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Yacht Charter El Rompido

On an El Rompido yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore Huelva and the Algarve within an easy sail. An off-the-beaten-track sailing destination on the Atlantic coast of Spain, a El Rompido sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.

Close to the port where Christopher Columbus set off to discover the New World, El Rompido has been inhabited for many Millennia yet today is more of an attraction for its miles of unspoiled beaches, sand dunes and natural beauty.

While those who play golf will enjoy the excellent 18 hole golf course, there is plenty of other things to do here. Sitting close to the mouth of the Piedro River opposite la Flecha sand spit, the town has two main industries - fishing and outdoor sports. For foodies, there are a number of excellent seafood restaurant where you can enjoy fish just landed by local fishermen.

Those into wandering an untouched beach for miles will be spoiled for choice, while birdwatchers will enjoy the flights of birdlife that live off the shrimp and other crustaceans that live in the estuary. There's even a beach area for naturists here!

La Flecha is an active sand spit and grows by 40 metres a year with Atlantic Ocean currents dropping the sand as they flow toward the Mediterranean. As such a sailing holiday to this part of the world could be somewhat different every year you visit. So, what else is there to enjoy on your El Rompido yacht charter? Read on to find out more!

Explore El Rompido By Renting A Yacht

El Rompido is in the province of Huelva, part of the region of Andalusia on the border with Portugal. On your el Rompido yacht charter, be it a bareboat charter or with a boat owner aboard you should pay a visit to the Las Marismas del Piedras Natural Park or the Las Marismas del Odiel Natural Park, both of which are within a short sail of el Rompido. Lying on long, navigable rivers they harbour a range of wildlife from chameleons to rare birds.

A sailing trip up the River Odiel will take you to the capital of the province of the same namer, Huelva. This Andaluciatown has its own marina where you can enjoy the excellent seafood and culture after a river trip, taking in the sand dunes and salt marshes as you go.

Your sailing holiday could then take you east as far as Cadiz and even Gibraltar or west to Faro and the Algarve, depending on your tastes. Given the few towns along the coast of Spain before Cadiz, you may be attracted to the excellent sailing infrastructure and buzz of nearby Portugal. Marinas are relatively close together in this region and can be a bit of a jolt after the peace and quiet of Huelva and the Atlantic coast of Spain.

How To Get To El Rompido

The best way to get to El Rompido is by flying to Faro in Portugal. This has an international airport served by airlines from all over Europe. You can then take a bus direct to El Rompido - this is a 100km trek so will take a couple of hours.

Marinas In El Rompido

Marina El Rompido

This mid-sized marina has charter companies offering crewed yacht charter and bareboat charter of a range of boat type to rent including catamaran charter, sailboat charter, luxury yacht charter and fishing boat rental.

Berth Characteristics:

231 berths

Max Length 24m (79 Feet)

Max Draught 2.5m (8.2 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, supermarket, restaurant.

Suggested Sailing Routes From El Rompido

On your El Rompido yacht charter you can take in Andalusia coast as far as Cadiz to the east, or out to Faro and the Algarve to the west. On your bareboat charter or crewed yacht charter of your sailboat or motor boat you enjoy a day charter through the Las Marisimas del Piedras Natural Park or up the River Odiel's natural park. Let's look at a longer itinerary over 7 days.

7 Days - Cadiz: As a shakedown cruise head east to Punta Umbria on the mouth of the River Odiel. Head north to Huelva as a next port of call and for the third day, south and then east to Mazagon. A longer sail for the fourth day, this time to Sanlucar de Brrameda on the estuary of the Guadalquivir River. Cadiz will be your fifth night. The beach resortof Matalascañas will be your sixth night ahead of handover back in El Rompido the next day.

7 Days - Faro and the Algarve: Head west this time, rounding La Flecha for Ayamonte on the Guadiana River - the last town in Spain before Portugal. Cross to Portugal and head for Tavira with its maze of inland waterways. Back out, and along the Atlantic coast to Fuseta with its own inland waterways and beaches, before heading to Faro for the cosmopolitan buzz. East now to the quiet town of Cacela and then to Ayamonte for your port of entry back in Spain. Return to El Rompido for handover.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In El Rompido

The hottest time - and the most expensive time of year are the school holiday months of July and August. If you are limited to these months then be prepared to pay a premium on the boat you are hiring and in the marinas you visit.

The sailing season in the country runs from April to October so it may pay to go earlier or later in the year. The weather is still a lot warmer than in Northern Europe - be prepared to smile in your tee shirt as you see locals bundled up in their winter jackets - but you will find the locals warmer toward you, the marinas cheaper and to have parted with less cash on the holiday in the first place. As a tip? October is better than April as the Atlantic Ocean is still warm from the summer months.

The Climate

Portuguese Trade Winds

Northwesterlies prevail in the summer months. These are steady and often quite light. Expect fierce heat in the summer months - wear light clothing and bring windproof outer layers for the evenings.

FAQs:

What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

What are the Marinas in El Rompido?

There is one mid-sized marina in El Rompido, with 231 berths taking vessels up to 24m. It is tidal and draft is just 2.4m.

When are the best times to hire a boat in El Rompido?

The hottest time - and the most expensive time of year are the school holiday months of July and August. If you are limited to these months then be prepared to pay a premium on the boat you are hiring and in the marinas you visit.

The sailing season in the country runs from April to October so it may pay to go earlier or later in the year. The weather is still a lot warmer than in Northern Europe - be prepared to smile in your tee shirt as you see locals bundled up in their winter jackets - but you will find the locals warmer toward you, the marinas cheaper and to have parted with less cash on the holiday in the first place. As a tip? October is better than April as the Atlantic Ocean is still warm from the summer months.

Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in El Rompido?

You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.

What happens if my Yacht breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.

What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in El Rompido?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Dress for warm weather but do have something for tropical rains - light but waterproof.

What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?

If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skipper on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.