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Adventure sailing holiday: Portugal’s Algarve Coast

Adventure sailing holiday: Portugal’s Algarve Coast

Coastal Sailing




A wonderful sailing holiday along Portugal's Algarve coast.

The Portuguese Algarve is a wonderful coast for sailing. There are beautiful towns to explore including Portimao, Faro, Lagos, Tavira and some beautiful offshore islands. The calm seas and short distances between ports and anchorages allow for relaxed sailing. The coast is lined with hidden coves, golden beaches and interesting towns.

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These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.


  • Start date / place: August 29 2022. Faro, Portugal
  • End date / place: September 09 2022. Cadiz, Spain
  • Full price: £1,799
  • Deposit: £450


  • Start date / place: September 12 2022. Cadiz, Spain
  • End date / place: September 23 2022. Faro, Portugal
  • Full price: £1,799
  • Deposit: £450


  • Start date / place: October 02 2023. Faro, Portugal
  • End date / place: October 13 2023. Cadiz, Spain
  • Full price: £1,799
  • Deposit: £450


  • Start date / place: November 20 2023. Faro, Portugal
  • End date / place: December 01 2023. Cadiz, Spain
  • Full price: £1,799
  • Deposit: £450


  • Start date / place: December 04 2023. Cadiz, Spain
  • End date / place: December 15 2023. Faro, Portugal
  • Full price: £1,799
  • Deposit: £450


  • Start date / place: December 23 2023. Faro, Portugal
  • End date / place: January 03 2024. Cadiz, Spain
  • Full price: £1,799
  • Deposit: £450


Please see ‘TRAVEL – GETTING TO & FROM YOUR TRIP’ tab for advice on start and end points.



All crew must produce a negative Covid-19 test result within 1 week of the start date.

This is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.

Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.

Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.

This is a typical itinerary. What makes this type of sailing adventure so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of this is guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.

Joining day

You need to join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day. We will have a cup of tea and get to know each other and the skipper and mate will talk you through what to expect, find you your berth, help you get your kit packed away and issue you with oilskins, lifejacket and immersion/abandon ship survival suit.


The beautiful cathedral town of Cadiz is a place many visitors fall in love with. It is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, being first settled by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. The enchanting ancient centre, surrounded almost entirely by water, is a wonderful, intoxicating mix of winding streets,  with waves from the ocean crashing into the sea walls. There are endless, friendly tavernas for fresh fish and long beaches temp you in for a swim.


It’s a lovely full day of sailing between Cadiz and Tavira, so we can really enjoy letting the boat rip through the waves as we take in the sun, fresh air and simple joy of being out on the ocean. Our reward is the spectacular Tavira. Set on either side of the  Rio Gilão river, Tavira is surely the most gorgeous town on the Algarve. The ruins of a hilltop castle, an old Roman bridge and a smattering of Gothic and Renaissance churches are among its historic attractions. An enticing assortment of restaurants also offer every excuse needed to jump off the yacht and explore ashore!


It’s another 40nm between Tavira and Faro, so it’s more top class sailing. The beauty of this region, is good wind is almost guaranteed and there is just nothing like the excitement of setting sail from one town to another, ready to explore! Faro is the Algarve’s capital and feels really Portuguese. The marina is lovely, and we can head ashore and wander through its many parks and plazas, and its charming cidade velha (old town) ringed by medieval walls, is a great way to while away a couple of hours. The old town’s winding, cobbled pedestrian streets, squares and buildings are the perfect holiday walk, as are the fascinating museums, churches, a bone chapel and cafes.


This lovely town, just around Cape St Vincent  was founded by the Phoenicians. The Moors made it an important trading town before being recaptured by christian armies in 1241. It was then used by Henry the Navigator as a base for African trade and remnants of the first slave market in Europe can be found alongside the old custom house.  We will also try and spend a day anchoring off the amazing network of coves with their grottos and tunnels which extend from the town to the Ponta de Piedade.


A delightful anchorage near the old fishing village with white washed houses, narrow streets and lovely views over the estuary. The swimming at the entrance is excellent with the water being warmed as it comes over the sands of the shallow lagoon. On the north side of the river is a nature reserve and over twenty two species of wading bird have been counted enjoying the salt marches and sandy banks.

The salt water lagoons

As well as the traditional harbours, there are several natural salt water lagoons such as Ria Formosa, Ria de Alvor and great rivers in Portimão and Ferragudo – the Rio Arade and of course the fantastic Guadiana.

Offshore sail back to Cadiz

Having enjoyed all the Algarve has to offer, we finish with an exhilarating offshore sail all the way back to Cadiz. It’s only 115 nm, but that is a perfect length to experience the magic of being out on the open ocean for a full day and the sun will long have set and we will be sailing under the stars by the time we reach Cadiz. It is exciting, spectacular and life-affirming stuff and when we disembark you will be aching to be back out there


  • Join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day.
    It is important you are not late as the pre-trip briefing will start promptly at that time. You will probably need to arrive at your start point the day before your trip begins and get a hotel or B&B.
  • Disembark by 1200hrs on the end day.
    We ask you to stay on board until then if possible to help with packing away the boat but recognise sometimes due to flights you may need to leave earlier that day. Please just let the skipper know in advance.


    Cadiz, Spain

    These are the three international airports closest to Cadiz:

    Jerez de la Frontera Airport (XRY)Only 47km from our Spanish school in Cadiz. Depending on the time of your arrival, we suggest the following options for travelling to Cadiz:

    • Catch the bus from the airport that will take you directly to Cadiz (1 hour).
    • Catch the bus from the airport to the main station in Jerez (30 minutes) and then take a train (40 minutes) or a bus (1 hour) from Jerez to Cadiz.
    • Catch the train from the airport that will take you directly to Cadiz (57 minutes).
    • Catch a taxi which will take you to the main station on Jerez and then from there a train (40 minutes) or a bus (1 hour) to Cadiz.

    Seville AirportOnly 130km from  Cadiz. Once you have arrived at the airport, we suggest the following options:

    • Catch a bus (EA Line. 35 minutes) which will take you to the main train station – Sevilla Santa Justa. The bus leaves approximately every 30 minutes. Once there catch a train to Cadiz (Approximately 1h and a half.) 

    Malaga AirportOnly 230km from our Spanish school in Cadiz. Once you have arrived at the airport, Depending on the time of your arrival, we suggest the following options for travelling to Cadiz:

    • Catch a bus from the airport to the bus station in Malaga (Line 75. Approximately 15 minutes) which leaves every 30 minutes. Once there catch another bus or train to Cadiz.


These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.


We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

See more information and the full kit list here


We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.

Fitness to sail


Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.

See the Medical Declaration here


  • All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
  • Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
  • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.


For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.


  • Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.


  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
  • Any meals you eat ashore.


Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

  • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
  • These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
  • When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
  • Please ensure you  have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.

    Terms & Conditions