Mud bath on Formentera.
We arrived at Formentera around 6 PM. The island Formentera is only 19 kilometers long, compared with Ibiza which is 41 kilometers long. When you pass the tower at Las Salinas it is only 6 kilometers before you reach the beautiful Espalmador. This is a little sandy island and is separated from the main island of Formentera by a shallow sandbar, and during low tide, it is possible for one to wade between the two islands. This area is a popular stopping point for those in yachts heading between Ibiza and Formentera. We watched the sunset and everybody helped cutting the vegetables for the pasta. I made my famous “cava sangria”: 1/6 fruit with sugar, 1/6 cointreau, 1/6 pine apple juice and then pour the cava and ice cubes on top of it.
The next morning I awoke at 7 AM. I was the only one on deck watching the sunrise. Soon Theo was awake too. I heard him buying croissants from a girl who passed by in a small motorboat. At 11 AM I saw Ric talking to a man with another motorboat collecting the money for the buoy.
If you anker you don’t pay, if you use a buoy, they charge you between 20 and 100 euros, depending on your boat size. Ric had to pay 45 euros. After some swimming we took the “dinkey” (little motorboat) to the sandy beach.
On the island Espalmador there is “Parc Natural de Ses Salinas” (yes, the same name as the one in front of our house at La Revista), a nature reserve with a mud-bath. We walked through the dunes and reached a big lake. Normally there is no lake, only mud-pools. But because it had rained three days in the month September there was a big lake now and it was hard to find the pools. Stef, Michelle and I went in and rubbed the mud on our bodies. It hurted a bit, because in the mud are salt crystals. We walked back to the beach where we rolled our bodies through the dried seaweed. Normally the mud has to dry on your body, which makes a beautiful soft skin. But we did not want to walk nude the whole shore to the end of the island.
At the end of Espalmador, where you can wade to the other part of Fomentera during low tide, you have a really amazing view! We asked a man on the beach to make from us a nice group portret.
Johan was finished at 2 AM with his work at the HACO-store in Ibiza-town and he went on his bike to Las Salinas beach, where Jacco and Ric picked him up. Very sweet of them and I was really happy Johan could join, because he had never sailed with the “Pure” and it was his first time Formentera.
The boat trip back to St. Eulalia was a bit rough but very adventurous. We bought pizza at the harbor and had a lovely dinner on deck. That night we all went to Amnesia to the “GOLD”-version of Matinee.
What a fantastic weekend with so much fun.
Jacco, Theo and Ric, thanks for the invite. We love you guys!