northern half and the southwestern extremity of Ibiza are mountainous and this was evident as we sailed
around this spectacular coastline.
three anchorages in Ibiza were Cala Talamanca,
Cala Valada and Cala Portinax, all situated on the west and north
Leaving Esplamador for Ibiza Town & Talamanca
specifically to Talamanca
Bay, as this was the closest anchorage
to visit Ibiza
Town. Albeit a bouncy anchorage and a long
dinghy ride ashore, it was only a 20 minute walk into town! Of course Michael couldn’t go by the
chandlers without finding something to buy, this time a new gas strut for the
forward anchor locker. Then it was
time to find the shop which sold ‘Crocs’ sandals. Alan and Ann, had on many occasions said
how good ‘Crocs’ are and are a must for ‘boat life’. ‘Crocs’ are modern day plastic sandals,
albeit a lot more expensive, but are extremely comfortable. So after some gentle
persuasion we eventually brought a pair each and have not yet regretted the
Talamanca Bay (Ibiza Town) rather
After getting the weather forecast for the next few days, we decided
there were no safe anchorages to enable us to head up the east coast of Ibiza,
so we decided to head back round to the west coast again and this time found a
new anchorage Cala Valada, which was extremely narrow, with only room for about
5 yachts, but very pleasant. The
bay was also full of small red jellyfish, which put me off going in the
sea! I understand jellyfish are a
problem in the Balearics, especially as the summer draws on and I’m not sure how
badly they sting, if at all, but I’m certainly not going to wait and
A 25 mile
passage the next day enabled us to get north of the island and to one of the
nearest drop off points for Majorca. Our anchorage in Cala Portinax was
beautiful and the water clear, which enthused me for the first time to don my
fins and snorkel and go for a swim.
Anne making preparations to head into the
thing about Portinax, is it’s full of British holidaymakers and the larger
hotels all played loud music until the stroke of midnight (this was stated in
the pilot book, so we shouldn’t complain!). Despite this, we had an enjoyable 3 days
exploring Portinax and sampling the touristy bit!
Various views around
couldn’t fault Ibiza and it’s rugged landscape and would definitely include
Ibiza in future sailing itineraries.
the last fortnight gone to………….next instalment, Majorca!