We had a great sail east along the coast with about 22 knots of wind, which seemed a breeze after our last sail! The coast is incredibly barren with jagged peaks inland and some spectacular headlands with sheer cliffs to the sea. As a result it isn’t very developed so there are very few high rise buildings, but it’s marred wherever there is flat land because it’s covered with acres of plastic for growing fruit and veg, mainly using hydroponics given the lack of rainfall.
We found some fabulous anchorages over the next few days – Rodalquilar Bay near Las Negras, El Hornillo near Aguilas and Cala de la Salitrona near Cartagena – all of them small bays sheltered from the prevailing wind with amazing scenery and at most a few people on the beach. In all, we sailed about 80 nautical miles over the three days, with only gentle winds for the last two of them. It is great to see more yachts out sailing now with the start of the sailing season.