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  • Dec 14, 2018

The West Coast of Ibiza from the sea

Puerto de San Miguel / San Antonio

After a morning of sailing, interrupted with swimming in several idyllic coves of the North of the island, we leave San Miguel in the early afternoon. Claudio announces that we will join San Antonio (Sant Antoni de Portmany*) for the night.

  • After leaving the bay of San Miguel, we go around Punta de Sa Creu and its urbanization of Na Xamena located some 650 meters above sea level.
    Here is one of the most beautiful hotels of Ibiza, and its sublime spa “Posidonia”. The steep cliffs are impressive from our boat, nature is so wild in this part of the island.
  • Claudio wants to show us the creek of Es Portitxol. It is one of the best shelters, regardless of the direction of the wind.
    “Llauts” (fishing boats of the Balearic Islands) are moored in front of the “casitas de pescadores” (shelters of fishermen).

    No road leads here: we are at the end of the world!
    It is a wonderful site for the discovery of the seabed, with numerous underwater caves.
  • After a short swim, we leave and pass the Cap des Rubio, then we cross the great bay of Albarca.
    We are paying close attention to the buoys because the submarine hunters are numerous in this area.

    We can see in the distance the fortifications of Torres d'en Lluc with its two towers and its wall.

    As soon as the Cap de Albarca is crossed, we see the lace rocks of Ses Torretes situated at one mile.
    It is one of the most inhospitable and inaccessible areas of Ibiza, but also one of the most beautiful!
  • We leave Cala d'en Sardina on our left to reach the islets of Ses Margalides which are also called "The Gates of Heaven".
    The main rock, which culminates at 127 feet, is crossed by a natural tunnel. Small motor boats can even cross it!

    The name comes from a family restaurant on the road from San Mateo to San Antonio, close to Santa Ines de Corona. Created by the family of Can Jordi de Corona, it offers a spectacular view of the islands from the cliff.
    You can enjoy local cuisine at very reasonable prices!
    Ibiza is not necessarily expensive if one avoids places too "fashionable" ...
  • Once past Cap Nuno, the lowest coastline in the northern region, we pass by Ses Fontanelles, a site known for its cave paintings dating from the Bronze Age.

    We continue with a little motor to reach San Antonio (Sant Antoni de Portmany) where we wish to anchor for the night.
  • We pass Cala Salada (39 ° 0'35 "N 1 ° 17'57" E) and its nearby small cove Cala Saladeta.
    These two calas with turquoise waters spread over 650 feet and are separated by a rock platform and a few fishermen's houses.

    At the corner of the beach, popular with ibicencos, the Cala Salada restaurant offers traditional dishes, including a delicious seafood paella.

    Both coves are perfect for Ibiza's famous sunsets where the blue of the Mediterranean Sea marries the green of the pinewood and the changing shades of the sun.
  • About twenty minutes later, after passing Cap Negret, we are at the level of Cala Gracio.
    A small beach 230 feet wide where the very white sand contrasts with the turquoise color of the transparent water.

    Leaning against Cala Gracio, Cala Gracioneta is a tiny beach that houses El Chiringuito, the bar and restaurant of the famous Mambo group.
  • A few more minutes and we enter San Antonio Bay (38 ° 58 '51 "north, 1 ° 18' 02" east) where a real ballet of boats of all sizes takes place, from the biggest yacht to the smallest inflatable, from jet sky to parasailing …


After a night that promises to be hectic, and that we won’t forget to mention in our next blog, tomorrow we will continue our cruise in the direction of Es Vedra.


An idea of: Sandrine Blasco
Text: Franck viseux

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