Top Ten: Europe’s most expensive marinas

Ibiza Magna has been named as the most expensive marina in Europe in 2017, with a whopping daily mooring fee of €3,025.

Looking at the basic daily cost of parking up a 55-foot yacht during the high season, the Balearic hotspot came out ahead of three Italian marinas: the Marina Grande on Capri €2,670, the Marina di Porto Cervo on Sardinia (€2,514), and the Marina di Portofino (€2,288).

“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, which carried out the survey. “We are currently seeing increased interest on the market for yachts over 50 metres. The number of available moorings for vessels of this size is limited however – the Marina di Portofino, for example, has only 16 berths.”

That daily cost is often just the start though, adds Mediouni: “There are usually costs in addition to the basic fee, for various services such as the provision of electricity and water, or refuelling. The scope and amount of these additional costs vary from marina to marina.”

The 915-berth Puerto José Banús in Marbella and the Port de Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera also feature in the €2,000+ per day club, ahead of the most exclusive options on Cyprus, in Croatia, in Monaco and in Turkey.

The ACI Marina Split and the Marina di Porto Cervo on Sardinia saw the biggest year-on-year price rises, with daily fees going up by around 7%.

The study found that charter clients tend to 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.

The top 10 most expensive marinas in Europe*

Rank Name of marina  Location Mooring fee per day
1  Ibiza Magna  Ibiza, Spain 3,025 euros
2  Marina Grande  Capri, Italy 2,670 euros
3  Marina di Porto Cervo  Sardinien, Italy 2,514 euros
4  Marina di Portofino  Portofino, Italy 2,288 euros
5  Puerto José Banús  Marbella, Spain 2,068 euros
6  Port de Saint-Tropez  Saint-Tropez, France 2,054 euros
7  Limassol Marina  Limassol, Cyprus 1,533 euros
8  ACI Marina Split  Split, Croatia 1,320 euros
9  Port Hercule  Monte-Carlo, Monaco 1,074 euros
10  Netsel Marmaris Marina  Marmaris, Turkey 1,045 euros

* The survey data is based on basic prices collated by Engel & Völkers Yachting for mooring fees during the respective high season 2017 in each location. These are basic prices for a 55-metre yacht. Seasonal events (such as trade shows, festivals and sporting events) can result in fluctuations to these basic prices in individual locations