British Admiralty 773, 774. Imray M7 7 French 4717, 6569. Spanish 4571, 457
To the west
0074.8 Punta de la Mona FI.5s140m15M Masonry tower
0077 Dique de Poniente head FI(2)R.6s11m10M Red truncated conical tower 5m
0077.5 Dique del Este FI(2)G.4.5s9m5M Metal post 4m
0079 Nuevo Dique de Levante elbow FI(3)G.12s6m5M Green truncated conical tower 4m
0079.2 Nuevo Dique de Levante head FI.G.5s6m2M Green truncated conical tower 5m
0078 Dique de Levante head FI(2+1)G.12s6m5M Green tower, red band 5m
0078.4 Espigón head Fl.R.5s6m2M Red truncated conical tower 5m To the east
0080 Cabo Sacratif FI(2)10s98m25M White tower and building 17m
A small fishing harbour that has developed into a commercial harbour which has recently been doubled in size. It has an easy approach and entrance but rather poor facilities for yachtsmen. The harbour is uncomfortable in strong easterly winds but some shelter can now be found behind the huge new contradique.
Puerto de Motril from SE
16. PUERTO DE MOTRIL
The little village near the harbour can provide basic needs but there are many more shops in Motril itself, two miles away. Local holidays occur on 15 August and 15 October.
From the west The flat open plain of the delta of the Rio Guadalfeo and the cranes, buildings and tall silos just to the W of Cabo Sacratif show the location of this harbour. Several large blocks of flats line the coast just to the W of this harbour. The town of Motril 2M inland shows in the closer approach.
From the east Cabo Sacratif, a distinctive headland with an isolated conspicuous lighthouse at its summit can easily be recognised from afar. There are two white radar domes on the mountain Sierra do Pelaos 4M to NE of this cape.
The new contradique has 4 large columns and a crane at its end (Sep 2004). Further work is going on at the end but the columns and immense length of the new Dique de Poniente make the entrance unmistakable.
Steer to -0-30 from a southerly quadrant and steer for breakwater end (approx. 0.27M).
Approach the new head of the Dique de Poniente on a N course. Round it and enter between the heads, and steer parallel to the dique up the harbour on a WNW course.
If there is space, go stern-to on the pontoons at the dub
náutico in the NW córner of the harbour. Otherwise go stern-to either side but clear of the diesel pumps on the Muelle de Poniente on the west side of the harbour. In strong SE or E winds, lie alongside the Muelle Comercial with permission of the capitanía.
Along with most of the commercial harbours on this coast anchoring in the port is frowned on, if not expressly forbidden. However rumour has it that another marina was to be constructed SE of the root of the Nuevo Dique de Levante (I wonder what they are going to call the newer dique\). Some work seems to have been done and there is a small groyne built just offshore in the vicinity of the oil tanks. Yachts were anchored behind this in comparative quiet during the Sept 2004 visit.
Low. Yachts at anchor may escape charges. Facilities
Maximum length overall (club náutico)-. 20m. Slipways at the yard in the NW corner of the main harbour and in the Puerto Pesquero can handle up to 100 tonnes. Cranes up to 2.5 tonnes.
Engine and mechanical workshops outside the harbour. A small chandlery shop in the village.
Water from points on quays and pontoons. For water hose, contact a harbour official if using water from quays. 220v AC points on quays and pontoons. Gasoleo A on west side of harbour. Ice from the ice factory in the village or from restaurant. Club Náutico de Motril has bars, lounge, terrace and restaurants, also showers and a pool. Visiting yachtsmen are welcomed.
Supermarket just outside harbour area. Market and many more shops in Motril.
Frequent bus service to Motril. Buses to Granada and back (a long day's outing). "S Area code 958. Taxi "S 60 18 54.
A ANCHORAGE E OF CABO SACRATIF
An open coastal anchorage tucked under the E end of the rocky cliffed Cabo Sacratif. Anchor 100m offshore in 5m sand and pebbles. The main road runs a little way inland.
There are now yellow swimmers buoys all along the beach and the available area for anchoring is in 20+ metres of water. The village, which has a church tower like a lighthouse, has everyday supplies.
This 3M stretch of high, rocky cliffed coast is broken into several deep bays. It is possible for experienced navigators to anchor at the heads of these bays in good conditions providing the water is clear enough to see the odd isolated rock. The coast road runs along the top of the cliff.
A FONDEADERO DE CASTELL DE FERRO
Anchor in the corner of the bay near Punta del Melonar (at the left of the photograph), 100m from the shingle beach, 5m sand and mud or further out in 10m, mud. Good protection from the west. Everyday supplies in the village.
A ANCHORAGES IN LA RABITA
A useful coastal anchorage at the W end of a gravel beach. Anchor 100m offshore in 5m sand and stones. The small village is readily recognised by the small blocks of flats 'hung' on a cliff face behind the village with a tower nearby. There is a small fort to the E of the tower. Everyday supplies from the village. Another possible anchorage is small bay to E of Punta Negra.
15. MARINA DEL ESTE
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