Top 10 Catalonia cruising grounds, marinas and anchorages

Stray beyond Barcelona and you’ll find that Catalonia has some delightful spots for the adventurous boater hoping to make the most out of the Med

  1. Torredembarra to Port Segur

You enter the perfectly sheltered marina of Torredembarra just east of Punta de la Galera, a pronounced headland ending in a tall white lighthouse on a rocky spur (pictured below).

The basin is tucked beneath low sandstone cliffs and gentle wooded slopes dotted with villas, one of the finest, most relaxing settings on the Costa Dorada.

Torredembarra lighthouse

Torredembarra lighthouse – Picture: Sergio Morchon

East of the marina is a mouth-watering beach whose shallow water gleams a luxurious turquoise. The harbour promenade has plenty of cafés and bistros, but my favourite restaurant is El Capitan, north of the marina behind the beach.

A dozen miles further east, Port Segur is a more glitzy marina built out from the beach at Calafell. You approach from the south-west between two curved breakwaters and the reception berth is just inside.

Behind the inner basin are wide promenades with cafés and a restaurant. The marina services are comprehensive and Port Segur is a safe and practical place to leave a boat for a while, only 50km from Barcelona airport.

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