Punta de la Mona Marina - Marina del Este- Almuñécar

Marina del Este © Michelle Chaplow
Marina del Este, a hidden gem in Andalucia ( click to enlarge) © Michelle Chaplow

Punta de la Mona Marina

Marina Info

Latitude: 36*44'N
Longitude: 3*43'W
VHF: CH9 & 16
Harbour Entrance Width: 45m
Depth: 4.5m
227 Moorings, 8-30m deep

(Also known as Puerto Deportivo Punta de la Mona "Marina del Este")

This exceptionally pretty yet little-known marina, one of the most attractive in the whole Mediterranean, is located in the small seaside town of La Herradura.

The port is situated on the eastern side of a natural headland called Punta de la Mona, on the other side from the town. It is geographically outstanding, with a perfectly-protected situation, courtesy of natural features. Nestled in a cove which protects the boats from rough sea conditions, the marina's outer breakwater includes a rocky island outcrop around which it is built.

The marina is also just 10 minutes from the popular seaside resort of Almuñécar, and is well situated to enjoy trips to visit museums, ancient ruins and a vast selection of excellent bars and restaurants.

facilities

Facilities at the marina include showers and toilets, electricity and water hook-up at every pontoon mooring, wifi, marine shops and workshops, waste disposal, marine diesel refuelling, cashpoints, car hire and taxi services, launderette, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and shops.

GETTING THERE

The marina is a little tricky to find, which adds to its undiscovered charm. To get there, you need to turn off heading south from the N340 between Almuñecar and La Herradura. This road winds back and forth across the Punta de Mona headland; follow signs to the Best Alcazar hotel, then drive eastwards down the super-scenic twisty zig-zag to the port. Parking is available just outside.

WHERE TO STAY

An undiscovered gem is the Best Alcazar hotel, situated right up on the ridge of the headland, offering outstanding views. Some rooms have balconies looking down onto the marina. Until you arrive at the hotel, it is completely hidden so you cannot see it from the road. A large, modern hotel, it has two impressive outdoor swimming pools as well as an indoor spa with heated pool and thermal circuit.

NEARBY BEACH

Playa Berenguales is a small cove located just outside the marina. This 100-metre-long beach is very popular with divers exploring the Punta de la Mona headland, who often take advantage of the car park behind; it is flanked by a large rock and the headland itself. A popular meeting point for divers, it offers boat rental and good seafood restaurants.