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ARC Portugal Itinerary

ARC Portugal Biscay

Cruise South with ARC Portugal

 ARC Portugal route map

ARC Portugal sails across the Bay of Biscay from Plymouth to Bayona, before day-sailing down the coast of Portugal to Marina de Lagos on the Algarve. In every port there is a program of social activities or tours ashore, making ARC Portugal one of the most social of rallies.

"ARC Portugal is a very friendly and sociable way to reach the Algarve from the UK, with good sailing between well spread ports - so good we've done it twice” John Easteal, yacht Fair Encounter (GBR)

ARC Portugal 2024 Schedule 

Date Details Miles
06 June Rally office opens in Plymouth
09 JuneStage 1: Plymouth to Bayona 550 NM
18 June Stage 2: Bayona to Povoa de Varzim 50 NM
22 JuneStage 3: Povoa to Figueira da Foz 65 NM
25 JuneStage 4: Figueira to Nazare 35 NM
27 JuneStage 5: Nazare to Oeiras70 NM
30 JuneStage 6: Oeiras to Sines 50 NM
02 JulyStage 7: Sines to Lagos  75 NM
03 JulyFinal prize giving in Lagos  

Exploring Ashore

ARC Portugal is more than a passage south to the sun.  Social activities in every port, and complimentary visits ashore to explore ancient cities and fishing villages make the rally much more of a holiday.  The leisurely pace of the rally provides time for shore visits, provisioning and crew changes, so you can sail with a range of family and friends.


In each destination we hold a social activity; a mix of prizegivings, drinks receptions, buffets, crew dinners and BBQs. Some of these are informal, some an excuse to dress up in ‘smart yachting’ attire and don a shirt and jacket or dress for the evening. 

Tours Ashore

An integral part of ARC Portugal is the shore based sightseeing excursions. These offer an insight into the history and landscape of Spain and Portugal, and a chance to see the country beyond the ports. The programme is always varied with something for everyone, but there is also free time to organise your own visits, or to just relax and enjoy the sunshine.

“The trip exceeded all expectations. The best cruising experience we have ever been involved in. The staff and organisation were superb. Such great fun too. Would highly recommend.”
Steve and Babs Leach, yacht With Dignity, ARC Portugal 2016

Destination: Marina de Lagos

  • Top quality full service marina
  • Good base for local sailing
  • Close to Lagos town and Faro airport