The night before we left Cala en Porter we took the kayaks ashore to go to the famous Club Menorca on the cliff overlooking the anchorage. It’s a top position and good food. We had to take the kayaks as the very officious life guard on the beach won’t let you tie up to the boat ramp or land on the beach even when it is night and empty! We had got into trouble with him the day before when we tied up and went shopping. The smaller tenders can get carried up the ramp but we couldn’t. Luckily the restaurant assured us there was not big dress code and if we arrived with wet bottoms it would be OK.
That night the wind went southerly so we left in the morning for Isla Colom around the island to the north west of Mahon. it’s a lovely spot with crystal emerald and aqua waters just a short dinghy ride or rather longer kayak to the pretty little fishing village of Es Grau. Where there was an interesting item for sale in the supermarket/souvenir store (see pics) From here we took a taxi to Mahon and checked out marinas for when we pick Mark and co up at the end of August, found a few chandleries, found the gin distillery, had lunch and a look around.
You can’t tour the distillery but they have glass walls so you can see in and two very good tasting tables.
The following day we got a taxi from Es Grau to Es Castell where a 3 day fiesta was on. It’s all about the Menorcan horses and they race up the street between all the people in pairs then get up on their back legs to prance about still in amongst all the people. Apparently no one has ever been hurt. iI’s the closest I’ve ever been to a flat out galloping horse, or a prancing one for that matter with no barriers. While you wait for the horse races you get in huge crowds to drink at roadside bars and, it turned out, get water hosed by a mostly naked man on a table with a silly hat on. Anyway it was cooling and fun. We met David and Mary there, finding each other with google pin drops and so on.