We are running low on fuel and will have to pull into Puerto de Ciutadella for fuel, but it is a long way off (with no wind what so ever to help us getting there). The town looks beautiful and very interesting. We will have to visit it by road, because while refuelling, I went to enquire about a berth but the 246 Euro per night is way out of our budget range. We moved on and stopped for lunch at probably the only beach where there is absolutely no development insight!
Beautiful blue clear water got me and Lientjie swimming in Cala De’Or for almost an hour before we reluctantly had to get out of the water on instructions of the captain, pulling in the anchor and making our way on to Mahón.
The south-westerly swells made it difficult to find any of the lovely bays along the southern coast suitable to overnight and we decided to just get to Mahon before night falls. We managed to get a berth for about €140 including water and electricity right in the middle of Mahón only 2 min per dinghy to the hub of the city! It is a little pontoon that takes about 12 boats and even had a little swimming area in the middle with freshwater showers on the pontoon! It is comfortable, secure, close to town and not overly expensive seeing that I can do 3 bundles of washing there without worrying about power and water!
We used the time in Mahon to bus through to Ciutadella – the lovely old town did not disappoint us at all. It hosts the oldest church in Europe but unfortunately, the only evedance left is a now concrete sealed entrance with no access anymore to the building. The port of Ciutadella is a very narrow long marina and harbour and it amazes us how they managed to fit some of the bigger yachts in. It was a long day of strolling through cobbled stone alleyways in search for another fabulous old building (Johann’s favourite pastime ashore!)
The bus trip back could not come any later or we would have perished on the pavement from heat and exhaustion! We were all sleeping on the way back in the bus but after a refreshing shower we were ready for a good meal out (our last dining out in Mahon!) at a very special restaurant (La Minerva) where the dinghy was just about tied to our table leg! A lovely setting on the water gives it a fabulous ambiance. The food was outstanding (for a change)! We were not disappointed in the suggested 4 cause special in Menorquin style! We had a few disaterous gastronomic experiences lately and being our last night in Menorca, we thought to have the chefs special and very famous Lobster Stew, a selection of tapas and a selection (!) of local white and red wine! All of the four courses included sparkling water and wine as well as coffee afterwards for €40 ! For Menorca …that is a bargain!
In our best outfits with high heels and jewellery we managed to get out of the dinghy elegantly enough not to embarrassed the poor Johann that was pretty nervous about the outfits chosen (dinghies, short dresses and high heels normally don’t marry well)
Mahon is beautiful and with all the old buildings, beautiful cathedral and museum and plenty of shops, we could easily spent a few days here!! We loved walking around and spent many days just doing that!
We found Menorca overall much more expensive than the other two islands and on average a disappointment in the restaurant food. What they do well is their delicious Mahon Cheese and fresh milk!I am now sorry we did not buy heaps of the wonderful cheese!
Our pictures of Ciudadella….
With these to cities so different and both beautiful, I just could not put the pictures all in one file – it would not be fair to any of them!
My pictures of Mahon