2018-06-30 Cala Conta to Cala Portinatx, Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain

Early morning looking north from Cala Conta
We depart the lovely bay to continue heading north as we plan to leave the islands in the morning and return to Sant Carles de la Rapita on the Spanish coast
Firstly we head north west to get around the two islands, Islas Bosque and Conejera before continuing north. The passage between the islands is unsafe as there are many underlying rocks
Looking back to spectacular Cala Conta once around the islands
We continue up the rugged western coast of Ibiza again passing magnificent scenery

Again we are lucky with the weather conditions which makes the trip very comfortable for travelling
Knowing this area quite well, we pass Puerto San Miguel to proceed to the next bay which is one of our favourites
At the entrance to Cala Binirras stands Islota Bernat or in other words “Queen Victoria”
The bay appears very busy today however Ric manages to find a suitable spot for us to anchor
Ric relaxes with feet up and kindle in hand after our three hour trip up the coast
I decide to take the swimming option as the water in Cala Binirras is the clearest and most beautiful on the west coast

Ashore there are a few beach style restaurants
I decide to circumnavigate the bay swimming all the way out to the entrance

After spending the best part of the afternoon in Cala Binirras, in the early evening we decide to continue further up the coast as to reduce our travelling time tomorrow when we leave Ibiza and return to the Spanish coast
There is no doubt that Islota Bernat resembles the figure and profile of Queen Victoria
Continuing north east up the coast we pass Cap Blanco
Looking back to the rugged headlands of the north western coast
We pass Cala Charraca which is a large anchorage towards the northern tip of the island
The next bay is a familiar one to us as we have stayed there a few times before. In the distance we can see the lighthouse of Punta Moscarte which stands on the northern point of Ibiza
We enter Cala Portinatx with it’s conspicuous white houses on the northern side of the entrance
There appears to be a number of boats here on anchor and a few of them would also be returning to the Spanish coast like us
Cala Portinatx is an attractive bay surrounded by wooded hills and has several small sandy coves. Apparently there has been a lot of recent development and the town has become a popular tourist destination with lots of restaurants and discos
After anchoring we have a quick swim before preparing our dinner
Tonight on the menu aboard we have a seafood red curry…..yum

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