Med. Spain cont...
Jan 4th - Feb 1st, 2020
La Sagrada Familia, One of Gaudi's most famous work
Gaudi's Casa Batllo
Mini vacation in Barcelona
Gaudi's Casa Mila
Roaming the streets of Barcelona
We drove up to Tibidabo mountain, the highest point in Barcelona with 512 m. Beautiful place to view Barcelona from above and a famous place to watch the sunset.
The building above is actually two churches. It's called Temple of the sacred heart of Jesus. It is on top of Tibidabo mountain overlooking Barcelona.
Approaching Ibiza. Sailed from Dénia to Ibiza. 60 Nm and average speed 7knots ⛵️
Finally at anchor again 😊
My first birthday gift, very close to a full moon over Ibiza 😊
On my birthday we sailed from our anchorage in to Ibiza Town
Can definitely recommend Botafoc marina. Very reasonable priced. Great location and showers. Very friendly and helpful!
Biked up to Ibiza castle and Dalt City. Our marina is behind.
Great Birthday, Thank You Anders 💕 Cava for lunch on the boat and then a nice dinner at a restaurant with this yummy treat for dessert!
Interesting day today. Started of with us sailing from Ibiza to Formentera. Hoist the main and suddenly it started to flap. It was ripped of the track in the mast. Anders went up and tried to help it down and his poor finger got caught in the flapping sail. The main sail teared at the head. Oh well after all this we had a great sail down to Formentera.
We biked to the southern most point of the archipelago of Balearic sea. Loved the Lighthouse.
Pretty clear water here in Marina Formentera
No problem to find a seat here in low season, but I probably have to wait for my drink until high season
Great day biking around Formentera, 45km. Big variety in scenery along the rout.
Wow we have really increased our range with the bikes, Love them 🙂
The beach is not so crowded in January and 14C in the water ;-)
Beautiful colors here
Anders climbing a hill
In the distance you can see the only "mountain" in Formentera, 193m. We biked all the way up there
On our way up, looking north
Back @ Ibiza
Rented a car and drove around the whole Island of Ibiza. We were amazed that the almond trees were in full bloom in January. And also a lot of the very characteristic yellow flowers were also blooming everywhere. So pretty 🙂
Anders is checking out an anchorage here on the east coast
Rugged north shore
North east side of the island is much more secluded and not as touristy as the south side. Beautiful small beaches
Looking north on the west coast
This view point was amazing. Pretty steep down here
Same view point. great for watching the sunset. We sailed past these small islands on the way in from Denia
And then we celebrated Anders birthday on a stormy day in Ibiza. We had a nice dinner in a cozy restaurant so it was all good
Don’t everybody have their electronics parts, microprocessor kit and prototype equipment with them on the boat 🤔
Anders in action in the "garage"
Perched on a small mountain next to the sea and overlooking the town of Ibiza is the fortified old town of Dalt Vila which translates to "Upper Town". Very charming and definitely worth a visit
View from Dalt Villa over the harbor.
Narrow cobblestone roads in Dalt Villa. It's all surrounded by a big wall with some gates like this, Very charming with lots of small cafe's and artist shops
Left Ibiza and our last anchorage, the island of Illa Tagomago , early morning. Had a great beam reach sail over to Mallorca, 45nm.
Approaching the west coast of Mallorca
Love the lighthouse on top of this steep cliff
After a short stop in Mallorca we set sail again for the mainland of Spain. Couldn't have wished for a better crossing and over nighter. 135nm, via Barcelona to avoid some stormy weather. Great Beam reach, 15-30 knots the whole time. 7-8 knots. Love it 😀
Suddenly, after hours of calm on the AIS, suddenly it's like everyone are in a race getting out of the harbour. It's 5:30 in the morning and the fishermen are on their commute to work. Fishing rush-hour...
Interesting to get squeezed between two big passenger ships. They were good though, yielding for a sailing vessel. The great part was that we got great cell reception when they were close. They must be moving cell towers. Internet for 15 minutes, and then we had to wait until we were 10NM from land.
This is what you do when you are alone on a night watch without cell coverage, you take picture of the plotter :-) This was kind of fun, Chicken Race....
We're back on the mainland of Spain. Now we are docked in Blanes marina, Costa Brava
Nice bike ride up the hill with beautiful views
Love this piece of art. Had a little problem pronouncing the name though ;-)
Found this nice protected cove for the night. Sleepy little town of Tuna. Nice hiking.
At the top of a nearby hill. Horizon is safely anchored below
Tuna at night
Low clouds this morning over Costa Brava coast
Amazing to see the snow capped mountains in the distance
Pretty tight passage between an island and the mainland. Lots of logs in the water here, from the recent storm, that we had to avoid
Cool narrow passage
Just magical. All to ourselves, so secluded and quiet
Horizon is framed
Vive la France! Just sailed in to French waters 😀