Spain

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Spain, on Europe's Iberian Peninsula, is really 17 autonomous regions, each with its own geography and culture. The capital, Madrid, is home to the Royal Palace and singular Prado museum, housing works by European masters, and Segovia to the north has a fairy-tale medieval castle and Roman aqueduct. Catalonia's capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudi's quirky modernist architecture, including the Sagrada Famlia basilica.




"Spain (Spanish: España [esˈpaɲa] (listen)), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España), is a country in Southwestern Europe with some pockets of Spanish territory across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

With an area of 505,990 km2 (195,360 sq mi), Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, the second-largest country in Western Europe, and the European Union, and is the fourth-largest country by area on the European continent. With a population exceeding 46 million, Spain is the sixth-most populous country in Europe, and the fifth-most populous country in the European Union. Spain's capital and largest city is Madrid; other major urban areas include Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Málaga, and Bilbao.

Modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 35,000 years ago. Iberian cultures along with ancient Phoenician, Greek, Celtic and Carthaginian settlements developed on the peninsula until it came under Roman rule around 200 BCE, after which the region was named Hispania, based on the earlier Phoenician name Sp(a)n or Spania. At the end of the Western Roman Empire the Germanic tribal confederations migrated from Central Europe, invaded the Iberian peninsula and established relatively independent realms in its western provinces, including the Suebi, Alans and Vandals. Eventually, the Visigoths would forcibly integrate all remaining independent territories in the peninsula, including the Byzantine province of Spania, into the Visigothic Kingdom, which more or less unified politically, ecclesiastically and legally all the former Roman provinces or successor kingdoms of what was then documented as Hispania.

In the early eighth century the Visigothic Kingdom was conquered by the Umayyad Islamic Caliphate, that arrived to the peninsula in the year 711. The Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula (al-Andalus) soon became autonomous from Baghdad. The handful of small Christian pockets in the north left out of Muslim rule, along the presence of the Carolingian Empire near the Pyreneean range, would eventually led to the emergence of the Christian kingdoms of León, Castile, Aragon, Portugal and Navarre. Along seven centuries, an intermittent southwards expansion of the latter kingdoms (metahistorically dubbed as a reconquest: the Reconquista) took place, culminating with the Christian seizure of the last Muslim polity (the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada) in 1492, the same year Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World. A process of political conglomeration among the Christian kingdoms also ensued, and the late 15th-century saw the dynastic union of Castile and Aragon under the Catholic Monarchs, sometimes considered as the point of emergence of Spain as unified country. The Conquest of Navarre would take in 1512, while the Kingdom of Portugal was also ruled by the Hapsburg Dynasty between 1580 and 1640.

In the early modern period, Spain ruled one of the largest empires in history which was also one of the first global empires, leaving a large cultural and linguistic legacy that includes over 570 million Hispanophones, making Spanish the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese. During the Golden Age there were also many advancements in the arts, with the rise of renowned painters such as Diego Velázquez. The most famous Spanish literary work, Don Quixote, was also published during the Golden Age. Spain hosts the world's third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Spain is a secular parliamentary democracy and a parliamentary monarchy, with King Felipe VI as head of state. It is a major developed country and a high income country, with the world's fourteenth-largest economy by nominal GDP and the sixteenth-largest by PPP. It is a member of the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the Eurozone, the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), the Union for the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Schengen Area, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and many other international organisations. While not an official member, Spain has a "Permanent Invitation" to the G20 summits, participating in every summit, which makes Spain a de facto member of the group." Wikipedia






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Cartagena

A wonderful marina and a super interesting town with something going on all the time, a great place to stay for a week or more and explore.

Lanzarote Island

A very windy desert/moon like landscape with wide sandy beaches and a large national park around the volcano.

Bayona/Baiona

A cool old fort to walk around and look out over the beautiful sandy bay views. Stopped off for some goose barnacles. Recommend a stroll around the coastal walks.

A Coruna

Busy with many boats stopping over before heading off to The Canaries via Maderia. Nice place to be for a couple of days. Lots of expensive boats and lots of activity.

San Sebastian/Donostia

Lots of bars, cafes and tapas places. Beautiful coastline, best seen from the super interesting fort, or one of the roof top bars.

Fuenterrabia/Hondarribia

Moored up at the marina and took a walk around the old pretty walled city, very interesting.

Cadaques

A welcome arrival and no problem to get a mooring. A great little gem of a town and bay to visit.

Badalona

A good place to stop for a couple of days and take the fast train into Barcelona.

Cabrera Island

We were unable to get an overnight mooring buoy even though we had booked online. We had to leave at sunset. Unfortunately all the forms were in Spanish.





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Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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Punta de Cala Pi
1 . Punta de Cala Pi

A small beautiful natural channel between tall cliffs with a beach head.

Portchico
2 . Portchico

A small harbour on the western bank of the tidal Rego de Foz. Close to a large sandy beach and close to the bars and restaurants.

Foz Port
3 . Foz Port

A small harbour on the western bank of the Rego de Foz a short walk north into the town for shops and restaurants. Basic facilities.

Burela Port
4 . Burela Port

A large fishing port with a couple of pontoons for local boats.

Portocelo Anchorage
5 . Portocelo Anchorage

A natural sandy drying harbour up a narrow rocky channel in a isolated rural setting.

O Vicedo Port
6 . O Vicedo Port

A small fishing harbour with three pontoons for local boats north of a sandy anchorage that leads to the village supermarket and a couple of restaurants.

Barqueiro Harbour
7 . Barqueiro Harbour

A small fishing harbour with a single pontoon for local boats on the western bank of the sandy Sor Manon river.

Espasante Harbour
8 . Espasante Harbour

A partially drying harbour with a field of buoys for nose-to-tail mooring, found north of a wide sandy beach. A short 15min walk east to bars and restaurants in town. Supermarket 15min further south.

Carino Harbour
9 . Carino Harbour

A field of buoys and a long single pontoon for local boats inside a large commercial/fishing harbour wall. Walk 10min north to the first restaurant and around the bay for others and a supermarket. ...

Cedeira Harbour
10 . Cedeira Harbour

A large harbour with a field of buoys and a quayside for fishing boats. A 30min walk east into town for shops and restaurants.

Ferrol Harbour
11 . Ferrol Harbour

A local harbour amid the commercial port.

Caranza Pontoons
12 . Caranza Pontoons

Four pontoons on a solid concrete jetty ramp providing shore access to the nearby hospital. taxi ride into Ferrol or a long walk. No local facilities.

La Grana Pontoons
13 . La Grana Pontoons

Four pontoons on the western bank of the gulf overlooking the large commercial port of Ferrol. Small number of shops and restaurants nearby. Taxi ride into Ferrol.

Ares Marina
14 . Ares Marina

A partially sheltered marina in the Gulf de Ares with four long crowded pontoons with basic facilities. Marina restaurant and a 20min walk west and around the sandy bay to supermarket and more rest...

Sada Marina
15 . Sada Marina

A large marina on the western bank of the Ria de Bentanzos with some long-stay moorings and a dry-dock for wintering. Several bars and shops nearby. Supermarket next to marina south.

Marina Real Coruna.
16 . Marina Real Coruna.

A well sheltered marina with good facilities close to the town centre. Many shops and restaurants nearby, supermarket 20min walk north-west.

Marina Coruna
17 . Marina Coruna

A large under-utilised marina near the entrance to the port and close to the hospital. A short 15min walk west into the old town. Supermarket 40min walk.

Marina Seca
18 . Marina Seca

Five long pontoons inside a large fishing harbour and boatyard with dry-dock. 25min walk north-west to shops and supermarket.

Malpica Harbour
19 . Malpica Harbour

A fishing harbour with a small field of nose-to-tail buoys outside the inner old harbour. Bars and restaurants around the old harbour.

Corme Harbour
20 . Corme Harbour

A fishing harbour behind a large solid breakwater. Two small pontoons for local boats. 15min walk to the pretty town with a few shops and restaurants.

Camarinas Harbour
21 . Camarinas Harbour

Three small pontoons in a fishing harbour. 2omin walk north to top of harbour to find shops, restaurants and a supermarket.

Muxia Marina
22 . Muxia Marina

A largely unoccupied marina inside a harbour with good access to restaurants and bars nearby. Limited facilities.

Fisterra Harbour
23 . Fisterra Harbour

A fishing harbour with a field of buoys near the entrance and four pontoons for local boats. Good access to town restaurants.

Corcubion Anchorage
24 . Corcubion Anchorage

A large concrete quayside with a small sheltered anchorage opposite an iron smelting plant with large commercial quay.

Muros Marina
25 . Muros Marina

A quiet marina in the Ria de Muros gulf within a pretty town with many bars and restaurants. Supermarket due south of marina. Basic facilities.

Santa Uxia de Ribeira Marina
26 . Santa Uxia de Ribeira Marina

A busy fishing harbour with six pontoons for local boats.

Ribeira Marina
27 . Ribeira Marina

Three pontoons within a small harbour providing basic facilities, and access to town and a handful of restaurants.

Palmeira Harbour
28 . Palmeira Harbour

A small fishing harbour.

Caraminal Marina
29 . Caraminal Marina

A marina on the western bank of the Arousa gulf within the commercial port with good access to restaurants and shops. Supermarket 20min walk south.

Cabo de Cruz Harbour
30 . Cabo de Cruz Harbour

A fishing harbour with two sets of pontoons. Buoy mooring for fishing vessels. Basic facilities and close to restaurants and shops.

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Top Towns

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Cartagena
1 . Cartagena

Owing to its natural strategic harbour the city has a strong commercial and naval port. North of the city is agricultural land.

Fuenterrabia/Hondarribia
2 . Fuenterrabia/Hondarribia

Also known as Hondarribia on the north eastern coast of Spain bordering France. The town has a large marina and a sandy beach below the cliff edged cape.

Soller
3 . Soller
(Mallorca Island )

A picturesque coastal town on the north western coast of Mallorca nestled in the beautiful mountainous region with a mountain railway connecting to Palma!

Bayona/Baiona
4 . Bayona/Baiona

A popular touristic attraction close to Vigo with long sandy white beaches and a cluster of three marinas soon the inner side of the castle founded headland.

San Sebastian/Donostia
5 . San Sebastian/Donostia

A city on the northern coast of Spain close to the French border. Donostia San Sebastian is home to a large sandy beach set in a Cresent bay protected from the Atlantic swell by the eastern mound b...

Cadaques
6 . Cadaques

A stunning town on the south coast of Spain in a large natural harbour. It has the feel of a sea-side village with lots of history including Salivdor Dali.

Palma
7 . Palma
(Mallorca Island )

An historic city in the west coast of the balletic island of mallorca with an exciting mix of local restaurants and bars.

La Savina
8 . La Savina
(Formentera Island )

A well presented quayside town hosting the main ferry terminal to Ibiza.

A Coruna
9 . A Coruna

A densely populated historical and pretty city is constrained within a hammer head shaped outcrop and home to a busy port and three marinas. The city spreads inland westward into the hills.

Badalona
10 . Badalona

A fishing and boat building city a short distance north of Barcelona on the eastern coast of Spain popular for its' historic sights, beaches, and nightlife.

Espasante
11 . Espasante

On the eastern side of the bay toward the mouth of the river Ortigueira the small village hosts a wide sandy beach and a small harbour being a strong breakwater.

Carino
12 . Carino

Tucked in from the Atlantic facing south east this small town is home to a sandy beach bay with a breakwater providing further shelter. A single pontoon runs into the middle of the bay and provides...

Cedeira
13 . Cedeira

A tuna fishing town in the valley and tucked in behind the natural harbour. The sandy beach along the town extends out into the shallow bay overlooking the port.

Ferrol
14 . Ferrol

A busy city on the western end of Spains' northern coast. The city is found on the northern bank of the river Ferrol and is home to the navy and shipbuilding. Further inland beyond the industrial p...

Ares
15 . Ares

The town follows the east facing beach cove and is set on the soft sloping hills. The marina is at the southern end of the bay.

Sada
16 . Sada

On the western bank of the river Betanzos home to a coupe of sandy beaches and a large marina.

Ponteceso
17 . Ponteceso

A village on the north-west coast of Spain up the river Anllons.

Laxe
18 . Laxe

A village on the north-west cast of Spain tucked inside a sandy bay with a breakwater providing some shelter and access to the village.

Camarinas
19 . Camarinas

A small town on the north-west coast of Spain tucked inside of the cape. Home to a fishing harbour and a small number of pontoon moorings.

Mugia
20 . Mugia

Also known as Muxia the town is on a rugged outcrop of land between by the North Atlantic. Meanwhile nearby are several popular small sandy beaches. The town itself is home to a port and marina on ...

Fisterra/Finisterre
21 . Fisterra/Finisterre

A small fishing town on the 'Coast of Death' on the north-western coast of Spain. The harbour has a small number of pontoons and a collection of colourful fishing boats dry-docked behind the breakw...

Cee
22 . Cee

Found at the end of a deep bay in the valley of the hills beyond the large harbour and industrial iron factory. See has an unusual circular wall lined sandy beach, gardens and a hospital. Plenty of...

Muros
23 . Muros

Tucked in around the headland Muros is found east facing away from the Atlantic sea. The towns pretty buildings are built in the hillside above the harbour and marina.

Portosin
24 . Portosin

A fishing village on the north-western coast of Spain a short distance from Noia. The town has several fishing vessels along the inner quayside and a series of pontoons.

Noia
25 . Noia

A large town on the north-western coast of Spain a distance inside the Ria de Muros y Noya. The town is in accessible by yacht due to the bridge that spans the entrance to the bay, and as a result...

Porto do Son
26 . Porto do Son

A small pretty town on the western coast of Spain with a small harbour for local boats.

Ribeira
27 . Ribeira

Santa Uxia de Ribeira is on the western coast of Spain tucked inside the peninsula and Arosa bay. It is home to a sizeable fleet of tuna fishing vessels and a large number of restaurants a short di...

Alcudia
28 . Alcudia
(Mallorca Island )

A town on the northern side of Mallora with a large marina and a large beach area.

A Pobra do Caraminal
29 . A Pobra do Caraminal

Similar to neighbouring Ribeira this town is home to a large fleet of tuna fishing vessels. and a series of restaurants a short distance from the port and marina.

Rianxo
30 . Rianxo

A small town a long way up the Arousa bay with a sandy beach on one corner and an harbour on the other.

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