Why IGY Málaga Marina in Spain is the perfect winter destination for superyachts.

26 Jun 2024

Warm winter sun and unbeatable Spanish hospitality.

Outstanding in-water services and support.

Rated as an ‘absolute gem’ by captains and crew.

The vibrant city of Málaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol has transformed itself into a fantastic Mediterranean winter destination for owners looking for the real Spain.

A wonderful place to visit at any time of year, this beautiful, historic and youthful city is one of the warmest and sunniest spots in the Mediterranean, with temperatures approaching 20 degrees centigrade in the coldest months of December and January.

Where better to drop anchor than IGY Málaga Marina, a luxury superyacht destination renowned for extensive in-water services, friendly service and an unbeatable location.

A rising star

Surprisingly, the city has largely gone under the radar among superyacht owners despite its cultural highlights, authentic feel and proximity to Gibraltar (60 nautical miles away), Mediterranean beaches, Andalusian mountains and the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada.

From the warm welcome to the exciting food culture, new art galleries and bold architecture, Málaga is fast becoming a highly prized destination.

Winter here is full of life and IGY Málaga Marina puts you in the heart of the action. The marina is just a short walk from the city’s best bars and restaurants, the Museo Picasso, and the spectacular Alcazaba fortress.

Alejandra Cruces, manager of IGY Málaga Marina, says: “With nice weather, an international airport, an exciting city to explore and a world class marina with superb facilities and support, you have everything you need.”

Superb facilities and support

With 31 slips for vessels of any length, plus a wide range of additional services, IGY Málaga Marina is becoming a port of choice for maintenance, repairs and provisioning, especially for vessels en route from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and vice-versa.

A big pull for many owners is all of the maintenance and repair work that can be done cost-effectively while the yacht is afloat, using IGY’s recommended contractors as well as the owners’ own experts. Further cost savings can be made through a TPA (Temporary Permission Allowance) with VAT exemption on dockage, maintenance and equipment.

Both surface and technical works can be carried out in water, and the IGY team can help with everything, including sourcing cranes, cherry pickers and divers.

Commenting on the breadth of services available, from containers and workshops to craning, Alejandra says: “Captains, management companies and owners are astonished at what we can do here.”

What captains and crew say

Superyacht and megayacht owners, captains and crew are falling in love with Málaga. One captain, who docks in IGY Málaga Marina for maintenance of a 52m vessel, says: “We always get a friendly welcome from the dock and office staff who really go above and beyond to offer help and assistance. The facilities are safe and secure with very reliable shore power. Lastly, the city of Málaga is an absolute gem just a short walk away; it is clean and safe with great food, bars and leisure activities.”

Similarly, the captain of a 105m megayacht who recently stopped off in Málaga for the first time, says the “professionalism, expertise, and friendly demeanour” of the IGY team made their visit “truly enjoyable and stress-free”.

For more information, please visit IGY Málaga Marina.