Our time on Ibiza, Baleares, Spain

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

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Sant Antoni, Ibiza

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.  Portinatx was closed. We could see that it is a holiday place but not even one café open!  So rather a dead loss on that side of things but it was nice to see some of the island.

Steve found the chandlery shop in Sant Antoni and we now have a third anchor for the boat.

9th December..

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.

10th December

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.  i.e the chocolate bar!

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.

11th December

Espalmador, Formentera

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.  We were the only people there. The bay is very sheltered and has azure water, white sand and a handful of planted palm trees by the 3 dwellings near the water’s edge.  I would imagine that in the summer it is chockablock with visitors.

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.

12th December.

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 deserved 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!
Santa Eulalia
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 there with the boat reaching speeds of over 8 knots at several points and even 9 knots once.  This marina was 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.

16th December

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.




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Rosalie on

Pictures look great. You seem to be keeping very busy. After our wonderful holiday in Tenerife, Eastbourne seems a bit dull. Lots of Christmas dancing parties: went to Pheonix Monday, East DeanTuesday, Town Hall Wednesday and Polgate tomorrow. Christmas Dance at theTown Hall this Saturday. Looking forward to the bandstand spectacular on Christmas and Boxing Day. Couple of holiday walks lined up with the gang as well. Here's wishing you both A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. Will update you on the news on facebook. Much love. xx

Rosie on

Hi Steve ,Gilly, I worked in the area you are in and remember it to be very pretty indeed, nice to be there out of season.
I returned last Sat after my 11 day working cruise and am just making up on some sleep, most days were 16 hrs long and pretty full on, kept wishing I had had a pedometer I order to see how much mileage I actually did going from one end of the ship to the other, anyway all went well and I hear client et all are happy with the results. We are staying with Sarah and Guy this wk end and then spending Christmas with Ben Karan and the grandchildren so outside of picking up the Turkey and some bottles there is not much for me to do which is nice. Tank you for your Xmas card, I was hoping to send one back to you via Mark but tho we arranged to meet it didn't come together sadly so no card but will try to call you Steve on your mobile over the Christmas period, till then much love and continue to enjoy, looking forward to seeing you in Italy when you get there,
Much love and big hugs
Rosie xxxxx

pauline and roly on

Hi Jilly and Steve!
the bounty advert scenery sounded ace-our favourite is the plain chocolate one with the red wrapper! The only people at Espalmador eh!?-that must've been weird! Love the photos, especially the footprints in the sand!, take care, love and hugs to both for Christmas, Pauline xx and Roly x

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