We're currently in Lagos, Portugal
, before heading along the coast (we have just had a lot of work done on our boat and need to shake it all down before heading further S).
There are lots of straightforward day sails
, either to Marinas
(Lagos, Portimao, Chipiona etc.) anchorages
(Sagres, Alvor, Faro etc.) and two big rivers, the Guardiana and the Guadalquivir that are navigable for considerable distances. Depending on wind
direction there are numerous surf beaches (Atlantic Coast of Portugal
, too) and in settled conditions some good diving
(I'm told). Sea is warm on the Algarve coast.
is generally pretty good, and the Algarve coast and beyond are fairly well sheltered in the prevailing N winds, and so swell is not such an issue as the Atlantic coast.
I can't as yet say too much about the Spanish ports
, but although the Algarve is built up in some areas, there are still the old towns at their heart. Lagos, for example is modern in many ways, but is still a nice place.
I'm sure you and your family
will enjoy it.
Excellent Pilot is the RCC Atlantic Spain
and Portugal guide, which covers the stretch from La Coruna to Gibraltar
, published by Imray. Currently in its fifth edition it is really comprehensive and annual updates are available over the web.