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From Barcelona to Sant Carles via Mallorca & Menorca
A short account of 2013:
After leaving Barcelona in early May we continued along the coast southwards and visited Sitges (nice but extremely expensive even in May, €45), Sant Carles (Spains largest Medeterrenean fishing port watch video from the auktion) and Vínaros (which we like a lot). In both places we spend quite some time as we wanted to visit some small volcanic crater-islands just 30 nm from the Spanish coast (Islas Columbretas), something that requires a reasonably stable weather. May however, in 2013 was extraordinarily unsettled and windy, thus we did not get away from the Iberian coast until early June.
Particularly the stay in Sant Carles did influence our further plans, as we met several nice people with whom we had a great time (more pictures from Sant Carles 2013 and 2014 at our Danish language website) there and we decided that it would be a great place to spend a winter.
From Islas Columbretas Mallorca, Isla Cabrera and Menorca. We have to be honest and say that particularly Mallorca it did not quite live up to our expectations. Lots of tourists (not a surprise), expensive (not only marina dues but in general +30% as compared to Spanish mainland) and may of the nice anchorages that we have experienced has been quite unsettled and uncomfortable due to swell. But worse of all I did not getting my 'social gene' sufficiently nourished, something people who know me will understand. It did help though that we have had a couple of friends down here for a forth-night and one more a couple of weeks later. Cabrera and Menorca were nice though, and we particularly liked Cituadella (second city of Menorca).
Early August we returned to Sant Carles where we got Troldand firmly ashore and went back to DK (via Bristol with a stop in Wales doing a bit of trekking in Pembrokeshire with a friend of ours), and once back in DK in mid August we enjoyed some Danish summer before going to Indonesia and Cambodia for two months. We expect to be back in Spain mid March, but have not yet decided what we will do the coming season of 2014: Homewards via French canals or further east towards Sardinia, Sicily and Greece. Only time will show so: look at 2014.
A small selection of pictures from 2013:
|The Ebro delta. Sant Carles de la Rapita is located in the lower left corner well protected by a large sandspit||The mechanised agriculture of the Ebro rice paddies. Which will eventually provide for the wonderfull paellas|
|The daily fish auction of Sant Carles one of the major fishing habours of Catalonia (watch video from the auction, open i seperate window on Danish webpge)||Isla Columbreta Grande. A volcanic island some 30 nm of the Iberian coastline on the way to the Baleares
|Puerto de Soller on the north coast of Mallorca||Puerto Colom on th southeast coast of Mallorca|
|Our Mallorcan friends Marga and Jesus (a former collegue of mine and profossor og Geography at the Unversity de las Baleares)
The beautiful inland city of Alcudia which is easily reached wit a bus from Puerti de Alcudia.
|Some places at Mallorca are heavily influenced by mass tourism and if you need a Biergarten it is available
||Menorca is by far the nicest of the Baleares and their famous cheese (Queso de Mahon) is still an artisanal product that you can find at the local farms|
|Another wonderfull calla (bay) at the south coast of Menorca||Visiting other sailors (French and Spanish) in Calla Son Saura (south Menorca)|
Last update September 2013