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 Spain - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +1, Summer time
UTC +2, April to September

Yachting Essentials

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V / Frequency: 50 Hz
Available on all marina pontoons via standard marina sockets.

Water
Water is readily available in all ports and marinas and is normally included in the berthing fee. Water quality is good throughout Spain, however taste may vary so it's worth checking for drinking water. Bottled mineral water can be purchased in large 5 litre bottles at low cost and is easy to find.

LPG/Gas

Camping Gaz can be exchanged in hardware stores, fuel stations and some supermarkets. Other cylinders are harder to fill especially if its more than 5 years old. Be sure to carry a range of adaptors and regulators.

Fuel

Dockside diesel is easy to find and generally clean, but petrol will normally require a trip to a local service station.

Holding Tanks

It is compulsory for Spanish flagged vessels to have holding tanks fitted, pump-out facilities can be found in most big ports. Holding tanks must be used in port areas, protected areas, rivers, bays and less than 4nm offshore.

Marinas

See this useful report with marina charges for various ports around Spain. In the main, marina charges are based on length x beam, so it’s advisable to carry certified documents on board that state these measurements.

For information on marina discounts in NW Spain / Galicia follow this link.

Chandlery & Repairs

Facilities for yachts are extensive and expanding all the time. Boatyards with travel lifts are easy to find although some may cater predominantly for commercial boats. In contrast, well-stocked chandleries are rare (unless you are in a major yachting centre such as Palma de Mallorca or Barcelona), however hardware stores (ferreterias) catering for fishing boats are abundant.

Opening Hours

Traditional Spanish hours are 1000-1400 and 1600 to 2000.

Large outlets tend to stay open until later and only large retail outlets open on a Sunday. Bars are open all day, there are no alcohol sale time restrictions. Restaurants open for lunch and dinner, the latter normally not before 2030.

Marina offices tend to close during the siesta period (1400-1700).

Money

Spain's currency is the Euro.

Banks tend to open during the week 0830-1400, but few are open on Saturdays. All have ATMs and these can also be found in some fuel stations and supermarkets. If using a foreign card to withdraw cash, many banks charge for this service (up to 5 Euros a transaction).

Major credit cards are widely accepted (although check when refueling as sometimes this is cash payment only).

Note: You are required to carry some form of photo ID with you at all times in Spain and will often be asked for it in shops and restaurants etc. when making payment with a credit card.

Communications

International dialing code for Spain is +34.

Mail

Every town will have a post office (PTT on a yellow background). Stamps are sold here and also at outlets called "Estancos" (old tabac dispensing shops). Marinas will often hold mail for you if you have booked a berth there, however always call in advance to be sure.

Mobiles and Internet

There are four main operators in Spain: Movistar, Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo. Network coverage and Internet speeds are average throughout the entire country and good in main towns and cities.

Spain is part of the EU roaming pact - which means its prepaid SIM cards (“Karte” or “SIM”) can be used in other EU countries at similar rates and European cruisers can easily use their own phones in Spain just like they would at home, to make calls as well as browse the internet.

All four operators offer prepaid SIM cards which you can buy from shops, supermarkets, kiosks, pharmacies and official outlets, as well as at the international airports. 2G, 3G and 4G plans are available on all networks for unlocked GSM phones. All you need to buy a SIM card is show your passport, and your telephone number is already active when you purchase it. Ask the sellers to set up the SIM card for you, because they will know how to do it. To add credit, there are several prepaid card machines around various towns and cities, and vouchers are stocked in shops and supermarkets.

WiFi tends to be available in most cafes & restaurants as long as you are a customer (pronounced “wee-fee” in Spanish). Many marinas now have WiFi, although this doesn’t always extend to all pontoons and may only be available near the marina office.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

The Coastguards in Spain speak English and respond both to telephone and VHF calls. The lifeboats however are contracted from private firms, so rescue will involve a charge, generally calculated as cost per hour. Life rescue is of course free and immediately put in action in case of emergency.

Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres Worldwide

For emergencies on land call 112 for an ambulance or police. All foreigners and citizens have a right to be served for emergency or urgent treatment in Spanish hospitals, no matter your insurance coverage or whether or not you have a general practitioner.

Other Emergency numbers include:

  • 061 for an ambulance (ambulancia)
  • 091 for National Police (Policía Nacional)
  • 092 for Local Police (Policía Municipal)
  • 080 for the Fire Service (Bomberos)
  • Useful Spanish phrases in an emergency

  • Accident: Accidente
  • Emergency: Emergencia/Urgencia
  • I need an ambulance: Necesito una ambulancia
  • I need a doctor: Necesito un medico
  • Heart attack: Ataque cardiaco/Infarto
  • Stroke: El accidente vascular cerebral
  • I need a dentist: Necesito un dentista
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    Mediterranean Spain (2017)

    By Steve Pickard
    DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
    ISBN: 978-1846236501
    This new volume replaces the current two part coverage of the Mediterranean mainland coast of Spain from Gibraltar to the French border. The entire coverage has been revised with the text updated, new plans added and others updated from the latest information.

    Mediterranean Almanac (2017)
    By Rod and Lucinda Heikell (10th Edition)
    Publisher: Imray
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    See this Noonsite review of previous edition.

    Mediterranean Spain - Costas del Azahar Dorada and Brava (Cabo de la Nao to the French Border)
    By RCCPF / John Marchment - 6th Edition (2012)
    Publisher: Imray
    Imray DISCOUNTS available (see details and links above)
    ISBN 9781846234149
    The only detailed pilot for the northern part of the Spanish Mediterranean coast running up to the border with France.

    Mediterranean Spain - Costas del Sol and Blanca
    (Strait of Gibraltar to Denia)

    By RCCPF / Graham Hutt - 7th edition (updates 2016)
    Publisher: Imray
    Imray DISCOUNTS available (see details and links above)

    ISBN: 9781846235269
    This is an important pilot for yachts coming to and from Northwest Europe and the Atlantic from the Balearic Islands and more distant parts of the Mediterranean.

    Islas Baleares (2015)
    By RCCPF / Graham Hutt - 10th Edition 2015 (updates 2017)
    Publisher: Imray
    DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
    ISBN: 9781846236457
    This is the only fully comprehensive pilot guide in English to Spain's Balearic Islands covering Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, Cabrera and Menorca.

    The Adlard Coles Book of Mediterranean Cruising (2018)
    By Rod Heikell
    Publisher: Adlard Coles
    DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
    ISBN: 9781408152836
    Rod Heikell is the acknowledged expert on Mediterranean sailing, and this is the perfect guide for anyone cruising the area.

    Atlantic Spain and Portugal
    By Henry Buchanan (7th Edition 2015 / updates 2017)
    DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
    ISBN: 9781846236204
    A classic guide to this varied coast which includes the rias of of Galicia, the estuaries of the Douro and Tejo with Lisbon, the Algarve and then the coast of Andalucia down to Gibraltar.
    See this Noonsite Review

    South Biscay - La Gironde to La Coruna
    By RCCPF/Steve Pickard (7th edition 2012 / updates 2017)
    DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
    ISBN:9781846233753
    This pilot covers the coasts of France and Spain from the Gironde to La Coruna in Galicia.

    Cruising Galicia (The Rias and Harbours of North West Spain from Ribadeo to A Guarda)
    By Carlos Rojas and Robert Bailey (1st Edition 2008 / updates 2010)
    DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
    ISBN: 9781846230417
    Compiled after several seasons cruising in the area, however the RCCPF Atlantic Spain & Portugal guide is more up to date.

    Official Spanish Tourist Board Website
    http://www.spain.info/

    Balearics marina/port information and bookings
    Ports de les Illes Balears.

    Andalusian marina/port information
    https://www.puertosdeandalucia.es/en/puertos

    JimBSail Information for the Mediterranean
    A useful site for sailing information for Mediterranean Spain
    www.jimbsail.info/drupal/mediterranean/west-med/south-med-spain
    http://www.jimbsail.info//mediterranean/west-med/balearics

    ANAVRE - Spanish Cruising Association
    Marinas de Galicia
    We are waiting for confirmation 2018 that this discount passport is still available.
    Useful association to join if planning on cruising in Galicia. "Asociación de Empresas Concessionarias de Puertos Deportivos de Galicia". Offers 15% discount to members (costs €5 to join for two years). Valid in four Rías Altas marinas and five Rías Bajas marinas. Note that you get the discount at the next marina, not at the marina where you first buy the passport.
    The Islander Magazine
    A monthly online English language dedicated yachting publication, providing news and information for the yachting industry in the entire Western Mediterranean region. Whilst primarily aimed at the super yacht industry, it has useful and interesting articles and reports for this part of the Med.

    Update History

    April 2018: Galician marinas Discount Scheme - ASNAUGA - details updated from their website.
    March 2018: All Formalities, links, publications and general pages checked and updated.
    February 2018: Pet regulations updated.
    May 2016: Chandleries entered on site.
    February 2016: Formalities checked.
    May 2015: Publications checked.
    February 2015: All formalities checked.
    February 2013: Asset tax information added to Regulations from JimB Sail.
    January 2013: Formatiles checked. Web addresses, links & publications checked.
    May 2012: Restrictions updated (Marina Park info.)

    Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
    Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

    Val Ellis
    Val Ellis says:
    Feb 14, 2018 12:48 PM

    Posted on behalf of Jan Harzem

    Immigrants at sea
    Due to the issue of immigrants trying to get to Spain from North Africa, you will no doubt encounter some of their boats, as we did. Spanish coast guard will put out notifications on VHF about boats that they know of, their approximate vicinity and no. of people on board. My advice is as follows:
    When you spot such a vessel, get in contact with the closest MRCC center in Spain or Italy. Get close to the vessel so you can report status etc., but do not attempt to take anybody onboard. Some of these boats have 28 people or more on board. In these areas help is only a couple of hours away. We spotted a small boat about 60 miles south of Carthagena and changed course 90 depree's to investigate. Within 3 minutes we were called up by MRCC Carthagena asking us to help in the search of a vessel with 8 people on board. We followed the small boat for a couple of hours until dusk, but never caught up with the boat as they were going as fast as we were, but gave course and heading to the Spanish Coast Guard who picked them up a couple of hours later.

    svChampagne
    svChampagne says:
    Sep 09, 2017 01:39 PM

    August 2017

    Enjoyed the dramatic sights offered by circling Isla Dragonera before dropping hook in what passes for the island’s only anchorage at Cala Llado. A quick jump in the water with a mask revealed a less than ideal anchorage and all who use it should BE AWARE:

    Holding is very sketchy. The bottom offers tiny patches of grass amongst a cavernous collection of large and jagged rock. Our anchor bit simply because it snagged a crack along the top of a rock, lucky us. However, an anchor could easily land in any one of the abundant crevasses and become seriously fouled, or it could fail to grab anything. We watched a neighboring boat attempt to anchor several times before ultimately moving on.
    There is a massive ridge-like rock amongst the surrounding 5-meter depths than raises much closer to the surface, to within about 2 meters (approximately N 39* 35.18’ by E 2* 19.68’). This rock was noted during my snorkeling explorations, however it appeared far-enough away to not warrant concern. Then, of course at O’dark thirty, a 180-degree wind-shift (seemingly not uncommon in these locales) swung our boat directly over said rock, and thunderous smashing sounds and vibrations had all hands on deck to remedy the situation. Anchor retrieval saw a small glitch but luckily the anchor did come up without too much fuss, perhaps the swing in direction actually helped dislodge us from the our little “crack” holding. At any rate, my imagination was certainly capable of imagining a much worse outcome, and it served as a good reminder to always anchor with a 360* view in mind.
    We got underway and decided to cross the channel (less than a mile) in hopes of snagging a vacant mooring ball from the nearby Sant Elm field, we’ll sort the rest out in the morning. All went according to plan, and we were sleeping soundly until woken by a second round of smashing/crunching noises. “You gotta be kiddin’ me!” is all I could think as I hastily wrestled on a pair of shorts before gaining the deck. A large (18-meter or so) motor yacht still tied to it’s mooring ball was somehow tangled with us. Wha? A younger crew member of said yacht was doing his best to fend off the embattled bows. We joined the fight. We soon realized that their mooring had failed and they awoke as surprised as us. The skipper got his engines running, the crewman cast off his mooring lines, and we both parted ways relatively unscathed, thankfully. After the mess I watched their yellow mooring ball bob itself out to sea.

    That was the first (and last) time we ever used one of the CBBA mooring balls. I am not writing this post as a targeted criticism against CBBA, nor am I opposed to fixed-moorings. Accidents do happen and even well-made parts do fail. Sooner or later, the sea claims all. That said, we should all be aware that such failures do occur, even in popular, protected, and well-funded first-world cursing grounds. Because we tied-up in the middle of the night and had not paid for the mooring, we were told by a staff member the following morning that we had little room for recourse. Considering that we received only scratches, the other boat was already gone, and that our itinerary was very tight we choose not to pursue the issue any further. All in all it was quite night, but thankfully—for me at least—all’s well that ends well.

    I should note that we observed a number of boats using the anchorage at Isla Dragonera seemingly without trouble or hassle. I can only offer an account of my observations and experiences, of course every crew must decide for themselves. If you are new to the Med, as I am, I do recommend diving your anchor (especially if staying overnight) as the holding conditions seem quite differentiated and erratic.

    dcaukill
    dcaukill says:
    Aug 25, 2017 07:24 AM

    Posidonia

    The drive to protect Seagrass (Posidonia) is making cruising Mallorca (Balearics) at anchor in particular very difficult.
    You are not allowed to anchor anywhere where there is sea grass where your anchor or your chain touches it. The "posidonia police" come along and inspect your anchor then tell you to move on, even if your own dive onto your anchor showed no weed present. This is ANYWHERE. So if you drop into a cala or anchor off a beach (e.g. Cala Carogol) they will turn up and turf you off, even where they have not yet laid buoys.

    Others have mentioned the price of moorings (Euro 50-100)and the fact you have to book them in advance by phone talking to someone whose English is about as good as my Spanish.

    Makes you feel very unwelcome - we shall move on next season.

    Richardss
    Richardss says:
    Nov 18, 2016 08:29 PM

    Wintering in Spain at Sotogrande

    WE are leaving out boat out of the water at this marina the cost seems reasonable for a 13M sailboat at 4200 EU. The boat yard appears organized and there are lots of staff and security people around

    Val Ellis
    Val Ellis says:
    Oct 22, 2016 10:37 AM

    Posted on behalf of Mark & Lisa Powell

    A warning to non-EU cruisers in the Med.

    We would like to pass on our experience yesterday with French customs. As the website correctly states, non-EU registered boats may remain in EU waters for 18 months before payment of VAT is required. We entered the EU last July, after crossing the Atlantic in May and then spending some time in Portugal and “resetting the clock” in Gibraltar in July. Therefore, the boat could stay in the EU until Jan 2017 without paying VAT. However, before returning the US for the winter, we obtained a “Precinto” (6-month customs bond) in Spain. This basically put the boat in bond while we went back to the U.S. for 6 months. Our understanding was that this Precinto would stop the Temporary Importation (TI) clock for 6 months, effectively extending our time to 24 months in EU waters before VAT payment is required.

    Yesterday, while motoring along the south coast of France (near Bandol/Toulon), we were approached and boarded by French customs. Because out boat has only been in EU waters for since last July (13.5 months), they were very cordial and we had no problems. We also showed them our Precinto from Spain. They were completely unfamiliar with this document. I also showed them the paragraph in the IMRAY cruising guide describing the customs bond and 6-month extension. In no uncertain terms, they told us that France does not provided such an extensions and that they would not recognize or honor this Precinto from Spain. They kindly suggested that we sail to Tunisia for a day to “reset the clock” before our 18-month deadline in Jan 2017.

    www.786Global.com
    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.....

    Sue Richards
    Sue Richards says:
    Oct 25, 2013 01:11 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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