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 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 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 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, 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. One of them, the Visigoths, would forcibly integrate all remaining independent territories in the peninsula, including the Byzantine province of Spania, into the Visigothic Kingdom.

In the early eighth century the Visigothic Kingdom was conquered by the Umayyad Islamic Caliphate. 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 to be the point of emergence of Spain as unified country. The Conquest of Navarre occurred 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, spawning 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. 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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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.


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.


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


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


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.

2 . Duquesa

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

Puerto De Almerimar
3 . Puerto De Almerimar

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

Molla Kirol
4 . Molla Kirol

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

La Concha Bay
5 . La Concha Bay

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
6 . Donostia San-Sebastian

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
7 . Ria de Orio

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

8 . Getaria

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

Marina Urola
9 . Marina Urola

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.

10 . Mutriku

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.

11 . Lekeitio

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.

12 . Elantxobe

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...

13 . Bermeo

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...

14 . Getxo

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
15 . Santurtzi Port

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

Las Arenas
16 . Las Arenas

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.

17 . Castro-Urdiales

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 ...

18 . Laredo

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 ...

19 . Santona

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
20 . Colindres Port

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

Darsena de Molnedo
21 . Darsena de Molnedo

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...

22 . Santander

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.

23 . Pedrena

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

24 . Barquera

A small harbour for local boats opposite the fishing port.

25 . Ribadesella

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...

26 . Lastres

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...

27 . Gijon

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
28 . Marina Yates

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.

29 . Candas

Five small pontoons on the inside of the harbour wall leading to a small inner harbour for local boats. Basic facilities. Restaurants nearby. Supermarket 30min walk.

30 . Luanco

A solid harbour with two pontoons for local boats and two small pontoons and a jetty for visiting yachts on the inside of the outer wall. Limited facilities, 40min walk south to restaurants and a f...

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Top Towns

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1 . 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.

2 . Cartagena

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

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!

San Sebastian/Donostia
4 . 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...

5 . 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.

6 . 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.

7 . 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.

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.

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.

11 . Alcudia
(Mallorca Island )

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

12 . Ibiza
(Ibiza Island )

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.

13 . Errenteria

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

14 . Pasaia/Pasajes

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.

15 . Orio

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.

16 . Zarautz

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

17 . Getaria/Guetaria

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...

18 . Zumaia/Zumaya

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.

19 . Mutriku

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.

20 . Ondarroa

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.

21 . Lekeitio/Lequeitio

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.

22 . Elantxobe/Elanchove

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.

23 . Bermeo

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.

24 . Plentzia

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

25 . Bilbao

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...

26 . Castro-Urdiales

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

27 . Laredo

Laredo is an historic town on a plateau at the mouth of the river Treto with a long sandy beach stretching between the headland of Santonia and the south eastern hills. The town winds around the b...

28 . Santona

A small town shadowed by Mount Buciero over looking Laredo to its south.

29 . Santander

A large historic port city in northern Spain with ferries to Portsmouth and Plymouth. In the summer the beach is crowded with tourists enjoying the safe warm waters. Within the bay on the city side...

30 . Suances

A town on the northern coast of Spain close to Santander. The town is home to a large beach at the mouth of the river San Martin de la Arena.

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