As we continued south along the Spanish Coast we were entertained by a squadron of Spanish air force jets practicing for the coming airshow in two days at Mar Menor. Mar Menor is a inner lake with only a narrow peninsula separating the lake from the sea.

During our stop in Cartagena we went to a bar/restaurant to watch Sweden play Belgium in a European Championship football match. When we sat at the table the waiter announced to all that we were Swedes and all the others were Belgium. Sweden lost……….. ouch.

The summer solstice in Spain is called the San Juan celebration and we arrived to Puerto De Garrucha just in time to enjoy the festivities. Puerto De Garrucha is a large fishing port and has a large commercial pier. Based on the size of the overall port, we were quite surprised they got such large cargo vessels in, but with the aid of two tugboats.

Party on the beach

Party on the beach

I am not sure we have been in a town with as many fish restaurants as here. But on the Eve of San Juan the restaurants were empty with customers because most of the families were on the large sandy beach with their BBQ grills and portable tables arriving around 8:30 in the evening to enjoy their food before the traditional bonfire on the beach and fireworks at midnight.
There were 3 separate live bands along the long stretch of beach.

The bonfire is ready to go

Bonfire is ready to go

The bonfire had old crates stacked and on top was a old wooden fishing boat as the sacrifice for the celebration. The party went long into the morning hours.

Putting boats on fire might be a way to improve boat sales!

Putting boats on fire might be a way to improve boat sales!

The next morning we had to wait for the delay in opening the office so we could depart the marina and sail south.

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