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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.


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 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.


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.

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surfing in Matosinhos

Why you should try surfing in Matosinhos

Porto is booming in every way – the city in the North of Portugal is becoming more and more popular amongst travellers from all over the world! People seem to be falling in love at first sight with the vibrant and colourful city.

When you’re on holidays in Porto, you have a lot to discover. You can go to one of the port wine cellars and get to know everything about the history of that special and very yummy drink. Or you can visit one of the many museums and other cultural highlights that are spread out over the entire city. Foodies also will be happy in Porto, thanks to the big variety in different restaurants. There’s something for every taste in Porto!

Matosinhos surf lesson

We’ll start with a brief beach session

But did you also know that Porto is actually also a great destination for surfing? Yes, surfing in Porto is great and it’s possible all year around! And the hotspot for surfing in Porto is definitely Matosinhos! We will tell you, why surfing in Matosinhos is the best and why you just have to try it during your stay in Porto!

Have you been to Matosinhos yet? It’s the coolest part of the city, right at the famous city beach Matosinhos where all the surfers and active people hang out and spend their days. In Matosinhos, you will find loads of hip juice bars, cute boutiques and of course, it’s located right at the big city park!

Aula de surf no Porto

Even the little ones are welcome!

But the coolest thing about Matosinhos is the surfing in Matosinhos! Along the big sandy beach, there are several beach breaks where you can catch some waves! From the far left side of the beach until the other end – depending on the swell and wave conditions, you will find waves all around in Matosinhos!

No wonder that there are surf schools right at the beach. Surfing in Matosinhos is perfect for people of all experiences – beginners will be able to catch their first few waves and even surfers with a lot of experience will be sure to have some fun in while surfing in Matosinhos!

Kids learn very fast!

Kids learn very fast!

Our surf school in Matosinhos works only with real locals, who will tell you all secrets about surfing in Matosinhos. And since it’s a busy beach where you can surf all year round, they are sure to have a lot of interesting stories to tell! Even if you visit Porto during the winter or when the weather is not so great, surfing in Matosinhos promises to be a success! Usually during the winter waves are even better than in the summer!

And after surfing in Matosinhos you can refresh yourself in a nice cafe or just chill by the beach and observe the busy life of a city beach. In Matosinhos, you will see all kinds of people coming and going. It’s a hotspot for locals, travellers and beach lovers!

Aula de surf em Matosinhos

During this surf trip you can get to know new people

So if you’re planning a trip to Porto, make sure to try surfing in Matosinhos as well! You can get a private surf lesson, join a class or go for a surf trip with transfers from Porto included. There’s no better place to learn surfing than a cool city beach in one of the most vibrant and popular cities of Europe! Enjoy the waves!