Algarve Coastline

A few words about the Algarve

At times where snow, rain and cold are common in Northern Europe, the spring begins in the Algarve. In January, the almond blossom turns the landscape into a pink and white sea of blossom. A long lasting summer into the October and a mild autumn follow the spring. Even winter days are often better than summer days in the UK… In climatic terms the Algarve offers year-round perfect sailing conditions. A stable offshore wind blows during the summer which counteracts a strong swell on shore.

The coastline splits into two parts: the East Algarve from Faro eastwards to Spain with its long and sandy beaches and the nature reserve Ria Formosa with its offshore islands. In Portuguese the East Algarve is called "Sotavento", the leeward side (facing away from the wind).


The Western Algarve is situated from Faro on westwards and also called "Barlavento" in Portuguese; that means the windward side. The Western Algarve is characterised by long beaches, small and sometimes hidden bays, rock formations and little caves which can be visited from the water.
Close to Sagres is the Cape St. Vincent, the most southwestern point of Europe. The coastline seen from the sea is absolutely beautiful. Not only sun and beaches attract the visitors in the Algarve, in many villages, e.g. in Silves, the former capital of the Algarve, the Moorish history is still present. In the hinterland, only a few kilometers away from the coast, life still goes on slowly and quiet. Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos and Praia da Rocha have a vibrant nightlife.

The Algarve counts around 5 million visitors every year – why not live and work where others are on holiday? Since 20 years, the traditional gaff sailer has been established on the market and has all necessary licenses for day trips and multiday trips. The Gageiro is for sale for personal reasons, maybe she is the right springboard to start your own business in the Algarve?

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