Top 5 Yacht Charter Bases in Spain
Spain is one of the premier sailing destinations in Europe with more than 200 sailing harbors along both its Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. Popular sailing destinations in Spain include the Costa Brava and the Balearic Islands. Some of the best yacht charter bases in Spain are:
Club de Mar
Club de Mar marina is one of most famous marinas and yacht charter bases in Mallorca. It is located just a short walk from the city of Palma center and all the shops, bars and restaurants. However, the port itself though also has shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets.
Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands, one of the most popular yacht charter destination in the Mediterranean. Palma de Mallorca features a mixture of old and modern and is a shoppers paradise. It is divided in to a many areas, but the most important ones are: The Old Town and the historical center, Jaime III the shopping area, The Avenues and Plaza Spain, La Lonja, next to the old town, and The Paseo Maritimo, Promenade.
The British magazine "International Property" voted Benalmadena Marina "Best Marina in The World" twice, in 1995 and 1998. Benalmadena is a large tourist town with all the facilities and entertainment normally expected for a tourist center. The yacht charter base encompasses a large commercial center with supermarkets, bars, restaurants and boutiques. However, these are all rather expensive, and a trip to the town would be a more sensible option in terms of both shopping and entertainment. The marina belongs to a huge residential development which is located in the inner harbor area.
This yacht charter is well connected to the Malaga Airport with a motorway, and provides a good starting base for exploring Andalucia with Seville, Jerez, and Grenada within an easy drive. So, if you want to sail in Spain and explore its inland Banalmadena is a good starting point.
If golf is your thing then this is the place to be with dozens are courses to choose from all within a short drive of the marina. If all this sounds to exhausting then there are miles of beautiful beaches just a walk away.
Aguadulce is located just 4 miles from the city of Almeria. This is a very large marina with modern facilities and good prices. There are two golf courses close by whereas the town offers many bars and restaurants, shops, supermarkets, banks, and a post office, all close to the marina.
The yacht charter base features a very good yacht club with bar, squash court, swimming pool, and a gym. Repair and boatyard facilities are also offered. The marina is an excellent place to lift a yacht over winter.
Aguadulce is well connected by road and rail with a local airport on the outskirts of Almeria. The town of Almeria is well worth a visit because of its Moorish castle, Alcazaba. Day trips to local villages scattered over the valleys of the Sierra Nevada that rises behind the town are recommended and will be an interesting addition to your sailing holidays.. Car hire can be found in the town.
Sant Feliu de Guixols Marina
Sant Feliu de Guixols is one of the most popular yacht charter destinations on the Costa Brava coast. This commercial port also houses a fishing fleet as well as the marina. The town features various bars and restaurants and a good shopping center including supermarkets. The tree lined promenade is popular with both tourists and locals. There are also several excellent beaches.
The Plaza de Espana hosts the fresh food market. There is also a local open air market in the town center every Sunday. The main sight is the 17th century St Benedict Arch in the main plaza. The local bullring is one of the most famous in Spain. For all of this you do not have to worry what to do when not on your charter yacht.
The coast is dotted with charming anchorages which make the region a great destination for yachts. Barcelona airport is about an hours drive to the south.
Puerto de Mazagon Marina
Puerto de Mazagon marina is a large marina that has been awarded the Blue Flag for Marina and is situated at the entrance to the Rio Odiel, the major river leading up to the Spanish commercial port of Huelva. The yacht charter base offers good facilities and shelter. There is also a mini market in the marina while more shops can be found in the town about a 10 minute walk away.
Mazagon is a tourist resort famous for its long clean beaches that are not to be missed when sailing in Spain. Since it is very close to Palos de la Frontera and La Rábida monastery, the town is a good base for exploring Columbus's legacy. The Parque Nacional Coto de Donana is also easily accessible, as Mazagón is 25km from El Acebuche, the nearest entry point for the park.