The two nights we spent in beautiful Cartagena were just as enjoyable as our first and second visits to the delightful port last year but we were still keen to be moving on. Our next destination was the inland sea of Mar Menor, just 24 miles north-east around Cabo de Palos. We’d tried to sail this unique body of water on our way to Gibraltar in October but when we lined up for the transit through the canal into the sea we were radioed by the operator of the lifting bridge with, ‘English sailboat, bridge broken. Don’t know open today, maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow.’ As a result we backtracked and headed on, disappointed that we hadn’t been able to enter.
|Cartagena to Isla de Mayor, Mar Menor 32.4 Nautical Miles - 6 Hours 58 Minutes - Average speed 4.7 knots - 6.3 knots|
|Isla de Mayor, Mar Menor to Torreveija 21.6 Nautical Miles - 4 Hours 56 Minutes (Including time at anchor)|
Average speed 4.1 knots Max 7.1 knots