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28O 55.1'N

PUERTO CALERO
LANZAROTE

13O 42.0'W
Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
Approach and Entrance

Totally straightforward as per the pilot. There is a fish farm in the bay South of the marina between Punta Gorda and the lighthouse, but it is well buoyed and not en-route unless tacking close inshore.

The reception pontoon is to starboard and is also the fuel berth. It is before you get to the marina office, which is in an octagonal psuedo-lighthouse type building.

You need to be aware that office hours are 08.00-14.00 and 18.00-20.00, so if you arrive after two in the afternoon you will be stuck on the reception pontoon - which is miles from anywhere - until six. We arrived at three thirty and found this incredibly annoying.

Formalities

We had to manually fill out two badly photocopied pieces of paper with the identical and laborious full details of boat and crew - the most hassle we have had with paperwork anywhere in the Canaries.

Facilities and Charges

We weren't shown a price schedule, so it was a bit of a shock when we were told it would be E16.95 plus tax - which comes to 18 euros a night, the most we have paid anywhere since leaving the UK with the exception of Kilmore Quay in SE Ireland. Friends on a 12m boat however were only charged E22 a night - less than they had paid in Rubicon - so obviously the marina is not interested in small yachts. This one certainly won't be returning, particularly as we were put on a pontoon not much more than half the length of the boat which sinks if you stand on the end of it. The only redeeming feature is that there were ont one but two staff there to take our lines.

No keys are required because pontoons and toilets are left open. We were told there is allegedly 24 hour security. The showers are excellent - hot and strong.

No Camping Gaz (or indeed gas of any sort) is available at the marina. You can allegedly swap bottles at a filling station 7km away otherwise you have to go into Arrecife to Puerto Marmoles. In the editors' opinion this is unacceptable in a modern marina.

The marina development includes a small, expensive and esentially useless supermarket which has (for example) doubled the price of a small tin of pate and put at least E1 on a cheap bottle of wine. Cartons of vino tinto we have seen for 63 cents elsewhere were a euro more. If you need to do any shoping then you will have to take a bus into Arrecife. The various bars and restaurants all appear to be more expensive than the corresponding offerings in Marina Rubicon, and it is hard to see why anyone would choose Calero over Rubicon for an extended stay in Lanzarote - although if you have a larger boat and need wi-fi access (see below) then it is good value.

Communications

The marina provides a free wi-fi service with a good signal on the pontoon we were on. You can get a bus into Arrecife from just outside the marina.

Places to See, Things to Do

Not a lot locally - the marina is quite isolated. It is about 3km to walk to Puerto Carmen, the next tourist development along the coast. There is an art gallery at the marina. You can also spend some time reading the glossy brochure they give you, which must account for a measurable percentage of the cost of your berth.

For a detailed account of Fairwinds' time in Lanzarote see HERE