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28O 12.5'N

GRAN TARAJAL
FUERTEVENTURA

14O 01.5'W
Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura
Approach

Straightforward from North or South with no hazards we could see apart from one big, obvious buoy in the entrance that may or may not be marking something. We left it to starboard going in.

Entrance

Turn to port round the breakwater past the lifeboat. It is probably best to secure to the wall along the inside of the breakwater first if you have not made prior contact and obtained permission to go on the pontoon, but if there is an obvious space big enough for your boat on the outermost of the two end pontoons (no. 2) then you could go straight onto this (bows to with - hopefully - a lazy line).

The wall is high, with only one ladder and a largish overhang, so is far from ideal, but it is sheltered with little or no surge. There is a yacht on it in the photograph. According to one of the lifeboat crew we spoke to anchoring in the harbour is not permitted, and with the moored local boats and a couple of what look like fish keeps there is not a lot of space. If you want to anchor then the bay West of the main breakwater might be OK if there is not much swell. You could then go ashore to see the Port Captain and investigate the pontoon situation.

Formalities

We had already spoken to the Port Captain when we visited by hire car a couple of days previously and been given permission to go on the pontoon. We found a suitable berth while we were there and briefed the boat beside it, then were lucky enough to be handed the lazy line when we came in two days later. You could perhaps telephone ahead, but only if your Spanish is good - very little English is spoken.

An hour or so after we tied up - on a Sunday afternoon as well - a very personable female security guard turned up and took our details then directed us to go and see the Port Captain in the morning. Our right to be on the pontoon was not questioned, so I guess attitudes have relaxed since the last (2003) edition of the Atlantic Islands pilot.

Facilities and Charges

The toilets were locked while we were there and appear to usually be. There is water and electricity on the pontoons. The security gates were left open while we were there.

When we went to see El Capitano in the morning and said we were leaving that day any charges were waived - probably not worth the paperwork. I would imagine however that charges are low.

The whole of the landward side of the harbour is being redeveloped and at the moment is a vast plain of levelled earth and sand - obviously something is going to be built there, possibly a new marina complex as there is a big tourist development being built just inland from this end of the harbour. In the meantime, if you walk across this area to the port office you will pass the Cofradia de Pescadores resturant, which we can thoroughly recommend. Other than that there isn't much in the harbour area, but you will find most things you need in the town, including a big Eurospar supermarket and a couple of chandlers with basic items.

Communications

We found a WiFi hotspot you could pay online to access - called the FON network - and enjoyed reasonable connectivity from the boat for two euros for the night.

Places to See, Things to Do

We were only there for one night, but the walk down the promenade along the beach is very pleasant - the space has the feel of having been created for locals rather than tourists. Plenty of restaurants, and all the usual facilities - banks etc - in the town. Altogether a much more pleasant place than we were expecting, and we would have liked to stay longer to get to know the town.

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