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Sail the east coast of the Algarve towards Vila Real de Santo Antonio (30 miles) and came enter into the Guadiana river with high water. The bar is shallow and requires some planing to go in. Piloge techiques will be used on the way into the Guadiana river.
Overnight in Vila Real or Ayamonte and the next day sail upon the river towards Alcoutim.
The river empties into the Gulf of Cadiz between Ayamonte and Vila Real de Santo António, the two highly touristic regions of the Algarve and the sea-side of Andalusia.
There it forms a saltmarsh estuary. Sailors from far away have been visiting the Guadiana for thousands of years. However the first to arrive were probably the Phoenicians from the eastern Mediterranean, who arrived about 1000 BC.
Phoenicians were merchants bringing dyes, fabrics, ceramics, glass, metals, wine, seeds for crops and olive oil to trade with the locals.
Ancients established a fishing port at Vila Real de Santo António, therefore Alcoutim and Mértola were comercial ports. This scenic trip upon the Guadiana River takes 4-5 hours and we need to go with the flow.
Time to taste the local food and learn old stories about the village, fisheries and tradicional economy.
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Atlantic Explorers provided me and my friends an awesome experience sailing the Guadiana. I keep in mind the beautiful landscapes in both sides of the river, the quietness, the regions’ well-coming communities and to eat the most tasteful food in local restaurants.
Atlantic Explorers avec mes amis de jeunesse a été magnifique. Le voyage a compri une session de voile nocturne dans les eaux de l’ Algarve avec du bon vent, un séjour super-sympa sur le port de la ville espagnole d’Ayamonte et des paysages relaxants de pure nature sur le trajet du fleuve Guadiana.