Originally Posted by SAADA
We ancor last summer outside altea (Luis campomares Marina) and we where about 2hour sailing from AC regatas. This area is mutch more plasant than Valencia.
Valencia is about 50 miles north of Cape Calpe - a rocky headland which sticks out almost level with the Balearics.
Altea is about 40 miles south of Calpe.
The coast south of Calpe is as you'd guess, somewhat protected from Northerly winds - but it is equally open to anything out of the N/W to S. North of Calpe one gets the opposite.
But apart from the rocky headland of Calpe the region presents a lowish coastline, where the normal anchoring
option is only off a beach - and usually not overnight. Calpe headland (near Denia) has a few rocky islands - nice and pretty - but not protected.
We've found even a few days constant winds from seaward
tend to see a reasonable swell rolling onto the beaches - and its not helped by sea breezes which kick in most afternoons.
Prevailing summer winds in the region are around F2/3 from anywhere NE to SW - but when they do fill in stronger due to bad weather
further north - you'll feel the effect with winds from the NW to E.
Off the northern end of the marina wall at Altea as has been suggested would indeed give you some protection from southerlies and the coast line itslef protect you from W to N. But it is open to seaward
, and practically some 100 miles by sea around Calpe and up to Valencia.
So sorry - not really sure how one could park there and still get to the races each day..........
As said before - lots of new marina build underway in the area - some speak well of a new facility at Denia which is somewhat closer than Altea. IMHO do not bank on anchoring