Boating holiday in Portugal

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Boating holiday in sunny Portugal

Portugal has always been a proud seafaring nation - recently it became possible to sail on the large artificial lake Grande Lago aboard one of our quality riverboats.

Grande Lago is Portugal's largest artificial lake. It was created in 2002 to produce electricity and irrigation to the Alentejo-region. The lake has transformed the once sleepy Portuguese countryside to become one of the nation's premier vacation destinations. Although it is difficult to determine the exact size of the reservoir formed by the huge Alquelva dam on the Guadiana river - an estimate is about 25,000 hectares with a coastline of about 745 km. The reservoir reached its full size in 2010 and the area is now screaming to be discovered by sailing enthusiasts and fishermen. The peaks of more than 400 flooded hilltops are now seen as islands where you can dock and explore.

Visit one of the lakes small islands and play "Robinson Crusoe" - or visit the village of Luz, the flooded village, which was rebuilt stone by stone on the lake shore (remember to visit the museum) or Mourao with its castle and fortification from the 13th century. Enjoy its narrow cobbled streets and the magnificent bullring, which is still in use. With more than 300 sunny days a year, Grande Lago perfect for a boating vacation all year round. Boat rental in Grande Lago is possible from Nicols base in Amieira.

Sailing Tips: Provisioning can be ready at your arrival (contact us for more info).


Grande Lago

Grand Lago in southern Portugal is the largest artificial lake in Europe - it covers 250 km2 and is situated close to the Spanish border, it measures 83 km length and has a radius of 1160 km. From our base at Amieira Marina, you can sail the crystal clear waters where you can enjoy swimming, fishing, scuba diving and photography.

Highlights at the Boat rentals in Grande Lago, Portugal: 

  • Great weather most of the year
  • Excellent swimming and water sports and also fishing
  • Cycling routes for mountain bikes
  • A world of fauna and flora
  • Local Attractions: fortified villages, archaeology, local crafts (ceramics) and regional traditional cuisine

About boating in Portugal - Practical Tips

To rent a boat on the Grande Lago is a perfect choice if you want a beautiful and stress-free boat holiday in magnificent surroundings - there are no locks - and you can moor to exactly where you want to.

The base is the only open 365 days a year - which means that you can also go on boat vacation in the winter months - even over Christmas and New Year. There are 300 guaranteed sunshine days a year. In the small villages along the banks, you'll find wonderful restaurants with classic Portuguese food - definitely one of the highlights

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