Sport Fishing Trips In The Algarve

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Surrounded by the sunkissed Atlantic, the Algarve is the perfect place for a spot of sport fishing. With hundreds of fish species basking in the warm waters off the coast, there are many fishing boats you can charter in the Algarve. Find out which fishing trips are available, where to hire a boat, and how much it costs to take a sport fishing trip in the Algarve.


What types of fishing trips can you do in the Algarve?

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There are 4 popular sport fishing trips you can take from various marinas and harbours along the south coast. These are:

Reef fishing — catch bream, bass, and mackerel in the stunning reefs around the Algarve

Big game fishing — marlin, dorado, and tuna can be found in deeper waters

Shark fishing — take the ultimate challenge and fish for blue shark, mako shark, and hammerhead shark

Private fishing — charter your own private fishing boat for a stag do or special celebration.

There are a variety of companies offering sport fishing trips around the Algarve. Take a stroll round the marina near you to find out times, prices, and what’s included.

4 great places to hire a fishing boat in the Algarve

1. Vilamoura

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Vilamoura is the heart of the Golden Triangle — and with its world-famous marina, it’s one of the best places to find a fishing trip. Private and group charters operate from Vilamoura, so you can find your ideal boat. The marina is close to many luxury Algarve villas, so it’s easy to reach, even if you’re heading out early.

2. Portimão and Alvor

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The towns of Portimão and Alvor are right next to one another, so if you’re staying in or around this region, you’ll have plenty of fishing trip options. As well as the most popular types of fishing, you can also find trips specialising in bottom fishing, squid fishing, and jigging fishing around these harbours.

3. Albufeira

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Another popular tourist destination, Albufeira is a former fishing village that’s now known for its nightlife. But it still has many boats available for sport fishing, whether you fancy a group trip or a private charter. Some operators also offer fishing party boats to cater for the more raucous crowds that stay in Albufeira — it’s great fun for stag parties.

4. Olhão

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Located east of Faro, Olhão is a little off the beaten path. That means there are opportunities for quieter, more relaxed fishing trips from this port. It’s also home to the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, so you may spot some of the region’s incredible wildlife as you set sail from the Olhão harbour.

Sport fishing prices in the Algarve

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The cost of sport fishing in the Algarve varies a lot, thanks to the range of trips on offer. Prices also depend on the number of people you’re booking for, the season, and the length of your fishing trip.

For the most popular trips outlined above, here are the approximate adult prices:

Reef fishing: €35-€55

Big game fishing: €70-€80

Shark fishing: €60-€70

Private fishing: €600-€1,500 (total price)

Luxury private fishing charters are also available, often costing around €3,000 to €7,000 for 6-8 hours.

In most cases, you’ll also need to pay for a fishing licence at €5 per person. Charter operators can usually arrange this for you.

When is the best time to go sport fishing in the Algarve?

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The best season to take a fishing trip depends on the type of fish you want to catch. Here are some of the most sought-after fish in the area, and when you’re most likely to see them:

Blue marlin and white marlin — August-October

Bluefin tuna — July

Mako shark — August-October

Hammerhead shark — August-October

Blue shark — May-October

Can you keep the fish you catch?

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While fishing is very popular in the Algarve, most charter operators ask that you release your fish back in the sea after catching them. This helps fish populations thrive around the Algarve, particularly for vulnerable and endangered species like blue marlin, blue shark, and bluefin tuna. You’ll still be able to take photos with the fish you catch. If you’re hankering for some seafood after a day’s fishing, check out the best seafood restaurants in the Algarve  offering fresh, sustainable fish dishes

Sport fishing trip essentials: what’s included and what to bring

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Most fishing trips last at least 3-4 hours, so you’ll need to wear comfortable clothing. You should also take suncream, sunglasses, a hat, a towel, and a swimsuit.

You’ll also need to bring ID to get your compulsory fishing licence. This applies to anyone over 16 years old. Ask your boat operator which forms of ID are accepted — passports and driving licences are usually fine.

You can bring your own fishing gear, such as rods, reels, and bait. However, these are usually included in the price or for an additional rental fee or deposit. To make sure you have everything you need, check with your boat operator what they provide, and what they recommend you bring.

Book a sport fishing trip

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If you fancy a spot of sport fishing, we can help you find the perfect group trip or private charter for your occasion. When you book Algarve accommodation  with Unique Luxury Holidays, we’ll go above and beyond to provide all the added extras you want to make your holiday truly special. Whether you want a surprise stag do fishing trip, or a few hours of reef fishing with the family, get in touch with our booking team to find out more about booking a fishing boat trip around the Algarve.