The best things to do in Aveiro

Aveiro? Yes, Aveiro. In Portugal, in between Lisbon and Oporto, along the coast, you’ll find a fishermen town called Aveiro. Aveiro may not be the most obvious touristic destination, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for an authentic Portuguese experience. Aveiro is an interesting destination for a day trip or as part of a tour of central Portugal. In this post, we’ll share some information about the town as well as the best things to do in Aveiro.

Being a typical charming Portuguese town, Aveiro is an enjoyable, alternative holiday destination in Portugal. Aveiro has an extensive history which is closely intertwined with the evolution of its port and saltwater lagoons. The town is crossed by waterways which are made fun and colourful by the traditional fishing boats.

In fact, Aveiro is characterised by a bold Art Nouveau architecture, man-made canals and ornate fishing vessels. These vessels once served the marine agriculture but are now adapted for tourism. It’s an unusual and remarkable town which development has been driven by the surrounding saltwater lagoons.

For tourists, Aveiro is a truly unique day trip from Porto and this settlement is unlike any other in Portugal. We highly recommend Aveiro for those seeking something a little different. If you want a relaxing overnight trip and visit some of Portugal’s finest beaches, the region of Aveiro is superb.

This post details the main things to do in Aveiro according to our own experience:

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Best things to do in Aveiro: fish market

  1.    Have some seafood at the fish market square

Aveiro is known for its fish and seafood delicacies. The best spot to try the local cuisine is at the lively traditional fish market (Praça do Peixe). Eel based dishes are one of the most popular among the locals, like the eel stew, fried eels and eel with escabeche sauce. But no worries if you’re not fond of eel. There are plenty of other specialities like cod and lamprey. The prices of a meal range between €10 and €25 per person and most menus are specified in Portuguese and English.

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Best things to do in Aveiro: museums

  1.    Visit the historical museums of Aveiro

There are three main museums in Aveiro. Our recommendation would totally depend on your personal interest, so we simply introduce the three of them:

  •         Museum of the City of Aveiro: the goal of this museum is to boost education of the region’s history and culture. The main museum building is located at the entrance of Rossio and displays the origins and traditions of Aveiro which strongly rely on two industries: fishing and salt manufacture.
  •         Art Nouveau Museum: in Portuguese, this is the Museu De Arte Nova, perfectly housed within an elegant building denoting this architectural style. The museum is worth a visit, even if just to take a look at the striking building!
  •         Troncalhada Eco-Museum: this museum is a bit out of the centre, near the Troncalhada Marine. It’s an exterior museum that details the history of the local salt industry. Its location is obvious: the well renowned salt hills of Aveiro. We recommend the tour that gives a learning experience about how the salt is formed and handled.

These three museums are open from 9h30 – 12h30 and 14h00 – 18h00 (and only 14:00-18:00 during weekends). There are multi-entrance tickets available at a symbolic price of €2 (children under 12 and adults over 65 are free). The guided tours for all three museums costs €4.50 per person (minimum of 6 required). These three museums are surely some of the best things to do in Aveiro for those who are interested in getting to know more about local traditions and history.

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Coastal boat trip in Aveiro

  1.    Do a coastal boat trip in Aveiro

This boat tour in Aveiro is ideal if you would like to closely enjoy the icons of the Aveiro region such as the Barra lighthouse, the São Jacinto Bay and the lagoons of the Vouga River. The boat tour in Aveiro lasts approximately three hours. The planned route, subject to change, is: Sailing Club of Costa Nova → Barra lighthouse → São Jacinto Bay → Entrada dos Canais → Bacalhoeiros Pier → Salt Marinhas.

You’ll pass by the Barra lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse of Portugal with 62m in height. This boat trip in Aveiro also passes by the São Jacinto Bay where you’ll find a small village. This typical village is crucial to the region due to the shipbuilding yards. Historically, these yards were of utmost importance to the region’s economy and the local airbase.

The Vouga River flows into the lagoon of Aveiro, the Ria de Aveiro. The meeting between fresh and salt waters gave origin to a lagoon known for its natural beauty and unique landscape in Portugal.

Cod fishing remains one of the most important economic activities in the region of Aveiro, creating a significant number of jobs and a turnover which is very relevant for the entire region. That’s why the pier of Bacalhoeiros is worth a visit.  A visit to the “Marinhas” is a must, especially between May and September! The “Marinhas” are the place where sea salt is produced. The “Marinhas” can only be visited at this time of the year due to its seasonality.

This boat tour in Aveiro is one of the best things to do in Aveiro to taste the most of the local history and traditions in only three hours!

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Fishing in Aveiro

  1.    Experience a fishing boat tour in Aveiro

Aveiro is also known for traditional salt pans and fishing. In the Aveiro lagoon one breathes fish. Nothing better than a fishing experience on a boat trip in Aveiro to feel the authenticity of the city. This fishing boat tour in Aveiro takes about four hours and starts in the Marina Costa Nova. No experience is required and it is suitable for all ages as the experienced staff will be happy to teach you everything. The crew is passionate about fishing and will tell you the best kept secrets for fishing in Aveiro.

The lagoon waters are habitat for a broad range of fish species. That’s why the Ria attracts many professional fishermen and is a favorite spot for amateur anglers too. The most common species in the Lagoon, depending on the season, are the golden bream, plaice, sole, sea bass, the lamprey and eel.

Fishing in Aveiro is one of the most fantastic things to do in Aveiro. You’ll feel like a local!

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Dolphins and bird watching in Aveiro

  1.    Feel the local nature on a dolphin and birdwatching boat tour in Aveiro

Did you know that Aveiro is also a great spot for dolphin and birdwatching? Thanks to its unique location by the Atlantic, Aveiro is home and a passing point for a variety of cetaceans. Regarding birds, Aveiro is a very popular spot for bird watchers as it is home to a lot of marine birds and some migratory birds stop in Aveiro too.

Beside experienced and friendly skippers, a qualified marine biologist will come aboard. The marine biologist will be able to explain everything you want to know about the dolphins and birds you’ll find on your boat trip. The staff will provide an introduction about what kind of species may be encountered during the dolphin and bird watching tour and will give live commentary on the tour and sightings.

If you like dolphins, birds or other marine fauna, this is surely one of the best things to do in Aveiro. We recommend you to get aboard of this unforgettable dolphin and bird watching boat trip in Aveiro! This trip takes around four hours and has daily departures, depending on weather conditions.

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Colorful beach in Aveiro

About planning, the restaurants and the museums can be visited without booking or doing a reservation. The boat trip in Aveiro should be booked in advance. Like that you guarantee your seat. For bigger groups, we also recommend booking the restaurants and museums ahead. Let us know if you need any further tips about Aveiro or if you’ve got some additional tips on the best things to do in Aveiro!

[primary picture by Alexandra Gnatoush]

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We went searching for wild dolphins in Lagos

Nathalie, content and translations at SeaBookings, shares her unforgettable experience searching for wild dolphins in Lagos:

Even though I live close to Lagos and have seen a couple of wild dolphins from the coast, I still wanted to try out the tours to search for dolphins in Lagos! And when my mum came to visit me in the beautiful Algarve, it was the perfect opportunity to take her out and go on this adventure in the search of wild dolphins in Lagos.

Best thing to do in Lagos with your mum: dolphin watching!

Best thing to do in Lagos with your mum: dolphin watching!

The day we wanted to do it started not very promising – early in the morning the sky was very grey and it didn’t look like it was going to be a good idea to go out on the sea. Luckily though, it opened up so that we were able to do the dolphin watching tour with a little bit of sun and a very calm ocean.

At the Marina in Lagos, we were welcomed by the two very friendly ladies at the check-in counter. Here we were also given some waterproof jackets, that they recommended we wear during the tour as it would get rather windy. Happily, we accepted the offer, and thank god we did so, as during the tour it was perfect to wear the jackets and be protected against the wind!

On the dolphin watching Lagos tour, you'll also enjoy the coastline

On the dolphin watching Lagos tour, you’ll also enjoy the coastline

Once the boat had arrived in the Marina from the last tour, it was our turn get aboard! The boat was a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with seats in the front, middle and the back. So everybody could choose what they prefer – the skipper explained to us that in the front it would get bumpier, and people who prefer a more calm experience should stay in the back, as there the boat didn’t get much movement! Of course, we wanted to sit further in the front, so we sat down in the second row!

Once everybody was on board, the skipper gave us some general information about what to expect during the tour and how they work to find dolphins! He made sure everybody understood English and understood what he said. And then, it was time to go out and see if we could spot some wild dolphins in Lagos!

Some of the dolphins came very close!

Some of the dolphins came very close!

After leaving the Marina, the skipper increased the speed and we raced outside into the big blue! The ride on the speedboat alone was already a lot of fun, and everybody was excited about what we were going to find! About 20 km from the coast we found a big fishing boat. The boat stopped, and the skipper informed us that around here there was a lot of fish and that we should keep our eyes open since the chances were high the there were some dolphins very close to us!

We cruised a little further, and after some exciting minutes, the boat slowed down again. And there we saw the first splashes of water – dolphins!!! Everybody on board got excited, and as the boat came slowly closer to the dolphins, we all were able to stand up and admire the dolphins from up close!

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Bring your camera for the challenge to catch these quick and playful creatures on a photo!

It was a group of about 10 dolphins, and there were even some mothers with small calves jumping around our boat. The dolphins seemed to be very playful, jumping out very close to the boat and even swimming underneath our boat. It was truly a magical experience, watching these wild animals in their natural habitat.

After some unique moments watching the dolphins and moving around the water with them, it was time to return to the Marina. The skipper took the “scenic route” along the coastline of Lagos, so we were able to also admire the beautiful caves of Ponta da Piedade and the surrounding beaches, which was the perfect way to end this unique experience!

Seeing dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic is a unique experience

Seeing dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic is a unique experience

Seeing the wild dolphins in the middle of the blue ocean was a very magical encounter, and we loved every minute of it! We highly recommend this tour!

Wave is the Algarve. By João Coelho

What to do when there are waves in the Algarve

The Algarve is one of our favourite destinations in Portugal, and also one where we have a lot of different awesome boat tours for you! The caves and grottos around Ponta da Piedade in Lagos are very impressive and definitely worth a visit, as well as the most famous and beautiful caves of Benagil.

However, every now and then all these amazing tours become the victim of a higher force – the sea! Usually, the Algarvian coast in the South of Portugal is blessed with calm waters, allowing all our amazing boat tours to take you along for a relaxed and calm ride. But from time to time we get a South swell, the so-called “Levante” or “Sueste, that brings a lot of waves in the Algarve.

Private sunset tour to Benagil

Even the smallest waves can be enough to cancel the tours, especially the kayak and SUP ones.

With waves in the Algarve, crashing on the cliffs and caves, it’s neither safe nor a lot of fun to go for a boat tour. So when that happens, unfortunately, there is not much we can do to be able to still provide you with the fun boat tours we all love so much. But that’s no reason to get upset, as there are still many things you can do in the Algarve even when there are waves! In this post, we want to give you just some ideas about what to do instead of boat tours when there are waves in the Algarve!

Things to do when there are waves in the Algarve

Our surf lessons are a lot of fun!

Our surf lessons are a lot of fun!

  1. Go surfing in the Algarve!

While all the skippers and boat tour operators start panicking and get annoyed by the South swell, all the surf schools around the Algarve are more than happy! Why? Because south swell means waves in Lagos and the surrounding beaches! Also, Armação de Pêra is good for surfing! This means that you don’t have to drive much more than 10 minutes to find great waves to go surfing. And it gets better – since the swell comes from the south, the water around Lagos gets much warmer!

So if you see that the boat tours are all cancelled due to the waves in the Algarve, just go ahead and try out surfing! These days are the best days, as the waves around Lagos are usually very easy to learn surfing. And a lot of times you can even go surfing only in a bikini or with your boardshorts! This is heaven, don’t you think!? Use those waves and have the most fun surfing in Lagos! Kitesurfing can also be a great idea with the Southern winds and waves! Check out the piture of this post by João Coelho.

We admit we prefer the sea, but this lake is also great if you want to do some SUP ;)

We admit we prefer the sea, but this lake is also great if you want to do some SUP 😉

  1. Go for a SUP tour on the lake

Our SUP tour in Lagos usually goes to the impressive caves and grottos around Ponta da Piedade. However, when there are waves in the Algarve, this just gets too dangerous (and too difficult to stay on the board!). But again this is no need to worry, only an opportunity to visit yet another amazing place in the Algarve!

On wavy days, our instructors will take you out to a lake about 20 minutes away from Lagos, called Barragem da Bravura. This lake is in the middle of a forest, with nothing around you but nature. Even in high season, you will see almost no people around this hidden gem of the Algarve. A SUP tour on the lake is great because of the warm and sweet water. Since the water there is super calm, you are assured to have a lot of fun, even without any previous experience SUPping.

In the Algarve. there are even mountains for hiking lovers

In the Algarve. there are even mountains for hiking lovers

  1. Go on a Jeep Safari

If you just decide to stay away from the water during the wavy days, there’s still some stuff you can do! Have you already heard of Monchique? This area not far away from Lagos is very beautiful and almost magical with the dense forest. Here you can even find some waterfalls!

From Lagos you have the option to go for Jeep Safaris in Monchique or other places like Sagres or Praia do Amado! The west end of the Algarve is very different and definitely worth a visit to admire the wild and untouched nature!

The Ria Formosa is an amazing surrounding for boat tours

The Ria Formosa is an amazing surrounding for boat tours

  1. Go on a boat tour in Ria Formosa

If you’re staying further east, closer to Faro, you should definitely use those wavy days to go on a boat tour in Ria Formosa. This natural reserve is blessed with unique flora and fauna and is a very special place in the Algarve! And since it’s a river mouth, it does not get affected by the waves!

Join us on one of our tours to Ria Formosa to explore the beautiful islands of the reserve, like Ilha Deserta, Ilha do Farol, Ilha da Culatra and Ilha da Armona. If you enjoy nature you will love Ria Formosa. There are even some bird species that can only be found in Ria Formosa, and you can also go for a seahorse observation here!

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Wandering around Lagos is always nice!

  1. Stroll around the town of Lagos

For all those who just want to take it slow, why don’t just enjoy and explore the cute town of Lagos a little bit more? Lagos has so much to offer, and even just walking through the little streets and admiring the colorful houses is already quite a lot of fun! And it makes for some pretty good photographs as well.

Also, there are more and more great coffee shops popping up all around Lagos. Take Café Goldig for example – here you get everything from delicious Banana Bread over daily changing lunch menus and really good coffee and juices!

As you can see, even when there are waves in the Algarve you still have loads of options to enjoy your holidays in the Algarve to the fullest. So don’t miss out on the fun options of things to do when there are waves in the Algarve!

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The best ideas for your Bachelor or Bachelorette Party in Lisbon

When SeaBookings talks about the best ideas for your Bachelorette Party in Lisbon it has got to do something with the sea! Or with a river!

For your Bachelorette or Bachelor Party in Lisbon you can choose from a lot of different water-related activities, from Boat Tours over SUP all the way to Surfing.

Lately, we have been getting a lot of requests for Stag Parties in Lisbon on the sea. That is why we decided to make a list of the best ideas for your Bachelor celebration.

We have something for every taste. We have activities for the more active bridal get-together, that would like to do something sporty like surfing.

But, we also provide activities for those who rather picture themselves relaxing on a boat while watching the sunset and having some drinks. 

You will find something here. Bachelors can go fishing and Bachelorettes can go for a SUP Tour. With offers ranging between 25€ and 75€, we also have something for all budgets.

The best ideas for your Bachelorette Party in Lisbon

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Sailing – one of the best stag parties in Lisbon

  1. Sailing Boat Party

This private boat party take you to discover the most impressive spots of the Tagus river during an amazing sunset.

This boat party is ideal for hen or stag parties but also for other celebrations, of course.

Come aboard on our private boat party, on a vintage sailing boat just for you and your friends, offering you the best boat party in Lisbon.

Besides partying, there will be time to enjoy the historical monuments. We can take up to 12 people partying on our boat. Drinks are included!

Prices: from 280€ for up to 12 people, making it 23,33€ per person for 2 hours if it is a group of 12 people.

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Sunset on the Tagus River

  1. Two hours “Lisboa Antiga”

This is a private Sailing Tour to Alfama takes you to see all the main attractions of the city from a different perspective. This is especially suited for a Bachelor Party in Lisbon with a Bride that loves Lisbon and the River Tejo.

This private Sailing Tour includes a skipper, one drink per person (water, beer or sodas) and snacks (almonds or crackers). We can organize a catering for you or you can bring your own food and drinks on board.

Prices: 250€ for up to 12 people. For a group of 12 for 2 hours, this is 20,83€ per person.

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Get aboard of this adventure in Sesimbra for your hen party in Lisbon

  1. Dolphin Watching in Sesimbra

Brides as well as grooms who like animals are going to love this special surprise for their Bachelor celebration.

On board of rigid inflatable boats, come looking for dolphins along the coast of Arrábida. Dolphin watching in Sesimbra is a real adventure, and we will even spot some of the most famous spots along the coast.

However, the fact that they are wild dolphins mean that we cannot guarantee 100 % that we will spot some. But even if we don’t the boat tour itself is fun enough and you get to admire the beautiful landscapes of the coastline!

Prices: 35€ per person for 3 hours.

  1. Boat Trip to the secret beaches of Sesimbra

This Boat Trip is a perfect option for a Bachelorette gathering, no matter if it’s for the bride or the groom!

During this boat trip to the secret beaches of Sesimbra, we will stop at a beautiful beach for 2 hours. Regarding food and drinks, you can either bring your own or we can check out the options for catering.

This is a boat trip on a rigid inflatable boat along the coastline of Sesimbra until the Cape of Cabo Espichel, which is situated in the marine reserve Professor Luiz Saldanha.

Prices: 32€ per person for 4 hours.

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For a super fun bachelorette party in Lisbon!

  1. Fun Boat em Sesimbra

A super fun idea for your Bachelorette celebration. We recommend this fun boat where you are pulled by the speedboat while holding on to a floaty.

This fun boat happens in Sesimbra on a rigid inflatable boat SUPER FUN! Along with the breathtaking view over the impressive Natural Park of Serra da Arrábida you also get to go for a refreshing swim in the ocean!

This boat trip includes a floaty for those who are in for some fun and want to be pulled by our fast boat.

Prices: 45€ per person for 2 hours.

  1. Coasteering in Sesimbra

The best idea for a Bachelor get-together in Lisbon for all real adventurers! Coasteering is a great activity for all those, who love an adrenaline rush and also the sea. Coasteering is a relatively new sport and it keeps growing rapidly on the rocky coast of Sesimbra.

This activity takes you on various adventures, from swimming, climbing, rappeling, cliff jumping and walking. This Tour starts from Porto de Abrigo in Sesimbra and takes you to the Natural Park of Serra da Arrábida, the perfect spot for Coasteering!

Prices: 35€ per person for 5 hours.

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Why not go for some fishing Sesimbra for your stag party in Lisbon?

  1. Fishing in Sesimbra

A Fishing trip in Sesimbra is a great idea for a Bachelor celebration with “real men”. Who’s gonna catch the biggest fish? This is a bottom fishing trip, which means that you go fishing on the high sea, about 3 or 5 miles off the coast of Sesimbra.

Bottom fishing is done in depths of 30m to 80m, giving us the opportunity to catch fish like Breams, Snappers, and Groupers among others. This bottom fishing tour in Sesimbra is guided by local and experienced fishermen.

Prices: 75€ per person for 5 hours.

  1. Sailing in Sesimbra

This is one of the favourite Sailing Cruises. And of course for Bachelor Parties too.

After leaving the harbour Porto de Abrigo in Sesimbra, you have two options: A cruise for 2 hours or one for 4 hours. During the 2 hour trip, you sail along these spots: Sesimbra/ Praia do Ribeiro do Cavalo/ Praia da Baleeira/ Cabo Espichel.

We can anchor either in Boca do Tamboril or at Praia do Ribeiro do Cavalo. During both sailing cruises, you have enough time to swim, snorkel and to party! Of course, we would recommend the cruise for 4 hours, because it gives you more time for swimming and for partying.

Both tours include a Welcome Drink, and you can bring along your own food and drinks.

Prices: 300€ for 2 hours or 450€ for 4 hours. So that makes 25€ or 37,50€ per person, depending if it is the 2 or 4 hours cruise.

  1. Stand-up Paddle in Cascais

Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) lessons in Cascais are becoming more and more popular, especially amongst women, who also like to mix this sport with yoga. SUP in Cascais is a great idea for any get-together. 

During this 1 hour SUP lesson, you will learn the art of stand-up paddling while enjoying the sun and the stunning view of Cascais. One of the reasons why SUP is so popular is because it is super easy to learn and a lot of fun. 

Prices: 25€ per person for 1 hour. There is also the option for SUP-Yoga or SUP-Tours.

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Surfing is a good way to spend your bachelor party in Lisbon!

  1. Surf lesson in Lisbon

This surf lesson in Carcavelos is a fun and sporty way of celebrating your best friend almost married.

The surf lesson takes place at Carcavelos beach and your instructors are local and experienced surfers as well as instructors. A well spent afternoon playing in the waves is a great way to get ready for a wild night!

Price: 25€ per person for 2 hours. You can also book a surf day with two surf sessions, where we pick you up with our surf van in Lisbon and spend the day at the beach!

All prices above already include taxes and insurance for all participants. Activities which require equipment like wetsuits, boards, or others also include all the necessary equipment. Prices can vary depending on the size of the group.

If one of those activities sound interesting for your Boat Party in Lisbon, feel free to contact us. Please let us know the number of people in your group as well as the desired dates.

The bigger the group, the more discounts are possible. For catering and games, we have a lot of options. For bookings, questions and recommendations, please contact Bo, our person responsible for Boat Parties in Lisbon: [email protected]

Ready for an unforgettable stag or hen boat party in Lisbon?

Dolphins in Lisbon

We went on a boat tour and spotted wild dolphins in Lisbon!

By Lianne, responsible for the Spanish market and content/translations at SeaBookings.

Not only I didn’t know that it was possible to see dolphins in Lisbon, but I also didn’t know how many dolphins you can find around Lisbon, I was really surprised! And we were extra lucky that day because we encountered a minke whale as well. Can you believe it? Well, take a look at the photos and videos we’ve made for you!

We saw this cute but giant Minke whale 4-5 times!

We saw this cute but giant Minke whale 4-5 times! (picture by Francisco, the guide)

It was a sunny day in Lisbon and Bo and I decided to do a 7km run from Príncipe Real to the marina where the boat would leave at 9am in the morning. This was a good motivation to keep on running because we didn’t want to miss the boat!

Just on time, we arrived, and everyone was ready to climb on board of the trimaran for an excursion named the “Bartholomew Dias Expedition”. This nice trimaran boat looked like a bird and is very spacious! It was a very nice boat because we could sit in the middle or relax and lie down on big nets on each side of the boat.

Because we only could find the dolphins further away in the open sea we had to sail for a while. But that didn’t matter because everyone was enjoying the sailing. I have to say that I was so relaxed that I even fell asleep on one of the nets! I felt very comfortable and I enjoyed the sun very much. All of the sudden we heard someone saying that there was a dolphin right next to the boat. Francisco, the guide, owner of the boat and marine biologist, advised us to go and sit in the front, because from his experience there will be more soon!

We found many many Common Dolphins

We found many many Common Dolphins (picture by Francisco)

We all went to the front and there we already saw several dolphins swimming and jumping around the boat. I think everyone was really surprised by the number of dolphins in Lisbon, incredible! Because the boat is 8m wide, everyone could enjoy these beautiful animals to the fullest. And it was like the dolphins saw us too, because they were really showing off for us. And if this wasn’t enough we also saw a whale (several times!!) appearing slowly on the surface a bit further away.

The nets were great to relax after our run to the boat

The nets were great to relax after our run to the boat

After these mind-blowing surprises we sailed back to Lisbon and during our way back we got a short workshop about the dolphins and whales we saw that day by the experienced biologist Francisco. It’s very nice to get to know a little bit more about the species, specially when told by such an enthusiast like Francisco!

You never know if you find dolphins, as they're wild animals. We all helped in spotting them.

You never know if you find dolphins, as they’re wild animals. We all helped in spotting them.

I think this was one of the best dolphin watching tours I did in Portugal! I can definitely recommend this tour to the dolphins in Lisbon to anyone who would like to have a nice day on the sea! Next time I’m in Lisbon, I am going again!

Dolphin watching tour in Portimão

We went on a dolphin watching tour in Portimão

By Lianne, responsible for the Spanish market and content/translations at SeaBookings.

Fully equipped with wind jackets and life vests!

Fully equipped with wind jackets and life vests!

During our stay in Lagos in the Algarve, we wanted to do something fun. That’s why we decided to visit another place and go on a dolphin watching tour in Portimão. At the marina of Portimão, you see many different boats departing and arriving (sailing boats, motor boats, catamarans, etc.). The dolphin watching in Portimão is done on a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) and this was my first experience on a boat like this. Because we were going to search for dolphins in the wild, we needed to go far into the sea. With a boat like this, you can go very fast and reach these beautiful animals in a short time. My boyfriend and I were sitting in the front and the crew told us that it was important that everyone helped to look out for the dolphins.

Our super fast RIB

Our super fast RIB

Sit back and relax…. Oh no! Hold on tight! Because the boat reaches speeds of 40km/h and on the open sea it feels like you go really fast! This is really amazing because it gives you an adrenaline-kick and you have the feeling that you fly over water.

Before getting on board we were all provided with wind and life-jackets. I thought it would be too hot, but in the middle of the sea, it can be pretty cold. We were told that during this dolphin watching tour in Portimão deals with wild animals. The dolphins live in the wild and they are not fed, which is a good thing I think, because we could really encounter these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat!

The RIB takes 12 passengers and to skippers

The RIB takes 12 passengers and to skippers

I think after 20 minutes we found another boat and the people on board were already waving to us that we could see dolphins close to their boat. We slowed down and carefully we came closer to the other boat. There we saw already a couple of dolphins swimming. It didn’t take long before we saw dolphins everywhere around our boat. It was really amazing because we could come very close to the animals because we were sitting in a small boat. Even when they were swimming underwater and close to the boat we could see them!

From the boat you can clearly see the dolphins underwater too

From the boat, you can clearly see the dolphins underwater too

After admiring the dolphins for a while, it was time to go back. Different from the ride to the dolphins we were now heading back to the coast of course, which is also a nice experience. You see the nice colorful cliffs and different boats sailing along the coast.

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Enjoying the colorful coastline of the Algarve on the way back

The sea was getting rougher and although I really like this adrenaline-kick, I can understand that other people would like the sea to be calmer. Usually, it is better to go early in the morning because the sea is calmer at that time of the day (especially if you usually get seasick it is recommendable to go in the morning).

After this amazing experience, we got back to the marina. It was very nice to see some dolphins in the wild! We highly recommend this dolphin watching tour in Portimão if you like nature and adventure!

Coasteering in the Algarve!

We went Coasteering in the Algarve!

SeaBookings’s team is fully distributed, which means that we all work remotely, from wherever we want. At the moment, we’re basically in between Portugal (from North to South) and the Netherlands. For the first time, we had our whole team together for what we call a “SeaBookings Summit”. The goal of these summits is simply to spend time together and also to brainstorm about the future of SeaBookings.

Team building is very important to have a close team, especially for remote teams. We thought coasteering in the Algarve would be a great thing to do as a team building event. Our partner who provides coasteering in the Algarve was very happy to have us on one of their excursions. And we were too! We had a great time!

Never heard of coasteering? Well, if you like adrenaline and the ocean, you should really give it a try! Coasteering in the Algarve is a true boost of adrenaline while you’re progressing in between the coastline and the ocean. Coasteering involves swimming, walking, jumping from cliffs and a lot of fun!

Coasteering is great for team building because you encourage each other on moments of fear and adrenaline. You push each other to jump from the higher cliff and respect each other if the jump is already high enough.

Here are our thoughts on our experience coasteering in the Algarve:

Lianne and Bo agree this is one of the best sea experiences

Lianne and Bo agree this is one of the best sea experiences

Lianne, customer support and responsible for the Spanish market:  

“Wow! I never did something so scary and at the same time so fun in my life! Coasteering in Bordeira was such a nice experience. It was super fun to do this with my colleagues because we were all supporting each other and had a lot of fun. I have to say I was a bit scared of jumping from very high, but I did some nice jumps and for the rest I enjoyed supporting and seeing other people jump. The instructors helped us to look for our boundaries and they also did some nice backflips themselves. Between all the adrenaline I took my time to enjoy the view and waaaauw, this was amazing! After 4 hours of climbing, swimming and jumping I was super tired, but I was feeling satisfied. I did it, coasteering in the Algarve!”

It's not only cliff jumping, also swimming and climbing!

It’s not only cliff jumping, also swimming and climbing!

Lawrence, front-end developer:

“It was a crazy experience to dive off the cliffs! All of it is quite cool, from having to swim a bit to a lonely island where you start with smaller jumps, to looking at the rocks underwater and their wildlife, to climbing back up to jump all over again. The instructors were very friendly and fun to be with during the activity. Would go again!”

Even before ending the excursion, we knew we wanted to repeat soon!

Even before ending the excursion, we knew we wanted to repeat soon!

Fábio, CTO, or the one who’s in charge of all the geeky stuff:

“In one word: Amazing. In a few words: I want to thank the opportunity of trying out this new type of adventure. Adrenaline is still pumping through my veins. Definitely something to repeat.”

We even swam into a very dark cave!

We even swam into a very dark cave!

Bo, co-founder and all over the place:

“Coasteering is the best team building activity ever, if your team is adventurous, loves the sea and adrenaline, like ours at SeaBookings. I highly recommend it for true ocean lovers as being closer to the ocean and nature in general, is impossible! The nice thing also is that it’s suitable for several levels of “craziness” – some jumped from 12 meter cliffs while for others 5 meters was enough.”

 

Think coasteering is something for you (and your team)? Book online or email us for further questions you may have!

 

20 things to do in Albufeira, Algarve

We’ve been writing a lot about things to do in Albufeira because it’s one of the Algarve’s most popular holiday destintions, both for families and groups.

Also, we like Albufeira ourselves and are happy to be able to share some inside tips.  🙂

Albufeira has long been one of Portugal’s most popular resorts because it combines an interesting cultural heritage, stunning beaches and there are many options. 

Albufeira things to do

going to the beach, of course!

The old centre is like a picturesque village with typical Moorish white buildings atop low sandstone cliffs facing a beautiful town beach.

This idyllic city centre is surrounded by modern buildings. Albufeira is undeniably fun, attracting a varied mix of holiday-makers.

Albufeira is a preferred sunny holiday destination for families and groups of party animals who seek for a resort with many things to do.

Albufeira things to do

walk around the city center

The Marina of Albufeira is almost like a second city center. It is part of a luxury tourist complex which includes shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, a nautical club, apartments and villas.

It is now ten years since the Albufeira marina opened its waters to boat owners providing high-quality support services to all sailors and their boats.

The Marina of Albufeira enjoys an ideal geographical location, in the Algarve, right at the end of the motorway from Lisbon and only 45 minutes away from Faro airport.

The Marina is a great spot to wander around or go for a romantic dinner, it’s also a favourite place to visit for families..

Check out our Top Things to do in Albufeira:

Albufeira things to do

wander around the Marina de Albufeira

Sunset cruise

Albufeira things to do

Albufeira things to do: sunset cruise from Albufeira

Sail along enchanting rock formations, caves and beaches of the Algarve at sunset, and sip on a glass of Champagne while admiring the coastal sights.

The 2,5-hour cruise on this comfortable catamaran includes sights of the typical coastline of the Algarve and dramatic views of the Atlantic — all bathed in a smooth sunset glow.

We’ll smoothly cruise along the coast up to the area of Galé and Benagil famous for its breathtaking rock formations to enjoy the ever changing light at the end of the day.

From about 5 to 6 PM until sunset, the skies of the Algarve become magical, and even more magical when viewed from the ocean.

Simply sit back, relax and stare at the sights as the crew sail. During the trip, we can stop for a refreshing dive in the ocean if you wish to do so.

Captain Hook Cruise

The pirate boat in Albufeira is a lot of fun for the whole family

pirate boat in Albufeira

Kids love pirates and parents love boat tours, right? Well, this is the best thing to do during your holidays in Albufeira with your family.

Please remember to book in advance because as this pirate boat trip is on top of the must things to do in Albufeira with kids, it gets easily fully booked during the summer months. Book your boat tours in advance to avoid disappointment and to better plan your stay.

On the Captain Hook boat tour, one thing is for sure: your kids will have the best day of their holiday. This 2-hour boat tour is a pleasant sailing trip for a nice price, ideal for groups and families.

We’ll cruise along the stunning coast of the Algarve to observe the rock formations and beaches of Albufeira, São Rafael, Castelo and Galé. If you’re getting too hot, you can even go for a dive in the refreshing ocean.

Caves & dolphin watching – The Dreamer

This unique boat trip combines the two most popular excursions in the Algarve, the dolphin watching trip and cave visits. There are several tours that do this, what differs is the length of the tour and the type of boat.

This particular trip takes 2 hours and you will be welcomed on “Dreamer” the newest acquisition of this tour operator, a very stable and fast speed boat that carries 30 people.

This boat is suitable for all ages, for kids and also for older people because it’s very stable and safe. On this tour, we’ll first cruise along the Algarve coast, from the Albufeira Marina to Carvoeiro beach. During this cruise you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful caves and rock formations typical from the Algarve and a stop for a quick ocean swim.

On the return, the boat distances from the coast to start our search for wild dolphins. We manage to find these beautiful creatures on almost all of our trips but as they’re wild animals in their natural habitat and we don’t feed them, it’s a true adventure and we can’t guarantee anything.

Caves & dolphin watching– Rigid Inflatable Boat

Albufeira things to do: caves and dolphin watching tour

caves and dolphin watching tour – Insonia

This is our favorite of the things to do in Albufeira. Like the previous one, also this boat trip combines the two most popular excursions in the Algarve, cave visits and the dolphin watching trip.

As there are several tours that do this, you can basically choose what you prefer according to the different durations of the tour and the types of boat.

This particular trip takes 2 hours and you will be welcomed on Insonia” a rigid Inflatable Passenger Boat, especially designed for the purpose of taking you to enjoy the ocean.

These kind of boats are very fast and agile and carry 12 people. We recommend this boat for the most adventurous travelers as you’ll feel the adrenaline rush while speeding over the ocean and once we find the dolphins, be very close to them.

Regarding age, Rigid Inflatable Boats are suitable for all ages, but please bear in mind they’re a bit bumpier than boats like “Dreamer”.

On this tour, we’ll first cruise along the beautiful coast of the Algarve coast, departing from the Marina of Albufeira in direction to Carvoeiro beach, along the stunning caves and rock formations typical from the Algarve.

We manage to find these beautiful creatures on almost all of our trips and sometimes we also encounter other creatures like whales or turtles.

BBQ Cruise

Albufeira things to do: BBQ Cruise

BBQ Cruise

This BBQ trip is ideal if you’re looking for something that fits in your tight budget. The BBQ cruise will take you to discover the most beautiful spots of the Algarvian coast and enjoying a BBQ on a private beach on the same day.

This activity is one of the best family options. We invite you to come a board on our catamaran, a very safe and stable boat.

This boat offers you and your friends or family the best way to explore the enchanting caves, typical rock formations and beaches of the Algarve.

This is a full day cruise, departing from the Marina of Albufeira to cruise along the coast up to the area of rock formations and caves of Galé, Benagil and Carvoeiro.

A BBQ beach lunch will be served on a private beach where you will also have time to relax, swim or play beach games.

Half day sailing

Albufeira things to do: sailing tour

sailing tour

If you have always dreamed of sailing on your own sailing boat, this experience may be interesting for you. On the boat you can feel like you’re the owner and skipper and have the best day of your holiday.

The trip departs from the Marina of Albufeira to go sailing along the coast of the Algarve with its stunning rock formations, caves and beaches up to Carvoeiro light house.

If you want, you can visit the caves or go for a dive. On this three-hour tour you will experience the pleasure of sailing with a small group, either friends or family, and a trained and friendly crew that will involve you with the art of the sailing if you wish.

Full say sailing

Sailing Albufeira

full day sailing tour

If you think the previous described boat tour of half a day is not enough, com a board of our yacht for a full day. 

This experience is similar as the previous one but will take the whole day, to take it easy and relax while you sail along the stunning coast line of the Algarve. 

Also, there will be time to anchor on a quiet beach for a BBQ lunch and visit the caves or go for a dive in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean.

Coastline boat tour

Albufeira things to do: coastal boat tour

Coastal boat tour

By now we know that if you visit Albufeira, you MUST see the caves and typical coastline of its surrounding.

On this tour, on a very nice “pirate” sail boat, as soon as the the boat leaves the Marina, it sets sails and sail westward along the cliffs and sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo and Galé.

You can also observe the fisherman’s village of Armação de Pêra, the Chapel of Senhora da Rocha and go along the worldwide known beaches of Marina and Benagil.

On this trip there is also time for a visit to the caves or to have a refreshing swim in the blue Ocean. In sum, this is the ideal boat trip for you and your family to explore the must-see places of Albufeira, Algarve, on a typical and beautiful sailing boat.

Jet Boat adventure

Albufeira things to do: 30min jetboat

30min jetboat

Do you dare to come aboard on one of our powerful and super-fast boats? These types of boats are designed for fun and reaching high speeds thanks to their extremely powerful engines and aerodynamics.

This boat trip is a must while staying in Albufeira with your friends or kids who love speed! Join us and enjoy moments of pure emotion, freedom and excitement as if you were in command of a powerful jet ski, but in the company of your family and friends.

Slide around the waters of Albufeira on a thrilling 30-minute ride on a Jet boat. The boat will be driven by an expert captain who will make the boat speed, spin and splashe, so be prepared to have fun and get wet while enjoying views of Portugal’s scenic southern coastline.

Jet Boat – 1 hour adventure

Albufeira things to do: 60min jetboat

60min jetboat

The above described Jet Boat adventure takes about 30 minutes. For most people this is enough as it’s rather intense. You will enjoy moments of pure emotion, freedom and excitement as if you were in command of a powerful jet ski!

Are you a really adrenaline fan? Dare to come a board of this one hour adventure and explore the coastline even better while adrenaline flows through your veins!

As the Jet Boat takes off from the Marina of Albufeira, grab the safety bar in front of you and hold on tight — your captain is about to take you on a wild ride. Do 360-degree spins, power breaks and slides, generating waves that splash around you. It’s all part of the fun, so wear clothes that can get wet.

Rocket Boat

Albufeira things to do: ocean Rocket boat trip

ocean Rocket boat trip

A speedy ride combined with the beautiful scenery of the coast of the Algarve. Does that sound nice to you? The Ocean Rocket is right up your street!

This boat is capable of seriously fast speed. The Rocket Boat has 700 CV and is able to reach 50 knots! We recommend this cruise if you are looking for a cruise along white-sand beaches, caves, rock formations and enjoy speed too.

You might even be lucky to spot some dolphins. Crazy sharp turns make you think the boat will capsize then the pure acceleration kicks in again and you’re off like a bat out of hell, remember you have been warned!!! Do you dare to come and fly over the Ocean with us?

Jet ski from Albufeira

Albufeira things to do: jet ski

jet ski

What could be better than a sunny summer day on the cool waters of Albufeira? Jet Sking is a cool and refreshing way to enjoy your vacation in the Algarve.

Renting a Jet Ski is a great way to live life to the fullest. Pack your swim trunks, head to the Marina of Albufeira, and celebrate your freedom while you make waves on board a fast and fun jet ski.

No license is needed, as long as you’re fine with being in the ocean. We’re sure that your personal jet ski will add a whole new dimension to your day at the Albufeira beach.

Not only will you have the best view of the coastline, but you can also jump the waves in the choppy water or motor out to the caves to enjoy the typical rock formations.

Snorkeling

Albufeira things to do: snorkeling

snorkeling

Snorkeling is a beloved water sport by all ages. The Algarve, and in particular Albufeira has got some great spots for snorkeling as its waters are very rich in fish and other sealife.

Some people are not fond of the idea to be dependent on a diving tank or to be 20m below sea level, but still want to enjoy the underwater world. If you’re like that, let’s go snorkeling.

In fact, snorkeling gives you the chance to explore the colorful and interesting sea world just beneath the ocean’s surface without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving.

The give you the best snorkel experience, this trip is made by boat, such that we can take you to the nicest snorkeling spots, and all the equipment and insurances are included.

Scuba diving

Albufeira things to do: scuba diving

scuba diving

Scuba Diving is an amazing experience. To breathe underwater is incredible. If you agree, how about a Scuba Diving experience in one of the warmest and most beautiful waters of Southwest Europe?

For certified divers, the Algarve offers various dive sites, over 100 different ones from Faro to Armação de Pera.

Diving can be done in natural and artificial reefs, caves, wrecks, wall dives, among others.

Usually the Scuba Diving experiences from Albufeira take the whole morning, allowing two dives from one of our boats to assure you get to know the best places taking into account the water and sea conditions and also your experience as a diver.

You will be accompanied by a fully certified and very experienced instructor to assure a safe and fun day of your holidays in the Algarve!

First Scuba Dive

Albufeira things to do: scuba diving - first dive

scuba diving – first dive

As we mentioned in the Scuba Diving experience description, the Algarve is a heaven for Scuba Diving fans: warm water, good visibility and several types of diving site for a great diversity of marine life.

If you do not have any kind of diving certificate but would like to take your first breath underwater in Albufeira, we can take you on a “First Dive” is a program.

You do not need to be certified or an experienced diver to see and enjoy the immense existing life below the water surface.

This program consists of about half an hour of theory introduction, followed by practice in the pool with the full equipment and a dive in the sea to a depth of 12 meters.

The whole program includes assistance of a certified professional instructor, all the necessary equipment, boat trip, insurance and a certificate valid up to a year. Albufeira Algarve

Parasailing

Albufeira things to do: parasailing

parasailing

Parasailing consists of flying in the sky behind a boat and is suitable for all ages. This activity, despite of being rather short, will be unforgettable for the rest of your life.

You will start by ascending into the sky by the platform on the stern of the vessel, safely and without getting wet, until the maximum height of 150 meters.

You can chose if you prefer to fly individual, double or triple. With a privileged view over the city where you can enjoy an absolute silence and an extraordinary moment of peace and tranquillity.

For parasailing, we recommend booking in advance as parasailing depends upon weather conditions.

What’s your best thing to do in Albufeira?

Most likely one of the things to do in Albufeira described above suits you and your family or friends perfectly, make sure you book on time. During the busy summer months, from June to September, Albufeira’s ocean activities are very popular and some of them tend to get fully booked for days!

So, book now and make sure you won’t be disappointed and end your holidays without having done the experience that excites you most!

Also, if you’re looking for a kind of activity that is not listed here, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll do everything to help you!

Happy holidays!

sunset boat party in Lisbon

Meet “Príncipe Perfeito”, our big classy sailing yacht in Lisbon

Príncipe Perfeito” is our big classy sailing yacht in Lisbon, ideal for events up to 200 pax

  • Max 200 pax
  • 2 hours – from 2200 €
  • from 500 € per extra hour
  • Departure: Doca do Espanhol, Alcântara, Lisbon
  • Included: no drinks included
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each or we have nice catering packages from 22 € per person for a complete meal with drinks

 

On board of our enchanting sailing ship “Principe Perfeito”, Portuguese for the perfect prince, you will feel like a real sailor exploring the city of Lisbon! Did you know this yacht is one of the biggest sailing ships in Europe? We have many different catering options for this boat. It’s ideal for weddings or other ceremonies.

Please note:

  1. All tours are private and include a skipper, fuel, insurance and taxes.
  2. Schedules are flexible. Let us know if you prefer a morning, afternoon or sunset trip.
  3. Catering options vary according to each boat, so feel free to contact us about that according to the boat you prefer.
  4. Most boats have a sound system and you can bring your own music on your phone.
  5. We presented 2 to 4-hour tours but of course, we can also do 5 – 8 hours. If you wish that, let us know.

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family fishing from Lagos

The Best Fishing Tours in Portugal

The Best Fishing Tours in Portugal

We all know that Portugal located on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain on its East and the Atlantic Ocean on the South and West. This privileged Oceanside location influences many aspects of its culture – salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes and the Algarve’s beautiful beaches are a popular holiday destination.

Grilled_Sardines

Thanks to its geographic location, fishing has long been integral part of Portuguese culture and diet. Tourist-wise, Portugal, and in particular the Algarve, is a fantastic fishing destination with a long season and lots of different fish and angling experiences. Many types of fishing experiences are provided by local fishermen who are happy to share their boats and knowledge with fishing-lovers for an unforgettable holiday experience in Portugal.

portugal-fishing boats

Travelers who want to give fishing a go or learn new skills are always welcome on half day tour full day trips where tuition is provided if necessary. From family fishing experiences suitable for all levels of experience to challenging whopper catches for the most experienced or adventurous ones, Portugal offers a sizeable range of habitats in such a small country.

Because of Portugal‘s location on the Continental Shelf – an underwater land platform which extends to between 80 and 160 Km out to the Atlantic Ocean – there is a broad variety of water temperatures and thus, species of fish. Large predatory fish such as sharks and tuna (also dolphins, but those we won’t catch!) come in to feed on the smaller fish that live in the shallower and warmer coastal waters. In fact, there are hundreds of types of fish including sardines, bream, bass, octopus, mackerel, blue fish, snappers, shark, tuna, sword fish, salmon bass and plaice.

Still doubting? Book now and this is what you’ll get:

– Take your catch of the day home and enjoy a nice and fresh BBQ – a unique experience;

– Your family will love it. The youngsters will learn with the most experienced and the ones who do not like fishing can enjoy the sun and take pictures;

– Chose what suits you more: half or full da fishing experiences;

– Includes drinks as fishing will make you thirsty!

– Portugal’s geography offers a wide range of fish, from sharks to sardines.

Alvor Fishing Donzela

Alvor Fishing Donzela

Please remember that fishing boat tours tend to get fully books during the busy months, from June to September, so we recommend to book in advance. By booking in advance, you can chose the day and time that suits you best and ensure you won’t miss out on this unforgettable fishing experience!

In Portugal several types of fishing can be carried out:

Deep Sea Fishing is practiced along the Portuguese coast both for leisure and commercial reasons for shark, tuna, blue fish, swordfish, conger eel, ray, salmon bass, scabbard and marlin, off Sesimbra, Sines, Peniche and Nazaré, but also some cities in the Algarve and the Madeira and Azores markets.

– Inshore Fishing is a fishing style practiced all along the entire Portuguese coast.

– In the rocks around the Berlenga Islands, Algarve, Sesimbra, Praia do Furadouro, Aveiro, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde, Tavira, Sines and Sagres, Underwater Fishing is broadly practices.

– Beach Casting, without a the use of a boat, is done by local fishermen and tourists to fish for bass, sea mullet, sole, bream, mackerel, red mullet, conger eel, shad, blue fish and golden bream among others. This kind of fishing is broadly practices in Portugal, in particular along the Alentejo coast, Peniche, Povoa de Varzim, Sesimbra and in the Algarve (Sagres, Lagos, Faro, Albufeira, Quarteira, Portimão and Vila Real de Santo António).

– To fish for whiting, mackerel, squalus, grey mullet, bream and bass, in Portugal, Role Fishing is most commonly used in the Algarve coast, Sagres, Cape St.Vincent and Ericeira.

For leisure, Portugal offers fishing tours from several cities, from North to South and from the islands, Madeira and Azores.

Fishing Tours in the Algarve

Fishing in Albufeira

Reef fishing albufeira - algarexperience

Reef fishing albufeira – algarexperience

Fishing tours in Albufeira depart from the modern Albufeira Marina which is a major destination of choice in the Algarve. Situated in the in the middle of the coastline of the Algarve, just 30 minutes from Faro airport and on the motorway to Lisbon, it’s extremely easy accessible and provides high quality logistics for any ocean related activity.

Departing from Albufeira, we suggest the sporty and exciting reef fishing experience. The three-hour reef fishing tour takes place at a depth of 20 to 30 meters, around 3 to 4 miles off the coast of Albufeira. The well-equipped vessel will be anchored while the bait stays at the bottom, close to the reefs – that’s why it’s reef fishing! This type of fishing allows to capture a broad variety of fish like mackerel, black sea bream, white bream, horse mackerel, grouper, conger, and snapper, amongst others.

Fishing in Tavira

fishing

Fishing tour from Tavira Algarve

Tavira is a Portuguese city situated in the east of the Algarve about 28 kilometres east of Faro. The city is strongly related to the ocean and nature as it is where the Gilão River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The beach of Tavira lies past the salt pans and is reached by a ferryboat that takes you to Ilha de Tavira, a sandy island part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Its location by the ocean makes Tavira an obvious paradise for a fishing experience, either for the whole family or for more experienced sport fishers. In Tavira, we recommend a boat called “Reel Time”, with a capacity for six people and fully equipped with the latest technologies in navigation and security. During the tour, all the necessary equipment for an unforgettable day at sea will be supplied. You can chose for a family experience or for a more adventurous Big Game tour where the focus will be Big Game, which means: Shark and Tuna fishing.

Fishing in Olhão

fishing - passeios

fishing – passeios

Olhão is a major port city less than half an hour away from Faro airport. Actually, Olhão is the largest fishing port in the Algarve.  In 1679, due to its commercial relations with Africa, Olhão became so important that it needed to build the fortress of São Lorenço to defend it from pirates.

The city of Olhão, given its history and outstanding location, is great for fishing. In fact, fishing is not about luck, on the right spot and with the right knowledge, you will catch regional fishes. The tour operator In Olhão has a GPS and souder to ease the job to find the best fish. The fishing from Olhão will be done in 2 or 3 miles from the coast. The most common fishes to be caught on the Algarve coast are seabream, red gunnard, mackerel, garfish, triggerfish, scorpion fish, red mullet, and picarel. From our experience, the best time to go fishing is at 8h00 AM.

Fishing in Alvor

Alvor Fishing jigginng

Alvor Fishing jigginng

We love Alvor! It’s one of the Algarve’s most popular destinations, probably because the village has succeeded in retaining its essence along the time. With its idyllic and traditional architecture it’s a truly fishing village.

For many years Portugal, and in particular the Algarve, and even more in particular Alvor has been known for its sports fishing qualities.  From Alvor there are several types of fishing experiences: Family fishing, Big Game fishing and Bottom fishing . The warm Gulf Stream that passes by the coast of the Algarve coast creates a great habitat for many species of ground fish like Bream, Squid, Cuttle Fish, Sea Bass, Stone Bass and Mackerels. This is why the Bottom fishing experiences are a great success for some fun time together with family or friends, competing for the biggest catch of the day!

Fishing in Portimão

boat & cave trips, Caves trip from Portimão - Manguito

boat & cave trips, Caves trip from Portimão – Manguito

Portimão is the second-most populous city in the Algarve and the western Algarve’s main commercial centre. It is, just like most of the coastal cities of the Algarve, known for its close relation to the ocean. By the river side, at River Arade at “Pier Vasco da Gama”, near the Clube Naval de Portimão, you can embark on a boat trip that will take you fishing and site seeing in one! On board of the traditional boat “Manguito”, you can enjoy the beaches, cliffs, rock formations and caves in the area of Portimão but also enjoy a fun day with bottom fishing, following a visit to the caves and a chance to swim and/or snorkel. On this tour, the whole family is welcome.

Fishing in Lagos

family fishing - fishing lagos - bomdia boat trips - boat trips in Lagos

family fishing – fishing lagos – bomdia boat trips – boat trips in Lagos

Lagos is a bit further away from the Faro Airport, but definitely worth the ride. Lagos has a strong historical clout, having launched many naval excursions during Portugal’s Age of Discoveries. It’s a growing popular tourist destination and many fishermen, during the summer, are focussed on tourists. These authentic fishermen are happy to take you out fishing in a relaxed atmosphere and taste the experience of fishing.

FISHING TOURS AT MADEIRA ISLANDS

The best fishing tours in Portugal

The best fishing tours in Portugal

We believe that the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are the true hidden gem of Europe. Not many people know about these islands that belong to Portugal, right in the middle of the Atlantic. They are one of our favourite holiday destinations, for being so near to continental Europe and for their incredible natural beauty. Also here, boat tours are an excellent way of admiring the coastline from a different perspective.

Many World Record for giant Blue Marlins were caught around Madeira. In fact, Madeira is a perfect fishing location, with its calm waters, most of the fish is caught within a friendly 3 miles of the coast. Sport fish range from blue and white marlin, swordfish, spearfish, tuna, wahoo, small sharks down to red snappers, jacks and even giant squid fished on night trips, amongst others.

Conservation is an important and we always recommend choosing tour operators that practice a Tag and Release policy with all billfish species unless there is no chance of survival or it is a potential world record fish.

To Book the best Fishing Tours in Portugal check us out!

 

 

 

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