Expats or second home-owners looking for somewhere special to keep their boat on the Algarve should head to the popular resort of Lagos, now that the marina there has become the only marina in Portugal to be awarded five stars by the highly regarded International Maritime Certification Institute (IMCI).
Lagos Marina joins only eight other marinas across the whole of Europe to have achieved a five-star rating under the IMCI’s Blue Star Marina programme, and two others on the Iberian Peninsula. To receive five stars, marinas are assessed on more than 100 criteria.
A decade old next year, Lagos Marina has already won the Euromarina Anchor Award, and has been awarded the European Blue Flag and The Yacht Association’s 5 Gold Anchors. It has a recommended sailing academy and club, a selection of shopping and leisure amenities and hosts events and exhibitions. The Marina Club resort also offers tourist accommodation, with a restaurant, bars and a spa available.
The Blue Star Marina programme was born out of the need for an international quality standard specifically for marinas. Its quality control standards were put in place to help both the boating tourists and marina operators. Independent non-profit association the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) owns the programme.
Lagos Marina is a prime real estate location, with a selection of waterside apartment developments to choose from. These include The Factory, a condominium development that blends the already existing factory structure with the implementation of new, modern apartment blocks.