Sailing Area Spanish Mediterranean coast - from the Costa Brava to the Costa del Sol

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Spain Mediterranean Coast

The Spanish Mediterranean coast is a very easy spot and with it suitable for sailing beginners.

  • Easy sailing area
  • Good infrastructure
  • A variety of coastal
  • Many idyllic bays
  • Easy navigation

Spain's Mediterranean coastline extends over 1,700 km from the French border in the north to Tarifa on the Straits of Gibraltar in the south. The coastline is very diverse and has a variety of landscapes. There are cliffs and sandy beaches, fertile farmlands, craggy mountains, olive groves and rocky coves. Each of the coastal regions has its own unique character. The north-eastern part of the Spanish Mediterranean coast is the Costa Brava. The 220 km long "Wild Coast" is steep and often rugged, with numerous picturesque bays, headlands and beaches. Many of the bays can only be reached by boat, such as: in the area of the Cap de Begur Cadaques, the peninsula with the Cap de Creus and the area between Tossa de Mar and Sant Feliu de Guixols. The Costa Dorada or "Gold Coast" runs between Cunit and Alcanar and has many long, sandy beaches. It is definately worth visiting the Catalonian capital of Barcelona. Further south is the Costa del Azahar which includes the coastal area around Valencia. Because of the many orange groves in the region, it is named the "Orange Blossom Coast".

Located between Denia and Pilar de la Horadada is the Costa Blanca, or the "White Coast"m which also has many beautiful sandy beaches. The city of Alicante has a beautiful port and old town and is an interesting stop. In addition, a sailing trip to the Balearic Islands is recommended. The route to Ibiza or Formentera can be done in a day or overnight trip. The southernmost part of the Spanish coast is the Costa del Sol, or "Sun Coast". The subtropical climate and the Moorish influences in the area will make you realise its close proximity to Africa. There are many opportunities for Yachtcharter in the Spanish Mediterranean all along the coast, Barcelona being the hotspot.

The Spanish Mediterranean coast can be divided roughly into three charter areas: the region of Barcelona in the north, the coasts of Valencia and Alicante in the middle, and the area around Malaga and Marbella in the south. The infrastructure is good for sailing. Marinas are comfortable and evenly distributed along the coast. In addition to the marinas, there are many sheltered bays and small fishing ports. However, the availability of charter yachts in comparison to the Spanish Islands is quite small.

Harbors and marinas in the sailing area Spanish Mediterranean coast 

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  • Port Mataró, Costa Maresme harbor
  • Denia harbor
  • Olympic Port

Airports nearby Spain Mediterranean Coast

  • Airport Girona – Costa Brava to Palamos: 43,1 km, 48 minutes
  • Airport Girona – Costa Brava to L`Escala, Costa Brava: 56,9 km, 52 minutes
  • Airport Barcelona to Port Mataró, Costa Maresme harbor: 46,6 km, 42 minutes
  • Airport Barcelona to Olympic Port: 16,2 km, 19 minutes
  • Airport Valencia to Denia harbor: 117 km, 1 hour and 38 minutes
  • Airport Valencia to Valencia: 17,3 km, 22 minutes
  • Airport Gibraltar to La Linea de la Concepcion: 2,2 km, 4 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Spain Mediterranean Coast

The sailing area is fairly straightforward and easy to navigate. There are few offshore islands and the coastline is uncomplicated. The area is sufficiently buoyed and the few shoals are marked. Tides and currents have little influence. However, the Strait of Gibraltar is an exception due to the nozzle effect here. There is also a lot of shipping traffic that adds to the stressful conditions. Because of the winds Tarifa is a popular windsurfing spot, and only experienced crews should attempt sailing in the Strait.