Good news for owners of property and boats in the Western Algarve resort of Lagos is the redevelopment of the boatyard there, making the marina more attractive to yacht owners.
Lagos’s new nautical centre, due to open in spring 2014, is being developed by local Portuguese firm Sopromar at a total cost of around €2.4 million (of which 75 per cent is financed by European funds). Sopromar also operates boatyards in the marinas at Portimão and Algés.
Once finished, the new centre will be a one-stop-shop for boat owners, providing a wide range of nautical services. Facilities will include workshops, a nautical shop, a lounge area and a small three-bedroom hotel for clients waiting for their boats to be repaired.
Lagos’s marina, with 460 berths for vessels up to 30 metres, boasts a Euromarina Anchor Award, European Blue Flag and has been awarded the Yacht Harbor Association’s 5 Gold Anchors. Last year, thanks to Lagos, Portugal made it into the exclusive list of countries with one or more marinas awarded five stars annually by the International Maritime Certification Institute (IMCI).
Lagos’s marina was the only marina in Portugal to fulfil over 100 requirements demanded by the IMCI in order to receive 5-star classification. The Lagos Marina is one of only nine marinas in Europe with a maximum rating and one of just three in the Iberian Peninsula.
Further east, Vilamoura’s larger 825-berth marina is a popular attraction for second homeowners in and around the resort. With every conceivable facility a nautical tourist might need, the quayside is lined by an exciting selection of cafés, restaurants and waterside bars.