Vilamoura Marina expands with 68 more places for large yachts

The work should begin in 2023

The Vilamoura Marina will begin expansion work to accommodate another 68 large yachts, anticipating a 50% increase in its turnover, a company source revealed to Lusa.

“We have already signed the contract with Docapesca to grant the space for 50 years and we are launching the tender for the construction of new moorings”, said the director of Vilamoura Marina, Isolete Correia.

To the current more than 800 places for smaller vessels, another 68 will be added for yachts from 20 to 40 meters, according to the person responsible for the first marina to be built in Portugal almost 50 years ago, in the municipality of Loulé, and one of the 'ex-libris' of the Algarve.

According to the project, large yachts will have their new berths in the foreport area, the access to Vilamoura Marina from the sea.

The work will involve the creation of three jetties and one of the major works to be done will be dredging the area, to achieve the more than five meters of depth that will be needed for those vessels.

According to Isolete Correia, the new berths will allow yachts that are currently crossing the Algarve without having a place to stay, as there is no marina that can receive them from the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea to Lisbon.

“The new space will bring even more purchasing power to Vilamoura and we hope it will mean an increase of 50% to the marina's current business volume”, John Calvão, responsible for the fund managed by Arrow Global, which owns the Marina de Vilamoura, told Lusa. Vilamoura.

The administration of Vilamoura Marina estimates that construction of the future expansion will begin this year.