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Barcelona & the Balearic Islands

October 14, 2019

We ended up spending five weeks in Barcelona while Sandie made a quick trip back to the States and Brian worked on the boat.  We kept the boat at the Port Forum Marina that was great except that there was a beach club in the marina with outdoor pool and dance floor, and very loud music.

Barcelona is a beautiful city with lots of attractions and tree lined streets with outdoor cafes and tapa restaurants.  We visited several Gaudi structures including Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, and the spectacular Sagrada Familia. We enjoyed the Picasso Museum, the Barcelona Aquarium, the Barcelona Cathedral, and the Parc de la Ciutadella. But most of all we enjoyed everyday life in Barcelona.

We finally pulled ourselves away from the city and headed out to the Balearic Islands with their white sand beaches and crystal-clear water. We started at the northern most island of Menorca and worked our way south through Mallorca and Ibiza. We were fortunate to arrive on “drum night” at Benirras Bay, Ibiza, a hippie retreat where once a month everyone brings out their durms for a concert. We had to keep a constant watch on the weather because the winds could shift 180 degrees during the night leaving us on a lee shore in the morning. We primarily anchored out except for a few days in Palma for sightseeing and re-stocking supplies.

Our trip back to the mainland was uneventful and then we day-hopped southwestward along the southern Spanish coast. We arrived in Cartagena during a weekend festival. There was a foot race for adults and arcades for the children. It seemed that every family in Cartagena turned out for the event. We enjoyed an outdoor dinner while watching the locals; everyone seemed to know everyone. What a great sense of community.

We eventually arrived in Almerimar where the boat is safely moored in a marina while we tour Spain and Portugal in a rented car.  More on that in a future post.



Gaudi Architecture


Picasso Museum


Balearic Islands



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