Isla Cristina

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Isla Cristina, Spain

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Isla Cristina
37°11.87′N, 07°18.84′W Chart icon.png
Isla Canela & Cristina.jpg
Isla Cristina (left) and Isla Canela (right) marinas

The Marina of Isla Cristina is a purpose-built marina constructed on the eastern bank of the River Carreras, which enters the sea 3.5 miles east of the estuary of the River Guadiana, the river marking the Spanish/Portuguese border. The entrance lies about half a mile upstream from the Marina of Isla Canela on the opposite, western bank of the river. Becuase of the depths and configuration of the marina, it is really only suitable for yachts up to 12 metres.

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The Marina of Isla Cristina is situated about 1.5 miles upriver from the entrance to the River Carreras. A red and white marker buoy half a mile off the moles at the river entrance should be left close to starboard on the approach, which should be on a course of 312°. The ends of the moles are marked with red and green markers (lit). Keep to the port side of the buoyed channel to avoid the shallow sandbanks to starboard. Pass the Marina of Isla Canela on the western side of the river and continue in the buoyed channel, which leads to the eastern side of the river, avoiding extensive sandbanks in the centre. The marina entrance is to starboard opposite buoy no 9. Note that currents in the river can be up to 2.0 knots on the ebb.

Isla Cristina marina from the west


There is only a marina here.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

The Marina of Isla Cristina has a total of 202 berths for yachts up to 12 metres. Depths in the entrance are 3.0 metres and in the marina 2.5 metres. Water and electricity at all berths. Toilets and showers. Laundrette. Fuel station. Travel lift (32T). Good security (24 hour) and electronic access to pontoons.

Call on VHF channel 09 or telephone: +34 959 330671. E-mail. Alternatively, tie up at the reception pontoon immediately to starboard on entry and visit the marina office. Office hours are 0800 - 2000 during summer, 0930 - 1330 and 1600 - 1730 in winter. The office closes on weekend afternoons.


It is possible to anchor in the river north of the marina, avoiding the moorings on the east side and the sandbanks to the west, but space is very tight.

Yacht Services and Repairs

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Marine Stores

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Most repairs can be undertaken by boatyard in the marina, including sail repairs and rigging.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station in the marina. Water and electricity at all berths.

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Grocery & Supply Stores

Shops in the town, about 15 minutes walk from marina.


Bar and restaurant in the marina. Others 10-15 minutes away in the town.




Laundrette in the marina.

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Garbage Disposal

Bins in the marina.


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References & Publications

See Spain.


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  • Data compiled from internet research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 14:47, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

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