Cabo de Gata also looks nice and rocky, but the photos would surely look better if taken in sunshine.
There were surprisingly big fish swimming in the marina and also some ducks.
Next morning the ordered part of wind instrument arrived, I did some more shopping, and then Captain climbed on the mast again to install the part. So it was already noon when we sailed off. The original plan was to sail to Marina Este and check if we could anchor there or go into marina and next day sail to Marina Fenguirola close to Marbella, where we would need to stay a couple of days to get the wind in right direction again to sail to Gibraltar.
There was very little wind and we motored again. We are not so fast under engine as we can be under sail, so we quickly realised that because of our late start we couldn't reach Marina Este in daylight, so it would be difficult to check the anchorages. So after a quick deliberation we decided to take it slow and do an over night sail directly to Gibraltar.
The Costa del sol is full of plastic, under which vegetables grow - they say they produce half of all the vegetables eaten in Europe. But it looks ugly, especially where the plastic comes all the way to the beach.
Morning was grey and cloudy, we could hardly see the ships that were sailing near Gibraltar until they were close. But what we could see were many many dolphins, we watched them almost for full two hours.
On Friday we took it slow, had a nice afternoon with crew of Stabo and went to bed early. On Saturday we felt lazy as well, so except walking to the nearby chandlery and supermarket to get fresh bread, we stayed on the boat. Luckily we got some company, the crew of Dream Time came by. After a drink with them we had a nice BBQ to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was a very nice day even though nothing spectacular happened.
On Sunday we walked to Gibraltar. We walked through border crossing and then over the airstrip, which is very unusual. The photo bellow is taken from The Rock in 2013, when we were in Gibraltar for the second time (you can find posts about our first visit in archive to the right under October 2011 and second under June 2013). So La Linea marina is the marina on the right side of the huge wave breaker and the airstrip is below.
We spent evening in good company again - this time on board of Stabo. Time just flew and before we realised it was past midnight. But it's so rare that we meet another Slovene boat so far from home.
On Monday morning we did some shopping in La Linea. We also stopped for a breakfast in Cafe Imperial and had some churros and papitas - the fried doughy worms that you dunk in hot chocolate. Churros are thinner and crispier and more salty and papitas more oily.
Weather was getting sunnier and it looked that wind was also right to leave Gibraltar on Tuesday. We left marina already on Monday afternoon and anchor in bay in front of marina, we thought we migh go for a swim in the sea. But there was still lots of wind and water was not very warm, so we passed. But I managed to go in the water today and it was still not very warm.
Today we checked the weather again and decided to stay two more days, wind would be on the nose and a bit stronger than we thought and Thursday looks like a good day to sail West. We will probably take some fuel tomorrow and check the anchorage in front of Tarifa and if it's too rolly return to anchorage in La Linea. And then we plan on leaving very early in the morning to take advantage of favourable current and sail directly to Rota. So that's our plan. If the wether doesn't change it.