sights over the coastline and caves. This dolphin watching tour from Sagres is a must-do activity in Sagres and will make your holiday in the Algarve unforgettable!

Diving in Sagres

Sagres is one of the best scuba diving sites in Europe. Even if you do not have a diving certificate, you can try it! This diving experience in Sagres will allow you to explore the wonderful and mysterious underwater world without having to go through an intense and prolonged training.

With this diving school that we know personally, you can try scuba diving in Sagres with all the safety and autonomy like a certified diver in just half a day.

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discover diving sagres

Being a beginner, for your comfort and safety, the diving session will be done from a beach (instead of from a boat, which requires more experience) with a vast underwater flora and fauna, so you can enjoy this adventure.

If you’re a more experienced scuba diver, there are great options to. Wreck diving in Sagres, for example, is one of the most popular things to do in Sagres for divers.

Birdwatching in Sagres

During the months of September and October, Sagres usually hosts a Bird Watching Festival. This festival is a great event for bird watching lovers. Honestly, we’re not bird watching fans ourselves, but we’ve had great feedback about the bird watching possibilities in the region of Sagres.

A great variety in both resident and migratory birds make bird watching one of the best things to do in Sagres.

Yoga in Sagres

When in Sagres, you’ll immediately feel the relaxed and laid back environment. This is one of the reasons why yoga is one of the most popular things to do in Sagres. To enjoy the wellness sensation in Sagres to the fullest, check out the packages provided by Trip for Wellness. Trip for Wellness is the ideal partner in uncovering the best kept secret spots to totally relax and practice yoga too.

Running in Sagres

As we already mentioned, Sagres is known for its stunning landscapes and special and bright light. In addition to being a great place for watersports and boat tours, Sagres is also perfect for running. So, while visiting Sagres, stay healthy and active with a close contact with the lively nature and one of the purest and cleanest air you can breathe in Europe.

To make sure you get the most out of your running, why not contact a local guide? Running, on the road or trails, is one of my personal favorite things to do in Sagres.

Cycling in Sagres

Another popular activity in Sagres and a great way to explore the Southwestern region of Europe is by bike. If you like two wheels but don’t want to sweat, you can also go for a scooter in Sagres. Renting a bike or a scooter is one of the best things to do in Sagres. Bike rentals in Sagres, at Maretta shop start at €10 per day.

What to Eat & Drink in Sagres?

Sagres is the name of one of the most popular beers in Portugal and it is also a magical surfer town known for great waves and a relaxed environment. To grab a beer, our favorite spot is called Água Salgada. “Água Salgada”, means salted water, and this is what you’ll probably still feel on your skin while sipping a nice Sagres beer after your day on the beach. Água Salgada is also the spot to be after having had dinner and to spend the last energy you’ve got after a long day surfing on the dancefloor.

Talking about dinner, one of our favorite spots is “O Dromedário”. The specialty of this restaurant are the pizzas. Pizzas are great to fuel up carbs after spending a lot of them while surfing.  If you do not want a pizza, try the vegetarian and italian dishes, salads, or great ice creams. For the ones looking for a truly local experience, grilled fish is a must. For the freshest fish for a good price, check out “A Sagres” Restaurant.

Where to stay in Sagres?

As young surfer chicks, me and my sister used to stay in the surf camp of the Algarve Surf School. So, in case you’re booking your surfing in Sagres with us, ask about the Algarve Surf School Hostel and we can arrange that for you too. This established Sagres Surfing Hostel gives you a cosy atmosphere where you’ll feel at home.

In this Surfing Hostel, you’ll dream about surfing and all meals are thought for surfers. This hostel in Sagres is perfectly situated at walking distance from the local amenities, the town centre and the above mentioned bars. And to get the most out of your surfing in Sagres, you can even walk to three stunning beaches.

If you want another hostel option, the Funky Monkey Hostel is a must. We have never stayed there ourselves, but friends of ours have, and they loved it! The Hostel has an open plan kitchen with amazing views of the garden.  To recover after an epic winter surf session, the Hostel has a very cozy living room and fireplace. The real secret of the Funky Monkey Hostel are the 3000m2 of gardens and a wonderful rooftop terrace.

Not everybody is fond of hostel style accommodations. Luckily, Sagres hosts options for accommodating all tastes. The Memmo Baleeira Hotel is a must for design lovers. Memmo Baleeira is the perfect spot for relaxing in a contemporary atmosphere of design. This 4 star Design hotel provides literally everything you need for a break from your daily routine.

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sagres explorer – boat trips from lagos to sagres- Beach hut watersports – Luz

Do you have any additional tips or tricks about Sagres or would you like some more suggestions about the best things to do in Sagres, feel free to contact us. You can also check all the boat tours and watersports in Sagres on our Sagres category page.

All you need to know about surfing in Lisbon

Lisbon is becoming more and more popular as a holiday destination. Looking at its cuisine, the Portuguese capital is famous for its delicious codfish and wines. Musea, Fado and a great fusion of architecture attract culture lovers to the city. Lisbon, as a capital city, is unique due to its blessed location next to the Tagus River and the Atlantic. The weather in Lisbon is also an attraction. The weather and the Atlantic make Lisbon a true surfing Paradise. Surfing in Lisbon is growing.

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Surf school

For many reasons surf in Lisbon is becoming more and more popular. Locals do it after their work by catching a train to one of the nearby beaches. For visitors there are many surf tours in Lisbon too. Surf tours in Lisbon can be found for all kind of budgets. The budget to go surfing in Lisbon depends on transfers, duration of the lesson, size of the group, equipment included or not, food included or not, etc.

When choosing which surf tour in Lisbon is the best for you, check out what’s included or not. Most surfing tours in Lisbon don’t include transfers. You should go to the beach by yourself. You can do so by train or car. If you prefer to have a transfer by the surf school, feel free to ask for the options.

We like to work with local surfer guys from Lisbon who know the surrounding beaches of Lisbon like no other. Taking into account  the weather and ocean conditions,  the best beach will be decided. Usually surfing in Lisbon takes place on one of the following beaches: Costa da Caparica, Carcavelos, Guincho or Praia Grande.

Lisbon Surf Connection

Lisbon Surf Connection

Our partners for surfing in Lisbon are passionate about this sport and great surfers themselves. They vision to deliver the best surf experience for those traveling through Lisbon. We guarantee you’ll get the best surf experience in the Lisbon region. The local wave riders will will share their secrets spot with you and teach you all the tips and tricks to surf, adapted to your level of experience.

When visiting Lisbon, learn the art of surfing waves safely, in a correct, fun and relaxed way and under the attentive and close supervision of our instructors. Surfing is an extremely fulfilling experience in complete connection with nature. The ocean will make you feel small and you’ll respect the Atlantic like never before. If you’ve never tried surfing, have a go – we have no doubt you’ll love it! If you already know a bit about surfing, we’re happy to help you evolve.

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Surf Carcavelos

Still not convinced to go surfing in Lisbon? Check these 9 reasons why you should go surfing in Lisbon:

  • You can do it all year round. Weather is irrelevant and we’ll always be able to find some nice waves;
  • Surfing allows you to stay fit during your holidays;
  • No prior experience is required as an introductory class in the sand will be given (if needed) before you go into the water;
  • There are packs for all budgets. If you’re traveling on a budget, just grab a train to avoid the transfer costs;
  • If you’re travelling with a group of friends or family, feel free to give us a call to arrange a special price and personalized service;
  • Around Lisbon you can find a very broad range of amazing beaches with awesome waves, from Costa da Caparica, Carcavelos, Guincho or Praia Grande;
  • The broad variety of beaches allows us to chose the best beach, matching the wave conditions to your level of experience;
  • The surfing schools we work with are all accredited by the Portuguese Surfing Federation and highly experienced in surf teaching to guarantee safety and fast learning, in a fun way of course!
  • All the surf lessons are given to small groups for a more personal experience (max 6 pax).

Do you have any tips, suggestions or maybe questions about surfing in Lisbon, let us know!

If we’ve convinced you to take a surfing tour in Lisbon, go ahead and book now!

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Lisbon, the Sailing Capital of Europe

Lisbon is home to several major sailing events. In July this year, the Portuguese capital city hosted the Tall Ship Races and in 2017 something even bigger will happen. Lisbon will be the start of the Volvo Ocean Races, affirming its status as sailing capital of Europe. Sailing in Lisbon is now, more than ever, worldwide known.

Portugal is known for its sailing in Lisbon for many centuries, since the seafaring in the 15th century to the modern marinas and unique sailing conditions today.

In 2011-12 and 2014-15, Lisbon staged major stopovers of the event. As Lisbon became one of the most successful host cities of the Volvo Ocean Race it has now been chosen as the destination for a flying start to the edition of 2017-18.

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Volvo Ocean Race – photo by TIAGO PETINGA

The Volvo Ocean Race is a truly global event. Its global aspect is becoming more and more visible. In the 2014-15 edition, the boats made 11 stops across five continents. More than 2.4 million visitors entered the Race Villages around the world. In that edition, there were the old favourites like Cape Town, Auckland and Lisbon, and some new experiences, such as Newport and The Hague.

Given that the 2014-15  route was a great success, the following stopovers are already confirmed for the 2017-18 edition:

The Volvo Ocean Race announced this Tuesday that a new Boatyard facility will open in Lisbon to service the fleet for the next race and provide the base for an upgrade to all the Volvo Ocean 65 boats from October this year.

The Lisbon Boatyard will complement the well-established maintenance centre in Alicante that will also continue to be available for teams as their Mediterranean training and support base.

The CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, Antonio Bolaños López, claims he choose Lisbon as a starting point because he knows that Lisbon will assume a “vibrant destination host city for our fleet after a thrilling first leg from Alicante, ensuring the next race in 2017-18 will begin in real style”.  In addition, he arguments that Lisbon offers the perfect location to set up a second Boatyard operation on top of the existing provision of Alicante.

The building that will be used for the Boatyard is an old fish market in Lisbon. The organization of the Ocean Volvo Race praises the limitless conditions of Lisbon. For more adventurous sailing, one can go up around the corner of Lisbon, around Cascais and find wind at any stage. Also, you can sail in the Tagus River to practise and train certain sailing skills.

Sailing Lisboa Portugal

Sailing Lisboa Portugal

Will we see you in Lisbon in the Fall of 2017-18 for the best of sailing in Portugal? Or… if you prefer to go sailing in Lisbon yourself or don’t want to wait that long, book your sailing trip in Lisbon now!

The Ultimate Sailing in Portugal: The Tall Ships Races Lisboa

The Tall Ships Races Lisboa

Have we already told you we love Lisbon? And have we already shared how much we like the ocean and sailing to enjoy it to the fullest? We’re sure we have. Sailing in Portugal is one of our favorite hobbies and one of the reasons why we founded SeaBookings.com. Today we’ll share an event that we consider the ultimate of sailing in Portugal: the Tall Ships Races in Lisbon.

The tall ship races Lisboa

The tall ship races Lisboa

The Tall Ships Races agrees with us that sailing in Lisbon is epic. From the 22nd to the 25th of July Lisbon will become the capital of sailing while welcoming this event. Founded in 1956, the Tall Ship Races is a regatta of tall ships. The mission of the Tall Ships Races is to keep the traditions and practices related to the sailing of tall ships alive. This mission has remained constant over the years. Nowadays the Tall Ships Races are still known for promoting the training and traditions of sailing and seamanship.

The regatta involves young people from all over the world and is organized by Sail Training International. Sail Training International is a world leader in the organization of regattas and research, publications, and events for the international sailing education community.

The Tall Ships Races are held annually, having different routes along European countries. In 1956, Lisbon hosted the first edition of The Tall Ships Races but tall ships date from the last quarter of the 19th century. With the industrial revolution, Tall Ships were replaced by steam engines. And with the First and Second World Wars, several damages were caused to the tall ships while they remained docked or were used as war prizes. After the Industrial Revolution and the wars, the first editions of the Tall Ships Races had the main goal of keeping the Tall Ships sailing traditions to give younger generations the opportunity learning sail skills.

It was in 1954 when the Portuguese Ambassador in London and an English Lawyer launched an event to reunite the tall ships that still existed and in 1956, the first race took place from Torbay – south of England – to Lisbon. In this race participated 12 Tall Ships and 8 other small sized ships.

Nowadays, these races gather about 100 Tall Ships and a crew of over 3.000 young sailors from all over the world. In addition, the event gathers hundreds of thousands of people who visit Lisbon during the races to enjoy the impressive vessels and the art of sailing in Lisbon.

The Tall Ship Races are one of Europe’s largest, free family festivals. This year, the epic sailing event in Lisbon will take place during the 60th celebration of The Tall Ships Races. Being a popular worldwide event for people who like sailing, The Tall Ships Races Lisboa 2016 will once more reaffirm Lisbon as Atlantic Capital, the gateway to Europe. In fact, sailing in Lisbon is popular for the whole family and across many generations.

During the Tall Ship Races, the crew members of the participating ships and visitors from all over the world will learn more about Lisbon’s history on the sea but also its future. In fact, Lisbon takes advantage of its geographic location, making it a great place for sailing in Portugal.

The start of the Tall Ships Races in 2016 will be in Antwerp, Belgium, known for its history and contemporary creative environment. Following the first race, the Tall Ships race will be welcomed in sunny Lisbon where Portuguese discoverers set sail more than 500 years ago. Then, the fleet of tall ships will race to Cadiz, Spain, to finish in La Coruña for the grand finale.  

Sailing in Lisbon

Sailing in Lisbon

Will we see you in Lisbon from July 22nd to 25th for the best of sailing in Portugal? Or… if you prefer to go sailing in Lisbon yourself, book your sailing trip in Lisbon now!

Fishing on Madeira Island with Captain Dave

We love the islands of Madeira. We’ve already shares our personal experience on the islands before. Now, we’ll focus on one of the best things to do on Madeira: fishing with captain Dave!

Madeira is one of the two archipelagos of Portugal. The other archipelago is called Azores and is a bit bigger and further away from Portugal mainland. The archipelago of Madeira is composed by two islands where people actually live on, Madeira and Porto Santo. There are also a few islands that are not inhabited. The capital of Madeira is Funchal which hosts a big and modern marina.

Things to do on Madeira Island

Things to do on Madeira Island

The islands of Madeira are known for their mild subtropical climate all year round. It’s thanks to this pleasant climate and stunning nature that Madeira is very attractive for active travellers. Some of the utdoor experiences that Madeira hosts are hiking or running in the mountains, playing golf or water activities like surf, SUP, kayak and boat tours.

It’s no doubt that Madeira is the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers the whole year round. The mild climate allows you to pick your holidays to Madeira whenever suits you best. You may opt for the famous fireworks during new year or the uncountable flowers in spring.

Madeira

Madeira

Due to its geographical location, boat tours and watersports are some of the best things to do on Madeira. Fishing in Madeira is one of the most popular boat tours as it’s suitable for groups. So, grab your family or group of friends and come fishing in Madeira with captain Dave!

We know Captain Dave for a while now and he’s indeed a Captain. You can immediately see it by his looks. Dave is an ocean lover. He’s an ocean lover who loves to share his passion for fishing in Madeira with people who com to visit the island. Captain Dave has over two decades of experience in fishing in Madeira and is eager to share his stories as a fisherman.

fishing in Madeira

Fishing in Madeira

Captain Dave has been traveling a lot but Madeira is his home and also the place he loves most for fishing. In fact, Madeira has been known for its fishing qualities for many years. Did you know that many Big Game Fishing World Records for giant Blue Marlins were caught in Madeira?

Madeira’s waters are very calm and the different depth surrounding the island give it a very broad variety of species. Most of the fish is caught within 3 miles of the coast of the islands. Regarding the species we catch while fishing at Madeira, sport fish range from marlin, the blue and white ones, tuna, swordfish, spearfish and wahoo. Sometimes, while fishing on Madeira, we even catch small sharks and red snappers. On night trips, we may even catch giant squids.

Fishing madeira

Fishing Madeira

With Captain Dave and his friendly crew, you are guaranteed a professional and also very personal fishing experience on Madeira. Their dedication on seeking the greatest fish in the best areas around the island is notable.

Come aboard of the “Cabo São João” boat. This is one of Captain Dave’s favorite boats, a Bertran 31´ customized fishing boat, with the best quality and conditions in the fishing tackle.

As Captain Dave is a true ocean lover, conservation is an important issue to him. David is a member of the International Billfish Foundation and the International Game Fish Foundation. Also, on all fishing tours on Madeira with Captain Dave, Tag and Release policy is practiced with all billfish species. The only exception are if there is no chance of survival or if it is a potential world record fish.

Coastline from madeira island

Coastline from madeira island

Need more reasons to come fishing on Madeira?

  1. As long as the ocean and weather conditions are suitable, fishing from Madeira can be done whole year round;
  2. The fishing trip from Madeira Island with Captain Dave is suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Do not worry if you have no experience, Captain Dave and his crew are eager to teach you what to do;
  3. Captain Dave’s biggest fish of the 2015 season was a Blue Marlin that weighed 900lbs;
  4. On this fishing tour from Madeira you can catch a wide range of fish: swordfish, blue and white marlin, tuna, spearfish.
  5. Sometimes you may even have a bigger adventure and even catch small sharks and even giant squid fished on night fishing trips.

 

Have an amazing fishing tour on Madeira!

The best of Algarve boat tours

Are you one of the lucky ones who are visiting the Algarve this summer? Be prepared. Your holidays will be awesome! To enjoy the stunning white sanded beaches and impressive rock formations to the fullest, let us share the best of the Algarve boat tours with you. In fact, the boat trips in the Algarve are a must whilst enjoying your holidays in the South of Portugal.

The best of Algarve boat tours

As you probably already know, the Algarve is the southernmost province of continental Portugal. The Algarve is the southwest point of the European continent too. Its geographical location in the South of Europe and being surrounded by the Atlantic gives the Algarve one of the best climates in Europe. Very mild all year round and with a lot of sunny days per year.

Surrounded by the deep blue Atlantic on its South and West, the Algarve also includes some very pretty islands and islets. The region with most islands is near Faro. It’s called the Ria Formosa lagoon. This nature reserve has over 170 square kilometres and is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The Ria Formosa is a stopping place for hundreds of different birds.

Given its enormous richness in nature, the Ria Formosa Lagoon near Faro is a popular destination for nature lovers. Some people choose the Algarve as their holiday destination for a very particular reason: bird watching. In fact, bird watching is one of the most popular boat tours in the Algarve. The bird watching boat trip in the Algarve allows you to discover the broad diversity of the permanent and migratory birds of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

This Algarve boat trip has a very special skipper. The skipper of this boat tour in the Algarve is a biologist and he will be your guide, teaching you about the species you’ll encounter. The Ria Formosa is an important spot for migrant birds from or to Africa which can be nicely observed from this boat tour in the Algarve. More than 200 bird species can be found on one unique day.

For nature lovers who prefer mammals rather than birds, the dolphin watching boat tours in the Algarve are one of the best things to do in the Algarve. The Atlantic, surrounding the coast of the Algarve, is home to several species of wild dolphins. Common dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins are most frequently spotted on these boat tours in the Algarve. If you’re lucky you may even encounter other species like whales and sea turtles.

The dolphin watching boat tours in the Algarve are very popular among the families. Both the parents and children will surely be amazed about these special encounters with these magical mammals. The dolphins are totally wild and not fed which means that these boat tours in the Algarve are a true adventure as you’ll never know in advance what species you’ll encounter. Dolphins and other mammals are spotted on almost all trips as the skippers of these boat tours in the Algarve are very experienced. Please bear in mind that there’s always a small chance of having tough luck and not finding any. If this happens, the boat trip is worth it anyway as it’s fun itself and the sights are amazing!

The length of the Algarve coastline is approximately 155 kilometres. Beyond the westernmost point of Sagres, more precisely the Cape St. Vincent, it stretches a further 50 kilometres to the north. These 50km of west coast are very popular for watersports like surfing and windsurfing. The southern coastline is notable for picturesque caves and grottoes. The regions around Benagil and Lagos are the most popular for their impressive marine caves and rock formations. These grottoes and caves are best accessible by doing one of the many boat tours in the Algarve.

There are several types of boat tours that go to the Benagil marine cave. Benagil is a beach near Lagoa and it’s famous for its cave which is only accessible by boat. Regarding the Algarve boat tours to Benagil, there are small fishermen boats but also big catamarans. What’s best depends on your own preferences. The typical cave boat tour in the Algarve takes you to over 20 stunning Algarve caves. The boat tour will take you in and out of the most impressive caves. As you get into a grotto, the sun illuminates the ocean water, creating amazing effects of different tones of blue. We’re sure you will love it. In the most famous caves, the skipper will shut down thes engine of the boat. Like that you can admire the cave calmly with no noise and take great pictures!

In the region of Lagos, the caves of Ponta da Piedade are the most popular ones to visit on a boat tour. Ponta da Piedade is a place where high rock cliffs of over 20m reach into the deep blue Atlantic. Ponta da Piedade is a magical setting of light brown rock sculptures that meet the blue waters of the ocean below, being one of the main attractions of Lagos.

By boat tour is the most popular way to visit Ponta da Piedade in Lagos. The grotto boat tours in the Algarve to Ponta da Piedade are the most popular boat tours in Lagos. These Algarve boat tours depart from several beaches and the Marina of Lagos. The grotto boat tours in the Algarve are an inexpensive and fun way to enjoy the colossal rock formations and coastline of Lagos with your family and friends. Prices start at only 10€ per person. On these Algarve boat trips experienced fishermen will maneuver their way through the amazing caves whilst telling their names and secrets. In fact, across time, local fishermen have given names to some of these rock sculptures. The most popular ones are the Chimney and the Grotto of Love.

Bom Dia Boat Trips - Lagos - Boat trips in the algarve- Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Bom Dia Boat Trips – Lagos – Boat trips in the algarve- Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

For those who are in love or curious about the Portuguese cuisine, there are the BBQ boat trips in the Algarve! The BBQ boat trips in the Algarve take between 4 and 6 hours, departing from Lagos, Portimão and Albufeira. These boat tours in the Algarve are ideal for families and groups of friends. On most of the tours, you’ll depart on a big boat, a sailing boat or a catamaran, and cruise along the coast. Once you’ve reached a nice spot, the boat will anchor. Depending on the boat tour, you can either jump onto a smaller boat to explore the caves and then go to a private beach to enjoy a BBQ lunch or simply enjoy your meal on the big boat. On the longer boat tours, there is time for a swim, beach games and snorkeling.

Albufeira Beach BBQ - Beach BBQ abufeira - boat trip from Albufeira- boat trips Albufeira – Albufeira

Albufeira Beach BBQ -Beach BBQ abufeira – boat trip from Albufeira- boat trips Albufeira – Albufeira

The Algarve is a great holiday destination for ocean lovers and there are Algarve boat tours for every taste and preference. If you’ve got any questions or suggestions about the boat trips in the Algarve, feel free to contact us. If you’d like to book some of the Algarve boat tours, we recommend you to book ahead to ensure your spot and avoid fully booked boats.

Enjoy your holidays in the Algarve!