Cats and more cats

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2014

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Flag of Spain  , Valencia,
Saturday, November 17, 2012



Hot, peaceful and FREE.

Well we finally left Marina Salinas at Torrevieja after a month at berth there. We had a very relaxed time and met some super people, namely our Scottish neighbours Joe and Janice on Babycakes and John, Mike and Alan on their yachts. Thank you all for your kindness and help.

Leaving after so many days in the marina meant we had to refocus on sailing again.  It's funny how you forget to do the simplest things e.g. stowing the fenders before getting out of the harbour! It was nothing that couldn’t be sorted out anyway.

So we had decided to head towards a place called Isla de Tabarca that had been recommended by Robbie and Jake back in Almerimar.  It was only a few nautical miles away and we had a mixture of motoring and sailing to get there.  The weather forecast had said that we should expect good conditions so we planned to anchor off the island for 2 nights if possible.  On that short passage we saw 2 separate Swordfish leap out of the sea twice.  The first one was so near to the boat I could almost touch it.

We sailed into the small bay on the leeward side and dropped anchor for the night.  The island looked deserted from the boat but we did see and hear one vehicle that turned out to be the refuge truck (a small pick-up). 

A peaceful night at anchor and we were thinking of taking T3 (Thunderbird 3…our dinghy) ashore but then as the wind was changing we decided to motor around to the other side where there was a small harbour and breakwater behind which we were told we could anchor.  It didn’t take us long to motor around to the other side and find that it was indeed a small harbour.  I wasn’t sure that we could even get in there so as I was helming asked Steve to radio in on channel 9 to see if anyone would answer.  He spoke to someone who said we could berth on C pontoon number 70….hmmm strange that as there was nothing like that there! 

So we crept in to find a tiny fishing harbour with a breakwater that had the ferry tied up to it.  We had seen it go in earlier as we were motoring towards the entrance. Obviously there was no marina so we sidled into the quayside very gently and tied up alongside in 1.5m of depth under the keel!   There was nobody around to go and see about payment so we just walked into the nearest restaurant (the only one open I think) and had a delicious lunch each.  The island, like so many other beauty spots in Spain, has been made a nature reserve and amongst other prohibited activities, fishing is not allowed in any form.  Then a walk around the island through the 'village’ and along the fortress walls and then across to the "green" end where the lighthouse and remains of a Charles 111 Torre were. See photos.

Away in the distance towards the mainland we could see Alicante slowly disappearing under a huge storm cloud and could hear thunder, so having ended the walk we went back onto Dunikolu and missed the rain by a few minutes.  While we were back onboard one of the Ferrymen was feeding the fish from the quayside with bread.  We could see them jumping so I wandered along to watch him while Steve was doing something.  The guy told me to stay there and off he dashed to get more bread and then stooped down to the water and the fish came and took the bread from his fingers.  Amazing. A small crowd gathered around him as I watched.

What we really noticed was the number of stray cats on the island.  They were in gangs of about 6-10 and we found them all over the place.  Some were by the restaurants, some in the village area, others sunning themselves by the old church.

After the ferry left we were more or less the only visitors left on the island so we spent the night on the quayside for free. The noise of the waves coming in from the sea and bumping the stern was really annoying so after watching a dvd we turned the boat around from the quayside to face it into the waves and it was much quieter.

Next day we were leaving for Campello to anchor there if possible and at 1130 we were away again.  
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Joe & Janice on

Glad we had the opportunity to meet you both, all the best on your voyage, and fair winds good sailing.
Oh, and looking forward to hearing how you 2 get on in the Balearics.

All the best, Joe & Janice.

pauline and roly on

Hi both-sounds idyllic again!how many more wonderful discoveries are you going to make?! Very interesting about the swordfish, the fish feeding from the fisherman's hand and the stray cats xx

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