Goat Island – Cabrera
03 June 2019
We had been advised that we should not miss Cabrera, or Goat Island. We were somewhat in two minds as you have to take a mooring, book in advance and … no clubs.
However, we made the reservation for 3 nights and left Santa Eulalia at 0705 for the 68nm trip. Once clear of the headland we were romping along on a beam reach in 13kts NW-N winds. The wind died for the last 8nm so we motored and arrived at 1750, which was perfect as the arrival time for the moorings is 1800.
‘Upshot’ had made the passage too, so we had fine company.
This is a “must visit” place and we enjoyed it immensely – it is a National Park. The castle on the rocky outcrop overlooking the bay offers superb views; the park staff provided a guide (free) to take Peter, Alison and ourselves on a 3 hours evening walk around part of the island, with spectacular views; we did another hike together on one of the open paths (many are closed or restricted) to see the western lighthouse; the park staff opened the museum which is very well done, and displays and describes the history of the island. There is a small cantina in the harbour to slake the thirst after the hikes. All in all, a superb visit … despite no clubs. Oh, and no goats either.