Puerto de Estepona

British Admiralty 3578. Imray Ml 1 French 4777. Spanish 453



0020 Punta de la Doncella LtHo FI(1+2)15s32m18M Dark

8-sided tower, grey lantern, white house 21m Harbour

0022 Dique de Abrigo spike Q(6)+LFI.15s9m5M Black tower, yellow top 6m 0022.2 Dique de Abrigo head 36°24'.8N 5°09'.4W

Fl.G.5s9m5M Green pole 7m 0024 Dique de Poniente FI(2)R.7s9m3M Truncated tower 4m

20990(S) Buoy 36°25'.2N 5°08\4W Q(6)+LFI.15s6m2M X card

Port communication

VHF Ch 9. Capitanía de Marina "S 95 280 18 00 Fax 95 280 24 97 Email [email protected] Club Náutico de Estepona 95 280 13 41

Harbour and tourist resort

A town of Roman origin developed from a fishing village into a close-packed tourist resort with restaurants, shops and a supermarket. There is an early morning fishmarket at the harbour. Local holidays are from 24 to 29 June.


The harbour is backed by four tower blocks of flats. The dark octagonal lighthouse 31m high capped by a grey lantern is to the NE of the harbour entrance. The outer breakwater (Dique de Abrigo) has been extended westwards leaving the old entrance tower in its original position.

GPS approach

Steer for -0-15 from a SE quadrant and then make for the breakwater head (approx. 0.1M).

Anchorage in the approach

Anchor 200m to the NE of head Dique de Abrigo in 5.5m sand.


Approach the head of Dique de Abrigo on a N course, round it at 20m and enter on a NE course.

In a SW gale the entrance could be dangerous. The breakwaters have underwater projections. Dredgers may be in operation as this harbour's mouth frequently silts up. Most harbours along this coast have reported severe reduction in entrance depths in spring due to winter storms.


Secure to the Muelle de Espera, which is at the end of Pantalan 5, and ask at the capitanía which is in a blue building, like a towered wedding cake with white icing, on the north side of the harbour. The pantalanes have lockable gates at their shore ends.

Harbour charges

Medium to high. Facilities

Maximum length overall: 30m.

Repairs (most services) at a shipyard to NE of the harbour. Sailmaker under the club náutico is Magnusson Sails (Antonio Rodriguez Carrasco) ® 952 79 12 41 (the only sailmaker on the west of Costa del Sol. Excellent work has been reported and English is spoken). 80-tonne travel-lift and 3.5-tonne mobile crane. Yachts up to 25-tonnes may be hauled out on the slipway immediately SW of the club náutico. Hardstandings. Chandlery in harbour. Life-raft servicing.

Water taps on quays and pontoons.

Butane: the Marina can arrange refills for 101b Calor bottles. 220v AC on the Dique de Poniente and pontoons, 380v on berths 20-35m. Ice from the fish auction building or waiting quay. Gasoleo A and petrol.

Club Náutico de Estepona has showers, a restaurant and bar and is usually open to non-members. Provisions from shops in the town about 1M away and from supermarket on N side of the harbour. Laundry in port, launderettes in the town.


Bus services. "S Area code: 95 Taxi "S 280 29 00


An anchorage to the NE of the harbour off the town of Estepona, 500m from the shore in 5m sand. To E of the harbour where five breakwaters were built is a submerged breakwater parallel to the coast and about 400m offshore marked by a S card buoy. The anchorage is somewhat protected by Punta de los Marmoles, a small cliffed headland with a tower surrounded by trees.

Note Further East, anchoring is forbidden between Torre del Padron and Punta de Guadalmaza because of submarine cables.

Estepona from the south

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