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Frequently Asked Questions before joining a Sailing Expedition with Atlantic Explorers

Experience required?

No experience required, although in longer passages we do not expect you to be an expert sailor but we strongly recommend you complete a Bareboat Skipper course. If you have questions regarding your present skill level, please contact us.

Weather and temperature

The temperature in the southwest Europe is Med style. The airflow in the cabin can be regulated by yourself.

Check weather forecast

Best time to visit

The tourist season in the Algarve starts early May through late September/October of each year. More options of flights during this period. The “best time” depends upon what one is willing to experience.

Seasonal highlights, which can vary somewhat from season to season, include the following:

  • September – November: The early part of the season showcases a number of highlights. Temperature still good. Tourists are leaving so everything is much more quiet. Southwest winds prevalent, especially on the west side of the Ibera Peninsula. Nice land breezes on coastal trips.
  • December – March: The decreased number of daylight hours brings exceptional opportunities for night sailing passages. Nice coastal sailing available. The weather can be challenging sometimes during this period. Recommended for experienced sailors.
  • April – June: Spring is a good time to to the Guadiana route and try some hiking. At this time of the year you will find plenty of flights to reach Portugal but tourism is not in the peak yet.
  • July- August: Sightings of whales and dolphins are at their peak in the Gulf of Cadiz. Also the best season to cache some tuna. The seas are quiet and wind not so strong. Temperatures around 30 ºC. best season to do a pleasant night sailing to Gibraltar with little sailing experience. The eastern winds will pick up this time of the year, bringing warmer water but also some SE swell from the Strait.
How to get here

You can reach Faro from any part of the world. Look the airlines that are flying to/from Faro International Airport. As an alternative you can stop over in Lisbon or Seville and take the bus / train to Faro.

Flying to Faro>>

What to Pack
Can I travel with my children?

Yes, although some expeditions have a minimum age requirement. The entry expedition is the Guadiana River Sailing Expedition. Contact us for tailor made sailing expeditions designed for young travellers around the Christmas/New Year’s holidays.

Sleeping arrangements

Our Nautor Swan 411 has 7 bunks: 4 bunks in 2 cabins and 3 bunks in a saloon.

For a question of privacy we set a limit of 3 sailors per expedition + staff (max2)

If you have a group then we can open up to 6 places.

Travel Insurance

Accidents onboard are covered by our insurance. When you go ashore you are not covered by insurance.

We recommend you to get a travel insurance.


Smoking is not allowed. E-cigarettes is fine.

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