Costas del Dorada & Brava

 

 

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Pilot:     Mediterranean Spain – Costas del Azaha, Dorada & Brava.   Third Edition.   Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson.

 

 

Puerto de Garraf

Costa Dorada

Lat

41° 15' N

Long

001° 54' E

 

 

Information Date:

August, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

96

 

This fully-protected but uninspiring marina is on the excellent coastal railway that runs along the whole of this section of coast.  The railway can be used to travel north to Barcelona Airport, but we travelled south for a day out in Tarragona.

 

 

 

Puerto Olímpico

Barcelona

Lat

41° 23' N

Long

002° 12' E

 

 

Information Date:

August, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

105

 

Puerto Olímpico proved to be an excellent base from which to visit Barcelona.  It was not as expensive as we had feared (we paid 3,400 pesetas (£14) per night) and, despite warnings of late night discos, it was much quieter than Marina Port Vell in the centre of the city.

 

The excellent ‘Bus Turistic’ has a stop on the main road just above the marina.  We bought one day tickets (1,800 pesetas each) which enabled us to see all the major sights at our own pace.  Just beyond the main road is a large supermarket hidden from view and not mentioned in the pilot.

 

The entrance to the marina would be difficult in strong onshore winds when Marina Port Vell, within the main harbour, would be a safer option.

 

 

 

Puerto de Mataró

Costa Dorada

Lat

41° 31' N

Long

002° 26' E

 

 

Information Date:

August, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

109

 

Like Garraf, Puerto de Mataró is a fully-protected but uninspiring marina that has the redeeming feature of being on the excellent coastal railway.  We used the railway to travel direct to Barcelona Airport from where our daughter and son-in-law flew home.  The town of Mataró is dirty and unpleasant and facilities are hard to find.

 

 

 

Puerto de Sant Feliu de Guíxols  Costa Brava

Lat

41° 46' N

Long

003° 01' E

 

 

Information Date:

August, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

128

 

Puerto de Sant Feliu de Guíxols, in addition to being the port with the longest name in our log book, gave us our most uncomfortable night of 1999.  Mooring was very difficult indeed.

 

Anchoring is no longer permitted within the harbour and there was no space on the pontoons to the west of the Peñón de Guíxols.  (The Peñón de Guíxols is the peninsular running south from the Club Náutico.  It is mentioned in the text in the pilot, but is not marked on the plan.)  The visitors’ berths at the root of the Dique Rompeolas have no tailed moorings and it is necessary to lie to an anchor.  In the strong cross-winds that we encountered we could not safely accomplish this manoeuvre leaving us with no alternative but to lie alongside the harbour wall towards the Muelle Comercial.  A large protruding base to the wall just below the surface necessitated us tying our fenders into bundles of three to hold us off.  Fortunately, the strong westerly that held us pinned to the wall all night had moderated by the next morning and we were able to leave without incident.  We have rarely been more pleased to leave a port!

 

 

 

Islas Hormigas

Costa Brava

Lat

41° 51' N

Long

003° 11' E

 

 

Information Date:

August, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

139

 

We passed through the Freu de las Hormigas, the passage between the islands and the mainland.

 

There is a serious mistake in the pilot under the heading ‘Passage’, sub heading ‘From the south.’  This should begin ‘Approach the islands on a NE course ….’ not NW as printed.

 

 

 

Puerto de L’Escala

Costa Brava

Lat

42° 07' N

Long

003° 08' E

 

 

Information Date:

August, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

161

 

The new harbour with the semi-circular wall to the north of the original harbour is now complete.  However, it appears to be entirely for fishing boats, both large and small and there are no facilities for visiting yachts.

 

There are still spaces for visiting yachts in the original harbour, but it is one of the most expensive on the Costa Brava.  We were charged 7,111 pesetas for an 11 metre boat.  However, we did find two good supermarkets within trolley wheeling distance of the harbour.  We also travelled to the Greek and Roman ruins at Empuries in the ‘Dotto Train’ that has a stop close to the harbour.

 

 

 

Puerto de Roses

Costa Brava

Lat

42° 15' N

Long

003° 10' E

 

 

Information Date:

August, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

169

 

Puerto de Roses provided us with our only anchorage on the Costa Brava, very welcome after the high charges at Puerto de L’Escala.  We anchored in 5.2m between the fish farm and the training wall on which the Q(6) + LFl. 15s light is situated.  Holding was good, though it took us five attempts to cut through the weed.

 

The town of Roses is nothing to write home about.

 

 

 

Puerto de Llançà

Costa Brava

Lat

42° 22' N

Long

003° 09' E

 

 

Information Date:

August, 1999

Pilot Page Number:

193

 

Puerto de Llançà is a very pleasant small marina with more reasonable charges than Puerto de L’Escala. (5,270 pesetas)  After a long walk into the town we caught a train to Figueres where we visited the ‘Teatre Museu Salvador Dali’.  A very worthwhile excursion.

 

There is a very long walk around the marina from the visitors’ berths to the Harbour Office.  If you have your dinghy rigged it is less than 50 metres!