Days advance even if Ibiza is a place to breath for hangin’ out. We therefore need to move towards the other Balearic Islands, if we want to meet our travel schedule. This brings me to talk to you about the situation that we are currently experiencing. Prior to departure, we had not had time to apply for a visa extended in Europe. The consequence of our procrastination is that our stay is limited to 90 days. As we arrived at the Azores at the end of June, we must therefore theoretically have stored the boat for the end of September. According to nautical guides, it seemed like it was pretty easy for people navigating in the Balearic Islands for an extension of stay for the Spain. When we were in Ibiza, we have tried to obtain such an extension, but after visiting the local police, the Foreign Office and the national police, it would seem that in 2015, this policy no longer exists. After spending hours searching the regulation, it would seem that the control of overstaying in the euro area are rather random. It can have serious consequences, but it all depends on the mood of the customs in place.
We have therefore chosen to shorten our stay in Europe. Initially our return was scheduled for the end of October but for these reasons we will return to Quebec two weeks earlier.
So it is with these some administrative problems that pass our days. First, we left the beautiful Bay that we presented in our last article to get to Portinax northeast of Ibiza to wait for favorable weather to get to the next Island, Mallorca. It is a very pleasant harbour with lovely beaches, a few restaurants and two small grocery stores.
Our departure was done with 6-8 ‘ waves and wind up to 35 knots but these conditions gradually abated during crossing (of a duration of 8 hours). At our arrival, I intended to go directly to a marina in Palma, but Sdgsdgsd convinced me to spend a night at anchor. So I quickly watched the possibilities and Cala Portals seemed a good choice. The Bay was packed boat but by chance, it was late and some were preparing to raise the anchor to go back in marina. How lucky because it was one of our finest moorings of the trip!
The next day, the day was filled with the exploration of a temple which has been excavated to even the cliff. According to the legends of the place, it would seem that it would be the work of seamen in honour of the Virgin Mary. They would have taken in a snowstorm with no hope of escape. After the vows to pray and dedicate their lives to Mary, they would miraculously successful in this Bay. They therefore promise and dug this Chapel to even the roc. They were really fanatics and passionate because all the work is huge! (Me I would have made more modest, but hey…)
In the afternoon, it was towards La Palma for our first attempt to moor at the Mediterranean. This was rather nul as the manoeuvre and I can confirm that I hate this way me Moor at a wharf. I retain a great lesson however: the only way to get there with a crosswind, it is to let choir on another boat… Finally, there has not been a damage in the manoeuvre and coolness reigned on board. Thanks to our neighbour (catamaran in Patrick) for we have lent strong hand!
We will be a few days in Palma, last stop in marina before storing the boat. The city is beautiful and everything especially the Cathedral. See comments under the photos for our favorites.