The ABC Guide to Sailing the Costas written by Shane Cole and La Guia del Navegante Espana y Portugal (The Yachtsman’s Guide to Spain & Portugal), unfortunately out of print but which can be purchased from SAMM, give comprehensive details of all ports and marinas on the Iberian peninsula and islands. This page will capture reviews and additional information supplied by SAMM members from their experience of visits and use of the port and marina facilities.
A new marina in the port of Cartagena reviewed by Alan Norwood.
The Cruising Group made its first visit to this new marina in late March 2008.
“On approach we called the marina on channel 9 and were greeted by the marina staff in English and directed to our berths where the helpful staff assisted the skippers and crews secure their yachts. The berths we used were finger berths with full length fingers but there are also normal med berths with sinker lines. Beware though, the pontoons are very low. You need to set your fenders low (the bottom of your fenders should be close to the water line).
The booking in was straight forward and easy but with a little twist of luxury as we were taken to the office by golf cart. The cost of a one night stays including electric for a 12m yacht was only 20 euros but the marina has yet to be finished and the marina office and toilet shower block are in portacabins, although temporary facilities these were of a good standard with plenty of hot water in the showers and clean and well stocked with the necessary paper.
The marina is deep so those of you with deep keels need not worry and also has plenty of room to manoeuvre; the berths are well protected from the sea state so a good night’s sleep is almost guaranteed.
The historic city, bars and restaurants are close by but if you need a large supermarket a taxi ride will be necessary.”
You should find now the facilities rate amongst the best on the coast. (Ed)
Club Nautico and Marina Aguilas