Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

Cala Portals Vells before it got crowded - Whimbrel dwarfed by excursion...

Altar carved out of cave wall

Englishman abroad!

Left mid afternoon and had a good sail south east round Cape Figuera, anchoring in Cala Portal Vells with a lot of other boats, most of which left in the evening (10 nautical miles in 2 hours 25 minutes). It’s a lovely bay with 4 beaches and wind scoured cliffs. We haven’t managed to find a decent map of the area for walking and paths aren’t marked, but we had a couple of good walks along the headland, only getting lost once. Just on the edge of the bay is a large cave with an altar carved out of the stone which legend has it was done by a party of shipwrecked Genoese… Unfortunately one of the large motor yachts in the bay had a party and played very loud music from early evening till 11pm and he wasn’t the sort of guy you’d want to go and ask to turn the volume down!

25 May: Cala Portal Vells to Port Andratx. The noisy boat returned the following day, so we decided to leave and as it was coming up to the weekend, heading towards busy Palma seemed like a bad idea. So we decided to go round the island clockwise, heading back the way we’d come, to Port Andratx (11 nautical miles in 4 hours 15 minutes). The marina had been laying out mooring buoys since we left and there was nowhere to anchor, so we moored to one of the buoys and ashore for a stroll.

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