Penha de Águia 

5 (1 rating)
  • 37° 34' 59" N, 7° 35' 39" W / See on the map

Characteristics

  • Anchor
    Allowed
  • Mooring buoys
    Unavailable
  • Anchor stern to
    Available
  • Lines ashore
    Recommended

Type of seabed

  • Sand

  • Rocks

Protection against wind & swell

Reachable by dinghy

  • Beach
    Unavailable
  • Snack
    Available
  • Water
    Unavailable
  • Dock
    Unavailable

Information on the quay

  • Unavailable
    Electricity
  • Unavailable
    Water
  • Free

User reviews (1 rating)

  • Syruffian ~ 17/11/2020
    Ruffian of Amble | Sailboat ~ 12.2 m

    Absolutely stunning location. We visited here mid week November 2020. The restaurant was closed (not sure if this was due to COVID or the season). The situation is spectacular, with clear skies and zero light pollution the stars are amazing. For navigation we used the “Guadiana Pilot” by Jose Gomes (wwe.upriverpilot.com) . Since the book was written the river now has port and starboard navigation poles all the way to Pomarao. We also used Navionics charts using the “sonar” view (much more accurate than the charted depth). We chose a day where HW at Villa Real was >3.2m and worked on the assumption that HW Alcoutim is +1hr, HW Pomaro is +1.5hr and HW Mertola +2hrs. You want to make your entire transit on a rising tide, so time your departure accordingly. For us that meant leaving Alcoutim 2 hrs before HW Vila Real, and for the return journey we left Penha de Aguia 40 mins after HW Vila Real. The lowest depth we saw was 3.4 metres (at the shallows just before the pontoon) - we are 12.2m long and draw 2.1m. Locals seem to have marked most of the hazards with floats (plastic bottles, polystyrene floats, etc). From the pontoon it is an easy dinghy ride into Mertola, (about 5 miles), again we travelled on a rising tide and used google maps on satellite view. Once more the locals have marked hazards with floats, there is one set of red and green withies to guide you passed a particular training wall that would be a hazard above 1/2 tide. Mertola is spectacular and well worth the visit.

    Absolutely stunning location. We visited here mid week November 2020. The restaurant was closed (not sure if this was due to COVID or the season). The situation is spectacular, with clear skies and zero light pollution the stars are amazing. For navigation we used the “Guadiana Pilot” by Jose Gomes (wwe.upriverpilot.com) . Since the book was written the river now has port and starboard navigation poles all the way to Pomarao. We also used Navionics charts using the “sonar” view (much more accurate than the charted depth). We chose a day where HW at Villa Real was >3.2m and worked on the assumption that HW Alcoutim is +1hr, HW Pomaro is +1.5hr and HW Mertola +2hrs. You want to make your entire transit on a rising tide, so time your departure accordingly. For us that meant leaving Alcoutim 2 hrs before HW Vila Real, and for the return journey we left Penha de Aguia 40 mins after HW Vila Real. The lowest depth we saw was 3.4 metres (at the shallows just before the pontoon) - we are 12.2m long and draw 2.1m. Locals seem to have marked most of the hazards with floats (plastic bottles, polystyrene floats, etc). From the pontoon it is an easy dinghy ride into Mertola, (about 5 miles), again we travelled on a rising tide and used google maps on satellite view. Once more the locals have marked hazards with floats, there is one set of red and green withies to guide you passed a particular training wall that would be a hazard above 1/2 tide. Mertola is spectacular and well worth the visit.