Pete and Vess,
I will be doing the trip from Les Sables d'Olonnes to Cartagena
in the Med on a brand new Lagoon 380
starting 15th May2012.
Here are some places I have got to know about in three recent trips up and down the Spanish / Portuguese west coast
, staring from the north:
1) La Coruna - two marinas, you can anchor
off the new marina behind the breakwater.
2) Portosin and Muros in the first ria after Cape Finisterre both offer anchorages and marinas. Watch out for unmarked and unlit rocks in the middle of the entrance to the ria. Portosin's restaurant in the Yacht Club can be recommended!
3) Vigo and Bayona - many anchorages. Watch out though for some national parks where permits are required.
1) Sao Martinho de Porto - well protected anchorage.
2) Ilha Berlenga - you can anchor
here but need good weather
, protection mainly from the W to N.
3) Cascais - good anchorage just past the entrance to the marina in N winds.
4) Sagres on the Algarve - good and protected anchorage in winds from the W to NE.
5) Alvor (2M east of Lagos) - perfect anchorage for a cat, actually my most preferred place on the Algarve. Beware of the sandbanks, best to enter initially at lowish water
and proceed to Alvor pool.
6) I did not like nor feel safe for anchoring
in the Faro / Alhoa lagoon
Back to Spain:
4) Cadiz is worth a stop.
5) You can anchor off Tavira, either east of west of the little peninsula / breakwater depending on wind
6) La Linea - it is possible to anchor behind the harbour breakwater but the marine
police try to push people out or into the new quite empty marina.
Beware of the 2012 tuna nets which have been laid
- S of Cabo Roche
- N of Cape Trafalgar
- Off Barbate
- Off Zahara
- W of Tarifa