The Lighthouse Marina is located on the coast of the huge Formosa River estuary. Within walking distance of the Old Town, it's one of the most picturesque places in the city, thanks to the colorful yachts, sailboats and other boats docked there, and the beautiful landscape, where you can have a coffee on the terrace, take a ride on the tourist train or get a ticket for a tour of Armona Island.
Almost all major cities of the coast of Algarve have an area like a marina called Marina. Besides the port, it has another area of constructions of houses that are of a high social level. Inside there are restaurants, boutiques, etc. For its location near the river, the place is exceptional. TO the left and a few meteres we found the Prai da Rocha, the Forta of Santa Catalina and in front of the shore of the river was Ferragudo and the Fuerte de San Guan.
We were with 3 girls in this Portuguese Port of Banus, which is better than Marbella but to enjoy the experience with a partner and 1000 euros for the night. This all full of restaurants and pubs with live music.
The Porto da Baleeira (or Puerto de Sagres) lives mainly off fishing, but now it coexists with tourist activity since some companies provide activities such as diving, fishing, boating, etc. There are reformed shipyards for ship repair and painting, off the market. To get to Porto da Baleeira you must go to the Comandante Matoso and head towards the Hotel Memmo Baleeria Sagres, just after the entrance to the hotel grounds you'll see some stairs (watch as the slope is almost impossible) then you arrive until the port. Before getting down to the harbor the views are spectacular, with rock formations in the ocean, so if you visit Sagres don't forget the port as part of the small fishing village's charm.
Lagos has always been closely linked to the sea and owes its origins to a small fishing village. Its privileged location, facing Africa, and its proximity to Sagres meant that it became an important naval and commercial center during the XV century. Lagos still has this fishing trade with one of the most important fisheries in the Algarve. It's on the seafront, next to the modern marina.
Portimão has a huge, luxurious marina in the area of Playa de Rocha, among the forts of Santa Catarina and San João. With an area of 25 hectares, it has a berthing capacity for 620 boats up to 40 meters in length. It's very protected and has curious onlookers (although it's a private area) who marvel at the luxury yachts from the Mirador de Santa Catarina. It has private beach bungalows/apartments, shopping center and provides support services, security, toilets, changing rooms, fuel and Internet access to customers.
Portimao grew out of a small fishing center and its economic activity was always linked to fishing and canning. Therefore, there are several ports, like this one called Vasco de Gama, next to Portimao Museum and the ruins of the Convent of San Francisco. It's a small port, in which only small boats dock (recreational and fishing). From here you can get a "pirate ship" that performs sightseeing tours to the caves of Cavoeiro and Lagos.
Lagos is one of the most touristy cities of the Algarve and has a famous marina. It's situated below the fishing pier at the end of the Avenue of the Discoveries, towards San Roque beach. It can accommodate 462 boats up to 30 meters long and 4 meters deep and has all the amenities, such as, a commercial area with supermarket and restaurants, ATMs, wireless internet, phones, a hotel with spa and pool, playground, car parking, restrooms and showers, laundry, fuel supply.
Largo do Dique is a pretty central square, next to Praça Manuel Teixeira, on the River Arade. It's also a small port, for here begins the traditional fishing village that was the origin of the city. Also here is the headquarters of the National Republican Guard (GNR) and public parking. If you want to go to the beach you can catch a bus that will take you (via Portimao Marina) that runs every 15 minutes, it's € 1 and during summer it operates until 2 am.