Algarve Fishing: a Short Travel Guide

Famous for the five star hotels, the Algarve features excellent golf courses and its sandy stretches as far as the eye can see, framed by golden cliffs. But the Portuguese Atlantic Ocean great surfing conditions, snorkeling and … great sport fishing conditions both off-shore and in-shore. Read a short travel guide for your next Algarve fishing adventure below.

Blue Rampage Albufeira big game fishing charter

Blue Rampage Albufeira big game fishing charter

Why choose the Algarve?

With a temperate climate and a long history associated with fishing, the Algarve, Portugal is the perfect place to enjoy a fishing adventure. Fishing charters in the Algarve are a popular and affordable way to experience top class fishing in a stunning setting.

Algarve fishing offers all levels of fishermen ample opportunity to test their skills. With an unrivalled range of potential catch on offer and a beautiful coastal backdrop of beach and cliffs, the Algarve will not disappoint.

Blue Rampage Albufeira grander marlin fishing

Blue Rampage Albufeira grander marlin fishing

A fish feast

Fishing is diverse and exciting. Offering excellent sea fishing, the Algarve’s waters are the home to a multitude of marine fish. Close to the shore, there is the opportunity to catch snapper, sea bass, dorada, sea bream and mackerel. Further out to sea, there are skipjack tuna, bigeye tuna, blue shark, albacore and marlin. This is fishing at its very best.

In addition to top class fishing, the Algarve is renowned for its exceptional fish cuisine. After a day at sea, how better to relax than in one of the many beachside restaurants? Just imagine, as the sun sets on the Atlantic, the pleasure of sitting with a chilled glass of Vinho Verde, the Portuguese, slightly effervescent, white wine. Coupled with a plate of locally caught seafood, this would mark the perfect end to a magical day.

This is why the Algarve offers such great opportunities for your sea fishing trips and relaxation.

And there’s more

There is more to the Algarve than the superb fishing. There is also a multitude of sports activities on offer. The Atlantic is the ideal place for kite surfing, sailing, snorkelling and diving. On the land, you can enjoy cycling, mountain biking and hiking. Don’t miss the impressive cliffs and secret beaches of Sagres. For a more gentle pastime, perhaps try wine tasting? Let’s not forget the world class golf courses that feature so prominently along the Algarve coast.

There are daily flights from the main European airports to the international airport of Faro.

Big game fishing in the Algarve

Big game fishing in the Algarve is one of Europe’s best. The Blue Marlin is a strong and powerful fish offering the avid fisherman excitement and challenge from late May to November. To enjoy this challenge, you must ensure that you have the right tackle eg the Shimano Tiagra 80lb or 120lb. Correctly equipped, you will have a thrilling and exhilarating adventure around the marlin hotspot of the Picos pursuing fish of up to 100lbs! Thrill seekers will love the Algarve.

The Algarve is a premium Big Game Fishing destination known by fishing gurus all around the world. Madeira and the Azores are first class Blue Marlin destinations; but let’s not forget that the bill fish and various tuna varieties also frequently visit the waters of the Algarve. Situated 45 nautical miles off Portimão (Algarve) the Picos Herminios are a famous hotsport Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Swordfish, tuna and shark.

But, it’s not necessary to go all the way to Picos. Most marlin fishing trips are done around the canyon 12-14 miles off the coast. For white marlin fishing trips in end of July, August, September and early October, captains actually recommend the coastal waters for the Algarve off Tavira, Faro, Vilamoura etc.

Blue Rampage Albufeira fishing charter portugal

Blue Rampage Albufeira, fishing charter in Southern Portugal

The perfect place

Portugal is one of the top places in the world for offshore fishing. Your trip there will full of memory making moments. Using a reliable organiser will help to make your trip an even greater success. We have fishing charters departing from Olhão, Albufeira and Vilamoura.

Tom’s Catch would be delighted to arrange all your trip requirements, leaving you free to simply enjoy both your fishing and the delights of the Algarve. If you’re thinking about fishing in Algarve, we will happily advise an