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Wintering in the Mediterranean

By Sue Richards last modified Dec 08, 2017 08:19 AM
If you are currently cruising the Mediterranean and considering where to winter your boat, these comments from the cruising community should give you a good idea as to where the majority are spending the colder months. This report is continually updated.

Published: 2017-11-30 23:00:00
Topics: Cruising Information , Mediterranean
Countries: Cyprus , France , Greece , Italy , Morocco , Tunisia , Turkey , Malta , Spain

Wintering in the Mediterranean

Aghios Nikolaos, NE Crete

Eastern Mediterranean

Long-term cruisers in Marmaris, Turkey, reported in 2015 that over the past 8 years through all seasons, including the winter months, the marinas there have been consistently full with 45-60 yachtsmen/women staying in Marmaris full time during the winter. This population, of course, is great for social activities and an interesting blend of personalities and cultures in the yachting community.

In 2016 however, the yachting community population in Marmaris was so low that it was a struggle to get 8-10 persons together for any kind of activity or get-together. More yachts appear to be berthing for the winter in Finike, which is much further south of the usual and popular cruising area of this part Turkey, and many are leaving Turkey to winter in Greece, Malta, Crete and other Mediterranean ports.

An idea of why cruisers are leaving Turkey for the winter can be gleaned from the comments below.

 

Turkey

We wanted to winter in Marmaris, but Turkish authorities would not accept our health insurance which is international.  “They” want everyone to buy Turkish.  That, plus visa problems and having to remain outside of Turkey for 3 months before re-entering, does not suit us very well.

We are on the hard in Marmaris Yacht Marina because we can live aboard cheaper here than at Netsel Marina. We are spending time off the boat this winter in the US & Hungary due to the 3 month visa restrictions and the difficulty with residency in Turkey.

(Editor’s Note: In 2015 mooring fees rose by 15% at Netsel).

Our boat is wintering on the hard at Marmaris Yacht Marina as it's still fairly cheap and has good facilities. However, next season we are planning to head off, first to The Ionian then Mallorca. We have generally been happy at Yacht Marina for the past few years, except for the attitude of some of the staff and not having a permanent berth when in the water.

We are wintering on the hard in Setur Antalya. Price was the big attraction as we wanted to leave the boat out of the water for 9 months. The marina staff are by far the most helpful we have ever encountered. However, the facilities and availability of supplies is extremely limited. All shopping requires a bus trip, which is not a problem if the bus arrives - no guarantee it will run and no set timetable. There is a very small chandlery in the marina and items can be ordered in within a few days. Most of the boats in the marina are local Turkish owned. We are one of the very few cruisers in the marina this winter. We will not be wintering again in Antalya.

See more recent comments at bottom of page about Setur Antalya.

We are in Levent Marina, Izmir, for the  winter.  It is a small marina, and is located next to the auto ferry stop on the South side of Izmir Bay in Uçkuyular. The staff is small but very helpful.

Attilio Siviero says:
May 12, 2017 08:10 AM

Coming from Didim in Turkey, which was cold whilst efficient, warm hospitality was the experience. In Didim very few people over-winter on their boats, being more a "garage" than a marina. In contrast, Samos Marina was full of life, coffee bars crowded all day, restaurants and now also a supermarket has just opened. 
I spent the winter in Didim only for the low travel costs from Italy, but the higher costs to reach Samos are worth the atmosphere and way-of-life of the Marina.

Wintering in Finike, SE Turkey, Cruisers Report.

Kusadasi: Experiences when over-wintering

Bodrum: Wintering in D-Marin (2016)

 

Greece

We are wintering in "Boat Club" in the Evia Channel, Halkoutsi, about 1hr from Athens. It's good value, comes well recommended and is a nice safe place to be. We were sad to leave good old Marmaris, but with visa and other problems the temptation to travel was too much too resist - after all that is what boats are for!

As a result of the chaos of Turkish visas and permits, we are staying in the Boat Club, Evia, Athens.

My 44 ft yacht is now for the second year on the hard in Halkoutsi in Greece. The boatyard Petros Marinos (Boat Club) boatyard is safe, cheap and well organized. The owner lives inside the boatyard.

We are currently in Preveza in the Ionian. We are wintering at the Cleopatra Yard, which is very efficient and reasonably priced as compared to the other two yards in Preveza.  We miss sailing in the Marmaris area, but price increases, blue cards, visa restrictions and the unsettled political situation have persuaded us to move to Greece.

Preveza.  Better prices, far less hassle to yachts.  And less expensive than Turkey.

Preveza. I have wintered in both Cleopatra and Ionian yards and found both to be very good value, good service, pleasant staff, reasonable at around €90 per week for my 16m boat. They have proper cradles and good 24/7 security. I am told that the Aktio yard is also very good. There are two very good tavernas within three minutes walk from all the yards in Preveza, which is a great social gathering point at lunch and in the evenings for skippers and crew at lift out and lift in times. Good connections to the towns of Preveza and Lefkas every day, the local airport is fifteen minutes walk away, all yards have good chandleries on site, very good technical expertise in the area available at reasonable prices.
The only negative for me was that the yards insist on clients using their on-site technicians. Good advice is to agree with the yard up front that you can use outsiders to carry out the works during lay up, and get this in writing. There are some very good service people outside the yards, but the yards won't let them work unless you have agreed this in advance.
A good atmosphere exists due to the easy-going nature of the Greeks, I have always enjoyed my time here, and the newly refurbished marina in Preveza town is both cheap and pleasant to rest up for a week or so after all the work is done. Easter is a special time here to celebrate along with the locals.

We are wintering at Lefkas Marina in Greece. The visa restrictions in Turkey meant we could not go back and forth to the UK as and when we wanted. It is a very safe Marina, good liveaboard community and an all year town.

I will be away for 6 months and my boat will be in Leros Boatyard for 6 months. My boat had been in Yacht Marina for over 10 years, but this year I ran out of my 90 days visa and Leros boatyard in Greece is 900 Euros cheaper for laying up my boat on the hard for 6 months.

We are staying in Kalamata, Greece.  Unlike Turkey, there is a lack of officialdom in Greece. There’s too many rules, regulations for yachts in Turkey.

Aghios Nikolaos, NE Crete. Very nice and welcoming city, close to Heraklion Airport, very well sheltered, cheap and a winter temperture around 20 degrees C. There are people swimming all year round.

Wintering in Aghios Nikolaos 2016/17 - Too many liveaboards for the facilities

Recommendation below (under comments) for Planaco Boatyard in Egina (Aigina), close to Athens.

 

Cyprus

Wintering in Limassol, Cyprus

Many sailors might know that Cyprus is another option to escape from Schengen, the winter weather is superb and the marina (Limassol) is very safe. However, Cyprus is not known for many places to anchor, marinas can be expensive, especially in the summer, and there are not many of them. Marina costs where we are now will be going up by 50 percent (discount reduced to 25 percent), that puts the cost for a 6 month contract in winter for a 12 to 15 meter boat around 6,000 euro including VAT, but extra for water and power. There are many nice places in the Med with much more reasonable rates.

I believe the above info. for pricing in Limassol marina is incorrect. Acccording to their latest price list (2016) the cost for a 12 to 15 meter boat is 4120 euros minus 25% discount, plus 19% tax, so around 3680 euros total for a 6 month winter contract.
https://api.cnmarinas.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Limassol_Marina_tariff.pdf
I agree that this makes it expensive compared to many other places, but it also is one of the nicest marines in the Mediterranean we have wintered in, 5 star, safe in all wind and weather, great people and still outside Schengen.

 

Central Mediterranean

Italy - Sicily

Marina di Ragusa, SE Sicily, now into our third winter here. Cheap, 1068 Euros for seven months. Very well sheltered, hardly a ripple in the marina even with 50+ knots of wind. Sicilians very friendly, good and not expensive shops and supermarkets. Happy hour prices in the local bar ALL week, 1.50 small bottle of beer, 2.50 large bottle, generous glass of wine 1.50 and a constant flow of free snacks. Only downside is poor chandleries, but mail order from rest of Europe meets most needs. Airport 30 minutes away with cheap public transport.

Based on what we've heard of Sicily, Marina de Ragusa and nearby should be cheaper than Malta and it would have better connections to the rest of the world. So while we've fallen in love with Malta, we wouldn't consider spending a winter here.

We booked into Marina di Ragusa in Sicily in 2014 and the cost for 7 months (Oct to end Apr) for our 13.4m boat was €1380 inc tax. Water and electric are extra. The quote from Licata was the same. Much cheaper than Lagos in Portugal where we spent the previous winter. Easyjet have several flights a week during the winter from Catania in Sicily to London Gatwick. Many different opinions can be found on the internet for Licata v Ragusa, we chose Ragusa as friends were already booked there.

The pricing shown for Ragusa seems low. We were quoted (for 12-15m boat) 1700 euro for a 7 month contract for next season (2016) and Licata quoted 1702 euro, both including VAT.

Licata on Sicily is another very nice place. Winter prices are much lower than summer and the marina is in the middle of the town. Last winter there was a big community there all winter.

 

Italy - Mainland

We put the boat on the hard at Marina Hannibal for the winter (East coast, Adriatic, Monfalcone). Exceptional friendly and helpful staff. Nice yard and somewhat protected from the Bora winds. Price was reasonable, and both the marina and yard are well maintained. The only complaint was that our outboard was stolen while we were on the hard in the marina (posted July 2017).

Cantieri Nautica Ranieri is a private marina/boatyard on the north side of Bari harbour with winter berths available. Good rate, excellent security and spaces available.

Italy, Gioia Tauro: Much cheaper place to winter than Sicily, Malta and western Greece

Gaeta ( halfway between Rome and Naples) - Base Nautica Flavio Gioia - Popular marina for wintering for cruising yachts with good shelter.

Roccella Ionica - situated on the "boot" of Italy.
Very good value winter rates, quiet well sheltered marina with friendly staff. Easy access to airports via good train and bus service. Liveaboard community growing here. See cruisers comments on the port page.

We spent the winter 16/17 in Rocella Ionica - well sheltered, very helpful and friendly staff, excellent winter rates, free bikes to go to town. Great markets close by (Saturday and Tuesday). Would certainly stay there again, best rates in the Med! 1100 Euros for a winter package for 53 foot boat including vat, water and electricity!

I have now for the last 4 years used Brindisi for my Winter storage of my yacht a Moody 422. The name of the yard in Brindisi is:
CANTIERE NAVALE DANESE
Danese Yacht Service info@cantieredanese.it
This yard is the most secure and professionally run yard I have visited for many years.
The infrastructure is perfect for reaching Brindisi in the Winter month.

 

Elsewhere in the Mediterranean

Spain

We spent the winter 2016-2017 in Almeria - Puerto Deportivo Aguadulce.
Very attractive pricing, good service, charming and helpful harbour peoples and good protection. The bar and cafés can be noisy during the weekend though. Well equipped 'varadero', we had new antifouling applied there.

Almerimar in Spain is cheap (or was). It has a large international community of liveaboards so you won't be lonely.

Barcelona - Winter storage in Badalona

Wintering in Cartagena

I spent the winter 2016/17 in Yacht Port Cartagena. Good facilities, friendly staff and great community. The town is also worth visiting. It's a well protected marina, except in strong Southerly swells. The prices are very reasonable. During my stay there was a special offer for catamarans to pay the same price as monohulls. Consequently there were a lot of cats with liveaboards. The marina is also great at recommending people and suppliers for jobs on boats. I didn't use the nearby boatyard, but heard good things about it.

See this video for a glimpse at winter life in Cartagena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx2nQYof90w&t=59s

Marina Alcaidesa in La Linea de la Concepcion - Highly recommended

Club Nautico de Sevilla - Prices reported to be reasonable for wintering.

Sotogrande

Tarragona

Miki says:
Oct 12, 2017 11:18 AM

Port Bara very efficient and prompt 
replies to emails. Gave me excellent an price for winter of 17/18. Marineros and staff all helpful.

Torrevieja - Plenty of space and winter deals available.

Spanish/Morroco

hakast says:
Nov 20, 2017 08:51 AM

I can really recommend Puerto Noray marina in Melilla. Cameras everywhere, helpful staff and very cheap. I stored my Moody 35 there for 8 months and the cost was about €1.200. Only a few boats from abroad, but I think people don't realize that it is safe. Geographically in Africa, but still in Spain. Almerimar marina, 1200M from Melilla, is double theprice - and Almerimar is one of the cheapest marinas in the Mediterranean.


France

South of France, Gruissan: Winter Storage at Nautiland

Cruising Notes for Mediterranean France - 2011-2013

 

Malta

I spent 2 winters in Marsamxett Harbour Marina in Malta on the breakwater. I liked it. Very European community. Lots of good social get-togethers. Quite a few people have started to go to Ragusa in Sicily. It was still very reasonably priced when we left in 2011.

Marsamxett Harbour : Msida Marina - updates from Cruisers

I heard many boaters put their boat on the hard on Gozo island, just north of Malta for the winter.

Wintering in Malta (2010)

 

Tunisia

Tunisia, Monastir - Marina almost full by May for the following winter.

Tunisia, Port Yasmine, Hammamet - Warnings and advice if planning on wintering here.

For winter time my sailing boat is in Bizerte. The marina team is very good. If you need to repair something ask Mourad the captain of the Marina. He is also a famous skipper in Tunisia, he will do the best for you and is very helpful. There is electricity and water, and the toilet and shower are new and 5 star quality. Bizerte has a very big market with fish, vegetables, meat .. great and cheap. The Tunisan people are very friendly, they are happy to see tourists coming back.

 

Morocco

Morocco, Sale/Rabat: Wintering at Bouregreg Marina

 

Other Useful Wintering Articles

Wintering: Dangers of Storing With The Mast Stepped

Wintering: Leave and Return with Peace-of-Mind

 

Editor's Note:

If you are currently considering wintering in the Mediterranean, or indeed have discovered a place worth recommending, please post a comment below with useful information on your findings.



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Captain Piri
Captain Piri says:
Nov 28, 2017 08:25 PM

I am currently wintering on the hard with my Oyster 395 Lightwave at Planaco (Aegina/Greece). Monthly fee is 250.- Euro (water electricity exclusive). Lifting in/out is 150.- Euro per lift).
You are allowed to stay on board and do all work yourself. The boat yard is 8km from the main town, 2,5km away from Kipseli (little village but huge supermarked) and 4km away from Souvala (little village). All spare parts available. Worst case you take the ferry to Piraeus (8.- Euros one way). Friendly staff and entire boat under video surveilance.

jperret
jperret says:
Nov 16, 2017 10:28 AM

I am currently wintered for the second year with my 38' sailboat at the Club Nàutic de Vilanova, in Vilanova i la Geltrú, just 50km WSW of Barcelona. Their current special "winterize"rates, VAT included, are the following.
- less than 10m: 1200€
-10-13m: 1600€
- 13-15m: 2400€
These are the rates for the 8 months from Oct 1 to May 31, payable in advance, and include live-aboard, water, electricity, wi-fi, and a few other benefits. There is a coin laundry in the marina, very nice bathrooms, and parking within the marina is an extra 121€ for the same 8 month period.
The advantage of Vilanova is that it is a very good sized and bustling sea-side town of 60.000 people. There are many students, as it has a University. There is a 2km Rambla, lined with cafés and restaurants. Beautiful beaches right next to the marina. A wonderful market in town with the freshest of fish and vegetables, and all of the same chains of stores as are found in Barcelona. The train and bus station is a 10min walk, and there are trains into Barcelona city center, every 15 minutes. By car, the city is a 30 minute drive, and the airport 20-25 minutes away.
Their contact info is the following: cnv@cnvilanova.cat / +34 938 150 267, and their website is www.cnvilanova.cat

Jan
Jan says:
Nov 16, 2017 09:13 AM

GIOIA TAURO. We are wintering in the port of Gioia Tauro by Zen Yacht. It was recommended to us by Angeles, owner of Marina del Sud in Vibo del Valencia. We were looking for a winterplace, and this one was far the cheapest in comparison with Sicily, Malta and western Greece. You cannot live onboard and all work has to be done by Zen Yacht, but is it certainly worth the price. They only speak Italian but Angeles in Marina Stella del Sud will help you. Zen Yacht is placed at the north end of the giant containerterminal Zone Porto Banchina di Ponente. Contact information +390966765613, email info@zenyacht.it or zenyacht@pec.it

Silprowa
Silprowa says:
Jun 30, 2017 07:02 AM

Hi all,

Really good information on this site as a newbie. I am heading towards somewhere around Marmaris, Bodrum area at the end of Oct to haul out. I have a quote for hardstand for 8 mths from both Aganlar Boatyard in Bodrum and also Albatros Marina in Marmaris. I need to be close to an airport to get to and from Australia. Does anyone have any experience at either marina on hardstand or a recommendation of somewhere else closeby. Is leaving it in the water an option for that period? I think i would worry more about it's safety. I will be leaving the boat so not looking for a community experience yet. Look forward to further comments and advice.

Regards

Wayne

Kevin Chilvers
Kevin Chilvers says:
Feb 16, 2017 10:03 PM

Weare in Roccella ionica on the boot of italy. Quiet well sheltered marina with friendly staff. Town a 30 min walk along a flat paved path (or free bike hire from the marina. Easy access to airports via regular train and bus services. Also allows easy touring. 900 Euros / 6mths 11m.

svgoldenglow
svgoldenglow says:
Oct 02, 2016 11:46 AM

We wintered during 2015/2016 at Setur Marina in Kas Turkey and had an excellent experience. The management (under the eagle eye or Umit, the general manager) is top notch. They checked on our boat continually and sent us report and they positioned our boat closest to the shore where rocking would be most minimal.
We were able to negotiate a very fair rate for leaving the boat at the marina. The marina is very nice compared to all other options on that coast. The bathrooms are immaculate and modern. There is a spa, a well-stocked Migros supermarket, several restaurants, a chandlery, tennis court, swimming pool, machinists and other service people, and very good security at the marina. You are a short walk or bike ride to town and the weekly farmer's market. There is a ferry to the Greek island of Kastellorizo in town, and many larger stores and restaurants (Kas is a very nice community). There is a car service that will take you to Antalya or Fethiye airport (you are in between) at any hour, and there is a car rental agency in town too.
Due to the extremely clean Turkish water and the fact that there is an underwater fresh water stream coming out at the marina's location, we were able to leave our catamaran in the water for five months (from November through March) and there was no growth on the hull. We had anti-fouled in Greece in September 2015 so we had a good, protective coating. We noticed that there were a kind of sucker-fish carp in the marina that ate what minimal growth did form on the hull (you could see the tracing of their mouth-lines on the hull if you dived to inspect the hull.

Cottier
Cottier says:
Sep 06, 2016 07:52 PM

Winterization in Port Yasmine Hammamet, WARNING:
We left our catamaran Libellule in Hammamet from Aug-15 to May-16 and experienced the following difficulties:
1. When arriving we had a medical urgency and my wife needed to go urgently to the hospital. However, Immigration took our passports away and wanted money. The whole thing took about 90 minutes to resolve, the officers told us literally they didnt care if my wife died or not.
2. I sent a propeller from France to Hammamet, the parcel took 2 days to Hammamet and then 5 months, about 30 emails, and about EUR 1,000 of bribes to get it through customs.
3. We took the boat out of the water and left it in the shipyard Rodriguez. The antifouling they applied was of so poor quality that it lasted about 4 weeks before it partially started coming off and we had a real jungle under the boat; they did not even bother to put groundpaint below the antifouling, nor did they sand the underboat before applying the antifouling.
4. The repairs we had asked them to execute were not done; no spare parts available locally, and poor/unreliable workmanship.
5. On the way out of Tunisia customs wanted money again, but this time we got away with paying nothing.
So if you consider winterizing your boat there, make sure you do it in a smarter way than us (bring your own spare parts, no antifouoling job, no taking it out of the water, bring more time to fight bribes, no medical emergencies.
Sorry, Tunisia used to be a really nice country, and I had really good experiences there in the past, but this time it was just really really bad. People were friendly, though.
Philipp Cottier, s/v Libellule, Switzerland

Roderick Dale
Roderick Dale says:
May 08, 2017 04:55 PM

I am thinking of wintering there this year, however limited flights from Aktion, better to get a taxi + ferry to Corfu for more frequent and cheaper flights.

smh976
smh976 says:
Nov 21, 2015 10:00 AM

Wintering this year in Cleopatra at Preveza in Greece and pleasantly surprised at the savings in cost over our previous marina in Teos, Turkey. Cleopatra very professional and very near Aktion international airport.

munden
munden says:
Nov 09, 2015 05:01 AM

Ocean Dream is wintering in Limassol Cyprus. We enjoyed Turkey but after four winters it was time to move on. The new marina here was a good value this winter but they have announced price increases for next winter even though they are only half full.

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