Sailing the Guadiana smugglers route
Sailing Expedition Guadiana
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.
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. Find more here>>
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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Max crew onboard during this Expedition: 4 + skipper
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Explore the Eastern Algarve
- Check in safety briefing
- Sail inside Ria Formosa
- Passage to Vila Real de Santo António
- Sail upon the Guadiana river
- Explore the river and gastronomy
- Sail back to Faro
Beautiful places to discover by sailing boat. Unique and authentic destination.
This is a perfect Sailing Expedition for an entry level.Entry level Sailing Expedition.
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- Email us to check the availability
- Read “What to expect>>” and “Terms and conditions>>“
- Fill up Booking form>>
- Pay the 155€ booking fee (any bank fees of taxes must be added to the payment) using our bank information here>>
- Send us the proof of payment