BALAERES ISLANDS
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Our first stop in Mahon Menorca was the fuel dock. We then anchored for the night in a lovely spot, Cala Taulera, surrounded by remains of the forts. This area has much history, some of which is from the British occupation.

Two days later we arrived in Palma Mallorca in time to meet our Monday morning appointment.
We moored at the docks used by the Alboran Yacht Charters. They offer space and reasonable prices from Sunday to Friday morning while the charter boats are away. The great part about this is LOCATION. Directly across is Old Town and the Cathedral de Mallorca, both of which are the heart of Palma for restaurants, shopping and sightseeing.

Bella moored just 300 m from the cathedral

Bella moored just 300 m from the cathedral

Cathedral at night

Cathedral at night

A Swedish friend arrived in his HR 46 who also motoring from Sardinia. We had dinner with Leif and Anders that evening and the next morning they departed for the east coast of Spain.

Vickie & Leif are planning dinner

Vickie & Leif are planning dinner

We rented a car and visited some very charming villages around the island; Arta, Valdemossa, and Dela. We also made a trip to IKEA to get herring for the coming Swedish Midsommar celebration this month.

Valldemossa

Valldemossa

Valldemossa

Valldemossa

North coast of Mallorca

North coast of Mallorca

Off to Ibiza motoring (no winds to be found) to meet with a Swedish friend who has a HR 36. He reserved a place in the marina for us and we enjoyed a evening with Curt and Suzanne and a fantastic dinner. Next day down to Formentera, yes to guessed right, motoring, to anchor in the beautiful aqua waters in front of a large sand beach. Here was my first swim (well ok – a dip) as the water was a bit chilly.

Fomentera

Fomentera

Finally to the West side of Ibiza, Puerto de San Antonio, where we anchored for the night. 0545 we were up and almost out of the bay when we were hit with 25 knots of wind and 2 meter waves. A alternative to a cup of coffee as a wake up. We knew we would have this wind for at least half the trip across before the winds died, but the waves were still sloppy. Just as we were approaching Marina El Portet in Denia, mainland Spain the winds hit hard from the opposite direction. Once secure at the dock it was time for relaxing and a cocktail.


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BALAERES ISLANDS — 4 Comments

  1. 37 years since we first staid in my father-in-law’s vine covered villa just beyond Denia’s Bomberos (Fire station)…further down the coast, hope you will enjoy some leisurely sailing inside unforgettable Mar Menor, a very special little sea away from the big Med! Have fun!
    Vaslav &

  2. Valdemossa : a place we always wanted to visit . Chopin composed some of his most beautifull preludes there !
    IKEA : we understand your craving for Swedish herring : definitely the best .
    Enjoy your Midsommar ; we did when we visited Sweden ; a very nice tradition .

    Peggy and Yves

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