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 Spain - Profile

Facts

  • The most attractive natural cruising areas of Spain are situated at its extremes, the north-west Atlantic coast and the Balearics -  these islands being one of the Mediterranean's prime yachting centres.
  • In the last decade, Spain's Mediterranean coast and islands have seen a tremendous development in yachting facilities with new marinas being built everywhere, so that one is never more than a few hours' sail away from the next harbour.
  • Good repair facilities can now be found in the majority of Spanish ports, with the most comprehensive, but almost most expensive, being in the prime yachting centres (such as Palma de Mallorca).
  • Facilities are also good in Barcelona and the surrounding area, where berthing and boatyard charges are surprisingly economical.
  • The holding of the America's Cup in Valencia, and the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, have meant both these ports now have greatly improved yachting facilities.
  • Cruising the Atlantic coast of Spain can be much more rewarding as nature has rewarded this coastline with an abundance of natural harbours and inlets.
  • Facilities in Atlantic Spain tend to be more basic, with boatyards catering to both yachts and commercial boats. On the Atlantic coast there are good facilities at the new Puerto Sherry near Cadiz. On the North West coast the best range is to be found at La Coruña, where the yacht club can be particularly helpful, and in Vigo.
  • There are chandleries with a good selection in the main sailing centres, but in smaller ports and marinas the availability of spares is limited.
  • Most Spanish yacht clubs are exclusive social clubs, where visitors are not particularly welcome. Those which have docking facilities operate on a commercial basis charging visitors marina fees. Dress etiquette is strict and a sloppy appearance is frowned upon.
  • If heading into Portugal from Spain, be sure to top up your tanks before departure as diesel is cheaper in Spain than in Portugal. Note also that diesel is even cheaper in Gibraltar, and cheaper still in Morocco.

Weather

The climate varies greatly from the Atlantic north coast, which is wet and cool, to the Mediterranean south and east, where summers are very hot and winters mild. The winds are just as varied, the north coast coming under the influence of Atlantic weather systems, with south-westerly to north-westerly winds predominating in winter and northerly winds in summer, although land and sea breezes can be experienced inshore. This is also the case along the south-western coast during summer, while the rest of the year, winds are either easterly or westerly. Alternating sea and land breezes are also characteristic of the Mediterranean coast. The eastern coast and Balearics are occasionally affected by the mistral, a N or NW wind which can rapidly reach gale force.

Weather information is broadcast by:- Radio Nacional de Espana at 1000 and 1300 LT via - La Coruna 639kHz, Seville 684kHz Sociedad Espana de Radio - a programme containing information for commercial fishing operations, plus weather forecasts and sea conditions, is broadcast between 0600 and 0700 LT and again in condensed form at 2205 from La Coruna 1080kHz, Vigo 1026kHz, Huelva 100.5MHz, Cadiz 1485kHz, Seville 792kHz

Weather forecasts on the internet - Spanish Met Office = http://www.inm.es/

Spain Weather Forecast.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Because of the large numbers of ports of entry as well as marinas which have customs offices where entry formalities can be completed, only the main ports and marinas are listed which are close to Spain's frontiers and are more commonly used by foreign yachts to clear in.

Balearics: Andraitx (Mallorca) * , Cabrera , Formentera , Fornelells (Menorca) , Ibiza * , La Rapita (Mallorca) , Mahon (Minorca) * , Palma de Mallorca * , Porto Colom (Mallorca) , Porto Cristo (Mallorca) , Puerto Pollenca (Mallorca) , Puerto de Alcudia (Mallorca) , Puerto de Soller (Mallorca) , Santa Ponsa (Mallorca)

Mediterranean coast: Aguilas (Murcia) , Alicante * , Almeria * , Almerimar , Altea , Barcelona * , Blanes , Cartagena (Murcia) * , Denia * , Estepona , Fuengirola , La Duquesa , La Herradura , La Linea * , Llanca , Malaga * , Mar Menor , Motril , Oliva , Orpesa , Palamos , Portbou , Puerto Banus & Marbella , Sant Carles de la Rapita , Santa Pola * , Tarragona , Torrevieja , Valencia *

North West Spain: A Guarda , Aviles , Bilbao * , Burela , Corcubion , Ensenada de Santa Marta , Finisterre , Gijon , Guetaria , Hondarribia * , La Coruna * , Ria De Cedeira , Ria De Ribadeo , Ria De Viveiro , Ria de Arousa , Ria de Camarinas , Ria de Muros , Ria de Pontevedra , Ria de Vigo * , San Sebastian , Santander *

South West coast: Algeciras , Barbate , Cadiz * , Chipiona , Huelva * , Isla Canela , Isla Cristina , Mazagon , River Guandiana - Ayamonte * , River Guandiana - Sanlucar , Rota , Sevilla *

Spanish North Africa: Ceuta * , Melilla *

* indicates port of entry

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 25, 2013 02:11 PM

Posted on behalf of Don Stewart, SV Glenn Farr
By far the best place to import your boat into in Europe is Spain. The valuation of the boat is based on the "blue book" price (or if your boat is not listed, then listed sale price of your model boat or similar found on the internet). This was the case with my sailboat. Of course there were a number of different boats for sale. They took the middle of the road price. The procedure is then to take 10% of that price and charge VAT/IVA on that. So for example, if your boat is valued at $50,000 then you pay VAT/IVA on $5,000. The whole process took place at the customs office in Barcelona. This was the only office we had to visit. Officials were very friendly.

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www.786Global.com says:
Nov 10, 2013 06:04 AM

The above report is VERY astonishing!
Spain, having been hit by the crises quite hard (unemployment rate shooting to an average of 50%!) is in desperate need of funds - and they go and look for income wherever they can.

Very recently a yacht ("Air") has been seized by the authorities in Palma de Mallorca for an outragous claim for "back taxes" because it had advertised on its website to be available "for charter in the Western Med"!
Mind you: They have not advertised to be available for charter in Spain and they have not been caught actually doing illegal charter in Spain - just the mentioning on their website was enough for the authorities to seize the vessel!
The owner - a billionaire - has received very little sympathy from the public when he was billed € 20 Million(!) for the authorities to again release the yacht! While I have to admit that I can also keep my sympathies at check for people in that income range, I still feel that the concept behind this system to compensate for a significant drop in income from the yachting industry should be taken as a major alert to all of us!

Also very important to keep in mind is, that Spain may be a "member of the European Community" - but only on the paper. Sad truth is, that there is a lot of corruption and at least "massive bending of the law" going on - and foreigners cant expect to see much help from their own governments because by them Spain is considered a "law abiding member of the EC".

See for your info the story of an attempt to make a salvage case out of a simply emergency reported on our blog at: http://786global.com/?p=147 (in German and English) as well as an at least as outragous story that is still happening to us which you can read up at:
http://786sail.com/786global/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMAGINE_en.pdf (in English) or at:
http://786sail.com/786global/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMAGINE_de.pdf (in German)

As far as importing your boat to Europe I would most seriously dispute Spain to be the "by far best place" to go about this.

If you are comming from outside the Med, I would strongly recommend to go about this in Portugal (where most people speak English on top of it!).
I personally know the first hand story of a large 38m Schooner that had been imported to the EC in Lissbaon with the Authorities happily accepting the value stated by the owner as a basis to compute the taxes. (Which, in that case were rediculously low!)

Another good option I have heard a lot about is Croatia. But also Greece seems to be a place where one can strike a fairly good deal with just a tiny little bit of negotiation.

On the other hand does Spain, France and most of all Italy have the reputation of being "hard headed" and especially if you run into an official having a bad hair day can quickly get out of hand.

Just my 2 Cents.....

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