The transformation of Barcelona’s Marina Port Vell represents a tidal shift in Spain. The London-based Salamanca Group acquired the marina in 2010, prior to the repeal of Spain’s matriculation tax, which forced owners of yachts longer than 50 feet to pay 12.5 percent of their vessels’ total value to charter the boats in Spanish waters. With the tax now rescinded, Marina Port Vell is undergoing a massive renovation and is poised to become a premier yachting destination in the western Mediterranean.
Set for completion at the end of 2014, the marina will offer 162 berths, the largest of which will be able to accommodate yachts as long as 460 feet. Amenities will include a fitness center, a membership club, concierge services, and relaxation areas for crew. A shopping mall, an IMAX movie theater, an aquarium, and a museum are located adjacent to the development. In addition, the multilingual staff at the marina’s reception office will be available 24/7 to help boaters with customs and travel arrangements.
Several hotels are located near the marina, which is a 25-minute drive from Barcelona’s international airport. If not by land or sea, visitors will have a third option for arriving at the development: When completed, Spain’s new yachting haven will also offer access to a helipad.
Marina Port Vell, www.marinaportvell.com