I am in Spain
now (Canary Islands) and spent my winter on the peninsula (Sevilla). Spain
IS NOT, I repeat NOT a rip-off, not any more rip-off than any other place I know.
Spain has both private and municipal marinas
. Spain has rivers and anchorages
where you can anchor
whole year long, free of charge.
Yes, the prices here vary a lot - we paid as little as 2.4 Euro a day (1.5 USD rate) in an amazing spot earlier this year, and now we are in a place where we pay 150 Eur a month (water and electricity include) - less 30% if one pre-pays. 26 ft boat. But if we were to go to that place in Mallorca, then we would not even be let in. Mallorca is where the king goes to visit, where the likes of Abramovich keep their 10.000.000 worth of yacht(s), etc., etc.. No wonder it has the highest prices because it is full up anyway. The marinas
there are to make business, not to make friends.
Remember Spain is not a sailing nation - it is all about the bar, the football, the bulls and the fiesta (and the siesta). If you have a boat you are either upper class or a tourist, in any case you are supposed to have money
, and a lot of it.
But this situation with prices at Mallorca is not 'Spain specific'. And Spain does have inexpensive and lovely places for any cruising yacht.