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Old 11-07-2017, 00:02   #1
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Spain marina suggestions for winter?

We are looking for a marina on the Mediterranean side of Spain to leave our Island Packet 485 for the winter. Most marinas in Barcelona are either booked or too expensive, we've looked at Cartagena and Valencia as well and the prices are all over the board. We are getting frustrated.
Does anyone out there have experience wintering in Spain? If so do you have a suggestion?
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:34   #2
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Have you tried Aquadulce and Almerimar ?
both have a sizable liveaboard winter community and are among the cheapest
We plan to leave our Bene 473 in Almerimar this winter
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Almerimar.. its started as a marina/golf complex and has over the years expanded with hotels etc..
A good mix of Spanish and expats, friendly staff, excellent supermarket, liftout and all services you may need. Almeria airport is 30-40mins away..
Rates are amongst the cheapest in the Med.
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:42   #4
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Yacht Port Cartegena. Or why not take your boat out of the water for storage? I've used Nausika Shipyard in Sardinia for storage on the hard for two years? Not too far from Spain.

There's also a shipyard and marina at the inner most section of the harbor in Mahon, Menorca that's very reasonable. Dry or in-water, full services available.
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We found Yacht Port Cartagena very reasonable. What are you looking to spend?

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No need to get frustrated, there are lots of options. Just be patient and and methodical.
Try Marina de Denia
It's very nice and has facilities on the hard or in the water.
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You also might want to consider security. It's not very wise to shop for just the best price. Yacht Port Cartegena offers excellent security, attentive staff and very competitive pricing. Also check Torre Vieja just up the coast.
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I have also heard good things about Cartagena. Here is a quick link to their fees:
Mooring fees - Yacht Port Cartagena - La nueva marina del Mediterráneo
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We found Yacht Port Cartagena very reasonable. What are you looking to spend?

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Sorry about that my reply sent while it was still typing...we did talk to them, our concern is trying to get there in the short time we have left of this season. We have cut our cruising season short by abut a month this year for family reasons, and will be leaving the boat to fly home for winter.
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No need to get frustrated, there are lots of options. Just be patient and and methodical.
Try Marina de Denia
It's very nice and has facilities on the hard or in the water.
Interestingly I was just looking at Marina de Denia online, and will ask for a quote.
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Re: Spain marina suggestions for winter?

Our home port is Club Nautic Sant Carles - in Sant Carles de la Rapita,Tarragona . There is also Sant Carles Marina just across the fishing port and good varadero at the back- boat yard,capable to put on hard my cat 46x25 with a travellift and even bigger - on the slip. They shouldn't be expensive and would have the space. 2,5 hours and 25 euro bus ride to Barcelona airport. This spring we went down from Tarragona coast to Tanger and reverse and visited many marinas - we like our club even more:Nice people,good food,alive year round. Considering this winter heavy weather and damage to some yachts at Spanish ports, the big advantage is , that our port is double protected by the river sandy bar .
Almerimar is very nice and inexpensive - we paid just 18.40 euro/night (for the cat). But, I think it's not well protected from ponente - westerly winds.
Cartagena is thery nice, convinient,well protected,inexpensive (we stood at RCN Cartagena - 31 euro/night). Santa Pola is also very good (15 min to Alicante airport).AC plugs...63Amps,exelent fish market ! but, middle priced - 60 euro. Denia is more expensive and less organized(we were at RCN Denia,not marina).Sesonal rates should be proportional.Valencia (marina real Juan Carlos is huge, also hook up 63 Amps,but if you placed at the South quay,you have to call dinghy to get to lifestream.About 40 euro/day/cat
There is also Port Castellon on the cheap side - but, basin is very large and bumpy.
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Old 12-07-2017, 03:11   #12
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Thank you so much. This is a lot of good info, and I appreciate it. Protection is important, as well as security especially because we won't be able to stay - we must go home for 6 months. We would like to be able to leave Destiny somewhere without worry.
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The port of Almerimar has also many activities for foreign people. The Sunday walks in the mountains, the Wednesday night quiz, daily VHF radio net, good restaurants and bars. In the city of El Ejido (12 Km.) Good shopping facilities,cultural events enz...
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my suggestions on the best price side are : Burianna nova ans St Cyprien in France
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We are looking for a marina on the Mediterranean side of Spain to leave our Island Packet 485 for the winter. Most marinas in Barcelona are either booked or too expensive, we've looked at Cartagena and Valencia as well and the prices are all over the board.
This page compares all the mainland Spain marinas I visited when looking for somewhere to base a charter business. It's since been kept up to date using comments from readers and inputs from local businesses.

Many British cruising boats winter their boats on the hards at St Carles de Rapita and Almerimar. Those who spend winters living on board prefer the sunny locations - between Estepona and Cartagena.

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