The Top 10 Most Expensive Superyacht Marinas in Europe


Porto Cervo in Sardinia, the third most expensive marina in Europe, where 55m berths cost a staggering €2,514 daily. (c) Azimut Benetti

Ibiza Magna in Spain is the most expensive marina in Europe, according to a ranking that compares mooring fees for a 55m yacht in high season.

If you just bought a superyacht and are planning to keep it in Ibiza, hopefully you budgeted for the mooring fees. At an eye-watering €3,025 per day, Ibiza Magna in Spain is the most expensive superyacht marina in Europe, according to the survey produced by Engel & Völkers Yachting. It retains the title for the second year running; although in 2016 the daily basic rate was a bit cheaper at €2.994,75.

The frontrunner Ibiza is followed by three Italian locations. Second place in the league of Europe’s most exclusive marinas is the Marina Grande on Capri. The daily rate for a yacht berth here is €2,670.

The Marina di Porto Cervo on Sardinia comes in third place at €2,514. At the Marina di Portofino, the basic daily fee for mooring a 55m yacht is €2,288. This puts the marina near Genoa in fourth place in the ranking.

“Factors such as the location of the marina, high demand and limited capacity all influence the extent of the mooring fee,” said Anissa Mediouni, CEO of Engel & Völkers Yachting. The Marina di Portofino, for example, has just 16 berths. “We are currently seeing increased interest on the market for yachts over 50m. The number of available moorings for vessels of this size is limited however,” she says.

The Puerto José Banús in Marbella comes in fifth place at a daily rate of €2,068. The marina has a total of 915 berths and is the second Spanish marina in the top 10. It is followed in sixth place by the Port de Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. A berth for a 55m yacht costs €2,054 daily. “There are usually costs in addition to the basic fee, for various services such as the provision of electricity and water or refuelling,” says Mediouni, adding: “The scope and amount of these additional costs vary from marina to marina.”

Exclusive marinas on Cyprus, in Croatia, in Monaco and in Turkey offer yacht berths for under €2,000 per day. The Limassol Marina, for instance, charges a daily rate of €1,533. This places the marina in southern Cyprus in seventh place in the ranking by Engel & Völkers Yachting. In eighth place comes the ACI Marina Split on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast at €1,320. “The ACI Marina Split and the Marina di Porto Cervo on Sardinia witnessed the largest price rises compared to 2016. The daily mooring fees for a 55m yacht during the high season rose in both of these locations by around seven percent,” says Mediouni.

One of the most important yachting hotspots in the world is the Principality of Monaco. There is good reason why the Port Hercules in Monte Carlo is one of the most prestigious marinas in the Mediterranean region. With mooring fees of €1,074, the only deepwater marina on the Côte d’Azur comes in ninth place. The Netsel Marmaris Marina in Turkey completes the 10 most exclusive marinas in Europe. The daily rate for a yacht berth here is €1,045.

With regard to choosing a marina, Engel & Völkers Yachting has been observing different preferences between client groups. Charter clients often prefer moorings in Marmaris, Monte Carlo, Saint-Tropez, Marbella and on Ibiza. Whereas yacht owners tend to focus more on the Italian marinas on Capri, in Porto Cervo or Portofino. “Anyone looking to book a yacht berth in one of Europe’s finest marinas in high season should do this three to five months in advance due to the high demand,” Mediouni advises.

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