Aguadulce Marina, S Spain, 36°48.80N 002°33.59W (May/June 2011)

The entrance is possibly difficult in strong SE'ly winds (but are there any in this part of the Med?). In summer swimming buoys right to the entrance. VHF Ch 9, English spoken. The reception pontoon immediately to the left is a high straight quay. The marinero will hand you mooring lines (they were rather short for us). The office is in the tower. Friendly and helpful office staff, English spoken. Moorings bow or stern to concrete quays at a convenient height. Most berths have 2 mooring lines. Some traffic noise from the road above, reflected by the steep rocks. Some disco noice in the weekends.


We found no free wifi but there is wifi-access at the Heart Break Hotel. Saw one internetcafe past Mercadona. You can buy wifi-hours/days in the marina office by Delfynet, the more you buy the cheaper it gets.

No washing machines, but a laundry place up the main road.

Shopping: small supermarket nearby, two El Arbols a bit further on to the left on the mainroad, Mercadona about 00:30 walk to the left, small indoor market some further up the hill. Plenty of other shops. See map provided by the office.

Chandlers: None in Aguadulce, but there are two in Almería on the waterfront and in Roquetas at the harbour, both easily reached by bus. Shopping centre Gran Plaza in Roquetas has a Leroy Merlin.

The fuel pontoon is around the corner from the reception pontoon.


Suitable for wintering? Hmmm, yes. Generally mild winter weather on this coast, much less windy than Almerimar, seems quite safe. Security may be not so good on the outer quay, but the other pontoons are accessed by a gate. The marineros do ride around regularly. Some 10 years ago it was a popular wintering place for liveaboards, but we've heard cruisers complain it has turned too “nice” and nowadays there aren't many. Lots of buses to several destinations. Big town and airfield Almería nearby. The nearby mountains look very inviting for walks.


Prices not much different from Almerimar or Cartagena, electricity and water included., prices ex IVA. Also here positive for us: 12x4m charge despite our 11.95x4.5m.

Aguadulce doesn't live up to its name: the tap water had a funny taste, even after using the filter jug.

There is a shipyard with a 50 and 70 ton travellift, slings for 10 ton each. We made use of it and were very satisfied with the professional way the boat was handled. The slings look quite tatty, but with 4 it felt safe. It is allowed to spend the night on board, and if you do your own work, the standing fee doubles. It is not a very clean place. Showers and toilets nicely nearby. Security okay, the gates are locked after working hours. Electricity and water is included, contrarily to what is stated on the website., prices ex IVA. 


Anchoring off the marina entrance is possible, but probably often subject to swell.