5 Best Places To Visit In Portugal By Boat

by | Aug 14, 2020

Portugal is a stunning holiday destination that is rich in beautiful cities and sights to visit. The country is located in the most western part in Europe, along the Atlantic Ocean. Given the stunning natural landscapes and beautiful cities it is an excellent destination for a fantastic holiday. Moreover, Portugal provides many opportunities for sailing enthusiasts too. Sail along the breathtaking coast of the Atlantic Ocean and find the best places to visit in Portugal by boat.

Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and the biggest city in the country. Having an international airport and amazing climate Lisbon attracts all types of travellers. It’s not a surprise, as the city is rich in beautiful architecture, colourful buildings, excellent gastronomy and plenty of sites to visit. It has a lively atmosphere and rich in historical culture. Luckily, due to its size, Lisbon is a walkable city. For example, we highly recommend visiting the Belém Tower, St. George Castle at the top of the hills and the Jerónimos monastery.

View from the St.George Castle over the city in Lisbon

After discovering this unique city we recommend setting sail to explore what’s around Lisbon. Given its geographic location, Lisbon became a top sailing destination. Discover the city from a different perspective and go on day trips. You surely won’t regret going on an exciting adventure.

Sintra

Sintra is a stunning coastal town located very close to the capital city of Lisbon. Due to its geographical location it’s an excellent destination for a fantastic daytrip from Lisbon. The breathtaking views, beautiful gardens and historical sites will amaze you! The beautiful landscape of Sintra is also listed by UNESCO, so it would be a mistake to miss out.

View of the stunning castle in Sintra

Cascais

Another fabulous daytrip idea from Lisbon is to visit Cascais. This little coastal town along the Atlantic Ocean is an idyllic beach destination. You can spend a fantastic day here if you just want a quick visit. Moreover, Cascais is fantastic for families too. Enjoy the stunning beach and experience the typical Portugese atmospere.

View of the coast of Cascais with sharp cliffs

Algarve region

The Algarve region of Portugal doesn’t need an introduction. It’s most certainly one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. Located on the south part of Portugal, Algarve has one of the best beaches in the country. Having plenty of amazing beaches, stunning coastal towns, breathtaking scenery and natural landscapes. To truly discover this paradise, we highly recommend renting a boat. You can explore the hidden beaches and admire the beautiful coastline too.

View of a stunning beach with unique cliffs in the Algarve region

When planning your sailing itinerary, you have plenty of cities to include or choose from. You shouldn’t miss out visiting Albufeira, Lagos, Faro, Praia de Luz, Salema and Praia de Marinha.

Porto

Porto is the second biggest city, located on the northwest part of Portugal. This stunning city is well famous for its bridges, the Duoro river, lively streets and the wine production. Moreover, the city has plenty of stunning architecture, churches and historical culture.

View of the river side in Porto with the colourful buildings

Due to the popularity of this city, during the high season it can be crowded on the narrow streets. If you want to see the city in a calmer setting, it’s better to visit during spring or autumn. Even though Porto is a walkable city, bear in mind that most of the streets are steep. It might tiring with small children in a pushchair and for the elderly.

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