January – worst month of the year for me.
Even here in Portugal the sun shines less, it rains more, the days are short.
The Christmas and New Year festivities are done, the lights and decorations have come down, it’s like living in limbo waiting for the year to really start.
I’ve been tackling the January Blues with thoughts of Summer though. Actually, when I say ‘Summer’, I really mean April – October, because this year we have seven long months of sailing and sunshine to look forward to.
Last year was fantastic but I wanted this year to be different. I wanted no timetable, no watching for weather windows, no passage making.
So here’s the idea.
We’ve booked a berth for next Winter in Cartagena on the Mediterranean East Coast of Spain. We’ll get to the one in Columbia later 🙂
That gives us 7 months to sail some 500 nm. Actually it’ll probably be nearer 6 months because I’m planning on spending a few weeks back in Alvor when we leave here to get ready for sailing again.
As I said there’s no timetable, just a list of possible places to explore.
- Ria Formosa
- (Faro) Isla Culatra
- Ria Guadiana – This is the river that forms the border between Portugal and Spain. It’s navigable some 18nm inland, maybe more for us. Everyone we’ve spoken to says it’s a must. Everyone we’ve spoken to says it’ll be easy to spend weeks up there.
Spain – Andalucian Rias
- Ria Guadalqivir to Seville (+Day trip to Cordoba)
- Bay of Cadiz (El Puerto de Santa Maria for the Sherry)
- Cape Trafalgar (I’ll drink a toast to Admiral Lord Nelson)
Gibraltar (The Rock & Duty-Free)
Mediterranean Spain (Costa Del Sol, Costa Almeria)
- Granada (The Alhambra) – (Day trip inland)
We’ll be in no rush at all to get to Gibraltar. The Spanish coast East of there is over developed and expensive. It’s not somewhere to spend time. Things improve moving North though, some nice anchorages and better scenery.
Cartagena is an ancient city with plenty to see and do. We’re booked into the Yacht Port de Cartagena
It looks nice with good Winter weather, and it’s a lot cheaper than where we are now.
Pilot book and charts will be ordered shortly, can’t wait.