10th April - 3rd May, 2021
Very good, not planned, timing with the sunset right when we passed through these Tunisian Galite islands
Found this very unlucky little bird on the deck :-( We think he might have flown into our wind generator and ended up on our deck
A walk through Mahon (in Spanish), Mao (in Catalan) and also written as Mahon or Port Mahon in English, the capital in Menorca and the second largest city after Ciutadella on the west coast.
Love this propeller overlooking the inlet of the harbor. It's huge...
Cool marketplace with lots of old pillars. Beautiful!
This big church was next to the marketplace. I happened to pop in in the middle of Sunday mass. Very good social distancing
This is the museum of Menorca next to the old church of San Francisco, unfortunately closed at the moment.
This is the only remnant of the ancient city wall
Interesting sculpture. I wonder if the horses are laughing about their butt cracks ;-)
Cool house, and typical narrow alleys in Mahon
One day road trip in Menorca. I Love these small islands (and small cars) when you can see almost everything in one day. Menorca is 48 km long and 16 km wide, with only one main road going through the island east to west, the "ME1".
Our cute little rental car, Fiat 500. We stopped at one of the many Taula sites, ancient rock formations. Unfortunately it was closed...
This huge Jesus Statue is standing tall on top of the highest peak in Menorca, El Toro 358m ( 1,175 feet)
Panoramic view from top of El Toro, looking north
Visited the fishing village of Fornells on the north shore. Walked up to this old fort, built by the English to protect this harbor
This is the old part of Ciutadella, the biggest city on the island. Used to be the capital before Mahon
Love all the different colors on these buildings
Found a cute and very good restaurant in one of the alley in the old city
One of the many stunning blue coves, Calas in Spanish.
The road trip ended at Lidl. Perfect to stock up when you happen to have a car :-)
We just had to go to this restaurant! Latitude 40, the same as home in Boulder, Colorado! Up and Down means if you travel over the island east to west you travel up and down around the 40th Latitude!
Spectacular coastline on the south side of Menorca
This is a very popular and famous bar called the Cliff Bar, or Cova d'en Xoroi . It's carved out off the cliff. It's a bar and night club, but unfortunately currently closed. Spectacular views and specially sunsets.
This is our last anchorage in Menorca. The Cliff bar is up on the hill to the left.
View towards the beach in the same anchorage, Cala en Porter. We were the only boat hear for the night. Can't even imagine how this popular anchorage would look like during peak season
I got a very well needed hair cut
Our anchorage in Palmanova bay
We got "Laundry service" from our dear friend Sophie Wachtmeister who currently lives in Palma nova
We paid her back for the laundry service by inviting her for drinks and snacks on Horizon, a Win-Win (wine) :-)
Then we had a nice lunch together at a beach restaurant. Very nice
Sangrias are served, Cheers!
Our first anchorage back on mainland Spain, La Azohia, close to Cartagena.
We hiked up to this old tower, Torre de Santa Elena. Built at the end of the 16th century. Stunning views from the top
The trail winds along this rugged coastline. In one of the small coves we anchored on our way east in the Mediterranean, 1.5 years ago.
Lots of Lavendel along the trail. We picked some to have as air freshener
View over the anchorage through the window in the tower
Spectacular trails along the coast
It was a little windy in the anchorage last night
The neighbor's boat heeled over a lot in the gusts
This is in a marina in Almeria. Anders is up in the mast trying to get rid of some Sahara sand with the hose and a brush, on the shrouds. We have some noise from them so we thought this could help, but it didn't really.
The Spanish Guardia Civil came up to us to check on our papers. All good and we could proceed. Always a little nerve-racking though
Back in the anchorage Punta de la Mona, where we anchored on our way in, 1.5 years ago.
Why do fishermen always fish from the most weird, scariest spots?
Full moon in Punta de la Mona
Leaving our anchorage in Punta de la Mona. On the other side of the big cliff is La Herredura. This is on the south coast of Spain.
Leaving Fuengirola in the early morning to time the tide and currants to cross over Gibraltar Strait
Very nice protected anchorage inside the breakwater, just outside the marina
A little busy going through the shipping lanes of the Gibraltar Strait
Approaching Ceuta. We're back in Africa!
When we entered the Med, we knew about the British Gibraltar, annoying the Spanish... But we were not aware of the Spanish Ceuta, annoying the Moroccans... So we had to pay a visit...
Lovely city, wish we could have experienced it closer. But with the number of Covid-19 cases that had, we were happy to pass...
Lovely marina. But we had to stay on the boat. But we love the boat, and each other, so that's OK.
The cliff of Gibraltar in the morning mist, seen from Ceuta
Clouds over the mountain. On our way from Ceuta going west. Hugging the coast of Africa to avoid currents
The border between Ceuta, Spain, and Morocco
Tanger, Morocco. Hope to sail back and explore Morocco at some point
Bye, Bye Mediterranean for this time...Tanger lighthouse is slowly disappearing...
I only caught one fish in the Med. But right away when we got back in the Atlantic I caught this Atlantic Needle fish
Of course, Jägermeister :-)
Great anchorages next to this impressive bridge in Cadiz
We're back in our favorite restaurant in Cadiz. Why our favorit? Ha ha, because they have very good free WiFi ;-) When we sat down our cell phones automatically connected to their WiFi. Still the same password since 1.5 years ago
A stroll along the beautiful beaches in Cadiz
Sailing up the river Umbria
Our last anchorage in Spain for this time. In the river Umbria, with lots of fishing boats