Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

Limestone cliffs on the south Menorcan coast

Fortifications at entrance to Mahon estuary

Mahon town, east coast of Menorca

Mahon harbour

Medieval gate in Mahon

Boats positioning for the start of the Sunday club race in Mahon

We sailed east along the south coast of Menorca close enough to see all the natural caves in the cliffs. After stopping for lunch in Cala de Binibeca, we sailed between the main island and Isla del Aire on the south-east corner of Menorca and north to the Mahon estuary. We were heading into wind so we made slow progress, but finally sailed into the Mahon estuary, which is the largest in the western Mediterranean and very sheltered, at about 6pm (26 nautical miles in just over 5 hours).

Unfortunately, the harbour authorities have severely restricted anchoring and the only place it’s allowed is in Cala Taulera, tucked between La Mola headland, guarding the northern entrance to the harbour, and Isla de Lazareto. It’s very sheltered, but a fair distance from Mahon town and a bit hemmed in. It took us 30 minutes to kayak into town next day to do some exploring. Despite being a Sunday, the place was deserted and we later discovered that there was a festival in Ciutadella, at the other end of the island, so maybe everyone had gone there! The Menorca museum is worth a visit with information and artifacts covering prehistoric times and the Talayotic period (about 1500 BC). There are lots of Talayotic remains on Menorca, of which more later.

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