La Restinga - General Info

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La Restinga port is located on the southern tip of El Hierro.

This port is open to visiting yachts. Scientists now believe that the underwater volcano, which erupted 2km south of La Restinga in 2012, cannot cause any harm because the magma reservoir is not great enough to break through.

Owned by Puertos Canarios, this is a government-run port – https://puertoscanarios.es/

Entrance Notes & Cautions:

A nearby creek creates swell close to the harbor, so it is advisable not to make for the end of the breakwater until it bears due north.

The south coast of El Hierro, west of La Restinga, has been declared a nature reserve. Anchoring and diving are now prohibited in this protected area.

You must pre-book a berth via the Puerto Canarios website, or download their App to do the same. If you don’t pre-book, you won’t officially be allowed into the harbor. Yachts have already been turned away here (2022) for not booking in advance.

Go to Yachting Essentials for more details on how to book a berth, and be sure to call or e-mail prior to arrival to re-confirm your booking.

Telephone: +34 822 280 065
E-mail: [email protected]

Cruiser Highlights:

El Hierro’s marine reserve is right next to the fishing harbor of La Restinga and is full of steep drop-offs down to 300 meters, underwater cliffs, shelves, sandy platforms, and caves. It’s one of the world’s dream dive sites with more than ten top-class dives, all full of volcanic features and marine life.

Position:

27° 38.16’N,17° 58.57’W (harbour entrance)

Last updated:  October 2022

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  1. August 3, 2020 at 4:50 PM
    sven says:

    There is often some rusty dust in the air that will stick to your boat and will only come off after a good scrubbing.

  2. March 16, 2019 at 10:14 AM
    Data Entry3 says:

    I am in La Restinga again, see the other post. No big changes from last time but I want to emphasize that space is limited (only 6 berths on pontoons), reservations on Puerto Canarios’s website not always work. Size is a problem on pontoons for boats bigger than 11 meters in length and wider than 3.5 meters. Some space against the wall.

    There is often wind in the +20kts range in the basin making maneuvering challenging, especially for rental boats, and even worse when they try to follow instructions from the security guy. I had two collisions by said boats who left no contact info as they left. There has been an increase in rental boats in the archipelago to a point it is becoming a nuisance.

  3. March 19, 2017 at 10:04 AM
    Data Entry2 says:

    Posted March 2017 on behalf of Thibault Goncalves

    The port itself lies inside an acceleration zone, wind can get really strong there when from the north, and be much lighter less than 10 miles offshore. The port is well protected, during my stay (a bit more than two weeks) the wind was between nil and 47Kts gust.

    It felt and was safe. I paid 9.34 euro per day. Water and electricity are included. WiFi can be found close to the Port’s office, free of charge, the harbourmaster has the password. There are 24hrs security and a locked door, 10 euro deposit for the key.

    I spent a week in the boatyard (Varadero) to strip off the old antifouling, clean up the rest of the hull, repair it and put a new primer and antifouling among other things. The boatyard has really good prices, for one week, including the lift and 2 hours of pressure washer: I paid 177 euro. I did everything myself and slept in my boat.

    I used the fishermen’s bathroom and showers (hot showers…) in the boatyard. There is a ship chandler in the boatyard where everything a fisherman needs can be found and more, for the rest it can be ordered and brought onsite. Dario, the lift operator speaks English.