Spain - Sailing the Spanish Mainland

There are two specific areas of the Spanish mainland that present interesting sailing options; Costa Brava with Barcelona and further south Costa Blanca.

One of the most charming areas of the Mediterranean coast, Costa Brava is a rugged coast line scattered with small coves and beaches.

Facilities in this area are excellent with several modern marinas located between 5 and 15 miles apart.

Costa Brava and the Costa Vermella landscapes are home to friendly people, excellent local cuisine and numerous places to visit.

Costa Brava is only a short sail from the top travel destination of Barcelona. This cosmopolitan city year after year continues to top the popularity polls.

From the highlife of Las Ramblas to the sights such as the city's famous football stadium, sleek boutiques and famous cathedrals, extraordinary architecture, beautiful 19th-century facades, and sleek retreats - Barcelona has it all.

A yacht charter in this area seamlessly blends sightseeing and sailing.

The Costa Blanca is the coastline that stretches 170 miles along Spain's east coast centred on Alicante and running from Valencia in the north to La Manga in the south.

With hundreds of beautiful beaches, historic cities and small coastal villages this region has much to offer. You will find a wide range of bars, restaurants and leisure activities available, particularly in the resort areas.

A blend of modern facilities and seafaring tradition this unique cruising area is only a short distance from the Balearic Islands providing numerous options for the perfect charter holiday.

» Easily accessible (Direct flights from Europe)
» Varied and interesting sailing areas
» Combine with a city stay
» Sailing and sighseeing

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Spain

Spain's climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. The best months are from April to October, although July and August can be excessively hot throughout the country except the coastal regions.

The Costa Brava receives a Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers and mild, winters. Costa Brava is Spain’s northernmost east coast in the region of Catalunya. It’s position means it is cooler and wetter than the rest of Spain’s Costas which is in fact preferable in the summer. Inland from the coast the Pyrenees Mountains rise. These protect the coast by trapping wet weather coming over from the west, but also send the cool tramuntana winds down into the lowlands and coastal plain.

This region is subject to many conflicting weather systems coming over from the Atlantic, Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean Sea and as such can be very unpredictable. Conditions can alter considerably from year to year. The mountainous topography creates regional variation in weather conditions. Many bays have microclimates depending on the direction they face and areas of higher altitude experience cooler, wetter conditions year round.

Costa Brava translates as “wild coast”. This name reflects the handsome, rugged landscape and its windy, changeable weather. It is home to many of Spain’s most popular seaside getaways including Blanes, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar, Calella and Santa Susanna. There are a many smaller, more traditionally Spanish seaside towns spread along the coast.


Average Conditions - Costa Brava:


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature ( C )

13

14

16

18

21

25

28

28

25

21

16

13

Low Temperature ( C )

6

7

9

11

14

18

21

21

19

15

11

8

Precipitation (mm)

55

48

58

63

68

48

31

57

69

94

69

58

Average Sunshine Hours

5

5

6

7

8

9

8

6

6

6

5

5


Current Forecast:

Costa Brava
Day Min Max Wind Weather
Wed
22nd
10°C 20°C
SSW

9 kts

Thu
23rd
10°C 20°C
E

2 kts

Fri
24th
14°C 21°C
SW

8 kts

Sat
25th
10°C 18°C
E

4 kts

Sun
26th
7°C 14°C
NNE

5 kts

General Information

Flights to Spain
The national airline is IBERIA (IB) (www.iberia.com).

Flight Times:
From London to Barcelona is 2 hours; to Madrid is 2 hours 20 minutes and to Málaga is 2 hours 45 minutes. From New York to Madrid is 8 hours 35 minutes.

Departure Tax:
None.

Travel by road
The main route from the UK is via France.

The main motorways to Spain from France are via Bordeaux or Toulouse to San Sebastián (northern Spain) and via Marseille or Toulouse to Barcelona (eastern Spain).

Passports:
Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all nationals except EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.

Note: EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU Member State. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. Passports held by EU nationals need only be valid upon entry to and exit from Spain. Possession of a return ticket, any length of validity on their document, sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit should not be imposed. Spain is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.

Visas:
Not required by nationals of EU countries regardless of purpose and/or length of stay.

ATM:
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard/Cirrus and Visa/Plus are accepted in nearly all ATMs, which are common throughout the country.

Banking hours:
Generally Mon-Fri 0830-1400. Some branches open Saturdays too, from October to April.

Credit cards:
MasterCard/Cirrus and Visa/Plus are accepted in nearly all ATMs, which are common throughout the country.

Currency information:
Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents (céntimos). Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Currency restrictions:
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.

Travellers cheques:
Traveller's cheques are disappearing from use fast, and it's far more convenient to travel with cards these days. Nevertheless, you can still change them in main bank branches and exchange bureaux, and they are accepted in major hotels.

Language:
The principal language is Spanish (Castilian or castellano). Euskera (Basque) in the northeast, Catalan (in the east, with variations spoken in Valencia and The Balearics), Galician (in the northwest) and other regional dialects are also spoken.

Internet:
Internet cafés are available in most urban areas, and wireless access is widespread in cafés and hotels.

Mobile telephone:
Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Spanish mobile numbers begin with 6.

Telephone:
Emergency calls: 112. Area codes are incorporated within a nine digit number dialled from wherever you are.

 

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