...protecting her dignity!
Fornells has an excellent bus service that enables you to travel to all the noteworthy places and calas around the island.
Located at the eastern end of the island is Mahon or Mao, the capital of Menorca. The old town is set on a ridge above a deep inlet that forms the harbour, reported to be the biggest natural port in the Mediterranean.
The harbour with floating pontoons and marina in the far distance
me, enjoying the view and breeze!
Mao was surprisingly quiet as we wondered around from the marina, down back streets with bow-fronted houses, sash windows and green shutters passing many shoe shops selling 'abarcas' - a simple leather sandal and a symbol of the island. For shoe lovers the choices of colours are endless, they look comfy too.
Abarcas sandals, very popular
Feeling the need for refreshments, we stopped off at the Xoriguer distillery. Several gin bottles were lined up on oak barrels, all free to try out (neat gin) on a help yourself basis. It was a wonder that we actually walked away sober.
pooring the first 'shot'!
Historically, when the island was given to the British, part of the navy was relocated. Apparently they had a weakness for gin so the locals started making their version, infused with local herbs from the island. By the time the Brits left, the tradition had firmly taken root and the locals have been producing and drinking gin ever since. The leading brand is Xoriguer (sho-ri-gair) which comes in a retro/ornate bottle.
Next, the indoor market selling even more local products, this time we tried Mahon cheese, a soft to hard white cheese made from cow's milk and the closest thing to cheddar (dare we say it) so we purchase both - that explains the amount of cow's that we've seen on the island!
Pavement cafes occupy just about every available space and the prices for coffees, tapas, ice-creams were very good compared to Mallorca where we found prices to be inflated so the day rounded off nicely with a late lunch tapas accompanied by a glass of 'Pomada', local gin and lemonade served ice-cold - very refreshing, very strong and to be consumed in moderation if you want to catch the bus back the same day!