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Location

Ria de Arousa is the largest of the Rias Baixas. Protected by Isla Salvora at its entrance it is home to half of the 3,500 bateas that are used to farm mussels in this part of Spain. It's a busy Ria, with the constant activity of the mussel boats, however it is possible to find numerous anchorages that feel remote and the various towns in the Ria provide a real taste of Galician food and character.

The various marinas here offer secure facilities to leave a boat long-term. Although the summer season is busy, space is always available. A new boatyard is due to open in April 2013 on Ila de Arousa with a 180 ton travelift, making this a possible choice for wintering your boat and carrying out repairs.

Visit the old town of Cambados, home town of Albarino wine, and the pretty Pobra do Carabinal. Anchor at Isla de Salvora, visit the Corrubedo, walk the nature paths in the hills behind Vilagarcia and of course, don't leave without trying some mussels.

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Anchoring
Good shelter can be found in most winds in Ria de Arousa. Initial shelter can be found from the Atlantic swell and W winds behind Isla de Salvora. Whilst there are an abundance of anchorages, many are only suitable for day stops. Good anchorage near Pnta Pineiro or Insula, 4 M west of Villagarcia. If anchoring just south of Pobra de Caraminal marina opposite the beach - beware of what appears to be an unmarked concrete column 100-200m SE of the marina entrance, barely sticking out of the water on springs.

Marinas
There are 8 marinas in the Ria: At Vilagarcia; Pobra de Caraminal; Cabo Cruz (new); Santa Uxia de Ribeira; Rianxo; Vilanova and Pedras Negras (adjoining San Vicente de Mar) and Escarabote. It is advisable to call by VHF on approach so that you can be directed to a berth on arrival.

Vilagarcia is the principal harbour/town and is situated in the NE corner of the Ria 12nm from the entrance. Pobra de Caraminal is one of the nicest small towns and offers probably the best shelter in the Ria. The marina is reported to be excellent, however it is very popular in the summer and may well be full. A good nearby alternative is the new marina at Cabo Cruz on the opposite side of the bay to Pobra.

Port Control for all harbours monitors VHF Ch. 09 or 16.

Last updated August 2012.

Cambados Porto Tragrove
Private pontoons have been installed in the southern part of this large harbour. The best option is to moor alongside the outer pontoon or anchor clear of the route to and from the fishing quay. In either case, you may need the dinghy to land. Only suitable for boats up to 8m (depths below 2m). It may be possible to berth with the fishing boats.
Club Nautico Deportivo Barraña de Boiro
Porto Deportivo s/n - Escarabote , Apart Correos N° 115 , 15930 BOIRO
Tel:981.84.73.05 / 609.38.37.98
This is a small marina with 4-5 pontoons taking up a part of the small fishing harbour in Escarabote. Basic facilities, but pontoons are clean and well kept, and you can get water and electricity. Showers and toilets are quite rustique, but the staff are very friendly. Tel. Marineria - 609.78.64.53. In strong Northerlies, be sure to double your springs.
Club Nautico Deportivo de Ribeira
Tel:981 874738 Fax:981 873801 ,VHF Channel 09
This marina at Santa Uxia de Ribeira is the closest to the northern entrance of the Ria, however the majority of berths are Med. style moorings, which may be difficult to manage in adverse conditions. The outer "waiting" pontoon is likely to be untenable with a strong NE wind, but because of this may well have free space. Min. depth 3m inside marina, 5m at N visitor pontoons. Length up to 16m. FUEL, water and electricity, laundry, showers, bar/restaurant, local mechanic, electrician, diver and general boat work. Advisable to consult re. depths before fuelling up. Local chandlers geared towards fishing fleet.
Club Nautico de Rianxo
Tel:981 866107 Fax:981 860620
This marina is limited and only appropriate for smaller boats (up to 8m, depth down to 1m). Straightforward entrance during the day but beware of bateas and fishing boats at night. Pontoons at northern end of harbour with water and electricity. Basic facilities ashore.
Club Nautico do Caraminal
Tel:981 877317 Fax:981 878455 ,VHF Channel 09
This is a quieter marina in the north of the Ria at Pobra de Caraminal. Modern and sheltered it is very easy to access, even in difficult weather, and has alternative nearby anchorages. Plenty of room to manouver and helpful marineros. Contact on Ch. 09 on arrival. Waiting pontoon is exposed to the NE. Water and electricity on pontoons, fuel berth inside breakwater stbd. side. Showers basic. Min. depth 3m. Secure marina for winter storage, space ashore for hard standing. 40 ton travel lift administered by Club at N end of fishing harbour. Fees very reasonable. Camping Gaz exchanged in the town hardware store.
Harbour Master Vilagarcia
Tel:+34 (0) 982 501340 Fax:+34 (0) 982 507923 ,VHF Channel 09, 16
Before entering the harbour of Vilagarcia, it is advisable to call ahead on the radio for instructions.
Marina Arousa
Vilanova de Arousa
Tel:670 623084 Fax:986 554113 ,VHF Channel 09
New marina built in Vilanova in 2006, located north of the fishing harbour. 42º33´97" N / 08º49´99"W. Offers shelter from all conditions but careful navigation is required E of Isla de Arousa to get to it. Berths for 8-15m with good wide pontoons. Electricity and water, showers, laundry, cafe, fuel berth, 24hr security, 35 ton travelift, basic chandlery, free bicycles. Only limited shore facilities available.
Marina Cabo de Cruz
Between Rianxo and Porbra do Caraminal
Location: 42deg 37'N, 08deg 53'W. New Marina opened August 2012 at Cabo de Cruz in the NE corner of the Ria. Good alternative if Pobra is full (which in the summer it normally is). Well protected, quiet and peaceful. Temporary shower and bathroom facilities. Marine office and bar in small wooden huts. Water and electricity on new floating pontoons. No immediate facilities nearby - village of Boiro a short drive away.
Marina Vilagarcia
Peirao de Pasaxeiros , 36600 Vilagarcia de Arousa
Tel:986 511 175 ,VHF Channel 09
Opening hours: 0900-1900
Location: 42 36N - 08 47W. Although 12nm up the Ria, this marina has access to significant facilities ashore but is located in a commercial harbour. Berths are a mixture of finger and stern-to mooring for boats up to 30m. Advance contact recommended as marineros tend to be "absent" much of the time and the arrival pontoon is normally full. Water, electricity, clean showers, laundry, WiFi, 24 hour security, boat maintenance, electronic repairs, sailmaker, restaurants and cafes. 40 ton travelift in the marina and 70 ton travel lift at the Astillero next to the marina. Fuel berth inside inner breakwater, stbd. side. Secure marina for winter storage, space ashore for hard standing.
O Grove & Meloxo
Located on the SW side of Ria de Arousa, O Grove is very exposed for anchoring. There are some buoys within the harbour breakwater used by yachts - arrange through the Capitania if you can find someone (am only).
Meloxo is less busy and the harbour here has pontoons for boats up to 8m plus some buoys and space for anchoring. Sheltered from all winds except W. No fuel.
Puerto Deportivo Pedras Negras
San Vicente de Mar
Tel:986 738325 / 430 Fax:986 738325 / 430 ,VHF Channel 09
Good shelter with lit entrance. Well equipped but small, so often full. Min depth 2m, 10 visitor spaces for boats up to 14m. Fuel pontoon at the shore wall next to travel lift (30 tons). Marina can help arrange repairs. Chandlers in harbour.

Yacht Clubs

Club Nautico Tel. (34) 981 830970

Club de Mar
(on the outer mole)
Yachts can be safely left here while visiting local places of interest.
Michael Price
Michael Price says:
Jul 20, 2013 01:37 PM

Vilagarcia Marina is a great base, but note that fuel is no longer available.

Rozavel
Rozavel says:
Mar 21, 2014 11:45 AM

Note the tiny little marina of Puerto Narrana, at Escarabote, near Boiro (just opposite to Cabo de Cruz, near the large and beautiful Barrana Beach) - close to the small local fishing harbour. Not great facilities (showers and toilets in a sort of a Algeco building site roulotte), no breakwater on NE side but a large floating pontoon. The harbour provides correct shelter except from strong north winds (you'd better double your springs in that case). It's even cheaper than Pobra de Caraminal but no such things like the facilities in Pobra. However, we spent about a week in the harbour, after spending some time in Cabo de Cruz and four or five days anchoring in front of the Playa Barrana. Take great care at the isolated danger - there are a lot of rocks on the east side of the buoy, at low tide we had a very unpleasant experience there. If going to Escarabote prefer passing between the buoy and the east fishing harbour breakwater.
Nathalie & Florin
Roz Avel, Kelly Peterson 44 Cutter

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 26, 2014 02:33 PM

The complete name of the marina in Escarabote is:
Club Nautico Deportivo Barraña de Boiro
Porto Deportivo s/n - Escarabote
Apart Correos N° 115
15930 BOIRO
www.cndb.es - cndb@cndb.es
Tel. Oficina - 981.84.73.05 / 609.38.37.98
Tel. Marineria - 609.78.64.53

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