Aviles, Spain

Aviles is in Asturias in Northern Spain. It is an industrial town and not very pretty to enter although it has a lovely old town, good provisions, excellent transport links and is a perfect place to securely leave the boat to return to the UK or as a staging post into Asturias and the Picos de Europa.

The marina is a set of pontoons secured by a coded gate and manged by a very friendly chap called Angel. The best way to contact him is via WhatsApp as channel 9 is no monitors and email responses are slow. Feel free to email us if you want his number. Fees for a month were approx £10 per day in 2018 and there are laundry and shower facilities but they are about 10 minutes walk from the pontoons.

The Town
The town looks frankly awful from the pontoons but you’re only 5 minutes walk into the old town which is really excellent. The is a nice clean park and well kept colonial building with every provision you could need including an indoor market open daily selling fresh fruit, meat and vegetables.

The bus station, trains and car hire are all next to one another and only 5 minutes walk from the pontoons. We found Enterprise to be more competitive. The bus to the Asturias Airport took about 15 minutes and cost about 4 Euros. There is a direct Gatwick flight about 2-3 times per week.