With the end of the state of emergency in Portugal, Ilha da Culatra has changed quite a bit: the restaurants have reopened, tourists are coming from the mainland by ferry and some new boats have arrived in the anchorage. Among them were my good friends Ben and Elena from Beyond Elements.
I also made friends with the Australian couple Elayna and Riley from the catamaran “La Vagabonde”. The two are traveling with their son Lenny and André, a Portuguese skipper, with whom I also got along very well. Despite the enormous fame of their YouTube channel, the two “vagabonds” are super easy going and open, and invited me over for breakfast right away.
Meetings of up to 10 people are now allowed again in Portugal, and we sailors truly enjoyed this newly found freedom of social interaction. After the past week had been pretty rainy and busy for me, it was now time to celebrate the onset of summer together with old and new sailor friends.
Here are a few impressions of the past few days in this magical place:
(Many thanks to Micha from Sailing Terra who took many of these great pictures.)
After 2 months of lockdown, followed by this great week full of wonderful moments with great people, I got caught by the travel bug again. Even though bigger trips will likely have to wait for a while, I plan to set sail tomorrow to travel 20 miles east to Tavira. There is a package waiting for me in town and probably some more adventures at the anchorage.
Since I will likely stay in Algarve for a while, it is not so hard to say goodbye to Culatra. I’m sure I’ll be back in this magical place soon. I just hope that there will not be another Corona outbreak leading to another lockdown…
All is well,