Computer Services & Supplies
“MICROLAGOS” is an alternative, with a wider range of consumables. Up to “Lidl’s” roundabout, turn left, uphill 200 metres, then just before the next roundabout, turn left again, into a side road.
Also useful is “WORTEN”, the in-house electrical goods shop of the supermarket chain, “CONTINENTE/MODELO”. They have a wide range of consumables. From the “Boat” roundabout, follow the dual carriageway uphill for about 1 Km and the store is one the left.
Another option, for a wide range of computers and other office equipment, is to go to the very large “WORTEN” in the Portimão Retail Park. It is 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station, with the Aqua Shopping Centre next door.
With the change in regulations concerning roaming charges, the continued use of a mobile phone for a wide range of services is now more viable than has been the case in the past.
Wi-Fi & Internet Connection
The Marina provides a free service that covers all pontoons as well as their hotel and apartments. Ask at the office for your individual password which lasts for approx 15 days.
If getting a good, reliable connection, with lots of band width, is important to you – perhaps to maintain contact with your business activities – investing in one of the many “dongle” services from the local mobile phone companies may be a viable option. There is a good 4G signal in the marina and companies such as MEO TMN, Vodafone etc., offer contracts which will give good monthly download limits. If you opt for a contract you will need a Portuguese bank account; to get a bank account you will need a fiscal number, which is easy to acquire.
Alternatively, you can use “hot spots” around the Marina, where the price of a coffee gets you connected. Spinnakers, Oasis, Artesao, Marina Bar, Madness, Quay, The Lighthouse, Cafe J and Lazyjacks provide a free Wi-Fi service to customers.
If you do connect to wifi services provided by local bars and restaurants please do remember that these services should not be considered secure.
Computer Users Group
The Navigators have a regular weekly “get together” to talk about connectivity and other “computing” challenges – the group usually meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am, most often in Artesao – please listen to the VHF Net for updates and further details.
It’s possible that members of the group, or indeed other long term marina residents and berth holders, can offer some local and friendly solutions to many common, though often challenging, problems, based on their collective experiences.