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VALERIO'S TOP 10 BAY in the WEST MEDITERRANEAN

PLAYA LLETES- FORMENTERA 

THE beach you've been searching for! White sand stretching as far as the eye can see, and incredibly clear azure waters both contribute to that Caribbean feeling the island is famous for. Lunch at one of the beach clubs.

BENIRRAS BEACH - IBIZA

Gather for a unique Ibiza experience, accompanied on Sundays by the drummers who descend to the beach to 'drum down the sunset' in this iconic bay - not to be missed while you sip a cocktail at one of the bars.

CABRERA - MALLORCA

Greeks and Phoenicians stopped here around 1,000BC, pirates in the 1500s, but now those in the know book a 24 hour pass to stay  is one of the most stunning spots, 10 miles off the Mallorca coast

CALA PRECONDA - MENORCA

A beautiful remote beach on the north side of Menorca. The beach itself is a long sandy beach with calm waters that are ideal for snorkelling and diving - there is also a great point for the courageous to jump off a 4 mt. rock into a ‘plunge’ pool !

PLAGE DE NOTRE-DAME - ILE DE PORQUEROLLES 

The gorgeous beach at Ile de Porquerolles, an island on the French Riviera, is perfumed with the scent of eucalyptus and pine trees. Ride around discovering the sandy island on bikes  and have a meal at the beach or in the main village square.

PLAGE DE PAMPELLONE - ST. TROPEZ

This is the beach that has fuelled St Tropez’s fame since 1955. For those who have no intentions of escaping the crowds select your favourite beach club like Voile Rouge, Nikki Beach or Club 55 -see and be seen.

SPIAGGIA ROSA - BUDELLI -SARDEGNA

You’ve never seen a place like this - unless you’ve watch Antonioni’s ‘Red Desert’ filmed in ’64. The beach and the whole island, are part of the Archipelago of the Maddalena National Marine Park. Anchor at the Spiaggia di Cavalieri nearby.

THE RONDINARA BAY - CORSICA

Elected repeatedly most beautiful beach of France or Europe, the beach of Rondinara disappoints nobody: fine sand, turquoise waters, sloping gently, surrounded beautifully by preserved scrubland and decorated with reddish rocks.

L A V E Z Z I  I S L E S - C O R S IC A

This little explored archipelago is in the Strait of Bonifacio that separates Corsica from Sardinia and boasts a number of secluded beaches and coves. Incredibly blue water and fantastic rock formations make it quite out of this world.

BIODOLA+ SCAGLIERI - ELBA

The two beaches sharing one bay on the island's north coast. Clear waters for snorkelling and finest sands, plus some pretty villages around them. Order a glass of white wine in the bar on Scaglieri beach, and watch the sunset and the rocky silhouettes of Capraia and Corsica on the horizon.

Now is the time to take that break - a long weekend or a full blown getaway. So get in touch

 

June 4th Arriving in Ibiza

If you look carefully you can see Formentera and Ibiza

If you look carefully you can see Formentera and Ibiza

Scouting the horizon

Scouting the horizon

Getting close to Ibiza, this evening we'll be ancoring in the bay next to Ibiza marina -a real shame they no longer allow us to ancor there like one used to, nowadays its over €200 for the 'privilege! Our new good friends who joined us in Gibraltar are leaving  but a new Master of Nerdom is coming on board.Another Filippo, another nerd to be saved!

Tom Ledwidge took some very cool photos of a great day with the spinnaker flying:

June 2nd Leaving Gibraltar

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Looking towards Africa

Looking towards Africa

The  Trafalgar Cemetery

The Trafalgar Cemetery

Sailing towards Gibraltar is no laughing matter -the wind really does need to be in the right direction so you have to admire another sailor who, getting the wind and tide on his side took the day at Trafalgar. Nelson knew his stuff. Once through the Tarifa headland you're inside and myths like the Odyssey and Hercules and intrepid sailors like the Phoenicians come to mind. Gibraltar is a giant natural limestone fortress  with a stytem of tunnels and gun batteries.If you walk to the top, out of the horrible town below you can see a magnificent view across the water towards Marocco. This narrow strip of water divides two continents and  two cultures.

An unexpected sight was the cemetery dedicated to the fallen from the Battle of Trafalgar 1805  - a mini version of Highgate Cemetery. Grave stones dedicated to men as young as 20; although on a historic note most fallen were buried at sea and the graves here were yellow fever casualties.

Save the nerd sbarca a Gibilterra: benvenuti laddove un mondo finisce e ne inizia un altro

Tappa sulla terraferma per l'equipaggio di Save the nerd. "Gibilterra, una vedetta su due mondi divisi dallo stretto, luogo di incontro. O di fuga verso l'ignoto"  to see the rest http://www.lanazione.it/pistoia/curiosita/2014/06/02/1073574-save_nerd_sbarca_gibilterra_benvenuti_laddove_mondo_finisce_inizia_altro.shtml