2018-07-01 Cala Portinatx, Ibiza, Islas Baleares to Bahia des Alfacs, Costa del Azahar, Spain

We were underway well before 6 am for our departure from Cala Portinatx returning to Sant Carles de la Rapita on the Spanish coast
The full moon gave us good light before the ensuing sunrise
An hour after our departure the sun starts to emerge amongst the clouds in the east
Finally a glorious glow of gold shimmers over the water
Our long journey from Abiza to our destination takes us in an almost northerly direction with perfect conditions
During our 10 hour journey we encounter only a couple of large ships and a few smaller vessels
Mid afternoon in the far distance we catch our first glimpse of the mountains behind Sant Carles de la Rapita fringed by the Ebro Delta and the Bahia des Alfacs
Catalonia’s spectacular Montsià Mountain Range
Entering Bahia des Alfacs, which is the largest natural bay in Europe. It has been formed naturally sheltered behind Punta de la Baña, a large sandy spit that curves out in a semicircle from south of the mouth of the Ebro River
The locals in Sant Carles call this large sheltered bay, “the lagoon” and in summer visiting and local boats of all sizes can be seen anchoring in the bay enjoying the very long beach of the naturally formed spit
Being such a short distance from Sant Carles de la Rapita makes it an ideal spot to swim and enjoy, without going too far
In Bahia des Alfacs are a couple of very casual seafood restaurants built over the water on stilts which only have access  by boat. From Sant Carles de la Rapita, in the busy tourist season a couple of ferries deliver and collect patrons to the popular eating spots

The restaurants open only for lunch which lasts to around 5 pm so tonight we dine aboard with one of Ric’s amazing pizzas

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