Portugal, Madeira and Azores

Discover Portugal, Azores and Madeira Islands by chartering a sailboat or catamaran.

Only a few flights away from Switzerland, Portugal, Azores and Madeira offer the advantage of a subtropical climate with mild temperatures most of the time and steady winds thanks to the trade winds. Our partners' yachts are ideally located in Funchal to explore the islands of Madeira, Horta and Ponta Delgada in Azores or on the coast of Portugal from Lisbon, Cascais or Portimão.

You don't feel like crossing the Atlantic to go sailing in the West Indies/Caribbean? In this case, rent your sailboat or catamaran in Portugal, Azores or Madeira which benefit from an ideal climate, beautiful landscapes and reasonable prices.

Only a few hours by plane from Switzerland, Portugal, Azores and Madeira Island are a surprisingly well-kept sailing secret.

 

Azores

Well known to sailors making a transatlantic return from the Antilles or the United States, the Azores are located in the middle of the Atlantic 1,430 km from the European continent and more than 3,900 km from North America.

With a population of around 246,000 inhabitants, the archipelago consists of nine islands grouped into three distinct groups: the eastern group, formed by the islands of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, the central group, by the islands of Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Terceira and Graciosa; and finally, the western group formed by the islands of Flores and Corvo.

Our partners' sailboats and catamarans to rent are available in Horta and Ponta Delgada.

Horta is a pleasant town to explore with many old shops, cafes and good restaurants. Peter's bar is renowned as a meeting place for sailors and locals. The city has several beautiful old buildings and it was of great importance due to its sheltered harbor.

Ponta Delgada is the largest city in the Azores and its regional administrative capital. It is now a dynamic and multifaceted city where the tradition continues with new contemporary and cosmopolitan trends, interpreted by the tranquility characteristic of life in the Azores.

Lisbon

With 194 berths for boats up to 12 metres in length and several facilities for the repair and maintenance of boats in dry docks, the Doca de Belém represents an important symbolic place for all the sailors of the world.

It was from where Portuguese ships set sail in the 15th and 16th centuries on their voyages of discovery and thus completely revolutionized the world of sailing and navigation.

This marina is therefore surrounded by an impressive collection of monuments, including the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a masterpiece of 16th century Portuguese architecture and has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

 

Algarve

Sailing along the Algarve coast is a beautiful, rewarding and relaxing experience.

Wherever you look from the Portimão marina, the colours of the mountains and the sea are always with you, creating the impression of a watercolour dotted with golden, green and blue reflections. The area is vast and pleasant, with a Mediterranean climate, marked by the smell of the sea at low tide and the scent of wild flowers.

Here, the scenery is made up of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from where you can admire the rocky coastline and the playful shadows cast on the sand. After the enchantment of the landscape, you will discover the aromas and flavours of traditional Algarve cuisine.

 

Funchal

The Funchal Marina offers its users an open door to a city with an exceptional environmental quality and a mild climate all year round. Departing from the Funchal Marina you can easily plan a tour of the Island if you have a week or more of Madeira's sailing yacht charter ahead of you.

Well protected from the wind, the south coast of the Island will allow you to discover the beautiful resorts of Quinta do Lorde and Calheta. You can also navigate to the beautiful Desertas Islands further east and see the way up to Porto Santo Island.  Located 24 NM north east of Madeira Island. It is famous for its golden sandy beach and therapeutic qualities as well as the famous hospitality of its inhabitants.

Weather

Madeira is an ideal travel destination as it can be visited all year round. With a subtropical climate, temperatures are mild most of the time. There is little difference in temperature between summer and winter: 17 to 18°C on average in winter and 23 to 24°C in summer. In mountainous areas, rainfall occurs in particular between October and March, due to the passage of the Azores high pressure system.

The prevailing winds, the north-easterly trade winds, bring a little cloud, humidity and precipitation to the north-facing slopes. Due to the trade winds, the north side is wetter and windier than the south side, which has a drier landscape; the town of Funchal, on the south side, is fairly sheltered from the wind. In the period from June to September Madeira can be affected by the Leste, a hot and dry wind blowing from the Sahara, which can raise the temperature above 30 degrees and bring a fine red dust. This wind is rarer in Porto Santo.

In Lisbon, the climate is Mediterranean, mild and rainy in winter, warm and sunny in summer. Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot and sunny. The average temperature reaches a maximum of 23.5 °C in August, so it is not too high, and besides, the breeze blows from the ocean, tempering the heat. The clarity of the air makes it clear that we are not on the Mediterranean coast, where summer tends to be more stifling. Temperatures are generally pleasant, in fact, the highs don't reach 30°C, and the lows drop slightly below 20°C. For swimming, the sea in Lisbon is relatively cool: water temperatures range from 18 °C in June, to 19 °C in July, to 20 °C in August and September. The Nortada (north wind) blows almost every day. It rises in the early afternoon and strengthens during the day.

Located at the same latitude as Lisbon, the Azores archipelago offers a humid oceanic climate including very small temperature variations ranging between 15 ° C and 26 ° C. The archipelago experiences significant rainfall, especially from autumn to spring (November-March). The summer months (May-September) are significantly drier and sunny.

Itineraries

Suggested itineraries (click on the map below for more details) :

The best yachts for rent in Azores are located in Horta and Ponta Delgada (click on the maps below for more details). :

Suggested itinerary 7 or 14 days from Horta

  • Horta (Faial Island) - Velas (Sao Jorge) - Angra do Heroismo (Terceira Island) - Lajes do Pico (Pico Island) - Horta : 145Mn (7 or 14 days)

Suggested itinerary 14 days from Ponta Delgada

  • Ponta Delgada (Sao Miguel Island) - Franca do Campo (Sao Miguel Island) - Vila do Porto (Santa Maria Island) - Lajes Do Pico - Angra do Heroismo (Terceira Island) - Ponta Delgada : 360 MN (14 days)

The best yachts and catamarans for rent in Portugal are located in Lisbon, Cascais and Portimão (click on the maps below for more details). :

Proposed itinerary 7 days from Lisbon

  • Lisbonne - Belem - Oeiras - Cascais -Sines - Troia - Setubal - Simbra : 130MN (7 days)

Itinerary proposal 7 days from Portimão

  • Portimão - Sagres - Lagos - Portimão - Salgados - Albufeira - Vilamoura - Ria Formosa : 80 MN (7 days)

 

The best yachts for rent in Madeira are located in Funchal (click on the maps below for more details). :

Suggested itinerary 7 or 14 days from Funchal

  • Funchal - Quinta do Lorde - Calheta - Porto Santo - Desertas : 140MN (7 or 14 days)

 

Note: The proposed routes are based on 2 to 3 hours of navigation per day at an average speed of 5 knots. If you are looking for other route ideas or if you have any questions, please contact us. We will be happy to help you plan your cruise.


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