Why should a superyacht choose Costa Brava?

The Costa Brava (Rugged Coast) is the northern Catalan coast stretching between France and the region known as Catalunya Nord (Northern Catalonia), earning its name due to the large, unusual rock formations and its wild landscape, both picturesque and captivating.

This region is considered a transit area between the south of France and Barcelona, and Port Vendres, on the French side, provides the perfect pick-up or drop-off point for guests who wish to head to Barcelona or the Balearics.

It is an exclusive and unknown area offering many natural hideouts and protected anchorages from where you can explore hidden, unspoiled areas, many of which only have access from the sea.


GET TO KNOW COSTA BRAVA

The Costa Brava offers an array of possibilities for visitors attracted by the climate, cuisine, natural environment and leisure activities in the area, as well as the hospitality of its people.

The Costa Brava has much to offer its visitors – you can visit eight spectacular natural parks (such as Natural Park of Cape Creus), enjoy exquisite Michelin-star rated cuisine that combines tradition and innovation (El Celler de Can Roca, for example), discover the region’s rich cultural heritage through Greco-Roman ruins, breathtaking villages (such as Port Vendres, Cadaqués, Roses, l’Estartit, Palamós, Calella de Palafrugell, Sant Felíu de Guixols, Tossa de Mar or Pals) and the work of Salvador Dalí. Enjoy an extensive range of memory-making activities that include hot air balloon rides, skiing, golf, water sports, and simply unwinding at one of the region’s many spas.

It is an extraordinary place that invites you to experience all its charm and character to the fullest with first-rate premium experiences and the most exclusive services.


BERTHING OPTIONS IN THE COSTA BRAVA

Club Nàutic Feliu de Guíxols

This is a beautiful port, very well placed in Costa Brava to provide shelter during the local Tramuntana winds or uncomfortable seas, with 430 berths for yachts up to 80m. The marina is located right on the edge of the the charming little town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols rich in charming restaurants, shops and hotels.

The marina offers many attractions and facilities: water sports, sailing school and a wide gastronomic range at its first-class restaurant. Close by you can also find a wide variety of anchorage options, for day of watersports or just to enjoy the beautiful views of the coastline.


Palamós

The Port of Palamós is a unique port located in the important fishing and trading town of Palamós, located in the central zone of the Costa Brava in a natural bay and enjoying an excellent climate.

The port of Palamós is in one of the deepest bays of the western Mediterranean, sheltered from the strong north winds and safe for all types of vessels. It can accommodate vessels up to 150 meters and is a perfect base for exploring the areas of Girona and Emporda.


Port Roses

Port Roses lies on the eastern side of the stunning bay of Roses, at the start of Cap de Creus and just perched on the edge of the town centre, it provides welcome protection from the often-strong winds in this area.  The private marina can offer berths up to 40m and the commercial dock can welcome vessels up to 150m.  The bay also offers a perfect anchorage spot for all sizes.


ANCHORING POINTS

What truly puts the Costa Brava on the map as a desirable cruising destination are the many protected bays nestled into the convergence of coastal cliffs creating the perfect shelter for anchoring with dramatic views and calm clear waters.

Cala Tamariu. Cala Fornell-Aiguablava. Cala de Montjoi. Puerto de Cadaques. Cala de Port Lligat are just some of our favourites with crystalline waters and plenty flora and fauna to attract divers and snorkelers.


ASSISTANCE

For all Costa Brava based vessels, Kerry Allerton and her team will be your main contact to oversee a smooth and successful visit. They are available 24/7 to provide the necessary and bespoke solutions as well as peace of mind.

The Evolution team in the Costa Brava offers a worry free and rapid procedure if entering the French territorial waters via the France – Spain Mediterranean border, processing and delivering the required SAD clearance, issued by the Port Vendres Customs Authority. Evolution can facilitate vessel clearance into French waters in Port Vendres.

If you are interested in finding out more on any of the above information and more, please contact costabrava@evolutionagents.com

Why should a superyacht choose Barcelona?

Barcelona city is Spain’s major Mediterranean port and commercial center, globally known for its unique lifestyle and physical beauty.

Located in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula and bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a city very well connected by land, sea and air. The Pyrenees mountains, the dramatic coastline of the Costa Brava, vineyards and beautiful Catalan hills are all within a few hours drive and its international airport provides a quick connection with all the major capital cities of the world.


GET TO KNOW BARCELONA

Thanks to its privileged location, Barcelona enjoys a warm and pleasant climate throughout the year, meaning a multitude of cultural and recreational activities are available for outdoor lovers.

Some of the main tourist attractions of the city are the impressive architectural jewels of modernism designed by Antoni Gaudí, such as Sagrada Familia or Park Güell. You must not forget to visit the emblematic districts of El Gótico (where you can visit the Gothic Cathedral), Montjuic (with the Spanish Village and the Montjuic Fountain) or the Picasso Museum.

Another of its great attractions is not only the richness and variety of Catalan gastronomy but its world-class standing in terms of high quality and Michelin-starred restaurants. For those looking for international flavor and creativity, there are 22 Michelin starred restaurants to choose from. 

Not forgetting also that the primary cava production area lay less than an hour away as well as the red wine havens of Priorat and Emporda, offering a wonderful day out for tastings, tours and lunches.


BERTHING OPTIONS IN BARCELONA

Barcelona’s main marinas are located only 20 minutes by road from the international airport and a few minutes from the city center.

Marina Port Vell

Marina Port Vell is the most elegant destination for superyachts, perfectly positioned in the heart of Barcelona, a few minutes walk from the city center and the beach and 25 minutes from main airpot in Barcelona. Originally built for the 1992 Olympic Games, the marina completed its transformation into a luxury facility a few years ago and now offers 151 berth for yachts up to 190 meters with a crew gym, crew social area, parking, storage and high security.

Thanks to its location, luxury facilities and professional services, Marina Port Vell guarantees a perfect and complete experience for both crew and guests.

Marina Vela Barcelona

Marina Vela Barcelona has 130 berths available for vessels from 12 to 90 meters. This new marina is located at the entry of the port and it is mainly focused to 45-50mts vessels. W Hotel and MB92 shipyard are 2 minutes away and the center town 7 minutes by taxi ride.

Offering parking, good storage facilities (40m2 spaces), tender dry-docking as well as restaurants and exclusive office spaces for yacht services within the newly renovated complex, this marina is a very welcome newcomer to the Barcelona superyacht scene.

If there is something that stands out about this marina, it is its accessibility and privacy. The innovative facilities and excellent services tucked away from the beating heart of the city, yet still within reach, makes Marina Vela Barcelona a smart choice for captains and Owners.

Port Fòrum

Port Fòrum lay a little further north of the city at only 15 minutes by car and public transport and offers within its facilities more than 200 berths from 10 to 80 meters in length, distributed over 7 pontoons.

Located closed to the modern Diagonal Mar neighborhood, you can find shops, parks, restaurants, major hotels and various sports, leisure and commercial activities close by without needing to head to the city center, turning it one of the quietest ports in Barcelona. The marina also offers tender storage and maintenance and contractor services within its grounds.


ASSISTANCE IN BARCELONA AREA

Thanks to more tan 10 years of experience, our local knowledge and a Good relationship with the local authorities,the Evolution team in Barcelona offers comprehensive and complete service that guarantee an exceptional and stress-free stay in the city and surroundings.

Our Provisions & Interior department, led by Colin and Mónica, partner with the best suppliers near and far to guarantee top quality products, custom prepare adn packaged and delivered at your convenience.

Clara manages our Customs & Logistics team to provide the expertise needed in this difficult sector, from transportation of tenders and high value owner ítems to every day shipping and Storage solutions.

Dani, Mila and Ignaci run our Contractors & Spares team, offering in-depth knowledge of technical and mechanical systems and spare parts onboard and can recommend the best local skilled support to achieve your projects.

For all your crew and Concierge support such as itineraries, port clearance, reservations, medical, immigration, accommodation, transport services and much more Kerry and Sonia are available 24/7 to provide the necessary solutions as well as peace of mind.

In order to guarantee these services and many more, the team is available 24/7 by email and you can find us during office hours strategically positioned between MB92 and Marina Port Vell at Passeig Joan de Borbó, 80-84, Local L, 08003, Barcelona.

If you are interested in finding out more on any of the above information and more, please contact us at barcelona@evolutionagents.com.

Why should a superyacht choose Valencia?

Valencia, one of the most dynamic cities in Spain, is a recommended visit when in Mediterranean waters.

The city is perfectly connected, with most of its gastronomic offer, cultural sites and international airport located only 20min from the main marinas, making it a perfect destination for both yacht crew and guests.

GET TO KNOW VALENCIA

Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, offers a great variety of cultural treasures, world-class restaurants, stunning beaches and plenty of entertainment.

The historic center of this Mediterranean metropolis will take your breath away, with buildings such as the Central Market, one of the most beautiful markets in Europe, and the Torres de Serrano where you can take in a panoramic view of the city. Another must-see is the City of Arts and Sciences, the world-famous cultural leisure complex designed by the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

In addition, Valencia is best known for being the birthplace of delicious Paella and tasty Valencian horchata – a popular drink made of chufas, which are tiger nuts. Make sure you don’t leave the city without enjoying both things by the beach!


BERTHING OPTIONS IN VALENCIA

Valencia’s main marinas are located only 20 minutes by road from the international airport, city center and all gastronomic, sports, cultural and historical offerings, making this city a perfect yacht destination for both crew and guests.

Due to its strategic location, many yachts decide to choose Valencia as a winter base or standby port prior to departing for other destinations such as Palma, Ibiza or Gibraltar. This is usually a very cost-efficient option considering the city’s competitive berthing rates and low utility fees in comparison to other European Ports.

Valencia Mar

This marina is in a quiet, private and well-protected area of the city’s main port, offering round the clock access and security. It offers 18 berths for yachts over 60m and up to 120m.

All superyacht berths here are either on floating pontoons or fixed concrete, providing a lot of ease and safety in the berthing maneuvers.

Valencia Mar is located in a privileged environment, near the Natural Park of El Saler, a few meters away from the beach, 10 minutes from the city and 20 minutes from the International Airport of Manises. They offer a very wide range of activities for the crew’s interest, such as paddle surf, scuba diving and even summer concerts with a view at their cozy terrace, called “La Barraquita”.


La Marina de València

Located next to the promenade of the Cabañal Beach, La Marina de València has become an emerging socio-cultural highlight in the city. Culture coexists with sports, tourism and gastronomy, in a waterfront complex that is already established as a district of innovation.

Among other facilities, this marina offers two docks: The Outer Dock and The Inner Dock, with more than 900 moorings and first-class facilities, able to accommodate yachts from 8 to 150 m.


Varadero Valencia Shipyard

Varadero Valencia is conveniently located in the Real Club Nautico de Valencia, just 15 minutes from the high-speed train station (AVE) and the international airport, and only 5 km away from the city center by public transportation or bicycle. This shipyard offers a team of highly qualified specialists and a comprehensive range of services for the repair and maintenance of yachts, in a facility of 28,000m² outdoors and a 400m² covered warehouse with room for yachts up to 45m.

All in all, Valencia is the perfect combination of the traditional and modern side of Spain, offering everything a yacht could need for its crew and guests on board.


ASSISTANCE IN VALENCIA AREA

Evolution’s office in Valencia is led by Cristina, Valencian native who has previously worked as a purser on board superyachts. She is an expert in all the current yachting and COVID-related regulations affecting this area and not only provides assistance in Valencia, but also in Alicante and Denia.

She knows the region inside out, and over the years has managed to build a wide and solid network of contacts making sure you’re in the best hands when visiting this area in the Mediterranean coast.

Evolution can also open and manage TPAs in the Valencia area and guide crew, management and contractors through the whole process so that yachts can benefit from this tax regime exempt of VAT charges on repairs and maintenance.

If you are interested in finding out more on any of the above information and more, please contact Cristina at valencia@evolutionagents.com.

Giving back for Christmas: Ocean-friendly gestures

Why not take advantage of the Christmas Spirit and consider implementing new habits in your routine as a way to give back to the ocean? After all, we must thank the sea for keeping us alive, safe, paid and fed, hence it seems only fair that it benefits from the season of goodwill as well.

Here are a few effortless lifestyle choices that can help protect and restore our oceans for future generations:

GO PLASTIC-FREE

Say no to single use plastics such as straws, plastic cutlery, coffee cups, water bottles, plastic bags, balloons, plastic-wrapped produce, and take-out food containers. These often end up in the marine environment and never go away!

Glass, silicone, or stainless-steel containers are a good alternative to plastic and much more sustainable, as these can be re-used many times.


AVOID OCEAN-HARMING PRODUCTS

There are many products in the market directly linked to causing harm to endangered marine species, as well as supporting unsustainable fishing methods and pollution.

For instance, cosmetic products containing shark squalene, as well as jewelry made of coral should be avoided at all costs, as these imply a threat to important marine species and ecosystems.


STOP CHEWING-GUM

Though this might seem odd, chewing gum is actually made of a synthetic rubber that’s plastic, and it’s classified as the world’s second most common form of litter after cigarette butts.

Conventional gum is not biodegradable; therefore, many fish end up consuming littered gum involuntarily, which accumulates toxins overtime. These are then reintroduced into the food chain when we eat the fish.


MIND WHAT YOU PUT DOWN THE SINK

Selecting the right cleaning products can be a tricky matter, as companies are allowed to stick the words biodegradable, natural and green on pretty much anything.

Here’s a tip that can help: Look for Phosphates on the label.

One might think phosphates are good because they help support and grow algae, but too much of it causes algae to grow too fast and the ecosystem cannot handle it, causing marine life to go out of balance and leading to species decline.

Evolution can supply organic and environmentally cleaning products and we are also able to source more ocean-friendly products.


EDUCATE YOURSELF

All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about its issues, the more you’ll realize that it is time to make a change in your lifestyle in order to help preserve the ocean. Make sure you share that knowledge to educate and inspire others to pitch in.


Saving the oceans might feel like an overwhelming task, but if we all pitch in, every little gesture can make a huge positive impact.

Latest NEWS: Protocol for seafarers arrivals to Spain

Following last week´s latest announcement about the new requirement from Spanish Authorities for travellers coming to Spain by air or sea to present a negative PCR test result if coming from risk areas (listed below) starting today 23rd November, we are now able to confirm as follows:

Seafarers are EXEMPT from presenting a PCR test result when travelling to Spain for the purpose of joining a vessel on the condition they can prove their seafarer status and embarkation on a vessel moored in a Spanish port.

After several checks with Health Authorities, who were waiting further instructions from Health Ministry, we have received final official confirmation today about this exemption. In order to prove their seafarer status, it is not specified what documents the crew member must carry, but from our recent experience and in accordance with the travel documentation required during the State of Alarm, we highly recommend that the following documents be ready to present:

  • Passport.
  • Seaman’s Discharge Book and SEA.
  • Letter from Captain indicating crew and vessel details, port of embarkation and date of embarkation.
  • Crew list and Copy of Ship’s Registry.
  • Agent Letter corroborating vessel location and crewmember status in Spanish.
     

As a very important note, please be informed that even if PCR test is not compulsory, crew members must fill the FCS (Health Control Form), to be presented before embarking and/or once arrival to a Spanish Airport,  www.spth.gob.es  and Spanish Health Authorities may decide that extra controls are required, if:

  • After reviewing the FCS Form they consider further examination is necessary.
  • When they pass by the temperature check, it appears to be 37,5ºC or higher.
  • After visual inspection the crew member may seem ill and Health Authorities consider that it is necessary to do an extra check.

Kindly see below the countries listed as “risk areas”, for your best information:

Countries and territories in the EU/EEA:
Austria – Belgium – Bulgaria – Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic – Denmark (except Faroe Islands and Greenland) – Estonia – France – Germany – Greece (except the regions of Kitri, Ionia Nisia, Dytiki Ellada and Sterea Ellada) – Hungary – Iceland – Ireland – Italy – Latvia – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Malta – The Netherlands – Norway (except the regions of Rogaland, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Viken, Innlandet, Vestfold og Telemark, Agder, Vestland, Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark) – Poland – Portugal (except the Azores) – Romania – Slovakia – Slovenia – Sweden

Countries outside the EU/EEA:
Albania – Andorra – Argentina – Armenia – Aruba – Bahrain – Belize – Bosnia & Herzegovina – Cape Verde – Colombia – Costa Rica – French Polynesia (France) – Georgia – Gibraltar (UK) – Guam – Jordan – Kuwait – Lebanon – Libya – Moldova – Monaco – Montenegro – Morocco – North Macedonia – Palestine – Panama – Puerto Rico – Russian Federation – San Marino – Saint Martin – Serbia – Switzerland – Tunisia – Ukraine – United Arab Emirates – United Kingdom – United States of America


Kindly note that this list is to be revised every 15 days, and entering into force 7 days after the revision to allow enough time for protocols to update.

For your better reference, download  below a document we have prepared with full information and procedures to follow for the arrival into Spain of crew and guests/contractors via air or sea (ferry).
In regards yacht arrivals, as procedures may change depending of the port, please be so kind to contact your local Evolution Office for further information or send us an email at info@evolutionagents.com.

Download the Seafarer and General Travelers Arrivals Protocol in Spain. COVID-19