Isla de la Cabrera, Balearic Islands

We noticed Cabrera while searching for the perfect stopover on our way west. Reviews on Navily raved about the island, a marine and nature reserve as well as the very protected anchorage. To visit we had to get an annual sailing permit for the marine reserve (free) and book a mooring (€17 per night for our 14m boat). We booked two nights and are now really happy we made the effort.

The island is steeped in history, including being a defensive outpost against pirates and being a prison for 9,000 of Napoleon’s soldiers (including women and children) who were left on the island from 1809 to 1814. Only 3,600 survived.

Isla de la Cabrera Anchorage from the fort

We arrived late afternoon on Monday so we had all of Tuesday to explore. Unfortunately Maria’s sprained ankle allowed only a walk up to the fort and back, but I went on a hike of about 7km to see the historic spots and the lighthouse. To my delight I was the only person out there and I had about 4 hours of quiet enjoyment.

Cabrera Lighthouse

We could easily have spent a week here, but alas we must away towards Gibraltar while the winds are favourable.

Sunny Spells on a mooring at Cabrera