The marina at Balis is populated with a large number of moored yachts and motorboats that are principally used for recreational purposes. The sailing club – Club Náutico El Balis (www.cnelbalis.com) – is located at the northern end of the marina, has a membership of around 3,500 and is active in dinghy and large boat, pleasure sailing and racing.
Founded in 1966, the Club affords spacious and modern accommodation with an excellent restaurant area providing indoor and outdoor eating and a fabulous pool terrace with a sunbathing area. There is also a private beach, with outdoor showers, a small gym and changing facilities.
In the middle of the marina there is large workshop/office area that would act as race office, measurement area and jury rooms. There are many rooms for use overlooking the marina. Further south is a row of retail outlets and restaurants, all facing the marina. The marina is gated for vehicles, though is accessible on foot or bicycle.
First impression is that this is a family orientated club and not a commercial enterprise. The dinghy fleets include Optimist, 49ers and 47os and a small Finn fleet, which is expanding.
The J80 held its World Championship here in 2014, with 62 participants.
Points to note:
• Ample Finn storage space with adequate fresh water wash-down hoses. Excellent trailer storage.
• Gym, pool, private beach
• 11 Bars and restaurants in the port.
• A number of launch ramps will be installed and have been used before.
• Excellent media, Jury and conference facilities
• Large covered measurement area.
• On-site campervan facilities.
It is proposed to host 30-40 campervans on the marina site (a small charge will apply for the event.)
There is further serviced camping 1 km away at Camping Barcelona, which has touring facilities and also a number of static bungalows. It is located on the same road as the marina, further along the coast. It is a level cycle to the marina.
Nearby villages and towns:
Andreu de Llavaneros – Local village and train stop for the marina at Porto El Balis. There is very little in the way of accommodation here except the camping and some budget apartments.
Caldes d’Estrac – a small town 2 km north of the Marina along the beach road. There are several hotels including 2 and 4 star, as well as apartments. It is an easy cycle ride and a reasonably long walk from the marine to Caldes.
Matáro – a much larger town loaded 8 km south-west of Porto Balis with many hotels, restaurants and extensive facilities and attractions. A train runs from the town centre with a stop right outside the marina. Tickets cost 2 euros from town to marina and takes five minutes.
Barcelona 35km, Taxi 75 euros to El Balis
A Ladies programme has been proposed for the Tuesday and Thursday, sampling some of the local sites and shopping.
There is also the local club beach and pool area for your pleasure in the week.