Destination: Port Ginesta, Spain

by • November 24, 2017 • Destinations, olderComments Off134

This large leisure harbour in Catalonia has the benefit of being only 10 miles from Barcelona’s busy international airport, but is a quieter destination than the city. The marina has capacity for more than 1,400 yachts from 7-24 metres in length, as well as the potential to accommodate larger vessels by arrangement. Pricing is competitive, at less than half the rate charged by many marinas in the Balearics, even though Mallorca is less than 90 miles away by sea.

Around 60 marine businesses are based in the port, collectively covering all aspects of yacht maintenance and repair, from cleaning to major refits and marine engineering to sail repairs. The marina’s own facilities include 6,500 square metres of outdoor boatyard space, plus 1,500 square metres of covered workshops, a 200 square metre paint shop and a 75 ton lifting crane. There’s also 24-hour security.

A dozen bars and restaurants, catering for all tastes from seafood to vegan, plus a couple of small supermarkets are located within the marina complex. Right next to the marina is an extensive five-kilometre long sandy beach, which is popular with both bathers and a wide range of watersports enthusiasts. The centre of the bustling resort town of Castelldefels is only a couple of miles away. This has a year-round population of 65,000 people and offers a wider range of restaurants, quality shopping and cultural attractions

Port Ginesta is also a great place from which to visit the many attractions of Barcelona, thanks to a regular rail service that takes less than half an hour. The port is also in the 13,000-hectare Natural Park of the Garraf Massif, which offers excellent walking, cycling and nature watching.

The port of Soller on Mallorca’s rugged north-west coast is 94 miles away, while Isla Dragonera and Porto d’Andraitx, on the island’s west coast are 105 miles, and Palma 124 miles. Closer to Port Ginesta are 14 ports in Catalonia within just 40 miles, while Gibraltar is 505 miles distant and the French city of Marseilles 195 miles.


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