Harbours on the Costa Blanca

 

 

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Pilot:  Mediterranean Spain - Costas del Sol & Blanca.   Third Edition.   Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson.

 

 

Puerto de Almería

Lat

36° 50' N

Long

002° 29' W

 

Information Date:

18th February, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

57

 

 

The Pilot is correct in its statement under the heading ‘General’ on page 59 that ‘Yachts use the Club de Mar de Almería … they are not welcome in the main harbour’.  The contradictory information under the heading ‘Berths’ should be ignored.  The Club Nautico pontoons at the western end of the harbour no longer exist: the area appears to have been filled in.  The Club de Mar is the only place available for yachts to berth.

 

The marina run by the Club de Mar de Almería is within easy walking distance of the town centre yet it is surprisingly quiet both in terms of traffic noise (very little) and strolling spectators (none).  There was some surge despite very light winds.  We paid 960 pts per night including electricity.

 

Almería is a big city with many shops including a large supermarket within easy walking distance of the Club de Mar.  However, the chandlers are limited and geared to fishing boats and they are a long walk.  We visited the Alcazaba (free to EC citizens if you show your passport) and the Cathedral (300 pts each).  Neither was anything to write home about.

 

 

 

Puerto de San José

Lat

36° 46' N

Long

002° 06' W

 

Information Date:

21st  February, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

64

 

 

A beautiful little harbour in magnificent surroundings.  We had no problem finding space so, if you are passing by out of season, do not be put off by the comment in the Pilot that suggests that it is ‘full even in winter’.  Similarly, do not be put off by the statement that charges are ‘High’.  We paid 1000 pts per night including electricity.  There are now plenty of taps on the quays and we had no problem with salty water.  There is a laundrette in the village but it is only open in ‘the season’.  We walked to Playa de los Genovés and to Cala Higuera – both most enjoyable walks.

 

 

 

Puerto de Garrucha

Lat

37° 11' N

Long

001° 49' W

 

Information Date:

22nd  February, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

70

 

 

Although the Pilot correctly shows the marina on the Harbour Plan it does not refer to it in the text.  The ‘General’ comment begins ‘A small fishing harbour with a commercial quay.’  It would be more accurate if it read ‘A small fishing harbour with a commercial quay and a marina.’  The marina office is at the head of the pier that leads to the fuelling berth.

 

The harbour is very open to the south and we suffered from quite a strong surge overnight in a S4.  The town itself is dull and hardly worth visiting.  Even the Fiesta on the night we were there was not very festive!  It is, however, a useful staging post and there is a very good, large, reasonably priced supermarket within easy trolley-wheeling distance of the marina.  (Just north of the port, one block back.)

 

 

 

Puerto Deportivo de Mazarrón

Lat

37° 33' N

Long

001° 16' W

 

Information Date:

24th  February, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

77

 

 

This is a useful marina on a very interesting stretch of coast with some excellent walks.  It is between the town centre and an up-market holiday resort, which has mainly bungalow style chalets rather than the usual apartments.  It is well worth a visit in its own right as well as being a useful staging post on the way north, particularly now that Puerto de Cartagena is charging light dues.  We paid 1,460 pts per night

 

 

 

Puerto de Tomás Maestre

Lat

37° 45' N

Long

000° 44'.5 W

 

Information Date:

25th  February, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

91

 

 

We arrived at the same time as a Spanish yacht that called up on VHF channel 9 and arranged for the swing bridge to open.  Without this piece of good luck we might have had a 2 ½ hour wait.  Although the Pilot shows plenty of places to anchor in the outer harbour, it is very shallow and there are many obstructions (nets and stone walls) around the edges.  If faced with a long wait, use the VHF.  The marina staff are very friendly and anxious to please.

 

The marina is very large and the immediate surroundings are not yet fully developed.  It is nothing like the concrete jungle that we had expected or that it appears to be from sea and it is consequently very quiet.  It is totally protected from the sea.  We paid 1,200 pts for the first night and 1,000 pts per night after that.

 

 

 

Puerto de Los Nietos

Lat

37° 39' N

Long

000° 47' W

 

Information Date:

5th March, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

98

 

This is a pleasant marina in a small village comprised of low-rise buildings in contrast to the high-rise developments along La Manga.  The village has two small supermarkets and a ferretaría that sells Camping Gaz.  The train journey to Cartagena is a must, not only to visit the excellent shopping centre there, but for the scenery along the way. (Look out for The Clangers!)

 

If you draw more than 1.5m this harbour could present a problem.  The only berths with more than 1.5m are on the Muelle Norte, but these are all privately owned and are not available to visitors, even if vacant.  [In the face of a forecast of SW7 winds we were eventually allocated one of the vacant private berths for a couple of nights, but the Director was very reluctant to do so]

 

Members considering over-wintering at Los Nietos should note that the only hard standing is along the Muelle Norte which is very exposed to the North, albeit to the Mar Menor and not the open sea.  All lifting and launching is done by mobile crane.   The area marked ‘Works’ in the pilot has been filled in to provide a small area of hard-standing, but when we visited it was being used exclusively for catamarans.  (The water alongside is very shallow.)

 

The first night at Los Nietos is always free.  We stayed four nights and paid a total of 4.150 pts.

 

 

 

Puerto de Santa Pola

Lat

38° 11' N

Long

000° 34' W

 

Information Date:

6th March, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

110

 

This is a large, expensive marina (we paid 2,835 pts for one night) with little to commend it other than being well protected and a convenient stop along the way.  It contains a high proportion of large power boats.  We walked to the salinas mentioned in the pilot.  They are bordered by a very busy road making it very difficult to see any wildlife.  We saw two Herring Gulls!  There is a good, cheap supermarket within easy trolley-wheeling distance of the marina.

 

 

 

Puerto de Campello

Lat

38° 25' N

Long

000° 23' W

 

Information Date:

7th March, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

119

 

This new marina has now been completed to a very high standard.  The showers are amongst the best we have ever encountered!  The charges are reasonable – we paid 1,740 pts including water and electricity.  There is a good supermarket in the town.  There is also a small, concreted area of hard-standing and a travel hoist making this port suitable for leaving a boat out of the water.  In the winter, part of the concreted car-park is used for additional hard-standing.

 

 

 

Puerto de Altea

Lat

38° 35' N

Long

000° 03' W

 

Information Date:

9th March, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

126

 

The marina is well sheltered though the staff in the office seemed rather indifferent towards visitors.  The walk up to the parish church on top of the hill is very worthwhile as is a trip on the light railway to Dénia.  We were charged 2, 100 pts per night including water and electricity.

 

 

 

Puerto de Calpe

Lat

38° 39' N

Long

000° 04' E

 

Information Date:

13th March, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

133

 

This is a delightful harbour – our favourite on this section of the coast.  The position is outstanding, tucked in behind the Peñón de Ifach.  This spectacular outcrop of limestone rises to 328 metres sheer from the sea – rather like the Rock of Gibraltar on a smaller scale.  The Peñón is joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus with beaches on both sides giving the resort the benefit of at least one calm beach whatever the direction of the wind.  The walk to the top is quite difficult, but very worthwhile.  Strong walking shoes or boots are essential.

 

Despite being described as ‘high’ in the pilot, charges out of season are reasonable. We were charged  1,795 pts per night including electricity but not water for which an extra charge was made.

 

 

 

Puerto de Jávia

Lat

38° 48' N

Long

000° 11' E

 

Information Date:

14th March, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

142

 

The marina here is run by the yacht club and is very up-market and consequently very expensive.  We were charged 3,700 pts per night including water and electricity.  It is in an attractive position on the edge of the town and is the closest marina to San Antonio on Ibiza.  However, there is little else to justify paying over twice as much as in Calpe!  We shall not go there again.

 

 

 

Puerto de Dénia

Lat

38° 51' N

Long

000° 08' E

 

Information Date:

21st March, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

145

 

There are many changes taking place at Dénia that affect the information given in the pilot.

 

A new marina is under construction to the west of the Dique Sur centred on the 09 sounding shown on the chartlet on page 146 of the pilot.  By the size of the yachts now moored there it has clearly been dredged.  (A couple of piers have local boats moored to them even though the marina is still very much under construction.) The notices around the site suggest that, when finished, it will be aimed at larger yachts though there were quite a few 30 footers moored there.  It will be a long walk from the town.  A new fuel station has been constructed on the inside face of the spur on which the Iso R light (0188.5) is situated though it is not yet in use. 

 

When we entered the harbour we turned to starboard to go to the Municipal Marina as suggested in the pilot.  We found no sign of life there at all and, on all but the outer pontoon, only very small motor boats moored.  The outer pontoon did have a few yachts, but none above about 28 feet.  We turned about and went to the Club Nautico.  (We subsequently visited the Municipal Marina several times by land and no occasion did we see any signs of an official, nor an office, nor any toilets or other facilities!)

 

There was plenty of room at the Club Nautico and an introduction was not required.  We were charged 2,848 pts per night including water and electricity.  It may well be that many of the boats moored in the new marina are ex-yacht-club and that this has brought about a more reasonable approach to visitors, though that opinion is entirely speculative!  However, if we had wished to stay for more than 15 days we would have been charged a full year’s fee of 32,000 pts for membership of the club!  Make sure you don’t get gale bound in Dénia!!

 

The water on the Club Nautico quays is non-potable.  Potable water is available from the waiting berth at the south-eastern end of the Club’s breakwater.  There is no charge for boats berthed at the Club Nautico.  Visitors can buy Gasoleo A from the Club’s pumps but there is only 1.8m alongside the pumps and there is a row of concrete mooring blocks at somewhat less than that in the approach!  (The pumps are near the root of the pier closest to the 3 metre sounding on the chartlet.)

 

When we visited Dénia we were en-route to Valencia for Las Fallas, the major fiesta in the week leading up to 19th March.  However, we discovered that Dénia holds comparable celebrations of its own during the same week.  We therefore remained in Dénia and were very pleased that we had done so.  We hired a car to visit Valencia on 17th March and witnessed a ‘Mascleta’ (day-time fireworks) and the presentation of flowers in honour of ‘Our Lady of the helpless’.  However, by remaining in Dénia for the 19th March, we were able to retreat to Retreat several times during the day for a rest.  As the final ‘Crema’ (burning of the effigies) did not take place until 3.00 a.m. this was very necessary.  Had we continued to Valencia this would not have been possible as the marina there is a very long way from the city centre.