El Rompido

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El Rompido
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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.


British Admiralty
90 - Rio de Las Piedras to Cabo Trafalgar
92 - Cabo de Sao Vicente to the Strait of Gibraltar
87 - Cabo Finisterre to the Strait of Gibraltar


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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.


There is no port here, just a marina.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina El Rompido

Marina El Rompido

Marina El Rompido/wiki/El_Rompido#Marina_El_Rompido
Marina icon Marina El Rompido [[El Rompido#Marina El Rompido|Marina El Rompido]] 37°12.938'N, 007°07.796'W

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. Laundry Services. WiFi. Fuel station just east of marina. Good security (24 hour). Shopping area & supermarket.

info@puertoelrompido.com; Tel: +34 (959) 339 614; Fax: +34 (959) 399082; Mobile: +34 (607) 456 480; VHF channel 71
Address: Puerto El Rompido, s/n 21459 - El Rompido (Huelva), Spain
Hours: 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.
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing


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.


Water On the pontoons
Electricity On the pontoons
Toilets In the marina
Showers In the marina
Laundry In the marina bathroom facilities
Garbage Large bin near marina office
Fuel Fuel station/wiki/El_Rompido#Fuel_stationFuel icon Fuel station [[El Rompido#Fuel station|Fuel station]] 37°12.949'N, 007°07.688'W east of the marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers In the marina
  • 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
Internet WiFi
  • in the marina,
  • Or in several bars onshore
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Can be arranged by Francisco Vargas in the marina office


  • Supermarket behind restaurants, near the lighthouse and hotel
  • Smaller shops in town

Eating out

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


  • The closeness of the airports of Seville (Spain) and Faro (Portugal), makes it viable access to El Rompido from anywhere in the world
  • With long-distance connections between Huelva station and Madrid by Alvia trains circulating daily in both directions and partially use existing high-speed paths


List places of interest, tours, etc.


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.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Spain.


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