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Old 20-05-2012, 11:46   #1
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Somewhere Between the Algarve and Gibraltar

We are currently in the algarve and will be heading down towards gibraltar soon, looking for a nice place to stop in between, any suggestions?

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Re: Somewhere between the algarve and gibraltar

tangier!morrocco
they may let you tie up alongside the rescue boat at the yacht club when you arrive,then alongside a fishing boat if you stay more than a night.
great town,good veggie shopping,lots of nice things to see.
well worth a stop once you get over the culture shock
cant remember if we paid any thing for the use of the club and mooring,but if we did it was only 5 euro a night
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Re: Somewhere between the algarve and gibraltar

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We are currently in the algarve and will be heading down towards gibraltar soon, looking for a nice place to stop in between, any suggestions?

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Trip up the Guadiana is pretty special. Both Ayamonte & Vila Real have OK marinas or straight up the river if you like to anchor and keep the money for wine

Cadiz is well worth a look, or Rota across the bay and ferry across. All that coast I really liked, Chipiona, Sancti Pectri is an abandened village up a river. The Spanish go on holiday here, but with much more style and fine food and wine than the Brit concrete jungle after Gib. Tangier is a bit out of the way coming from the Algarve, for a taste of Morrocco might be easier to head for Ceuta then walk over the border and a share a cab down to Tetouan. Great part of the world down there, Im jealous
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We are currently in the algarve and will be heading down towards gibraltar soon, looking for a nice place to stop in between, any suggestions?

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Friends of ours may just be ahead of you. Their blog is below and it describes several marinas / anchorages you could possibly use. Hope it helps

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Re: Somewhere Between the Algarve and Gibraltar

Tavira on the Algarve (with a good bar at the entrance so watch the swell. No, not that kind of bar!)

The Guidiana is fun.

The Guadalquivir up to Seville, which is an absolutely great place

Rota to stop for winter if you can get a space/Cadiz for a couple of days

Tangier - we really liked it
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Re: Somewhere Between the Algarve and Gibraltar

Cadiz!

While in Cadiz, you may like to try out the many and excellent Jerez wines.

You can also take a train to Sevilla which is another place to visit (by train, even though it can be accessed by sailing to one of its marinas up the Guadalquivir river).

The lagoons on the Algarve coast are said to be well worth a visit - many of them offer decent anchorages.

There are many marinas along the coast to Gibraltar, some nice, some dull.

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Re: Somewhere Between the Algarve and Gibraltar

You Are probably further on your way by now but, just east of Faro are some great protected sandbars to enjoy for a few days. Head towards Olhao, a great and often missed little port. If you want to anchor , the middle of the channel is okay.
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Re: Somewhere Between the Algarve and Gibraltar

we ended up stopping outside faro at isla du culatra, lovely little anchorage.

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Hi, are you still there and want more suggestions or do you go directly to Gibraltar?

I have made several times the voyage from Algarve to Balearic Islands so I can say that I know some interesting spots.

A Ilha da Culatra is a nice place. If you go slowly and your draft is not much you can stay also on the protected waters in front of Tavira. They can pick you with an water taxi to have a tour of the city that is a pleasant one.

As have already been said the Guadiana is a nice river and you can go many times upstream till Alcoutim (you have always some yachts there). Or you can stay on the mouth and Vila Teal de Santo Antonio and Ayamonte are also nice places (not as nice). Both have small marinas. If on the river you would have a tide that can reach 4k.

Some more miles to the East If you want to stay at anchor you can stay in El Rompido, before Huelva or you can stay in Chipiona a very nice small fishing town with a not expensive marina.

After that you have Porto de Santa Maria and Cadiz, both interesting, specially Cadiz.

Tarifa is a nice place but you would have problems having a place there. They have plans for a marina but it seems they are still on paper.

You can cross the straight and as was said try Tanger but they have not conditions for yachts and is out of EC.

I would suggest you other thing. Stay in Ceuta, a nice place that is Spanish and has an inexpensive and good Marina, go to the Guardia, have a beer with them and ask them to call the Morrocan guy that organizes tours to the near and beautiful old city of Tetuan and Tanger. You don't even need a passport. It is not expensive and it certainly worth the money, specially Tetuan. On that tour they go also to Tanger but it is a very fast visit. The lunch is in Tetuan with a music and dance spectacle included.
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