Guadiana International Music Festival

Come join us for a weekend of fun and celebration

The 6th Guadiana International Music Festival is happening on October 19th to 21st on both sides of the River Guadiana between Alcoutim and Sanlúcar de Guadiana.

Bigger and better than ever, enjoy an eclectic mix of music genres including Blues, Folk, Jazz, Fado, Flamenco and much more. Truly international with venues on both sides of the river. Take your pick: Sanlúcar, Spain in the afternoon, Alcoutim, Portugal in the evening. Can’t decide, no problem, flit between the two within minutes, using the the ferry.

The Guadiana International Music Festival is a not for profit event that takes place each year in mid-October. This is the 6th year of the festival, which was originally devised as a way for the large ex-pat community to give something back to our wonderful hosts in Alcoutim, Portugal and Sanlúcar, Spain, on either side of the Rio Guadiana. It is a truly international and multi-cultural event, organised through the collaboration of ex-pats with local Spanish and Portuguese organisations and businesses. Volunteers work free of charge to organise, manage, promote and perform at the festival and, alongside a fantastic weekend of eclectic music, the festival aims to promote the many attractions in the regions surrounding the two villages.

Bareboatcharter Business in Portugal

Date: 20th June at 5:25 pm
By: CasalValedaPalha

Hi All,

my name is Thomas Mikuz and I am running a turismo rural in Costa Prata area. We recently baught an Archambault 40 which we will sail to Portugal for a refit. We will equip the boat with all needs for cross Atlantic sailing. We intend to put the boat in bareboat charter after the refit via our Portuguese company. Does anyone have information on how this can be done in Portugal and if we need to apply for a turismo maritimo licence?

Many Thanks in advance,



Foriegn purchase of UK vessel in Lagos

Date: 1st June at 8:26 am
By: stephen.laurel

Hello Everyone

What a very informative site you have set up. Very helpful for all cruisers. Well done!

I hope you can help me with a few questions. I am considering the purchase of a UK owned yacht that is currently berthed in Lagos. I live in Australia and on agreement of a purchase price will transfer funds from Australia to UK for the purchase. As the boat is currently in Lagos and will remain registered on the UK Ships Registry until transferred to the Australian ships registry, I have three questions that I hope you can help me with:

  1. Is there any Portugese IVA (VAT) or other EU government charges that apply to this purchase that is occurring outside of Portugal/EU?
  2. What, if any, is the Portugese/EU governments involved in the change of boat flag from UK register to Australian register if the boat is located in Portugal?
  3. What if any issues are there leaving Portugal to travel in the boat to EU or other ports if the flag remains as UK Registered vessel until registration change has occurred?

If you are not able to help me to answer these questions can you please advise who I should contact to get help.

Thank you in advance


Stephen Kamarudin

Perth, Western Australia

Ph: +61430599181


Volunteers Required!

Moth European Championship

Clube de Vela de Lagos (CVL) is organizing the and has partnered with Sailors for the Sea to make the event a Clean Regatta.

Marina de Lagos is also partnering in the organization of the championship, that will receive about 50 of these hi-tech foiling boats, with sailors originating from all over the world.

CVL is seeking volunteers to help with the Clean Regatta program, constituting the GREEN TEAM, acting as “boat park marshals”. Main areas of intervention will be:

- Communicating the goals and mission of the Clean Regatta to participants and media

- Maintaining trash and recycling stations (emptying bins and separating trash)

- Managing water filling stations and handing out reusable water bottles

The location of the boat park is at CVL’s facilities, on the base of the West harbour entrance mole, and volunteers are needed from Monday the 27th may to Sunday the 2nd June, daily from approximately 10 a.m. to noon, and from 4 to 6 p.m.. Ideally, there will be 2 people simultaneously in each period.If you would like to volunteer, please email, giving your name, contact number and the days you are available (27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st May, 1st or 2nd June.

It will be a great chance to see these flying machines in action,

Please email: Patrícia Gavina ,

For more information about the Moth and the Clean Regatta program, please go to:


Kind regards,

Ingrid Fortunato

Marlagos – Iniciativas Turísticas, S.A.

Marina Bar – TV Sport Schedule

Contrabando Festival

If you fancy a day out from Lagos Marina, the Contrabando festival is ideal.Plenty of entertainment, food and drink. It is held over three days, 29th, 30th and 31st March. It is held in Alcoutim and Sanlucar de Guadiana. A floating bridge is placed across the river so visitors can access both villages easily.

contrabando 2019

The Festival do Contrabando - Festival of Smuggling, is an annual event which commemorates the history of 'smuggling' which took place between the people living on the Portuguese and the Spanish borders of the Guadiana river.

Before Portugal was part of the European Union the Guadiana was a popular passage for smugglers. The Portuguese took coffee and sugar and traded it for fabrics from Spain. Smugglers transported the goods by swimming across the river between Alcoutim and Sanlúcar de Guadiana. Aside from the contraband that was exchanged, there was an exchange of arts and culture, which is also celebrated at the festival.

This is a great weekend event for all the family, with plenty of live entertainment, food and drink.

Talk and sightseeing in Vila do Bispo

Talk and sightseeing in Vila do Bispo

The marina are organising a walk and talk in Vila do Bispo on the 26th March, starting at 10:00am. More details and registration at the marina office.

Driving licence

Date: 19th March at 8:59 am
By: anne.moondancer



1. British citizens resident in the UK, and holders of UK driving licences, can visit and drive IN PORTUGAL for up to 185 days WITHOUT an International Drivers Permit.

2. British citizens who move to Portugal permanently to become residents will have 90 days, from the day they become resident, to exchange their UK driving licence. Failure to do so will mean taking a driving test.

3. UK driving licences ALREADY registered at IMT will still be considered third country national driving licences and therefore will be subject to third country national rules and need to be exchanged.

4. The British Embassy confirmed with me this morning, EU (Portuguese) driving licences CAN be driven on in the UK. It is not known, at the moment, how long an EU driving licence can be used for when visiting and being driven on in the UK.

5. An EU (Portuguese) driving licence, can be used to drive in any EU Member State.


Light Dues

Date: 8th March at 10:57 am
By: andrew.susan.andromeda

Many folks will have heard of the increase in the cost of Light Dues for Portuguese waters.

All foreign flagged recreational vessels will have to pay 70Euros this year for Light Dues. Portuguese flagged vessels will pay a rate based on their seafaring capabilities, up to and including 70Euros.

The Marina Office has the links to the necessary documentation, in Portuguese.



Farewell Bash – 2nd April

Date: 8th March at 10:54 am
By: andrew.susan.andromeda

As many of you will know Andromeda has been sold and I will be leaving Marina de Lagos in April.

To celebrate my amazing years here I would like to invite all Navigators to a Farewell Bash in Madness, from 7pm on Tuesday, 2nd April. Madness are opening specially for the event and, to entice you all even more, the first drink will be on me!!

In addition it would be great if you would all wear something whacky and zany and also wear a little bit of orange! We have much to celebrate!!

See you all there!




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