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Old 19-11-2019, 03:59   #1
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Wintering in Spain suggestions?

Hi all,
I am a new member to the forum and I am looking for some suggestions/advice about my first winter afloat.
I am in the process of buying my Oceanis 50 which is currently berthed in Denia. Nice enough place but very pricey in comparison to others I have seen in the forums.
It is likely to be mid December before handover but I would like to find some options of where to go and layup onboard over winter.
I hear Cartagena is quite good and also torrevieja?
I am looking for a good community for a few things to do, good facilities etc.
If anyone has some good ideas, contacts or links, I would be very grateful.

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Cartagena is okay however I much prefer Almerimar about a day and a half sail from you round the corner of Cabo de Gato.
It has a great marine engineer, two good chandlers, large travel lift, sail maker and other services..
A huge supermarket and just about most every other shop you may need, 15 minutes from a good hospital and 30minutes from a mainline train service to Madrid and another 10 minutes to the airport.
Well protected and friendly staff with English widely spoken..
Should also say, while many like the place there are those that hate it.. I like the place.
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Hi Boatman, thanks for your reply and suggestion, I will add it to my list of potential places to layup over winter and decide when the time comes depending on availability etc.

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Almerimar is huge, they always have space.
You could fit Cartagena and Denia in there and still have space.
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We’re quite happy in Rota, on the Atlantic Coast, about a day’s sail outside the Straits.
We were stationed at the nearby navy base from 2000-2003, and fell in love with this area. The marina (with a 50T Travellift) has all the basic services and craftsmen, and the town is beautiful. It’s 30-40 minutes to Cádiz (or a short ferry ride) and ~90 minutes to the classic city of Sevilla.
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Hi dlane,
thanks for the info about Rota, but maybe a little further than I imagine from Denia which will be my first ever solo sail on my new boat and going forward, in my mind I will head east further in to the Med if time allows, but invariably I am sure work will get in the way at some point
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Hi all,
I am a new member to the forum and I am looking for some suggestions/advice about my first winter afloat.
I am in the process of buying my Oceanis 50 which is currently berthed in Denia. Nice enough place but very pricey in comparison to others I have seen in the forums.
It is likely to be mid December before handover but I would like to find some options of where to go and layup onboard over winter.
I hear Cartagena is quite good and also torrevieja?
I am looking for a good community for a few things to do, good facilities etc.
If anyone has some good ideas, contacts or links, I would be very grateful.

Regards

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I will ask a similar question in a year, expecting being closer to the Adriatic side of the Med.

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Old 20-11-2019, 03:17   #9
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Re: Wintering in Spain suggestions?

[Hi Ray ,QUOTE=Ray.;3018968]Hi all,
I am a new member to the forum and I am looking for some suggestions/advice about my first winter afloat.
I am in the process of buying my Oceanis 50 which is currently berthed in Denia. Nice enough place but very pricey in comparison to others I have seen in the forums.
It is likely to be mid December before handover but I would like to find some options of where to go and layup onboard over winter.
I hear Cartagena is quite good and also torrevieja?
I am looking for a good community for a few things to do, good facilities etc.
If anyone has some good ideas, contacts or links, I would be very grateful.

Regards
FHi Ray,

I can only second Boatman's 61 suggestion . I live on my Nordic in Puerto Tomas Maestre , on the Mar Menor between Torrevieja and Cartagena , which is the cheapest on the spanish med coastline . But without any doubts Almerimar offers at just a little more euro's so much more . The name of the japanese harbourmaster is Fumi . Great pub is the Stumble Inn . By the way I am writing you out of Almerimar . If you need any more help don't hesitate to contact me .
Remes.jack@gmail.com .
Ray.[/QUOTE]
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Hi Nordic-beluga,

thank for your recommendation! It is always good if a place gets multiple recommendations, so it is currently the number one place to go to!
First I have a few things to do, get back to Denia next week to sign the sales agreement, then test sail and survey, plus arranging all the other necessary paperwork for insurance and SSR registration, but it is still likely to be Jan 2020 before I take ownership
Looking very much to it all though and to meet with some of the members

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My boat, Blue Vortex, is in Dénia at the moment. We are heading to Port Ginesta near Barcelona for the winter. Barcelona airport is nearby and the city of Barcelona is accessible for things to do.

I stopped in both Almerimar and Cartagena on the way to Dénia. Both have many liveaboards over winter. Almerimar is enormous but not very close to a city, very inexpensive. There are bars, restaurants and a supermarket in the marina. Yacht Port Cartagena is near the centre of Cartagena which is an interesting city. Not so large as Almerimar and no shops or restaurants in the marina. Neither have great showers & WCs.
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Hi dcarratt,

thanks for the info about your own experience and time in Almerimar and Cartagena, again very useful information to make a note of. I should be in Barcelona soon for two weeks beginning December 1st or 2nd, maybe I will have time to take a look
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