Quality, rigour and respect for the environment
Marinas and other leisure resorts flying the Blue Flag demonstrate their adherence to the standards of environmental management, safety and amenities, and environmental education and information.
The award is given annually after rigorous evaluation of nautical facilities that pay special attention to good management of facilities and services with respect to the environment and nature.
Four of the 12 Portuguese marinas to have received the Blue Flag are in the Algarve. These are Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira, and Vilamoura. This number could rise when other candidates fulfil the above standards.
In the case of Lagos Marina, recognition of the quality of its facilities went even further with the achievement of the Euromarina Anchor Award, a prize awarded to the marina for the high standards of its facilities and services, including safety and comfort.
Vilamoura Marina is also the proud recipient of certification, awarded by the Societé Générale de Surveillances SGS, the largest international organisation governing environmental management. [The SGS, based in Geneva, conducts tests on health and safety, services, certification and verification and quality assurance on products, systems, global standards and facilities.] The ISO14001 standard acknowledges procedures for improving the environment and reducing the negative impact of human activity on the environment. In essence, it is to support management of consumption and waste by using more environmentally friendly technology, and reducing and preventing pollution.
Well-located, managed with the environment in mind and achieving high standards in quality, the marinas of the Algarve are harbours where both sailors and holidaymakers feel welcome.