Mediterranean Spain

Costas del Sol & Blanca


Revised by John Marchment

Imray Laurie Norie

Published by

Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd

Wych House The Broadway

St Ives Cambridgeshire PE27 5BT England

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© Text: Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation 1994, 2000, 2005 © Plans: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd 1994, 2000, 2005 © Photographs Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd and Patrick Roach 2005 except where stated

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted or used in any form by any means - graphic, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping or information storage and retrieval systems or otherwise - without the prior permission of the Publishers.

1st edition 1989 2nd edition 1995 3rd edition 1998 4th edition 2001 5th edition 2005

ISBN 0 85288 839 2

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data. A catalogue record for this title is available from the British Library.

This work, based on surveys over a period of many years, has been corrected to September 2004 from land-based visits to the ports and harbours of the coast, from contributions by visiting yachtsmen and from official notices. The majority of the aerial photographs were taken during September 2004.

Printed in Great Britain at The Bath Press, Glasgow


This pilot book may be amended at intervals by the issue of correctional supplements. These are published on the internet at our web site (and also via and may be downloaded free of charge. Printed copies are also available on request from the publishers at the above address. Like this pilot, supplements are selective. Navigators requiring the latest definitive information are advised to refer to official hydrographic office data.


Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the RCC Pilotage Foundation, the authors and the publishers hereby formally disclaim any and all liability for any personal injury, loss and/or damage howsoever caused, whether by reason of any error, inaccuracy, omission or ambiguity in relation to the contents and/or information contained within this book. The book contains selected information and thus is not definitive. It does not contain all known information on the subject in hand and should not be relied on alone for navigational use: it should only be used in conjunction with official hydrographic data. This is particularly relevant to the plans which should not be used for navigation.

The RCC Pilotage Foundation, the authors and publishers believe that the information which they have included is a useful aid to prudent navigation, but the safety of a vessel depends ultimately on the judgment of the skipper, who should assess all information, published or unpublished.


All positions in the text have been derived from C-Map electronic charts at WGS 84 datum.

Positions given in the text and on plans are intended purely as an aid to locating the place in question on the chart.

Over the past few years the Spanish Authorities have been updating their charts/documents to WGS 84 datum although many charts in current use will be to European 1950 datum or other. The differences are usually only ±0'.l (that is 200 yards or 180 metres) but, as always, care must be exercised to work to the datum of the chart in use.


This edition of the Mediterranean Spain pilot includes the introduction of waypoints. The RCC PF consider a waypoint to be a position likely to be helpful for navigation if entered into some form of electronic navigation system for use in conjunction with GPS. In this pilot they have been derived from electronic charts. They must be used with caution. All waypoints are given to datum WGS 84 and every effort has been made to ensure their accuracy. Nevertheless, for each individual vessel, the standard of onboard equipment, aerial position, datum setting, correct entry of data and operator skill all play a part in their effectiveness. In particular it is vital for the navigator to note the datum of the chart in use and apply the necessary correction if plotting a GPS position on the chart. Our use of the term 'waypoint' does not imply that all vessels can safely sail directly over those positions at all times. Some - as in this pilot - may be linked to form recommended routes under appropriate conditions.

However, skippers should be aware of the risk of collision with another vessel, which is plying the exact reciprocal course. Verification by observation, or use of radar to check the accuracy of a waypoint, may sometimes be advisable and reassuring.

We emphasise that we regard waypoints as an aid to navigation for use as the navigator or skipper decides. We hope that the waypoints in this pilot will help ease that navigational load.


The plans in this guide are not to be used for navigation - they are designed to support the text and should always be used together with navigational charts.

It should be borne in mind that the characteristics of lights may be changed during the life of the book, and that in any case notification of such changes is unlikely to be reported immediately. Each light is identified in both the text and where possible on the plans (where it appears in magenta) by its international index number, as used in the Admiralty List of Lights, from which the book may be updated. All bearings are given from seaward and refer to true north. Symbols are based on those used by the British Admiralty - users are referred to Symbols and Abbreviations (NP 5011).

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