Portugal: Mediterranean climate on the Atlantic
A historic yacht charter area awaits you in Portugal. It was from here that the explorers set out to sea on board the caravels that were newly developed at the time. With the financial support of Heinrich the Navigator, they turned this small country on the south-western edge of Europe into a colonial power. Madeira was discovered in 1419, eight years later the Azores were rediscovered and settled, and in 1433 sovereignty over the Canary Islands was achieved through diplomatic channels. The knowledge in navigation, cartography and shipbuilding, which were gained during the many journeys along the African west coast, were the cornerstone for the later circumnavigation of Africa and the development of the sea route to India. Henry the Navigator had set himself the goal for Portugal to achieve supremacy for the Arabs in the trade in slaves, gold, pepper and ivory and to curb the spread of Islam.
Today Portugal offers professional and recreational sailors a variety of sailing conditions with light winds to stormy gusts. International sailing regattas are held in some regions. The Portuguese west coast with its cliffs, dunes and beaches is a paradise for all water sports. Divers will also feel at home in the colorful and fish-rich underwater world of Portugal. Sines, the birthplace of Vasco da Gamas, with its modern marina, and Cascais, where there is also a large marina, are located here.
The Algarve is a popular yacht charter area that offers visitors imposing cliffs, deserted islands, small fishing villages and beautiful sandy beaches. The interior of the country with its picturesque mountain villages, towns and old traditions that go back to the Arabic era of Portugal, if not longer, is worth exploring. Modern luxuries such as spas, golf courses and exquisite restaurants are also abundant.
Lisbon is a melting pot of many cultures that came together here, especially during the colonial era. Magnificent buildings from this era suggest that Portugal was once a world power. The medieval city center but also Belem with its world heritage monuments or the Parque das Nações make Lisbon a destination worth seeing for a shore excursion.