Portugal has founded its glory and wealth on the epic feats of expert navigators who set out from its shores to discover new lands. Along the hundreds of kilometers of its coastline are scattered ports of all kinds, including both busy commercial ports and marinas for tourist use.
Relive the charm of the epic maritime exploits of yesteryear by arriving at and departing from one of Portugal’s marinas. No adventures into the unknown, everything will take place in the utmost safety: the main marinas in Portugal are modern and well equipped. And if you do not have a boat in many locations you can rent one.
Having a boat (yours or rented) will allow you to discover hidden coves, enter sea caves, admire the shapes and colors of the cliffs along the coast, sunbathe lying on lonely beaches not accessible by land. In short, experience Portugal from a different and fascinating perspective, the most beautiful for those of you who love the sea, the sound of the waves, the coolness of the sea breeze.
Start planning your itinerary at sea by taking a look at which are the best marinas in Portugal. We have divided them by area (north and center, Lisbon and surroundings, south, islands), so you can find the right marina for you faster.
The best landing point in northern Portugal is the Marina of Viana do Castelo, near the mouth of the Lima River and only a 10-minute walk from the city center.
It is the first Portuguese marina one encounters when sailing south from Spain and is an excellent base to anchor the boat and explore the fascinating Minho region or sunbathe on a Costa Verde beach.
Going further south, you will encounter other well-equipped marinas around the Farol de Barra, the highest lighthouse in Portugal and an important reference point for all sailors.
You can dock in Carregal (near Ovar), in Torreira or in Figueira da Foz. The latter is a lively seaside resort with a huge beach and an old-fashioned atmosphere, with good connections to the cities of Coimbra, Porto or Lisbon and a lively nightlife. It is an ideal destination suitable for different types of travelers, with proposals for all ages.
The Marina of Figueira da Foz is located at the mouth of the Mondego River; the city center can be reached on foot in a few minutes.
Other marinas in northern and central Portugal are:
The Lisbon district and the surrounding areas offer many safe harbors. If you want to experience the thrill of arriving by boat in one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, you can dock at the Parque das Nações Marina on the north bank of the Tagus River, in a modern area of the city redeveloped after the 1998 EXPO.
Oriente Station is just a 10-minute walk from the marina and offers excellent connections to the historic center, but you won’t need to travel far to find all the stores and services you’ll need, as well as some of Lisbon’s most famous tourist attractions.
If you prefer to dock in a seaside resort, the best choices north of Lisbon are the Marina of Cascais along the Estoril coast and the marina of Oeiras, located about halfway between Lisbon and Cascais.
To the south of Lisbon, however, we recommend the marina of Sesimbra, two kilometers from the city center. It is an ideal base for those who, after many hours of sailing, want to stretch their legs with fascinating excursions in the green Arrábida Natural Park; those who prefer to continue exploring by sea will be able to go in search of small coves and deserted beaches.
The marina of Sines is a convenient stop for those who then want to continue towards the Algarve.
Other marinas in the district of Lisbon and surroundings are:
Southern Portugal, and in particular the Algarve region, is another area rich in safe marinas and marinas with many services.
One of these is Vilamoura Marina, the oldest in Portugal, located in the central Algarve about 27 kilometers from Faro. Vilamoura is a very developed tourist resort founded in the seventies by a rich banker from Lisbon: in the surroundings of the marina there are many hotels, luxury villas, vacation homes, bars, restaurants, stores.
Other marinas of similar quality that you can find sailing along the Algarve coast from west to east are Vila Real de Santo António, Tavira, Olhão, Faro, Albufeira, Portimão and Lagos.
Other marinas in southern Portugal are:
Those who want to go far beyond the coast of Portugal and reach the charming Portuguese islands in the Atlantic will not have any difficulty in finding a port where to dock, whether in the elegant island of Madeira or in the remote Azores islands.
We are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, so a good experience in navigation is required: but if you have the necessary skills, reaching the islands that were a port of call for the intrepid navigators of the Age of Discovery will be an unforgettable emotion.
The most exciting point of arrival is perhaps the Marina of Horta in the Azores (island of Faial), a colorful marina that has been embellished over time by paintings and drawings drawn by sailors arriving and departing.
Due to its location, it is a sort of obligatory stop for those crossing the Atlantic and this has made it become a sort of symbol for those who want to undertake challenging nautical enterprises.
In order to explore the beauty of this remote archipelago, you can stop at the marinas of Angra and Praia da Vitória on Terceira Island and at Ponta Delgada and Vila Franca do Campo on São Miguel Island.
In the Madeira archipelago, the best landing point is the lively port of Funchal, which welcomes boats of all sizes from all over the world.
Other marinas in the Madeira Islands and Azores: