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Guetaria
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Guetaria harbor

The port of Guetaria, nine miles west of San Sebastian on the coast of NW Spain, is built on an isthmus connecting the land to the island of San Anton, more popularly known as El Raton (the mouse), on account of its shape. The town dates from 1209 and is one of the oldest settlements in the Basque region. Although substantially ruined during the Peninsular Wars, the town retains a wonderful Gothic church of San Salvador built over a passageway up from the harbour. Its most famous son is Juan Sebastian de Elcano, who sailed with Magellan as navigator on the epic voyage of circumnavigation of 1519-22. Elcano brought the ragged remnants of the expedition home to Spain after Magellan’s death in the Philippines, becoming the first man to sail round the globe. The port has a small marina in the outer harbour as well as mooring buoys for larger vessels.

Charts

British Admiralty
1292 - Mimizan-Plage to Cabe de Ajo
1171 - Ports on E part of N coast of Spain
Imray
C42 - La Rochelle to Santander

Weather

Guetaria is sheltered from the prevailing SW Biscay winds. Fog is an occasional problem during spring and autumn.

Sources for Weather forecasts: See main page for Spain.

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

The island of San Anton (El Raton) is joined to the land by a narrow isthmus.

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

No dangers in the approach. The lighthouse on the end of El Raton is a conspicuous landmark. Once identified by the long eastern breakwater, the harbour is entered from the south.

Berthing

The harbour authorities are very relaxed here (if not invisible). If you pick up a buoy in the outer harbour it is unlikely you will be accosted at all. There are usually a few spaces in the marina which occupies the southern half of the harbour - berth where convenient and wait for further instructions. The inner harbour is usually occupied by fishing boats, though there is nothing to stop a yacht tying up alongside here if there is space.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

There are several large buoys in the outer harbour to which a yacht can moor - ideally fore and aft if two are available. This is the best option for larger yachts or if you want peace and quiet. In the southern part of the harbour, separated by a long pontoon, is a small marina which has around 300 pontoon berths. Maximum length is 14 metres. The marina has water and electricity and toilets and showers are nearby. There is reportedly a fuel station in the inner harbour.

Anchorages

In settled weather, it is possible to anchor off the beach to the SE of the harbour. Anchor in 6.0 - 10.0 metres in sand and weed. Sheltered from the prevailing SW winds, but open to winds from N round to SE.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Effectively nothing except small hardware stores.

Repairs/Yards

None.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Water and electricity on the pontoons in the inner harbour. Fuel station reported in the inner harbour.

Tourism and Things to do Ashore

Tourism

The town is picturesquely situated and the passageway up from the port beneath the church of San Salvador dates from the mediaeval period. The church of San Salvador is plain but very unusual, being built on several different levels. A walk up the main street of the town brings you to the statue of the famous circumnavigator Juan Sebastian de Elcano at the top. Among the remarkable discoveries recorded on his voyages were ‘camels without humps’ (probably guanacos) and ‘black goose’ which needed to be 'skinned rather than plucked' (presumably penguin). The walk to the lighthouse on El Raton is rewarded with excellent views, as well as ending at a good site for a picnic.

El Raton and the inner harbour
The main street of Guetaria
Guetaria’s most famous son, Juan Sebastian de Elcano
The Gothic church of San Salvador

Grocery & Supply Stores

Only small provisions shops in the town.

Eateries

The restaurants here are famous for fish, although you will also find on offer the Basque speciality of chuletas de ternera (huge veal steaks grilled to perfection).

Internet/WiFi

None.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

None.

Garbage Disposal

A few bins near the harbour.

Transportation

List transportation (local and/or international.)

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

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

Links

References & Publications

See Spain.

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