After a 13 hour passage from the mainland to Fortamentera, we made dinner and then crashed into bed. It's amazing how tired you can get sailing for that length of time. Today we are checking out our island!
It was exciting to see the Balearic Islands after our first long sail from the mainland. And what an island!
Formentera is only reachable by boat, most people coming by ferry from the bigger islands. The island was occupied by Carthaginians before passing on to the ancient Romans. Then, it was considered uninhabitable till the 1800s because of the constant threat of pirate attacks.
Only 12 miles long, it became a hippy hangout since the 1960s. (Joni Mitchell wrote her 1971 album Blue on the island) Now, although you can rent a car in the main port town Sant Francesc Xavier, most people rent a bike or moped to get around. The government has done a nice job of encouraging conservation on the island.
We anchored at Espalmador over sand and went for a hike on the island. Found the sulfur mud baths, got clean in crystal clear water, then David caught us two fish for dinner!