The standard port is Gibraltar; secondary ports are Málaga and Almería. From Alicante to the north-east the tide is hardly appreciable. The figures are:
MHWS MHWN MLWS MLWN Level Gibraltar 1.0 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.50
There is usually an east going current along the coast. It can be as much as 2-3 knots at the western end and slackens towards the east. It has to be reckoned with when planning a passage and when entering or leaving a harbour.
In most harbours sand builds up at or near the entrance, particularly after a blow, and is periodically dredged. Reported depths are not necessarily accurate and care should be taken to sound whilst approaching and entering harbour.
Costa del Sol (Malaga) 02°45'W (2005) decreasing 1' annually.
Anchoring is not permitted in the following areas which should be avoided if possible:
• The prolongation of the airstrip at Gibraltar
• An area 1M to S of Málaga where passage is also forbidden.
During the summer months, tunny nets may be set between February and October in the following localities:
• Off the coast N of Fuerte de Santa Barbara
• Near Marbella
• Off Punta del Sabinal
There are extensive fish havens along this coast. LANDINGS
The beaches are regularly patrolled by guardia civil with a brief to intercept smugglers and drug traffickers. If you wish to land do not be surreptitious.
Gales can dump polythene sheets from the greenhouses into the sea. They may be up to 100m long.
PLANNING GUIDE AND DISTANCE TABLES
See page 45.
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