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Sanxenxo (Sangenjo)
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Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos I, Sanxenxo

Sangenjo (in Galician "Sanxenxo") is a popular beach resort with a very smart marina on the northern side of the entrance to the Ria de Pontevedra in NW Spain. It lies eight miles south of the Ria de Arousa and ten miles north of the Ria de Vigo, the last of the so-called Rias Baixas (lower Rias) before the Portuguese border. The town itself is quite pleasant, though not particularly interesting architecturally, but Sangenjo is a good base for exploring this part of Galicia, including the picturesque towns of Combarro and Pontevedra further inland.


British Admiralty
3633 - Islas Sisargas to Rio Mino
1732 - Ria de Pontevedra
C48 - A Coruna to Porto


The Illa de Ons acts as a natural breakwater at the entrance to the Ria, which does not suffer from the worst of the Atlantic swells. Sanxenxo itself is sheltered from all directions except SW round to SE. SW gales can be savage here, especially during the winter months, but the shelter in the marina is good.

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  • Illa de Ons - two miles offshore at the entrance to the Ria.


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There are no dangers in the approach to the marina, although note that a rocky ledge extends for some distance from the shore about 50 metres NNE of the entrance.


The only berthing option s the Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos. The marina office is straight ahead on entry to the marina at the end of a long waiting pontoon, where a yacht can berth while awaiting instructions.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Plan of Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos, Sanxenx

Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos I

Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos I/wiki/Sangenjo#Puerto_Deportivo_Juan_Carlos_I
Marina icon Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos I [[Sangenjo#Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos I|Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos I]] (Marina de Sanxenxo) 42°23.872'N, 008°48.193'W

The marina (established in 1998) is now known as Puerto Deportivo Juan Carlos I in honour of the Spanish monarch, who started the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 from here in November 2005. The marina has a total of 370 berths (40 for yachts in transit) on pontoons with all facilities. Maximum length 18 metres. Lowest depth in the marina is 5.0 metres. Water and electricity on all pontoons. Toilets and showers (excellent). Hardstanding (4,500 square metres). Travel lift (65T). Mobile crane (5T). Fuel station. Security (24 hour). Considerable investment has gone into the marina in recent years and it is now one of the smartest anywhere in Spain, with superb facilities and an extremely well-appointed yacht club.; Tel: +34 (986) 720 517; Fax: +34 (986) 720 578; VHF channel 09
Address: Puerto deportivo Juan Carlos I, nº 12, 36960 Sanxenxo – Galicia, Spain
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Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo

Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo/wiki/Sangenjo#Real_Club_Nautico_de_Sanxenxo
Marina icon Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo [[Sangenjo#Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo|Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo]] (RCN) 42°23.830'N, 008°48.305'W

The Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo occupies a building at the SW corner of the marina, in the 'crook' of the elbow of the breakwater. The club is very prestigious and well appointed and has already gained a notable reputation in international yacht racing, having fielded a three-boat team in the 2000 Admiral's Cup series in Britain and a winning team in the 2002 Sardinia Cup, which included King Juan Carlos himself. Facilities include bar, restaurant, gym, sauna/massage room, solarium, swimming pool, creche and games room.; Tel: +34 (986) 803 400; Fax: +34 (986) 720 009; VHF channel XX
Address: Puerto deportivo Juan Carlos I, nº 26, 36960 Sanxenxo – Galicia, Spain



Anchorage icon Combarro [[Sangenjo#Combarro|Combarro]] 42°25.682'N, 008°41.791'W

Combarro, seven miles up the inlet on the north side, is a delightful anchorage (though there is also a large new marina just S of the village). Anchor off the foreshore N of the marina in 5.0 - 6.0 metres on mud. Shelter good from all directions except S-SE. The village ashore is a gem. An alternative anchorage is on the NE side of Illa Tomba a mile to the south, where there is a sandy beach.

Note: recent reports suggest that a marina is under construction in the harbour here, which may make the anchorage somewhat less delightful.

Ria de Aldan

Ria de Aldan/wiki/Sangenjo#Ria_de_Aldan
Anchorage icon Ria de Aldan [[Sangenjo#Ria de Aldan|Ria de Aldan]] 42°17.531'N, 008°49.732'W
Ria de Aldan, a small inlet on the southern side of the entrance to the Ria de Pontevedra, five miles SSW of Sanxenxo. Anchor in 5.0 - 6.0 metres in sand and mud. Shelter here is good from all directions except NW - N. It is even safe (although uncomfortable) in a SW gale.


Water Water at all berths
Electricity Electricity at all berths
Toilets In the marina
Showers In the marina
Laundry Can be organised through the marina office
Garbage Bins in the marina
Fuel Fuel berth (24 hours) to port on entry to the marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers A basic chandlery
Repairs Most repairs can be organized through the marina office
Internet WiFi in the marina
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Car rental outlets in the town


Good supermarkets and other shops in the town.

Eating out

  • The restaurant at the Hotel Rotilio at the root of the marina breakwater is excellent (it recently gained a Michelin star)
  • Good fish restaurants along the shore north of the marina


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Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

While Sanxenxo itself is a relatively typical Spanish tourist town and not especially interesting from a historical or architectural perspective, it is well worth hiring transport or catching one of the regular buses to the small fishing village of Combarro seven miles east of Sanxenxo. Combarro is still a delightful and unspoiled fishing village (in spite of the big new marina there), which seems caught in a time warp. Most of its old granite-built houses, many of them with arcaded ground floors, still stand and the foreshore is lined with ranks of horreos (traditional Galician grain stores). Another three miles on the bus brings you to the mediaeval settlement of Pontevedra, which has a very picturesque old town with winding, cobbled streets overlooked by arcaded granite buildings. A delightful lunch spot here is the square of Plaza de la Leña opposite the Pontevedra museum.

The museum itself has some interesting prehistoric and Roman treasures unearthed in the area and a remarkable replica of a frigate cabin. Also worth a visit is the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Mayor, the fishermens’ church, with its intricate carvings on the fascia and inside the porch. For those of a religious bent, there is the Santuario de las Apariciones, a set of lodgings where Lucia de Fatima is reputed to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary and which is now a centre of pilgrimage.

The Plaza de la Leña, Pontevedra
Iglesia de Santa Maria de Mayor, Pontevedra
Combarro waterfront
Restaurant with a view, Combarro


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See Spain.


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  • One of our most memorable ever evenings at anchor was spent dining on caldeirada de pescado (fish casserole with potatoes and peppers) and albariño wine in a romantic waterfront restaurant in Combarro with a view of the Ria and our yacht Athene at anchor (see photo above) --Atheneoflymington.

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