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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.

Docking

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.

Real Club de Regatas Cartagena (RCRC)
Muelle de Alfonso Xll, PD , 30201 Cartagena
Tel:(34) 968 501507 Fax:(34) 968 506905
Haulout and shore storage. Laundry, showers, toilets, CCTV, water and electricity included. Use of club's facilities included (swimming pool). English spoken and helpful staff. Fuel dock close by.
Yacht Port Cartagena
Muelle Alfonso XII , 30202 Cartagena , Murcia, Spain
Tel:+34 (0)968 121213 / Mob. +34 618 332 101 Fax:+34 (0)968 121232 ,VHF Channel 09
Excellent marina wih all facilities and good pontoons (however lots of wash) - reasonable prices. First marina to starboard as you enter the port. Med. mooring or finger pontoons. Full range of repair services including sails and liferaft servicing. Haulout and shore storage on RCRC grounds. Laundry with €4 tokens, WiFi free for long-stay and on marina PC, book swap, showers (some are in a container and of low standards as of Spring 2013), free parking, metered water and electricity, 24hr security and CCTV. English spoken and helpful staff. On approach, call on VHF Ch. 09. Fuel dock close by.

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Real Club de Regatas Cartagena (RCRC)
Muelle de Alfonso Xll, PD , 30201 Cartagena
Tel:(34) 968 501507 Fax:(34) 968 506905
Haulout and shore storage. Laundry, showers, toilets, CCTV, water and electricity included. Use of club's facilities included (swimming pool). English spoken and helpful staff. Fuel dock close by.
jtyler
jtyler says:
Oct 25, 2013 07:56 PM

New shower block nearly finished at YachtportCartagena marina - new building seen in mid-Sept 2013, inside main gate - just needed internal plumbing. Existing shower block + washing machines at Western end of marina is excellent. Container-based showers [not too bad at all] will probably be removed when new block is finished.

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www.786Global.com says:
Nov 10, 2013 05:44 AM

Can confirm all of the above! (Visited in October 2013). Harbour is very ugly and the swell and wake from Container-, Fishing- & Navy ships is significant which does make mooring at one of the floating jetties not too comfortable.
But the town is extremely pretty and picturesque so very well worth a (short!) visit.
Good pricing!

Be aware when entering or exiting the harbour; Due to the nature of the entrance, it is quite possible that you literally suddenly are facing a huge container-ship or cruise liner.

Have been looking for a chandlery - found nothing.

John Tyler
John Tyler says:
Dec 02, 2013 08:33 PM

Re chandleries: there are 2 in Cartagena. One on the western edge of the town, near the town hall. This one is a bit touristy, but sells most stuff. The other on the eastern edge, just past the fishing harbour. They call these shops Naval effects/supplies. The steel double-spring mooring systems sold here are very useful for the surges mentioned - €30 each for 12 m yacht - buy 2.

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