5 Reason why Tarragona is a winter wonderland for Superyachts

There is no denying that the northwestern coast of the Mediterranean sea is rapidly becoming the Gulf of Superyachts with an abundance of support services and facilities catering to these high end flotillas, now available from the Balearic Islands to southern France and along the Catalan and Levante coastline.  The growing trend has resulted in high demand for top quality services and amenities and when it comes to quality, security and services the Port of Tarragona has to be the top choice for wintering Superyachts.  Here are the top 5 reasons for choosing this historic port for your winter season:

Deep water port in historic winter sunshine.

The world class facilities of Marina Port Tarraco is the perfect choice for Superyachts and Mega Yachts with its 9 meter draft, total basin area of 150,000m2 and 140 meter waiting dock.  Located in the south of Catalonia, this historic port is flanked by the 216 kms of golden sandy blue flag beaches of the Costa Dorada and 2,000 years of history, all contained in a beautiful and friendly city.

Founded before the 5th century B.C. by the Romans, the adjacent city of Tarragona is a fascinating haven that combines antiquity, gastronomy and traditions with an average of 300 annual days of sunshine and an easily accessible city.  The city is a mixture of old and new, an experience so rich and profound that it’s difficult to grasp the magnitude of its story, while the surrounding areas offer a cornucopia of history, culture, wildlife and tourism making it a top choice for owners families and crews.

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Tarragona city. Roman Amphitheater
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Tarragona city. Roman Forum

Top class marina facilities at your convenience.

Marina Port Tarraco is a deep water port and was designed for owner comfort, convenience and security.  Offering 33 berths between 45 and 160 meters and a 24-hour security service, these modern facilities provide absolute privacy and retain all the services and security protocols owners and crews require for peace of mind and personal safety.

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Marina Port Tarraco. Moll de Costa.

With individual berth wastewater discharge, 6,600/2,000 VA electrical connections, MARPOL certified waste pickup as well as internet, satellite TV and a fitness center the facilities were created with accessibility and relaxation in mind.  Their arrival and departure berthing assistance as well as their concierge service will ensure your complete satisfaction.

State of the art shipyard.

Just alongside the marina port you will find ptw Shipyard, one of Spain’s leading facilities offering Superyacht refit and repairs.  Their comprehensive facilities include a 300-ton travel lift, 15000 square meters of hard standing area, accompanied by 2100 square meters of workshops manned by qualified tradesmen skilled in repairs, rebuilding, and manufacturing new parts.  All projects are carried out by a team of dedicated professionals adept in yacht painting, carpentry & interiors, engineering, mechanics and electrical systems in addition to being a fully authorized Caterpillar sales and service dealership.

As the leading yacht carpentry company in the area, they specialize in decking, furniture and interior decoration while their engineering department provides a full host of MCA, Lloyds and RINA certified services, including engine refits, overhauls, part procurement and repairs. In addition, their yacht painters come with over twenty years of experience in the Superyacht industry and pride themselves on meeting customer’s specific requirements.

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ptw Shipyard facilities


For owner families and crews there is no better location for wintering a Superyacht than the historic port of Tarragona.  The marina is within walking distance of the city which is steeped in history and has a variety of roman ruins such as the amphitheater and roman circus.  There are a number of museums and historic buildings as well as the Rambla Nova shopping area, great beaches while the port area houses wonderful bars, cafés and restaurants.  Just over an hour away is the famous city of Barcelona with it’s wonderful sites such as Sagarda Familia and other iconic architecture, and of course, the famous home grounds of Barcelona FC.

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Main spots and beaches in Tarragona

At ptw Shipyard they pride themselves on providing excellent customer service as standard and they know that owner crews are a highly valuable element to each and every yacht, therefore they ensure that all visiting crew members receive the same top quality service as the vessel. The in-house customer service team is friendly and professional and provides a wealth of information about the local area as well as more practical matters such as health/medical needs, security, accommodation, restaurants and rental cars. In addition owner crews enjoy wonderful on-site barbeques at the facilities which offer a delicious assortment of mouth watering fresh local produce.  The port and city offer a stunning backdrop for daily exercise and the area is ideal for open air walks and runs or should you prefer, you can workout at a variety of local fitness and sports centres. Furthermore, should you fancy a round of 18 holes you can choose from a number of top quality golf courses in and around the surrounding area.

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ptw Shipyard crew barbecues

Transport Network.

The port and city of Tarragona can be reached by a comprehensive network of local and international transport links.  It is located just over an hour’s drive south from Barcelona city via motorway passing by Barcelona Josep Tarradellas International Airport, which offers worldwide connections while Reus, the nearest airport, offers seasonal connections to most European countries.  The urban rail station for Tarragona is located just a short 500 meter walk from the marina and international high speed rail connections are just 15 minutes away by car.

All in all, it has to be said that this ancient port and city has something to offer everyone from fine dining to top class facilities and services.  It’s no surprise that it is rapidly becoming the must-see Superyacht port in the western mediterranean and the top choice for winter berthing for superyachts and mega yachts.

Yacht Paint

Coatings Specialists: Obtaining the finest results available in the yacht paint industry, here at our shipyard we offer a fully dedicated Yacht Paint in-house department. Our team with over twenty years of experience in the super yacht arena will provide the highest standards reaching your expectations. Superior contractual standards and a constant application and surface controls will certify and warrant each job.

  • Finishing and Refinishing.
  • Superyacht painting.
  • Total or partial refits.
  • Priming, fairing & top coating.
  • Restoration refinishing.
  • Touch up & repair work.
  • Professional scaffolding sheds.
  • Contractual and warranty jobs.