Sailing Expedition to the Guadiana River – São Domingos Mine
Sailing Expedition Guadiana: Sail the east coast of the Algarve towards Vila Real de Santo Antonio (30 miles) and came enter into the Guadiana river with high water. Overnight in Vila Real or Ayamonte and the next day sail upon the river towards Alcoutim. The river is a natural boarder.
The river empties into the Gulf of Cadiz between Ayamonte and Vila Real de Santo António, the two highly touristic regions of the Algarve and the sea-side of Andalusia. There it forms a saltmarsh estuary.
Sailors from far away have been visiting the Guadiana for thousands of years, the first to arrive were probably the Phoenicians from the eastern Mediterranean, who arrived about 1000 BC, not as conquerors but as merchants bringing with them dyes, fabrics, ceramics, glass, metals, wine, seeds for crops and olive oil to trade with the locals. They established a fishing port at Vila Real de Santo Antonio and ports at Alcoutim and Mértola further up the river.
This scenic trip upon the Guadiana River takes 4-5 hours and we need to go with the flow. Once we arrive to Alcoutim we´ll land in the quite vilagge to taste the local food and learn old stories about the village, fisheries and tradicional economy.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Olhão, Algarve|
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Olhão-Culatra-Vila Real Santo António-Alcoutim-Ayamonte-Olhão