Travels Diary

Small corners of Paradise

20 January 2012 | | Reading time 3 minutes

For those of you who live in the northern hemisphere, winter is here (lucky southern people who are in the middle of the summer!). After a warm month of December and a rather cool Christmas all over Europe, the snow has finally arrived (lucky we are with our mountains), even in Bordeaux with temperatures below 0°c. So why not talk about sunny and hot places? Some of you wanted to share nice spots so let’s have a look:

The first suggestion was sent to me by Vicente Gouvea who wanted to share his corner of paradise: Ilha Grande in Brazil, elected by Brazilians as the second wonder of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the first being the natural harbor of Rio de Janeiro. The best anchorage on this island is “Saco do Céu”. As said Vicente “The name explains a lot about this anchorage because “céu” means “sky” and “saco” means “bag” and once you are in the “bag” you can see the stars from the sky reflected on the ocean. It is 360° protected against all winds and waves”.

So this anchorage is well protected, with a nice bottom made of sand and mud and some free moorings. The best restaurants of the island are there as well, and the only problem is: that it is extremely popular and can be packed with boats, so choose your day before going there!

The other place is shared by Edouard Paulet, who has a Lagoon 410s2. This owner is a regular of the Agadir marina in Morocco, very convenient in consideration of his several Atlantic crossing passages. As he says: “This marina is brand new with all the services needed: french norm power access, pressurized water and fueling dock. Customers formalities are quick and in a nice atmosphere.

The whole marina is surrounded by shops and excellent restaurants, all you need before a long passage far from the coast. The better point of this place is to be able to buy lots of fresh food at the souk (typical arab market): onions, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, oranges, bananas, pineapples… All are delicious and very cheap. A young local guy follows you with a trolley so no worry if you want to buy all the market!” As you can see on the pictures, Edouard had fresh food for his whole trip to Saint Marteen. So for him, Agadir cannot be missed!

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