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Howard [ Just Imagine ] 17-Aug-2005

Las Negras (Anchorage)

This is one of our favorite parts of the Spanish coast. This whole coastline is relatively unspoiled with not too many tourists.

Dramatic cliffs and caves, and many nude bathers.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 30-Jul-2005

El Fraile (Anchorage)

Lovely anchorage and beach below the ruins of an old fortress on a spectacular rocky outcrop called El Hornillo . We climbed up to the ruins and found many chards of pottery and amphoras which we photographed and left in place.

Don't fall into the deep pits within the ruins.

Apparently there was a Garum factory here at one stage. Garum was an ancient, sort after sauce made from fermented fish intestines in Roman times. It is meant to be delicious with food , but quite pungent while it is being produced. The island probably provided good isolation from settlements ashore. Perhaps the amphoras that we saw were for bottling and distributing the precious liquamen.

There is an interesting man-made tunnel in the rocks on the beach side which gives access to the path that continues along the rocks.

I don't think the passage between the island and the shore is passable in more than a dinghy, but the shoal provides some shelter from the East.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 02-Aug-2005

Luis Campomanos (Anchorage)

 A very rolly anchorage off a river mouth.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 16-Aug-2005

Calpe Marina (Marina)


This magnificent rock is known as Penon de Ifach.

Here we experienced a strange phenomenon.

We were sitting in the cockpit at sunset, when we heard strange pinging sound coming from the dock lines on the boat next door. It took us a while to realize that the tide had just risen by about 2 meters in a matter of minutes.

A little while later, we noticed that the three large fishing vessels that were rafted up at the Harbour entrance were moving, together, unattended, out of the harbor.

What had happened was that the tidal rise had snapped the dock lines of the fishing boat tied to the pier, and as the tidal effect went rushing out again, the three boats went with it.

I called pan-pan on the radio and marina staff came running. A rowing team in a skiff put a line on the flotilla and valiantly tried to row the three huge vessels back to the dock. Eventually they took the line to the shore and they were able to get the boats back to the dock.

This was shortly after the tsunami in Thailand, so we felt a little uneasy about this strange occurrence and decided that it was safest if we headed for a bar on higher ground.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 17-Aug-2005

Santa Pola (Marina)

We took a ferry trip out to Isla Tabarca for the day.

Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 07-Aug-2005

Torrevieja (Marina)

No room at the marina, so we docked at the Club Nautico. Very nice club.

My two brothers joined us here.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 06-Aug-2005

Isla Grosa (Anchorage)

Be careful not too anchor too close. We were asked to move back as we were too close to the yellow buoys.

We originally planned to anchor in the entrance to Mar Menor but it seemed to be under construction in there and no other boats were anchored.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 05-Aug-2005

Cartegena (Marina)

A large marina at the foot of this great city. Many archaeological sites to visit.

I am told that the archaeological museum ( a little out of town) is not to be missed.

Next to the marina is Isaac Peral's Submarine built in 1888 described as the first U-boat.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 04-Aug-2005

Garrucha (Anchorage)

This ia a small commercial port. We anchored in the harbour near another boat. We were the biggest yacht in the harbour and a bit conspicuous, but no one asked us to move.

Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 31-Jul-2005

Alicante (Marina)

Alicante was a brief stopping point on our travels as I needed to go and do a quick job in Barcelona.

Jayne stayed in the marina and explored the city with my brother while I was gone.

A facinating town with lots of history, shops and restaurants. An impressive fortress on the cliffs above.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 11-Aug-2005

Puerto Genoves (Anchorage)

best : Depressing Quotes
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 31-Dec-1969

La Subida (Anchorage)

Quite a rural area but nice anchorage.

We met a big Irwin that stays there year round on a 75 lb CQR anchor.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 03-Aug-2005

Cap de la Nao (Anchorage)

Nice anchorage below the cliffs.

A good kick off point to Ibiza.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 19-Sep-2005

Cala Cerrada (Beach)

We motored into this amazing bay with the intention of anchoring, but got cold feet at the sight of the rocks at the entrance. It is an amazing vista.

Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 01-Aug-2005