El Rompido

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El Rompido, Spain

El Rompido
37°12.91′N, 7°7.64′W Chart icon.png
Moorings in the Rio Piedras

El Rompido is a small village, now developed into a holiday centre, on the north bank of the Rio Piedras, which enters the sea 16 miles east of the Spanish/Portuguese border. The river estuary is relatively shallow and not to be attempted at low water or with any onshore winds. However, it is a very beautiful and peaceful area and the trip upriver to the Marina El Rompido is rewarded with wonderful views of the dunes and wildlife of the sandy peninsula protecting the river.


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The entry to the Rio Piedras should only be attempted on a rising tide, preferably close to high water, when the depths at the mouth range from 3.0 to 4.7 metres, depending on the tides. A red and white fairway buoy marks the entrance. Entry should not be attempted in strong onshore winds. The river channel over the bar is constantly shifting, and the buoyage is changed yearly to reflect the variations. Follow the buoyed channel closely, eyeball navigation only here! Then continue west up to the last marina of El Rompido below the two lighthouses, 4.5 miles upstream from the entrance and connected to the north bank of the river by a long jetty.


Call Marina El Rompido on channel 71 or telephone +34 959 399614. Summer office hours are 08.00 - 20.00. Winter office hours are Tuesday to Thursday: 09:00 to 15:30; Friday and Saturday: 09:00 to 15:00 and 16:00 to 19:00; Sunday: 09:00 to 14:00; Monday: Closed. E-mail, [http//www.puertoelrompido.com Website].

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina El Rompido

Marina El Rompido is constructed using a system of piles to secure its six long pontoons in the riverbed, with added protection from tyre wave breaks. The marina is situated on the north side of the river near the lighthouse, and connected to the shore via a long jetty. Since the tides can run at up to 2.0 knots on the ebb, berthing here can call for a degree of skill when the currents are strong, but the visitors' berths are on the T's facing the ebb. Marineros are always on hand and arrive quickly on bikes, to assist. Alternatively anchor nearby or use the long outer pontoon temporarily, and wait for slack water. Multihulls should proceed right round to the long shallow inside pontoon where there is plenty of room, and where they will pay only mono rates. The marina has a total of 331 berths for yachts up to 30 metres and with a maximum draft of 3.5 metres. Electricity and water on the pontoons. Toilets and showers on land. WiFi. Fuel station just east of marina. Good security (24 hour).


It is possible to anchor anywhere in the river where there are sufficient depths and clear of the numerous moorings and swimming buoys. Be aware of the several small passenger ferries taking tourists over to the "Flecha", as the long sandspit is known.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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Adjacent yard has a trailer on railway tracks, which will also haul cats. Alternatively head east to Punta Umbria, or west to Vila Real on the Gaudiana. Altho I use Portimao! And many Brits use Lagos.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station east of the marina. Electricity and water on the pontoons.

Things to do Ashore


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Grocery & Supply Stores

Supermarket behind restaurants, near the lighthouse and hotel.

Smaller shops in town.


Many restaurants/bars above the marina, and more choice a short walk into the small town.


In the marina. Or in several bars onshore.


In the marina bathroom facilities.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Can be arranged by Francisco Vargas in marina office.

Garbage Disposal

Large bin near marina office.


Transportation (local and/or international)


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Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance. The marina owner Wolfgang and the manager Fransisco, who both have desks in the office, will willingly provide help and advice to visiting yachtsmen. Tri 39's multihull AquaBlue winters here, and I can provide advice.


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References & Publications

See Spain.


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  • Data compiled from internet research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 16:11, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

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