Charting a Course for Adventure: Sailing the Enchanting Algarve with Atlantic Explorers

By: Destinations

Embarking on a sailing adventure with Atlantic Explorers in the enchanting Algarve region of Portugal is more than just a lesson in navigation—it’s a journey into the heart of breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and a commitment to sustainable travel. Atlantic Explorers is an American Sailing School based in Portugal that could help you check off a few boxes on your bucket list. 

Where They Sail: The Algarve

The Algarve, with its sun-kissed beaches, dramatic rock formations, and historic towns, sets the stage for an unforgettable sailing experience. From the charming Olhão, our home port nestled in the heart of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, you’ll explore a coastal lagoon teeming with birdlife and unique flora. The protected channels offer tranquil anchorages, creating a perfect environment for both learning and leisure.


Your sailing adventure with Atlantic Explorers in the Algarve transports you to a world where the scent of sea breeze mingles with the allure of secluded coves and sun-kissed beaches, crafting a postcard-perfect memory for your sailing journal. Picture this: historic towns lining the shore, each holding the secrets of its cultural past, beckoning you to immerse yourself in the timeless charm of the Algarve region. As you drop anchor in picturesque waterfront settings, control your excitement as you are about to indulge in the region’s culinary treasures. The gastronomy of this region will kidnap your tastebuds with the freshest seafood and local delicacies. The experience seamlessly weaves together modern marinas and ports with the region’s ageless beauty, creating. Sailing transcends the ordinary with Atlantic Explorers as adventure and exploration greet your senses throughout your certification courses.

What They Teach: ASA Courses and More

Under the expert guidance of Ricardo Barradas, a YM Ocean commercially endorsed Professional Skipper and Sailing Instructor, you’ll undertake ASA courses 101, 103, and 104. Special courses, including Diesel Engine and VHF, ensure a comprehensive education. 

Their Programs: Sailing Expeditions

Atlantic Explorers goes beyond standard courses by offering sailing expeditions, where you can combine ASA training with a 5 or 8-day adventure to Spain. Tailor-made sailing expeditions, such as the captivating journey to Cadiz with an ASA 104 course, provide a unique blend of education and exploration.

Their Story: A Unique Blend of Adventure and Giving Back

What sets Atlantic Explorers apart is their commitment to a larger purpose. Beyond teaching sailing, they are actively involved in community projects. As a trademark of AECO, a non-profit organization, the school contributes to a sailing inclusion project with children at social risk. Summer volunteering cleaning campaigns and a dedication to plastic-free, pollution-free courses showcase their commitment to responsible travel.

Atlantic Explorers is dedicated to raising awareness about ocean-related environmental issues, promoting conservation actions, and supporting marine life research projects. They aim to bring people closer to the sea, fostering individual action against threats to our oceans. Through engaging and inclusive sea adventures, even for those without prior experience, Atlantic Explorers aims to instill valuable sailing skills and inspire a love for the sea. The experienced team prioritizes safety and offers instructors who possess training beyond on-the-water sailing skills in areas such as Marine Biology and Ecology, SCUBA, and underwater photography.

Atlantic Explorers will expose their students and clients to ecotourism in the Algarve region throughout their courses. Their goals are to respect the local environment, support the local economy, and promote animal welfare in the area.

Travel: Convenient Access

The recent announcement of United Airlines launching direct flights between Faro and New York/Newark makes accessing the Algarve even more convenient. With the boat just 10 minutes from Faro International Airport, the Algarve becomes an easily reachable haven for adventure seekers.

Choosing Atlantic Explorers means learning to sail, contributing to meaningful initiatives, and exploring the Algarve’s wonders with a team dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences.