For yachts planning on spending the winter in Europe, consider berthing in Melilla.
The Spanish city on the North African Med coast offers a multitude of benefits to visiting yachts, for short or long stays. Just 95 nautical miles from Almería, Melilla’s airport is only 2.5 kilometers from the city with direct flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Seville and Almería.
The port enjoys state-of-the-art security, with 400 berths, 12m draft and a dock of 240m, suitable for yachts of any length. There are fifteen moorings to accommodate yachts of up to 50 meters.
For yachts up to 50m LOA and 10m beam, a 30-day stay costs just €2,263. The 90-day rate falls to €6,790, or €21,969 for a full year. For smaller yachts up to 30m LOA and 7m beam, these rates are respectively €978, €2,933 and €9,491, inclusive of taxes.
Melilla is part of the EU, but not of the Customs Territory of the Union (TAU) or the Territory of VAT application (TAIVA), making it a useful point in the exit of TAU, for the purpose of finalising ‘Temporary Admission’ (RIT) and the Inward Processing Regime (RPA). Neither is Melilla part of the Territory of Application of Special Taxes (TAIIEE), making it advantageous for tax-free refuelling and provisioning before entering or after exiting the TAU.
Melilla is about to become an approved departure point for charters of EU-status yachts, while chartering for non-EU-status yachts — those temporarily in the TAU under RIT — is pending approval from the Customs authorities.
Unlike some long-stay ports, Melilla is also a very pleasant city to live, enjoying an average annual temperature of 19ºC. The Old Town’s spectacular walled citadel and modernist architecture, as well as a vast choice of restaurants and bars, make it a great year-round place to spend time.
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