Sea in Algarve
The ancestral link the Algarve shares with the sea is enhanced by several activities focused towards the sea, as water sports, fishing, among others, whether to sail, whether to ride the waves with surfboards or diving the arrangements involving water are valued in the Algarve, including surfing, body boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing or jet skiing throughout the whole year. Those looking to venture safely, the initiates have provided schools and instructors to start exciting adventures. If the passion is sailing the Algarve is the scene of major events related to this, Vilamoura hosts the International Tournament of the Algarve Sailing, which takes place in February while the marina of Portimão is elected to high competition boaters stage as ABN team AMRO racing in the Volvo Ocean Race, in other marinas and marinas are also held other evidence, there are schools and clubs that rent out their boats for either a quiet walk or ride the waves.
Another very explored mode is the sport fishing, as the Algarve is surrounded by the best waters for this type of fishing, on the promontory of Sagres, which enables the practical and catch, and consequently release of species such as the blue shark, hake, swordfish, tuna, sea bream and sea bass, and there may be even national and international tournaments in this area. With regard to deep sea fishing, in turn, provides a quiet and magical world with underwater magnificent landscape, perfect for alleviating stress and relax as the mouth of the Rio beachfront Salema in Vila do Bispo, there is an underwater museum with clearly marked archaeological remains. Even in the relaxed side, the boat tours and mini-cruises are means offering a pleasant time. Departing from the Vilamoura marina, mini-cruises run along the coast, past the most popular beaches and the most lively cities like Quarteira, Faro and Olhão.
Small worlds are the Algarve’s marinas, which offers excellent infrastructure of leisure, Lagos Marina projects in the future the maritime tradition of the city of Discovery and is in wide bay, considered one of Europe’s largest. To be facing the sea, has a privileged view over the mouth of the River Arade, Marina de Portimão is considered the safest bar in the country, and provides a setting for international high competition events. Already the Albufeira Marina, due to its central location in the Algarve, and with easy access, attracts animation to that resort. In turn, the Vilamoura Marina is the largest in the country with a long history, is a mandatory stop for those wishing to relax the senses and have a good time.
Come from land or sea, visitors have at their disposal an excellent range of services including excellent sports facilities and leisure facilities, a modern cinema and a sophisticated casino. Before flowing into the sea, the rivers of the Algarve are pure liquid highways that allow tours on cruises or canoe. The Guadiana River on the border between Portugal and Spain, is navigable from the mouth to Alcoutim; starting from Vila Real de Santo António, one passes Castro Marim, which is wrapped in salt and schists, and sporting a castle on the Nature Reserve, where live more than a hundred species of birds. The river Arade is thickened by tributaries Ribeira de Beret and odelouca river, is also one of the most important in the western Algarve watercourses. At the mouth of the Ria de Alvor, Portimão and Ferragudo flank this wetland preceded by marshland with a great ecological and landscape value. Both Faro and Olhão and Tavira are starting points for cruises wandering the canals of the Ria Formosa, which is is classified as a Natural Park.