The first day of travel, departing from the port of Alicante, we intend to stay overnight at the Club de Regatas de Cartagena. This first crossing is about 60 nautical miles, which at an average speed of 5 knots will take about 13 hours. Sailing south, we will cover Santa Pola, Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja until we reach San Pedro del Pinatar, where we anchor to have lunch. San Pedro del Pinatar is one of the main tourist centers of the Murcia coast. Located between the Mar Menor and the Levante (East Spain), this destination is famous for its fishing tradition, its healing mud and its salt and sand. During the afternoon, we will visit the Mar Menor to Cabo de Palos. For a nautical route of a day or two, the Tomás Maestre port, in the Mar Menor, is about 8 hours from the port of Alicante. We arrive late at night to the Club de Regatas de Cartagena, hoping to have dinner in the beautiful club restaurant with viwes to the sea.
The second day of navigation goes to Garrucha, in the province of Almería. It will be about 11 hours of travel through a fantastic maritime environment, starting with the Sierra de la Muela, Cabo Tiñoso and Roldán, in Cartagena, with an incredible landscape to sail. After about 40 nautical miles of pure enjoyment of the sea, we will spend the night in the yacht club of Garrucha, a beautiful fishing village in which it is worth taking a walk.
The third day of the itinerary we want to reach the final destination, Aguadulce. At about 55 nautical miles, a crossing of about 12 hours is expected. This section is for me one of the best areas to navigate in Spain: The natural park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar. This natural reserve, with large protected marine spaces, does not leave anyone indifferent. Beautiful coves, dreamy beaches, impressive rock formations and the magic of the place really transport us to another world, older and more beautiful. Upon reaching Cabo de Gata, we will be in the Gulf of Almeria, where we will head to the Aguadulce Yacht Club. In Aguadulce we will spend two nights, so the second day we stretch our legs through the town and make a small exit to sail through the natural reserve of Punta Entinas-Sabinar.
On the fifth day we return to the North, which will have stops to spend the night in the same ports as on the way to go: Garrucha and Cartagena. We will take the opportunity to anchor and thus have lunch and take a bath in any of the beautiful spots that we are seeing when sailing through Almeria and Murcia, already on our sixth day of crossing. On the seventh and last day of this holidays, we will arrive to Alicante.
As I said at the beginning, this is a route that we like to do, adapted to a week, but do not hesitate to consult with us the itinerary that you have in mind, since it can be done in an infinite number of ways, according to the times and tastes of each person. And it is a very wide maritime area, with all kinds of services and possibilities for leisure and tourism, with many villages to moor and to visit and know. If you ask me, the Mar Menor and the Cabo de Gata Natural Park are two areas that any sailor should see at least once in his or her life.
The Mar Menor, in the region of Murcia, is about 40 nautical miles from the port of Alicante. It is a unique tourist destination because it is the largest Spanish lagoon. The coast of Murcia and Almeria is generally impressive for navigation. For this reason, instead of exposing independent navigation routes for each destination, I will give you an example of a one-week route to Aguadulce, in Almeria. And I say example because it can be done in many ways, according to tastes, times, preferences and needs of each one. In any case, feel free to consult with us, without any commitment, the itinerary that you have in mind and we will make a route to your measure.