Our time on Ibiza, Baleares, Spain
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
80Trip End May 31, 2014
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30th November to 17th December 2012
After the passage of which you have already heard, we spent the next week here waiting for a weather window to move out to anchorage.
Nothing of note happened during our stay. We took the bus to Ibiza town one day and walked upto the citadel and thought to see inside the cathedral, but it was closed! In the leaflet it said it would be open…but it was closed that day. We walked around the fortress walls anyway and took some photos then went back into the town. We had a bus journey to Portinatx another day for something to do and to see what the cove might be like for anchoring later
Steve found the chandlery shop in Sant Antoni and we now have a third anchor for the boat.
Today we left Sant Antoni for Cala Badella our first anchorage now that the weather has calmed down. It was a short motor to get there and we picked up a mooring buoy right inside the cala for the night.
Cala Badella to Espalmador(Formentera)
After our night in Cala Badella we left at 1.15pm to go through the Isles Vedra and Vedrenall to anchor at the idyllic spot of Espalmador where we are told the Bounty advert of years ago was filmed
By 1.45pm we were sailing through the gap between the 2 islands and taking the photos attached to the blog. The Isla Vedra being the most spectacular and impressive of the 2. I haven't found how high it is but would like to compare it to Beachy Head’s height if I could to give you some idea of comparison. Update...it is 425m high.
By 4.30pm we were entering the sheltered bay of Espalmador in the lowering sunlight and dodging the sneaky rocks that just break the surface as you enter. After Steve had anchored to his satisfaction it was dark and cold so we battened down the hatches and settled in for the night in nice calm water.
A very peaceful night at anchor. We awoke to overcast skies and a cool breeze. The island of Espalmador is the land that lies between the main island of Formentera and Ibiza and certainly is an idyllic spot to anchor
Paradise?....we don't think so.
Next day with the weather very overcast we thought that instead of going to Formentera itself we would head to Ibiza town for our next stop.
Ibiza town...Magna Marina
A rip-roaring passage to Ibiza with me helming the 2 hours through wind and rain and upto 4m waves at times to get to the marina. I was soaked through but what fun! Steve was below decks of course navigating us through the narrow channel and missing the ferries that are constantly going to and fro between the islands. He did say I should put the helm onto autopilot but that's boring!
We got to the marina which is right by the town centre about 1345 just before siesta time. The marinero helped us to berth then disappeared for the day. Magna is simply a safe berth and there are no facilities for visiting yachtsmen except water and electricity. The young girl behind the desk in the marina office deserves an award for being so helpful. I wanted to find the Correos (post office) to send some parcels off and she, bless her, offered us the use of the office scooter parked outside or even to go for me!
The town had it's Christmas lights up and a festive feel to it with the shops being decorated with Christmas things. We went out for a drink the next night and soaked up some of the atmosphere with the help of some beer, wine and an Irish coffee or two!
Next day we left Ibiza for Santa Eulalia on the 14th a stop further up the coast before our departure for Majorca. Another cracking sail the 9nm to here with the boat reaching speeds of over 8 knots at several points and even 9 knots once. This marina is the most expensive to date at 35€ a night in the low season. However, Steve negotiated a reduction for staying 2 nights and it worked out at a little over 25€ over all.
Our last day in Ibiza and we had another cracking sail further up the coast to Cala San Vicente to anchor ready to set off next morning for Majorca