Spain

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Spain, on Europe's Iberian Peninsula, is really 17 autonomous regions, each with its own geography and culture. Spain has both a North Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline. The rocky Atlantic coast has many fishing ports and not many yacht harbours and is frequented by large and powerful swells. La Coruna, Bayone and Puerto Sherry are three of the most popular harbours for yachts on the Atlantic coast. The Mediterranean coastline is more gentle and forgiving and home to many popular marinas including Almerimar and Palma de Mallorca.




"Spain (Spanish: España, [esˈpaɲa] (listen)), formally the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España), is a country in Southwestern Europe with some pockets of territory in the Mediterranean Sea, offshore in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Strait of Gibraltar. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula, and its insular territory includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, several small islands in the Alboran Sea and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The Spanish territory also includes the African semi-exclaves of Ceuta, Melilla and Peñon de Vélez across the Strait of Gibraltar. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea; to the north by France, Andorra and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west 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 the fourth-largest country by area on the European continent. With a population exceeding 47.3 million, Spain is the sixth-most populous country in Europe, and the fourth-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, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Bilbao.

Anatomically modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 42,000 years ago. The first cultures and peoples that developed in current Spanish territory were Pre-Roman peoples such as the ancient Iberians, Celts, Celtiberians, Vascones, Turdetani and Occitans. Later, foreign Mediterranean peoples such as the Phoenicians and ancient Greeks developed coastal trading colonies, and the Carthaginians briefly controlled part of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline. From the year 218 BC, with the taking of the city of Ampurias, the Roman colonization of Hispania began and, with the exception of the Atlantic cornice, they quickly controlled the territory of present-day Spain. The Romans had driven the Carthaginians out of the Iberian peninsula by 206 BC, and divided it into two administrative provinces, Hispania Ulterior and Hispania Citerior. The Romans laid the foundations for modern Spanish culture and identity, and was the birthplace of important Roman emperors such as Trajan, Hadrian or Theodosius I.

Spain remained under Roman rule until the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the fourth century, which ushered in Germanic tribal confederations from Central and Northern Europe. During this period, present-day Spain was divided between different Germanic powers, including the Suevi, Alans, Vandals and Visigoths, the latter maintaining an alliance with Rome via foedus, while part of Southern Spain belonged to the Byzantine Empire. Eventually, the Visigoths emerged as the dominant faction by the fifth century, with the Visigothic Kingdom spanning the vast majority of the Iberian Peninsula, and established its capital in what is now the city of Toledo. The creation of the code of laws Liber Iudiciorum by the King Recceswinth during the Visigothic period deeply influenced the structural and legal bases of Spain and the survival of Roman Law after the fall of the Roman Empire.

In the early eighth century, the Visigothic Kingdom was invaded by the Umayyad Caliphate, ushering in over 700 years of Muslim rule in Southern Iberia. During this period, Al-Andalus became a major economic and intellectual center, with the city of Córdoba being among the largest and richest in Europe. Several Christian kingdoms emerged in the northern periphery of Iberia, chief among them León, Castile, Aragón, Portugal, and Navarre. Over the next seven centuries, an intermittent southward expansion of these kingdoms—metahistorically framed as a reconquest, or Reconquista—culminated with the Christian seizure of the last Muslim polity, the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, and the control of all Iberia by the Christian kingdoms in 1492. That same year, Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World on behalf of the Catholic Monarchs, whose dynastic union of the Crown of Castile and the Crown of Aragon is usually considered the emergent Spain as a unified country. During the centuries after the Reconquista, the Christian kings of Spain persecuted and expelled ethnic and religious minorities such as Jews and Muslims through the Spanish Inquisition.

From the 16th until the early 19th century, Spain ruled one of the largest empires in history, which was among the first global empires; its immense cultural and linguistic legacy includes over 570 million Hispanophones, making Spanish the world's second-most spoken native language. Spain hosts the world's third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Spain is a secular parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with King Felipe VI as head of state. It is a highly developed country and a high income country, with the world's fourteenth-largest economy by nominal GDP and the sixteenth-largest by PPP. Spain has one of the longest life expectancies in the world. Spain 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 it a de facto member of the group." Wikipedia






Latest Reviews

Cabrera Island
4.3

A beautiful historic island with a dark past worth a night stop over. Not a huge amount to do but still super pretty.

Cala'n Porter
4.9

We found a music bar set into a mountain cave overlooking the sea and sunset and loved the atmosphere. Spent the morning swimming in the bay to clear our heads before setting off for Mahon.

Cala'n Porter
4.8

A stunning blue water location to anchor with an elevated coastal view of the horizon and sunset. Got lost following a random track along the coast but found some amazing views.

Ciutadella de Menorca
4.7

Lots to do and friendly locals. We had so much fun here. Will definitely come back.

Cadiz
4.7

A pleasant stop over to shelter from the high winds for a few days. Interesting and pretty town worth a visit.

Tomas Maestre Marina
4.0

A great marina, Manny’s bar is well worth a visit!

La Manga Dos Mares Marina
4.2

Brad at the yacht services was very helpful. The water in the inner sea is a bit murky.

Cartagena
5.0

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
4.5

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





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Top facilities

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Endeavour Sailing
1 . Endeavour Sailing
0.0

At Endeavour Sailing we want to ensure that all our clients achieve their goals, have a fantastic time, return and recommend us to friends. It is our commitment to you, to ensure that you are on...

Lava Charter
2 . Lava Charter
0.0

Our Team could not be more different. This is not only fun, but is above all the foundation for efficiency and team spirit. You can find everything at LAVA CHARTER except strict hierarchy. Each tea...

Canary Sail
3 . Canary Sail
0.0

With 15 years experience in the Canaries, we can offer an unrivalled range of RYA Tidal practical and theory sailing courses in the exquisite waters of the Western Canary Islands. We also have sail...

Canary Sail
4 . Canary Sail
0.0

With 15 years experience in the Canaries, we can offer an unrivalled range of RYA Tidal practical and theory sailing courses in the exquisite waters of the Western Canary Islands. We also have sail...

Yachting Soto Grande
5 . Yachting Soto Grande
0.0

Yachting Sotogrande was created in 2002 by Simon Thompson who is the founder of the company and Principal of the RYA Training Centre. Sotogrande Marina was chosen for our Yachting Centre due to it...

Menorca Cruising
6 . Menorca Cruising
0.0

Menorca Cruising has a long history going back to 1994 when it was established as the first RYA sailing school in the Mediterranean. Mahon harbour offered the perfect location for teaching begin...





Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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Punta de Cala Pi
1 . Punta de Cala Pi
3.5

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

La Manga Dos Mares Marina
2 . La Manga Dos Mares Marina
3.4

Tomas Maestre Marina
3 . Tomas Maestre Marina
3.3

Duquesa Marina
4 . Duquesa Marina
0.0

A small pretty marina with many facilities and nearby shops, supermarket, and restaurants.

Puerto De Almerimar Marina
5 . Puerto De Almerimar Marina
0.0

A large and practical marina on the southern coast fo Spain offering wintering dock yard. Supermarket and restaurants close by.

Molla Kirol Marina
6 . Molla Kirol Marina
0.0

A small marina up a small channel alongside the airport runway mostly motor boats in an unsecured location.

La Concha Bay
7 . La Concha Bay
0.0

A large and busy blue-water sandy beach bay with some partial shelter by the Isla Santa Clara. Two fields of buoys on the east and west of the bay.

Donostia San-Sebastian Marina
8 . Donostia San-Sebastian Marina
0.0

A small and busy old-town harbour under the hill-top Motto Gaztelua citadel and with good access to the very popular old-town full of restaurants. Largely occupied by local boats.

Ria de Orio Marina
9 . Ria de Orio Marina
0.0

A marina on the eastern bank of the Oria river opposite a small sandy beach and before the motorway bridge.

Getaria Marina
10 . Getaria Marina
0.0

A fishing port with five busy pontoons towards the southern side of the harbour. Several nose to tail buoys outside the harbour.

Marina Urola Marina
11 . Marina Urola Marina
0.0

A marina on the eastern bank of the Urola river with a couple of local restaurants but a good walk south across the bridge then east to the pretty town centre. Supermarket due south 20min walk.

Mutriku Marina
12 . Mutriku Marina
0.0

A small marina behind a double solid breakwater with seven pontoons in a pretty location with good access to the small town. Several restaurants close by and supermarket a short distance south-west.

Lekeitio Harbour
13 . Lekeitio Harbour
0.0

A busy harbour with buoys used by local boats and fishing vessels with restricted mooring for visiting yachts and limited facilities. Many restaurants, shops and a supermarket around the harbour.

Elantxobe Harbour
14 . Elantxobe Harbour
0.0

A partially drying harbour with nose-to-tail buoys in a picturesque setting close to the small town offering a couple of restaurants and a supermarket. Limited facilities and limited spaces for vis...

Bermeo Marina
15 . Bermeo Marina
0.0

A marina packed with local boats. A small jetty and a small field of buoys outside the marina. Fishing boats in main port and along southern quayside. If a mooring can be found then the town around...

Getxo Marina
16 . Getxo Marina
0.0

A large marina on the eastern side of the large harbour with ten long pontoons giving good access to the marina facilities, restaurants and sandy beach. The immediate town is residential with a few...

Santurtzi Port Marina
17 . Santurtzi Port Marina
0.0

A fishing port on the western bank of the large harbour.

Las Arenas Marina
18 . Las Arenas Marina
0.0

A small packed marina on the eastern side of the estuary and harbour with close access to Las Arenas area of Getxo with many restaurants and shops.

Castro-Urdiales Harbour
19 . Castro-Urdiales Harbour
0.0

A large field of buoys in the outer harbour leading to a smaller inner harbour for local fishing boats. Some boats anchored near harbour entrance. Shops, restaurants in town with supermarket 10min ...

Laredo Marina
20 . Laredo Marina
0.0

A large marina under the hill-top fort on the eastern side of the wide sandy beach. Seven long pontoons leading to a smaller harbour for local boats. Shops and restaurants found a short 15min walk ...

Santona Marina
21 . Santona Marina
0.0

A large crowded marina on the west of the town near the bull ring and south promenade. A 20min walk into the centre of town to find shops, restaurants and a supermarket.

Colindres Port Marina
22 . Colindres Port Marina
0.0

A small fishing port up the river Treto on the eastern bank.

Darsena de Molnedo Marina
23 . Darsena de Molnedo Marina
0.0

A smart busy marina very close to the centre of Santander with eleven pontoons on the outer wall and nineteen smaller pontoons for local boats alongside the promenade. Good access to a large number...

Santander Marina
24 . Santander Marina
0.0

A large isolated marina near the end of the airport runway. A handful of restaurants and a taxi journey into Santander through the commercial and industrial zones.

Pedrena Marina
25 . Pedrena Marina
0.0

A small marina with six pontoons at the apex of the Cubas river near a residential area and a golf club. Limited facilities.

Barquera Harbour
26 . Barquera Harbour
0.0

A small harbour for local boats opposite the fishing port.

Ribadesella Marina
27 . Ribadesella Marina
0.0

A small marina on the western bank of the Sella river with five pontoons with access to the sandy Santa Marina beach. A walk east over the bridge to the eastern bank and restaurants. Supermarket cl...

Lastres Harbour
28 . Lastres Harbour
0.0

A shallow fishing port with six pontoons for local boats only. Yachts are seen mooring on the inside of the harbour wall near the entrance where the water is deepest. AA short walk south to the pre...

Gijon Marina
29 . Gijon Marina
0.0

Nineteen short pontoons inside the local harbour between the sandy Poniente beach and the town on the rocky headland. Many shops and restaurants around the marina and supermarkets within 10min walk.

Marina Yates Marina
30 . Marina Yates Marina
0.0

A small marina within the commercial port on the western side of the bay. One restaurant at the marina, no other nearby facilities and a 30min walk to shops, supermarket, and restaurants.

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Top Towns

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Cala'n Porter
1 . Cala'n Porter
(Minorca Island )
4.1

A popular village on the south coast of Minorca with a long narrow cove leading to a small square sandy beach.

Fuenterrabia/Hondarribia
2 . Fuenterrabia/Hondarribia
3.8

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.

Cartagena
3 . Cartagena
3.8

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

Soller
4 . Soller
(Mallorca Island )
3.7

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

San Sebastian/Donostia
5 . San Sebastian/Donostia
3.7

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...

Bayona/Baiona
6 . Bayona/Baiona
3.7

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.

Cadiz
7 . Cadiz
3.6

A landlocked historical city on the southern coast of Spain and home to the Spainish navy. The attractive old town is found towards the North-western tip of the city facing off to the large port to...

Ciutadella de Menorca
8 . Ciutadella de Menorca
(Minorca Island )
3.6

A large pretty town on the rocky western coast of Minorca island with two small marinas and a commercial ferry port.

San Javier
9 . San Javier
3.6

A small town set back from the coast by a large inner lagoon is home to the international airport.

Cadaques
10 . Cadaques
3.5

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
11 . Palma
(Mallorca Island )
3.4

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

La Savina
12 . La Savina
(Formentera Island )
3.2

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

A Coruna
13 . A Coruna
3.0

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
14 . Badalona
2.6

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.

Alcudia
15 . Alcudia
(Mallorca Island )
0.0

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

Ibiza
16 . Ibiza
(Ibiza Island )
0.0

The main town on the island with a picturesque old town and a port side quay full of mega yachts from the super rich who want to be seen.

Errenteria
17 . Errenteria
0.0

Set back from the lush green hills through the Ria de Pasaia. Errenteria is a town of multi-storey buildings and an industrial harbour.

Pasaia/Pasajes
18 . Pasaia/Pasajes
0.0

A town on the northern coast of Spain to the east of San Sebastian hidden from the sea by a series of lush hills. The town offers a series of tidal moorings and a marina.

Orio
19 . Orio
0.0

A quiet fishing village in the Basque region close to the mouth of the river Oria and home to a medium marina set among picturesque green hills.

Zarautz
20 . Zarautz
0.0

A popular tourist coastal town with a long sandy beach on the northern coast of Spain.

Getaria/Guetaria
21 . Getaria/Guetaria
0.0

A short distance to the west of Zarautz this small town is home to a port and marina and provides a good selection of fish restaurants. The town is sheltered from the northern Atlantic by the San A...

Zumaia/Zumaya
22 . Zumaia/Zumaya
0.0

A small town on the northern coast of Spain with a deep sandy beach at the mouth of the river Urola. A large marina is found a short distance along the river opposite the main town.

Mutriku
23 . Mutriku
0.0

Also known as Motrico this colourful town is nestled into the foot of a narrow bay within which a harbour is found. The surrounding hillside creates a dramatic backdrop.

Ondarroa
24 . Ondarroa
0.0

Inaccessible to yachts due to the low bridge Ondarroa is a small town on the northern coast of Spain and a short distance up the river.

Lekeitio/Lequeitio
25 . Lekeitio/Lequeitio
0.0

A town on the northern coast of Spain in the Basque Country set in a green hillside and home to a large fishing fleet and a harbour beside the beach.

Elantxobe/Elanchove
26 . Elantxobe/Elanchove
0.0

A small village tucked in behind a cape on the northern coast of Spain and home to a harbour. On the opposite side of the neck of the cape is a popular beach.

Bermeo
27 . Bermeo
0.0

A town on the northern coast of Spain and home to a large fleet of fishing vessels on the southern shore of the approach and a local port/marina to the north with a quayside of restaurants.

Plentzia
28 . Plentzia
0.0

A small tourist upmarket town outside Bilbao with a deep sandy beach inside a well protected natural bay.

Bilbao
29 . Bilbao
0.0

Bilbao is an artistic architectural town following the estuary and river between the hills. The main town is some way up the river at a dog leg. At the river mouth there is a ferry terminal to Port...

Castro-Urdiales
30 . Castro-Urdiales
0.0

A touristic seaside town to the east of Bilbao with a castle and church between the popular beach and the sardine and anchovie harbour.

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