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Guadiana Expedition

Sailing the magic Guadiana River

Guadiana Expedition

€950 per person

Sailing Expedition to the Guadiana River

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.

We can enroll this expedition and take your IYT International Crew certification>>

Read what our crew says about this expedition>>

Max crew onboard during this Expedition: 4 + skipper

Check our Sailing Expedition Guadiana vídeo here>>

Next sailing adventure

march 2021

22mar(mar 22)9:30 am26(mar 26)5:00 pmSailing Expedition to the Guadiana River #1_2021# 1_2021 | 3 bunks available


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  • Departure/Return Location
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  • Dress Code
    Coastal Sailing and Hiking
  • Included
    Historic Heritage
    Nature Expedition
  • Not Included
    Heavy Traffic
    Night Sailing

Tour Plan

Explore the Eastern Algarve
Day 1
  • Check in safety briefing
  • Sail inside Ria Formosa
Day 2
  • Passage to Vila Real de Santo António
  • Sail upon the Guadiana river
Day 3
  • Explore the river and gastronomy
Day 4
  • Sail back to Faro

Alexandra Carton

Beautiful places to discover by sailing boat. Unique and authentic destination.



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  • Luis Ferramacho
    July 11, 2019

    L’expédition Atlantic Explorers avec mes amis de jeunesse a été magnifique. Le voyage a compris 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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  • Frederico Cantante
    July 13, 2019

    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. But the best memory I take from this trip is to look at the sunset while having dinner on the boat!

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No Pre-Requirements! This is a easy going passage to the Guadiana River. Once inside the river is quiet and calm, even in windy days.
This is a perfect Sailing Expedition for an entry level.
Entry level Sailing Expedition.
To book a Sailing Expedition:
      1. Check the calendar>> and choose your Sailing Expedition
      2. Email us to check the availability
      3. Read “What to expect>>” and “Terms and conditions>>
      4. Fill up Booking form>>
      5. Pay the 155€ booking fee (any bank fees of taxes must be added to the payment) using our bank information here>>
      6. Send us the proof of payment
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