2017-09-21 Cala de Portinatx to Abiza Town, Abiza Island

A wonderful sight in the distance
This morning we say goodbye to our friends Aage and Jytte
Departing the bay by motor this morning our Danish friends intend sailing across to Mallorca
We look back to the popular holiday town of Portinatx where we anchored overnight, which is situated on the north coast of Ibiza
We continue east towards the black and white striped lighthouse, Far des Moscarter
Passing our friends we continue south east down the coast towards the main town of Ibiza
Continuing down the east coast of Ibiza we see Faro de punta Grossa perched high on a rugged outcrop
The ancient Torre de Campanitx is situated on the most eastern point of Ibiza
Spectacular massive rugged rock formations seem to rise from the sea
Finally we approach the busy tourist town of Ibiza
The Dalt Vila with its fortified 12th Century Castle, Cathedral and old town stand prominently over the port
Punta de Fora stands at the starboard entrance to the port
Prior to arriving we secured a marina berth at Marina Botafoch
We were given a berth alongside a pier which was quite private and also convenient to get the bikes off and on the Tangaroa
Very few available berths despite the fact it is late in the tourist season
We also have a great view of the Dalt Vila from the boat
Heading off on our bikes we decide to explore the town for a few hours before dinner
The marina bar and cafe look inviting…..perhaps later
At the marina entrance the two apartment blocks make a statement with their curved coloured terraces
We pass a a great facility by the marina with multi tiered storage for small motor boats
With the local marina in the foreground the Dalt Vila stands high on the hill behind port

The ferry terminal for the day tripper boats
A few large super yachts are in port today
The popular promenade along the main pier of Ibiza
Rows of smart bars and restaurants line the port
Shisha water pipe smoking is popular here too!!!
The statue called Estatua Vara de Rey stands in what one would call the centro of the port area
Passeig de Vara de Rey (with its eucalyptus trees) is the major walking street in the heart of Ibiza Town
Nice dress…
No shortage of cafes, bars and restaurants in Abiza

After securing the bikes, to get some exercise we decide to head to the top of the Dalt Vila
The massive fortified walls of the castle were built later than the castle, in the Renaissance period (14 to 17 Century)
The  walls of the castle are still in amazing condition considering their age
The narrow streets of the old town fortunately are not busy at this time of the day

We wind our way up the ancient cobbled streets
Finally we near the top of the hill by the massive cathedral
The views over the town and the port are spectacular from up here
What a magnificent sight over the port from the Dalt Vila

The Cathedral of Ibiza
The Tangaroa can clearly be seen along the pier in the harbour

Time to head back down towards the port

In the late afternoon sun the white washed walls and cobbled stone paths looked amazing
A popular cafe/bar set up on ancient steps

No shortage of retail therapy in Ibiza

Collecting our bikes we ride back to the marina

A large cruise ship in port today
It has been a long day for us so we decide on having a healthy salad for dinner aboard tonight
Lovely night views of the well lit up Dalt Vila and Ibiza town

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