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The largest and most unbelievable harbours in Spain

Everyone in the world knows Puerto Banús (Malaga) due to its luxurious yachts and celebrities that make an appearance every summer in their rather expensive berths but 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!

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The Harbour in Barcelona

Puerto de 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.

The harbour in Las Palmas

Puerto de las Palmas

Since 5 centuries ago, the harbour in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, also called Puerto de la Luz (The harbour of light,) is the meeting point for giant vessels, including the world’s most famous cruise ship, the Queen Mary II. That’s because every year more than a million passengers pass through it. In 2011, the harbour was awarded the price for best connection, transport offers, hotels, luggage handling and high level of tourism from all over the world by the international prestigious magazine Dream World Cruise Destinations, making them one of the best in the world.

The Valencian Harbour

puerto de Valencia

According to sources from the Ministry of Development, the harbour in Valencia is the Spanish leader for trafficking containers as of 2006. In addition, it has one of the city’s first tourist schemes, because it homes the Valencia Superyacht Marina, a navy of mega yachts; The MarinaReal Juan Carlos I; The Port America’s Cup, a short’s dock that was constructed in order to celebrate the American Sailing Cup.

Malaga’s Harbour

Puerto de Malaga

This harbour was founded by the Phoenician’s in the 9th century A.C, currently being in an intense remodelling process since 1998, but not with the intention to increase the amount of passengers on board. (In 2010, there were 659,123 passengers.)

The harbour in La Coruña

Puerto de La Coruña

Since 1991 Galicia has been able to show off being one of the most important harbours in Spain. Due to having more than 6 kilometres of docks that currently 65 cruise ships pass through per year, as well as other private yachts and military vessels.

The Harbour in Cádiz

Puerto de Cadiz

El Puerto de la Bahía de Cádiz is a complex formed of 5 ports: Cádiz dock, Cabezuela-Puerto Real dock, the dock of Zona Franca (Cádiz) and the harbour’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.

The Harbour in Palma of Mallorca

Puerta de Palma

Marked by the villages of Puig de Sant Pere, Sa Llotja, La Seu, Sa Calatrava, Son Armadams, Santa Catalina, Es Jonquet and Foners, the Harbour 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.

The Harbour in Vigo

Puerto de Vigo

With an expansion of over 20Km, the harbour in Vigo is one of the most important in the world, an even more, it homes the headquarters of Pescanova. Did you know that the construction dates back to the Roman era?

The Harbour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

puerto santa cruz

It is the second harbour in the Canaries with a large number of passengers, after the Harbous of Los Cristianos, located in the south of the island. More so, it has a bragging reputation for having had some of the biggest transatlantic visitors in the world, such as Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II- Almost nothing!

The Harbour in Cartagena

Puerto de Cartagena

Cartagena would not be the same if it were not for its harbour that has been used by all civilizations that have passed through the city of Murcia. In this sense, not only is it one of the biggest commercial and industrial Spanish harbours but also the second best in the world, according to Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards giving it an international prize in 2012.

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Written by: xavi


Hello there! I love to travel, and Barcelona is a great city to live, thats why I decided to write about it and share my experiences!

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