Guadiana River

Expedition

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Guadiana River

Expedition

1. General Information
Next Departure:
October 11, 2021
Finishing Date;
October 15, 2021
Departing Port:
Olhao, Faro
Total Mileage Covered:
80NM
Alternative Stops:
Tavira, Isla Cristina, Alcoutim
Price per person:

950
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A sailing expedition for everyone. Ideal for families.

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.

You can take a Competent Crew course during this sailing expedition.


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.

You can take a Competent Crew course during this sailing expedition.


3. Course combination options

You can combine this expedition with the following courses available at our school:

IYT
VHF
:
VHF Training Course
(+€
155
)

For further information about expeditions and course combinations, please contact us here.

What's the plan?

A plan is just a plan. We like to sail, we don't like to motor, so things could get off track sometimes. As sailors we are always depending on the weather conditions, everything is uncertain.

Nevertheless, here is the plan for the expedition:

Day 1

  • Check-in, shopping in the local market, safety briefing
  • Sail inside Ria Formosa. If we have nice SW breeze we sail to Vila Real St António

Day 2-4

  • Sail in the Guadiana river
  • Explore the river and local villages

Day 4-5

  • Sail back to Faro

If you want to know more details about the plan and destinations please contact us here.

Requirements

Some of our expeditions require some qualifications or previous experience from the crew due to the nature of it's difficulty and in order to make a safe and comfortable passage for everyone.

This are the pre-requirements to book and join this expedition:

No Pre-Requirements, this is an entry level expedition
International Crew Certification is recommended

If you want to know more details about certifications and proven experience onboard, please contact us here.

Joining Instructions

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Frederico Cantante

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.

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Luís Ferramacho

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.

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