12 Sep Menorca – August 2016
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sail in the Mediterranean then read on, as that’s exactly what we wanted to discover last summer. We also wanted to explore the lesser known Balearic island of Menorca so decided to combine the two. We arrived in the delightful city of Mahon and were greeted by our very helpful sailing company ‘Menorca Cruising’ who usually offer sailing courses, but had agreed to let us hire one of their boats and borrow their instructor Andy as a skipper for 5 days. We did some shopping and then were immediately off for a quick afternoon sail in the massive natural harbour of Mahon to get a feel for the boat and learn some of the basics. The kids took to it straight away and had lots of questions for Andy. It was extremely hot in Menorca at the beginning of August so being out on the water with the breeze was a great relief. Over the course of the following few days we sailed from Mahon south to Binibequer where we spent our first night aboard. We also travelled further along the coast to Cala en Porter which has a lovely beach and Cales Coves which is only accessible by boat. The clear, turquoise water everywhere meant it was easy to jump in for a refreshing swim and Andy helped us to learn some sailing along the way. We finished off with a couple of shorter day trips to Illa de Colom, which is just off the National Park Albufera des Grau and extrememly picturesque, and finally Illa de l’Aire which is simply referred to as lizard island locally because of the large population of black lizards that live there – the kids loved them.
Menorca is very welcoming and relaxing, and if you want to learn sailing I couldn’t recommend Menorca Cruising enough.