If you are looking to discover this "paradise by the sea" from a different perspective, you should consider renting a boat and exploring the most beautiful Portuguese beaches in the company of friends or family.
These days, it's easier than ever to rent a private boat for a holiday: there are loads of options on the Internet at very affordable prices. But what are the best hidden nautical corners to discover in Portugal? And where can you find those "secret" beaches that only locals know about?
The best landscapes not to be missed while sailing
The pleasant Mediterranean climate that is felt in Portugal invites boat trips all year round, not just during the warmer months. Thanks to new tourist solutions available on the Internet, anyone can rent a private boat to enjoy a wonderful vacation on the Portuguese coast. There are options for almost every port and at very interesting prices — just choose a reliable service that allows you to rent a boat.
But which are the best beaches to visit by boat with your loved ones? Below are some of our best suggestions:
If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, there is nothing like renting a boat and exploring the beautiful Costa Vicentina from the ocean. The Costa Vicentina stretches from Aljezur to Burgau, in the municipality of Lagos, and is full of small wonders that will delight any tourist — Portuguese or international.
When exploring the Costa Vicentina, don't forget to stop by the mainland to discover some of the best restaurants on Rota Vicentina. The Thanks Lisbon Restaurant, the MOMA Grill Restaurant, A Campesina, or the Porta Restaurant are some of our top recommendations.
Benagil is one of the most traditional fishing villages in the Algarve, and one of the best places to visit by boat in Portugal. The beach itself is spectacular, in the style of the Algarve region, but the highlight is the imposing sea cave known as Algar de Benagil. Although this cave (described as one of the most beautiful in the country) is accessible by swimming, it is especially beautiful when visited by boat.
Located in Caramujeira, in the municipality of Lagoa, Praia da Marinha is another emblematic Algarve beach that is a must-visit for all tourists wishing to explore Portugal aboard a rented boat. Praia da Marinha is a typical Mediterranean-style beach, with fine sand, warm water, beautiful rocks, and one of the most emblematic sunsets in southern Europe.
Far from mainland Portugal, the Azores archipelago is perfect to explore by boat and has some of the most beautiful semi-desert islands in the Atlantic Ocean. All nine islands of the Azores are worth a visit, as there are a lot of unforgettable natural landscapes in the archipelago. The largest and most popular is the island of São Miguel, but visiting lesser-known islands (such as the remote Ilha das Flores or Ilha de São Jorge) is a must for anyone who enjoys walking in nature.
Known for its tranquility and beautiful surrounding rocks, Praia de Odeceixe is one of the best Portuguese beaches for tourists who like to take a dip in peace and relax contemplating the horizon. Visiting Praia de Odeceixe from the sea adds something extra to the experience!
What is the perfect boat for a holiday in Portugal?
The beaches and nautical corners listed above are just a few examples of the many emblematic places that can be known from the ocean in Portugal. There are several others that deserve an honorable mention, such as Praia do Guincho, Portinho da Arrábida, Praia de Moledo, Ilha da Barreta, or even the inspiring wine region of Alto Douro. But what is the perfect boat for a holiday in Portugal?
Rent a catamaran
If you are looking for a comfortable option that is convenient for the whole family (and especially when traveling with children), we recommend renting a catamaran.
A catamaran is a generally spacious boat with an outdoor area perfect for gathering family and friends. In addition, it has an advantage over other boats: it does not need to be moored at night. Due to its moderate speed, a catamaran is a comfortable boat even for tourists who are not used to traveling by boat. Its reduced speed also allows the catamaran to continue sailing even after sunset, which can be perfect for reaching the next destination as quickly as possible — always without neglecting the safety of its crew.
In conclusion, there are a lot of good reasons to start preparing your dream vacation aboard a chartered boat in Portugal. As the country is relatively small, it is even possible to explore most of its coast aboard any type of maritime vehicle. Don't miss this opportunity to live a unique experience and enjoy a different vacation away from the mainland!