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Situated approximately halfway between Lagos and Faro on Portugal’s southern coast, this holiday town has managed to retain some of its old-world charm.

The marina is well positioned, just a 20 minute walk in to the town centre. It is a popular place, so often very busy in the summer, however worth considering as a place to spend the winter with easy amenities and mild weather. Good access to Faro airport and there is a small boatyard here.

There are lovely sandy beaches to the east, set within cliffs to west.

Position 37° 04.86'N , 08° 15.47'W (harbour entrance)

Clearance

Marina officials will advise on necessary procedures.

Docking

This marina basin is very sheltered, dug out of farmland with a narrow canyon-like channel as an entrance. This makes it difficult to enter in strong easterlies.

On arrival, secure to the reception pontoon at Marina de Albufeira.

Anchoring may be possible in the outer harbour, but is difficult due to the number of local moorings.

There are an array of bars and restaurants surrounding the marina and a small Spar mini-market with many other shops within walking distance up the cliff.

Last updated:  April 2018

Marina de Albufeira
Varzea da Orada , Apartado 2422, , 8201-918 Albufeira
Tel:+ 351 289 514 282 Fax:+351 289 514 292 ,VHF Channel 09 call “marina de Albufeira” (reception hours)
Opening hours: Office hrs 08:30-21:00( daily) 09:00-18:00 (low season)
All marina facilities, fuel, WiFi, pump-out facility. Boatyard with 70 ton travel lift, 6 ton crane, wide range of repairs. LPG, sailmaker, chandlery, yacht club, bar and restaurant. 24hr security.

Yacht Clubs

Marina Yacht Club de Albufeira
Passeio do Ouro, Lote 5 Loja , 8200-371 Albufeira
Tel:+351 289 591 238
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Ingmar
Ingmar says:
Dec 17, 2018 06:05 PM

We've stayed in Albufeira during Winter 2017/18. I've blogged about why we chose it versus the other Algarve places, and our experience there. Bit long for a comment, but you can read it here: https://sdfjkl.org/blog/2018-04-09-wintering-algarve/

Markeprior
Markeprior says:
Nov 26, 2018 06:31 PM

An update on what I last wrote. Although in Summer it is very frenetic, it is a lovely spot for wintering, again not least as it's the cheapest marina between Lagos and Gib. RYA or Cruising Assn attracts a 15 per cent discount. You can pay for six months in stages, power and water are included and there is a discount on yard services along with four days free on the hard.
Like everywhere the internet is indifferent. I like that Albu is based on a fishing village so there is an element of reality and and old town. There is now a Spar in the Marina if you don't fancy the walk up to the Intermarche or a little further for Lidl, Pingo and Continente.
Local buses are cheap and plentiful. 1.40 for a ticket, which lasts and hour. That doesn't sound like much but it means you can keep the same ticket if you have to change buses to reach your destination. A rechargeable card brings the ticket price down to 80 cents.
I am enjoying my winter here.
Maybe my standards have dropped but I think the showers are fine, and far better than many in which I have risked foot infections and worse.
The staff are brilliant, especially Marta, and couldn't be more helpful. A pleasant change.
My only negative would be, and I'm being diplomatic here,the absence of competition among the companies operating in the yard. I would certainly go elsewhere for major works.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 24, 2017 11:06 AM

Reported by Maria Wadsworth:
Albufeira marina - August 2017

Good recycling, showers are clean, but as mentioned below are under the car park, so they smell a little damp due to very little air circulation.

There is a small shop and a chemist across the road from the Marina. Well stocked but expensive supermarket about 15 mins walk away. In hindsight it would have been better to walk to the larger supermarket. Uber operate here, albeit a bit slow!

Lots of reasonably priced restaurants but mostly catering for British holiday makers! The Castelo do mar restaurant is a bit more expensive but nice food.

I radioed in, but still had to go alongside the welcome pontoon and check in first. It states on their website that there is room for 3 boats, but there was a 60ft motor cruiser in there and we just managed to get our Moody 425 alongside. Probably 3 small boats! Count the finger berths to find your berth as the numbers are only visible if there is no boat in the berth.

Town is a 20 min walk and is very much a European holiday destination - still worth a trip.

We didn't mind the music from the bars in the evening.
Good recycling and a self service launderette (outside!)

Markeprior
Markeprior says:
Aug 23, 2015 05:31 PM

I stopped here August 2015 on the basis that it was the cheapest of the expensive quartet of Algarve marinas - Lagos, Portimao, Albu and Vilamoura. However they display ex-vat prices so an 11 metre yacht is E40 a night, high season. The marina is an artificial hole in the ground, surrounded on four sides by hills and buildings, so quite claustrophobic and very hot. Staff are incredibly helpful,the only palliative. Showers are in the gloomy car park exits like some sort of afterthought. The town is very touristy indeed and the local waters infested with jet boat rides doing doughnuts, paragliders and other trip boats. Altogether not a great experience for the cruising boat. Annual rates are good though if thinking of a permanent base, although it would not be my cup of tea. I like a view of the sea . . .

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