This is an important naval port on the South East corner of Spain, as well as being a busy commercial and fishing harbour. Care should be taken on entering due to the volume of shipping.
Many cruisers choose Cartagena as a place to winter as not only is it a well-serviced town with attractive sights, it is well situated to be out of the firing line of the Westerly storms that can shoot through the Straits of Gibraltar heading East and tucked in enough to miss the Autumn and Spring North Easterlies. Cartagena has approx. 300 days of sunshine a year and a reasonably mild winter climate, plus an airport serviced by all the budget airlines close by at Murcia/San Javier.
Anchoring is not permitted anywhere within the harbour.
There are two marinas here, adjoining each other both right on the town quay and only a few minutes walk into the centre of town. Yacht Port Cartagena is the newer of the two and is home to mainly foreign flagged boats. The older more established marina run by the yacht club is filled mainly with local craft and has few vacant slips.
It is possible to stay there on jetties with pick-up lines but depending on boat size most likely on the town wall - however everyone promenades past here and there is no security.
Note also that there is no breakwater protecting the marina from wash and surge. There is traffic from the nearby container terminal, day and night, and also from fishing boats, tug boats and even the Navy. Boats bounce up and down alot here, so prepare for chafe on your mooring lines.
The Club Nautico is a fisherman's club with no berths (but an excellent tapas bar!).
There is no WiFi for short stay berths.
Last updated November 2013.