Adventure Sailing Trips. Barcelona to Menorca

Sailing Trip from Barcelona to Menorca visiting the “Fiestas de Sant Joan” in Ciutadella.

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Sailing trip Barcelona to Menorca
Anchor at Cala Macarella (Menorca)

Sailing trip to visit the Fiestas de Sant Joan in Ciutadella

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Ah! We can’t wait for the coming of June, with its warmth and the best conditions to sail in the Mediterranean, so, like every year, for the festivity of San Juan (20 — 25 June) we set sail from Sitges (Barcelona) to Menorca on board a beautiful and extremely confortable 15-m sailboat for 12 people, with 5 cabins, 3 bathrooms, kitchen and common room to enjoy the famous Fiestas de Sant Joan in Ciutadella.

The Sant Joan festivities are now an extremely popular party, certainly the most popular of the island, which attracts large numbers of foreigners and dragging behind them our enthusiasm. Three days La Fiesta Sant Joan include: on ”d’es be”, the vigil and the day of Sant Joan

Mediterranean Sailing Trip from Barcelona to Menorca

Awaiting us are dolphins, sunsets, stars, coves with pure white sand and turquoise waters and the experience of living a tremendous popular event combining traditions and colour with horses as protagonists.

Sailing trip from Barcelona to Menorca
Port of Ciutadella (Menorca)

During our Sailing trip We will also visit the marvellous southern coves; Son Saura, Macarella, Turketa, Trebaluger, etc. where you can swim, sunbathe, Snorkel…,Wow! Total relaxation surrounded by colour and nature.

Sailing trip from Barcelona to Menorca

Program 

  • Day 1:

We’ll meet up Port D’Aiguadolç in Sitges (Beautiful town near Barcelona) at 19h. All introductions will be made, our Skipper will give you all the details and we’ll organise the joint purchase of food and drink, share out the cabins and set sail for the south. The Big Blue Sea is awaiting us!We’ll enjoy the sunset and the immense sky full of stars while sailing. It is also normal to be visited by dolphins while sailing.

  • Day 2:

Arrival in Menorca in the morning to begin visiting the coves of Trebaluger, Turketa and Macarella to experience the rustic nature of the island from another perspective and we´ll anchor at one of them to spend the night.

  • Day 3:

In the morning we will go to Son Saura Cove and first thing in the afternoon set sail to Ciutadella Port to anchor and prepare to visit the city and enjoy the Fiestas. Horses and more horses fill the streets full of popular revelry. In the evening: Dinner in “Es Moli des Comte” and then drinks and typical “pomadas” in “Es Pla”.

  • Day 4:

After breakfast, we set sail northwards to spend a relaxing day sunbathing and swimming to recover from so much excitement, and in the evening we set sail to Barcelona, contemplating the sunset on the port side.

  • Day 5:

Back to Barcelona. Enjoying again the immense sea and the sunrise during the sailing trip with high sea swimming and more dolphins. Arriving in Sitges (Barcelona) in the early afternoon to finish off with a fantastic Sant Joan festival that you will never forget.

Sailing trip from Barcelona to Menorca

History of Sant Joan festivities in Ciutadella

The origins of the Sant Joan festivities in Ciutadella date back for centuries. According to historians’ investigations, the birth of the festival is linked to the Sant Joan d’Artrutx chapel, nowadays known as Sant Joan de Missa. Everyone who takes part directly in the fiesta is dressed in rigorously formal attire, and the most outstanding are those who make up the committee of Caixers. These represent the ancient Ciutadella society: nobility (caixer senyor), clergy (caixer capellà), artisans (caixers menestrals) and farmworkers (caixers pagesos). The “flabioler”, that accompanies the committee of Caixers, is in charge of announcing the orders with the drum and whistle during the festivities.

The day of the lamb

Even though the festivies feature other outstanding activites such as the night of the “festers” and the Vigil of the Lamb, the “Festes de Sant Joan” in the strict definition begin on the Day of the Lamb, that takes place the Sunday prior the Saint’s day. This particular day, the members of the committee of Caixers gather together at the palace of the “caixer senyor”, where the latter hands over the flag to the “caixer fadrí”. At 9 a.m., following the usual ritual, the “flabioler” is heard for the first time on the pipe and drum; and throughout the day the group goes round the historic streets of Ciutadella, visiting the Town Hall, the Palau Episcopal, the performance of the light opereta “Foc i Fum”, the municipal hospital, the social entities, the manor houses and cavaliers’ inns.

The most spectacular person, who can only be seen on this day, accompanying the committee of Caixers for the traditional collection, is the Homo des Be: a man who represents St. John the Baptist, dressed in lambskins, with crosses painted on his hands and feet, carrying a live lamb on his shoulders.

Meanwhile, as from 8 p.m., the popular hazelnut party is held in the Avinguda de la Constitució, with the Banda de la Agrupació Musical that amongst other tunes, plays the well known Jaleo. When the committee of Caixers and the Homo des Be have finished all the compulsory visits, the caixers receive refreshment at the home of the “caixer casat”. And finally, following the strict protocol, there is the farewell to the “caixer capellà” and the “caixer senyor”.

Sant Joan’s eve

After the Day of the Lamb, the festivities continue on the Sant Joan’s eve, June 23rd, at 2 p.m., the moment when the “flabioler”, riding an ass, goes to the palace of the “caixer senyor”, to ask for permission to start the fiesta. Immediately afterwards, the piper starts the gathering of “caixers i cavallers” following the customary rituals. As from this moment, the horses and their riders become the stars of this emblematic celebration.

Of the events for the Sant Joan’s eve, the most spectacular and colourful are the Caragol des Born accompanied by the Music Band and the emotional Vespres in the chapel of Sant Joan de Missa. The programme for this day is completed by the Hazelnut party, the Corregudes a sa Plaça, the Caragol de Santa Clara, the farewell on horseback to the “caixer capellà” and the “caixer senyor”, the drink for the “caixers” and “cavallers” in the house of the “caixer senyor” and, finally, the farewell to the “caixer capellà”.

The day of Sant Joan

On the Day of Sant Joan, June 24th, at 8 a.m., the piper asks permission from the “caixer senyor” to start the gathering again and once the “qualcada” is completed, they hold the trials of the Jocs des Pla, the Corregudes de Sa Plaça and the Caragol de Santa Clara. The morning’s programme ends with the solemn Mass of Caixers in the Cathedral, the drink for the “caixers” and “cavallers” in the home of the “caixer capellà” and the formal farewells.

In the evening, the “qualcada” descends to the Pla, where the town councillors await, who have been invited especially to preside the games. After the first “Caragol” the games of “s’ensortilla”, “carotes” and “córrer abraçats” take place. Once the games finish, there is the last “caragol” followed by the Corregudes de Sa Plaça and the Caragol de Santa Clara. Finally, there is the farewell on horseback to the “caixer capellà” and the “caixer senyor”, the drink for the “caixers” and “cavallers” in the at the “caixer senyor’s” home, the farewell on foot to the “caixer capellà”, and the last piping by the “flabiol”, that will mark the end of the fiestas.

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Frequently Asked Questions.  FAQ Sailing Trips

  • What is travelling in a sailboat like?

Our sailing trips are a form of active tourism where you also gain experience. One of the most authentic ways to travel, departing from the conventional and turning your leisure time into a constant accumulation of sensations that combine adventure, social relations, contactwith nature, etc. When travelling in a sailboat there will be moments of relax and others of frantic activity. It is not necessary to have sailing experience in order to participate, although if you are interested in discovering the secrets of sailing, this is the ideal place to learn. In short, a holiday on board a sailboat will be very pleasurable and you will sail, participate in the manoeuvres, discover places that are sometimes inaccessible from the land, witness impressive sunsets, see dolphins, stars…and the feel pleasant sensation of moving under wind power!

 

  • Do you need any sailing experience to participate in a sailboat trip?

Anybody can participate. No experience is necessary, nor do you need specific navigation skills. You just need the will to have a good time and some spirit of adventure.

 

  • Can I come on a sailing trip on my own?

One of the features of our sailboat tripsis that they are offered “place by place”. The most common thing is that people taking part meet on the first day,before embarking. So you can book alone or accompanied by others, as you wish. You’ll see how at the end of the trip you will have made new friends and close bonds will have been created between crew members after the experiences you have all gone through on board.

 

  • What should I bring with me?

We recommend you do not bring too much luggage, in a soft bag if possible. The best thing is a medium sized sports bag.

  • White soled footwear for walking on the deck and rubber flip-flops.
  • A light rain jacket.
  • Swimwear, a bath towel and several t-shirts.
  • Sun protection cream, a cap and sunglasses.
  • Personal hygiene gear.
  • Clothes for the street (one set or two).
  • Some warm clothes for trips in the Mediterranean

 

  • How can I book?

You can reserve online from our website or by a bank transfer to the bank account we will send you details of by mail. Payment of 30{174c6e11791a1040928d4bad5f228a147572197582de78f94cd628e59032146b} (Approx.) of the total price of the trip must be made when booking. The rest of the amount should be paid one week before embarkation.

  • What destination should I choose for a  sailboat trip?

Weoffer a wide range of sailing trips all year round, focusing on two areas: The Mediterranean and the Caribbean, with trips, participation in regattas, stays to visit uninhabited islands … all with special charm and added value to discover. Make your choice according to your availability and budget.

 

  • How is life organised on board a sailboat?

Several people will be living together is a small space, therefore respect for others and understanding are essential for a successful stay on board the sailing ship.

The trip intends to be an experience and requires participation.Therefore, the idea is that everyone should collaborate in the tasks and organisation on board, following some simple rules based on common sense:

  • It is important to keep things tidy on board, inside (personal belongings in common areas), on deck (Creams, towels, cameras, etc.) and when sailing, to avoid obstructions, tripping, objects falling into the sea…
  • Economise the use of fresh water, water tanks have a limited capacity and it is preferable to use water in moderation (in the shower for example) than having to go and refill them.
  • When using the WC strictly follow the usage instructions and never dispose of paper or other things in it that could block it.
  •  With regard to consumption of electricity, do not leave lights on. Charge mobile phones (in the cigar lighter socket) at midday.
  • Avoid boarding the boat with street footwear, it is recommended to use canvas or similar shoes on deck to avoid stubbing your toes.
  • Shake the sand out of your feet and towels before coming on board when you return from the beach.
  • Never go inside the boat when you are wet to avoid slipping.
  • Lie on a towel when using sun protection cream, so as not to make the deck slippery.

 

  • What is the food like on board a sailboat?

Food will be simple and light, you will be able to eat rice, meat, fish, barbeques, pasta, fruit, fruit juices and soft drinks. It is recommended to exercise moderation in the consumption of alcoholic drinks.

 

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