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Guide To A Sailing Vacation In Portugal

May 30, 2008
The best sailing area is on the south coast where Algarve provides a perfect 150 Miles of interesting sailing coast.

The Portuguese have been a maritime nation for a long time, and the sea is 'in the blood' of the locals. It's such a compact area yet enjoys such an extended coastline. Hardly any wonder, then, that sailing has played so large a part in the area's history. This is a great sailing location as the winds are usually light northerly. With plenty of anchorages, the clear sparkling warm Atlantic water invites you to take a swim.

The west of Faro consists of small bays and coves mixed by striking rocky outcrops and interesting grottoes. East of Faro the coast comprises sandy offshore islets, which have created protected anchorages and the most wonderful quiet beaches that continue for miles.

Portugal is part of the southwest Europe. It's also close to the Iberian Peninsula, Atlantic Ocean, and Spain. Besides the towns and villages that make up the mainland, there are two more islands that belong to Portugal. These are Azores as well as Madeira. Sailing in Portugal is a well-known activity in this country because of its mild Mediterranean climate.

Algarve is one of the renowned tourist destinations in Portugal, primarily because of its excellent weather. As a matter of fact, some who have been here for their holiday vacation decided to buy real estate properties. Moreover, there are a lot of interesting places to visit and beautiful beaches to swim or cruise. Alvor is one of them. Besides the long coastline, you can also enjoy the village, filled with narrow streets, bars, and restaurants. There is also a old fishing village, which has been preserved very well by the municipality. Walk farther and you can find a beautiful lagoon. You can dare to go too in the sandy beach and coves underneath the cliffs.

Whenever you're sailing in Portugal, make sure you can stop by the quaint town of Faro. Apart from finding a good temporary home in its villas and holiday resorts, you can also find a variety of artifacts and historical sites. For example, the Milreu ruins depict third-century homes of the Romans. There's also a parish church that was built hundreds of years ago, Palacio de Estoi or manor house and the Bronze Age fort found in Santa Barbara de Nexe. West of Faro are more developed areas like Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago.

Disembarking from a yacht charter, you can visit Monchique, a rustic and usually-unexplored town in Portugal. Bordered by the hills of Picota and Foia, Monchique is proud of its cobblestone streets and dark doorways, which eventually lead to small artist shops. There are also plenty of religious places here, such as the Franciscan monastery and the parish church, which dates back to the fifteenth century.

And if you think that these are the only things you can get from sailing in Portugal, wait until you can get to the Bucaco Forest. This quiet area actually contains several grottoes and chapels that was built by monks that lived hundreds of years ago.
About the Author
D. Browall is with http://www.sboats.com , an independent directory on yacht charter and sailing vacations. Visit his website if you want to find companies offering yacht charter in Portugal as well as many other popular sailing areas such as yacht charter in Greece .
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