Spain: Mediterranean

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SOTO GRANDE:36ºN17'  005ºW16'

May 2009

After Gibraltar, Soto Grande is the second marina in the Med. It is a very posh one, with lots of big motor yachts, expensive shops and restaurants. You find in the region polo and golf courses. The constructions, in an modern andalusian style are quite nicely displayed with inner canals in order to have your boat in front of the house! Note that due to the crisis there are still many flats for sale. Close to the marina there is a long beach stretching to the next village. When you arrive you have to go to the welcome pontoon to register. The price is 3 times the one of the atlantic coast. We paid for a 12 m. boat 44€. Note that the marina is equipped with very special electricity plugs. There are 4 different models, and you have to pay 150€ caution!

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ESTEPONA:36ºN24'  005ºW09'


Located 10 NM from Soto Grande, the marina of Estepona is less chic and is cheaper. There is WIFI, a ship yard, several ship chandlers and many bars and restaurants. A few ones are run by English and Dutch expats. You find even a food shop selling only dutch products! The foreign community is quite large and many live on board. A little further you find a supermarket fron the Corte Engles chain, called SuperCor. Every Sunday a market, mainly clothing and handicrafts, takes place just in front of the marina. Inside the village you will find a fresh food market. The marina is surrounded by nice beaches. 



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Caleta de Velez (Torre del Mar):36ºN44'.9  004ºW04'.2


May 2009

This marina is very crowded and there is little room between the boats and between pontoons. It is a public part of the ones of the region of Andalusia, and we paid 33 € (12-15m.). The showers are OK, but there is no WIFI. On the quay there is a good and cheap restaurant. But the village is very dull and divided with a very busy road. No charm at all. Take care of the pollution in the port (we got a plastic bag stuck  in the engine cooling system!), due to the many fishing boats present. Note that there are two very good ship yards.

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Almerimar:36ºN41'  002ºW47'

May 2009



Almerimar is a very pleasant marina. It is quite large, with 1000 berths, with 200 for visitors. The reception is very good and efficient and the price is cheap. 23€ for our 12.10 m. sailboat, plus 4€ for WIFI. The showers are good. You will find 3 ship chandlers (One sells the Imray’s pilot books), large supermarkets, lots of bars and restaurants, etc. In fact, this marina is quite pleasant. The only negative point is the fact that lots of the apartments are empty and unsold due to the deep crisis that hits Spain actually.

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Cabo Da Gata:36ºN43'  002ºW12'


June 2009

Nice little bay with small beach, close to a little village. Good anchoring in less than 10 meters sand, with good holding. Perfect place to stay for the day, or do a stop over. But be careful, the winds there can change rapidly. We  got 35 knots in the middle of the night, not forecasted!




Aguilas:37ºN24'  001ºW34'

June 2009

Aguilas is a nice little town located in a large bay that is well protected. We put anchor in good holding sand. There is a fishing port and a little, quite crowded marina. You will find all types of commerce in town.

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Carthagena: 37ºN35'  000ºW59'


Founded in 227 AC, this town is full of history and its museum of marine archeology is worthwhile to visit. In the pedestrian street, Calle Mayor, you will find lots of restaurants, bars, shops, ... and at the end finally a food shop! There are two marinas, one is brand new and not yet fully completed, that can hosts very large yachts, and the other one, the Royal Club Regata that is very nice. The club house offers good showers, WIFI, laundry, large pool, bar with a nice terrace and a restaurant. Around there are a few bars and restaurants as well a ship chandler.

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Mar Menor:37ºN43'.2  000ºW43'


June 2009

Mar Menor is an internal sea linked to the Med by a passage, where you find the marina Port Tomas Mestre. Be careful in terms of depth, as some places have less than 2 meters! Twenty kilometers long , 10 wide, with the water is 6º Celsius  warmer, with a few islands, it is a real paradise! The holding, on sand and weed is quite good, but check your water filter for the weeds. We love the island Perdiguera, the seagull reserve!


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Puerto de Santa Pola-Marina Miramar:38ºN11'  000ºW33'




The Marina  Miramar,  at Puerto de Santa Pola is a model of a marina. Open since two years, it is equipped with fingers (very rare in the Med), WIFI, even TV connection with 27 channels. We paid 38€ for the 12-15 m. segment.The showers are in fact individual bathrooms, where you can go in couple. The restaurant is excellent and you find all type of shops in the town, that in fact does not offers great interest. Note that the fishing harbor is the largest  Spanish one in the Mediterranean.


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