Let’s discover the largest and most unbelievable harbors in Spain. Indeed, everyone in the world knows Puerto Banús in Málaga due to its luxurious yachts and celebrities that make an appearance every summer in their rather expensive berths. However, it’s only one of the biggest in Spain. And that’s because, how can you keep comparing, when there are other docks that stand out because of their incredible size and as well as their historical and tourist importance? Do you want to see them? Well let’s show you them!
# 1 The harbor in Barcelona
“Port Vell” meaning old port, was built during the urban renewal program just before the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Before, it was home to empty warehouses, railroad yards and factors; now it features the World Trade Centre, the shopping centre Maremagnum, a multiplex cinema and a variety of renowned seafood restaurants: with over 16 million visitors each year, the complex is now an important tourist attraction.
# 2 The harbor in Las Palmas
Since 5 centuries ago, the harbor in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, is the meeting point for giant vessels. It includes the world’s most famous cruise ship, the Queen Mary II. It is also called Puerto de la Luz (“The harbor of light”). Additionally, every year more than a million passengers pass through it. In 2011, the harbor was awarded the price for best connection, transport offers, hotels, luggage handling and high level of tourism. They come from all over the world by the international prestigious magazine Dream World Cruise Destinations. That makes them one of the best in the world.
# 3 The Valencian harbor
According to sources from the Ministry of Development, the harbor in Valencia is the Spanish leader for trafficking containers. In addition, it has one of the city’s first tourist schemes, because it homes the Valencia Superyacht Marina. It is a navy of mega yachts; The Marina Real Juan Carlos I; The Port America’s Cup, a short’s dock that was constructed in order to celebrate the American Sailing Cup.
# 4 Málaga’s harbor
This harbor was founded by the Phoenician’s in the 9th century A.C, currently being in an intense remodeling process since 1998; but not with the intention to increase the amount of passengers on board. It is used as a marina, passenger port (regular line with Melilla, cruises), commercial port (containers, bulk) and fishing port. It is currently in a process of redesign (plan especial del puerto), which is supposed to integrate it with the city.
# 5 The harbor in La Coruña
The port of Coruña is located south of the isthmus in the calm waters of the ria. It is dominated on the east by a fortified promontory where the first urban settlement was established. On this site, which has always been frequented by ships (Hercules tower at the northern tip of the peninsula), a commercial center and a dynamic port with a turbulent history have developed. With 244,388 inhabitants (2007), Coruña, capital of the eponymous province, is the second largest fishing port in Spain and one of the main ports in northern Spain exporting agricultural products and importing salt, coal and manufactured goods.
# 6 The harbor in Cádiz
El Puerto de la Bahía de Cádiz is a complex formed of five ports: Cádiz dock, Cabezuela-Puerto Real dock, the dock of Zona Franca and the harbor’s dock of Santa María. Its privileged location, with a permanent connection with Tánger and the Canary Islands, turn it into one of the most referenced docks in Spain.
# 7 The harbor in Palma of Mallorca
Marked by the villages of Puig de Sant Pere, Sa Llotja, La Seu, Sa Calatrava, Son Armadams, Santa Catalina, Es Jonquet and Foners, the Harbor in Palma of Mallorca is one of the biggest on the island. Also, in terms of the several services that have helped it turn into one of the points of reference for cruise ships.
# 8 The harbor in Vigo
With an expansion of over 20Km, the harbor in Vigo is one of the most important harbors in the world. Additionally, it homes the headquarters of Pescanova. Also, did you know that the construction dates back to the Roman era? It is a port for goods, passengers, fishing and pleasure. The port area includes industrial activities, shipyards, canning and freezing, nautical activities, yacht repair. The port of Vigo is part of the maritime province of Vigo. Indeed, it is one of the 30 maritime provinces of the Spanish coastline.
# 9 The harbor in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
It is one of the harbors in the Canaries with a large number of passengers, after the Harbors of Los Cristianos. It is located in the south of the island. More so, it has a bragging reputation. First of all, for having had some of the biggest transatlantic visitors in the world, such as Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II- Almost nothing!
# 10 The harbor in Cartagena
Cartagena would not be the same if it were not for its harbors; these have been used by all civilizations that have passed through the city of Murcia. In this sense, it is one of the biggest commercial and industrial Spanish harbors and the second best in the world. Moreover, according to Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards it gives it an international prize in 2012.
Did you know which is the biggest harbor in the world?
Modern-day container ports or harbors handling has given the shipping industry a newer perspectives of trade with far off places. In the most developed areas of the world, containerization has a high-value share in the maritime-based import. In addition, it includes export and transshipment of general goods. Some of the biggest and busiest ports in the world are container port. Indeed, it allows shipment of cargo travels from point A to point B in several formats either by rail, road or sea. Thus, we bring you the top 10 busiest ports in the world!