Delays in the creation of a marina in Torrox and the planned extension of Caleta de Vélez port have prompted private boatyards to expand their businesses in the east of Malaga area. Some industrial warehouses, in particular in Vélez-Málaga, have also attracted customers looking for a safe place to keep their boats during the winter months.
With a lack of progress in both Torrox and Caleta, the boatyards of Torre del Benagalbón, Puerto Niza (Valle Niza) and Las Caravanas in Almayate Bajo are able to offer space for small boats. In Caleta, which is the only harbour big enough to accommodate larger leisure boats, there is always a waiting list and the privately owned pleasure crafts share valuable space with the many fishing boats that are based there.
In Puerto Niza there is space for 120 boats up to six metres in length and according to manager José Miguel Fernández, there is no waiting list. The boatyard offers a number of services and provides 24-hour surveillance. Fernández says there are a number of foreigners who rent space from him.
Las Caravanas in Almayate Bajo, which has been going for over 10 years, has space for over 200 boats up to eight metres long and Los Rubios in Torre del Benagalbón is the most modern yard. It opened in April 2018 and offers space for up to 60 boats of a maximum of 5.5 metres long. There is normally a waiting list in summer but not during winter.
Torrox's El Peñoncillo beach yard has space for 120 boats and offers a beach bar while Nerja's El Playazo boasts two yards, offering 350 spaces in total, for boats up to seven metres long. There is a waiting list in summer but not in winter.