Category Archives: Menorca

A long way all the way to Puerto de Ciudadela just to realise we will have to push for Mahon!

Ciutadella Harbour entrance - on our way to the fuel dock!
Ciutadella Harbour entrance - on our way to the fuel dock!

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!

A great spot to have lunch and a swim while the captain is taking a nap!
A great spot to have lunch and a swim while the captain is taking a nap!

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.
Scolamanzi's pontoon in Mahon (Menorca)
Scolamanzi's pontoon in Mahon (Menorca)
The Pontoon in Mahon where we docked for 3 nights
The Pontoon in Mahon where we docked for 3 nights
The view from our dock ... the lovely sights of Mahon!
The view from our dock ... the lovely sights of Mahon!

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!
Puerto de Ciudadela
Puerto de Ciudadela
You cannot resist these little shops!
You cannot resist these little shops!

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 long hot wait at the busstop!
The long hot wait at the busstop!

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!
Lobster stew!! Whaauw!
Lobster stew!! Whaauw!
Last night of dining in Mahon!
Last night of dining in Mahon!
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!

Entrance to the Markets in Mahon
Entrance to the Markets in Mahon

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

Cala de Addaya and Fornells just a quick stopover for lunch … and worth every minute!

Finding Bruce that could speak Spanish and English to translate a Spanish website for us!
Bruce that could speak Spanish and English to translate a Spanish website for us!
Cala de Addaya's beach
Cala de Addaya's beach
The beautified entrances to houses are just stunning!
The beautified entrances to houses are just stunning!

By now Johann is really getting anxious to get some more internet time on his IPad and we have to find a bilingual Spanish-English person to help us. We anchored at Cala de Addaya and went ashore to a restaurant and found Bruce (a Pom that has been living there and could speak and read Spanish) to help us. The town has a little beach with houses (more units than houses) right on the walkway to the beach! They have beach chairs on the pavement and within 3 steps from the beach! That is what I would call a beach house!

We had lunch there ad moved on to Fornells (pronounced by the locals as Fronase) and had to anchor in very thick weed. Our previous experience with weed (San Antonio) made us slightly uncomfortable and with the hazy skies we knew something was brewing in the weather. The haziness was a sand/dust storm from the North east and soon the whole deck was covered in red dust! The wind picked up and all hell broke loose within minutes it was howling! That is the Med’s weather for you – one moment clear blue skies the next a stormy wind sweeping you away!

A  big power yacht started drifting very fast to the channel after dragging her anchor!
A big power yacht started drifting very fast to the channel after dragging her anchor!
Another boat in trouble - drifting away!
Another boat in trouble - drifting away!

A big power yacht astern of us was suddenly floating like a cork and dragged all the way (about 400metres) to the channel before the two people on board realised what was happening. The boat next to us dragged way past us but this time we had to stay put as it looked as if we are heading the that way too and was ready to re-anchor. So we did … the wind dropped down and we could go ashore to see what Fornells looks like. After nibblies/ tapas on board we decided to just have an entrée ashore. The shops were distracting (again … remember I have a support now with me and she did not miss an open door!) and after a while Johann was getting nervous with the wind that has changed 180 degrees and was afraid the anchor might get dislodged and dragged. Lientjie and I had to run back to the Fudge and sweets display on the side of the road (it is massive!) before jumping into an already moving dinghy if we wanted a lift back to the boat!
We ended up having a peaceful uneventful night’s sleep, missed out on a meal ashore and woke up with a red dusted messy boat! A quick rinse of the deck and we left Fornells early the next morning.
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