03 June 2019
Having visited Mallorca over 30 years ago and then chartered a boat there about 17 years ago, it was not high on our agenda for spending a lot of time - so we didn't. We had intended to go to Cala Magraner, about 33nm from Cabrera but we got fed up of punching into a northerly 10-14kts so gave up at Porto Colom and anchored near the entrance to the bay for the night.
We left the next day, Thursday 30th May for the 49nm to Cala Galdana, Menorca and were rewarded with a great 4 hours of close reaching in 12-17kts NNW wind - the whole trip took just over 7 hours. We found a sandy spot to anchor and all was well - two big hotels and the prospect of some clubbing at last.
Ah, wrong again - this is Menorca and the destination of families, old folks and Spanish holiday-makers. We made do with watching the world go by at a couple of bars and a walk to Cala Macarella.
Provisioning and laundry called so after a couple of nights we went on the 13nm to Ciutadella and did the Medi mooring thing with lazy lines to pick up the mooring warps. What a gem. It is a super place and again a "must visit". The town was sacked by the Turks in 1558, led by Barbarossa, and the inhabitants carted off to slavery. The rebuilding has left a legacy of beautiful palaces, churches and houses, and narrow winding streets and alleys, in many ways reminiscent of Moorish medinas, albeit the Moors were expelled in 1287.
You are now starting to wonder if we have made it to some clubs - well, our musical highlights have been a very Menorcan group of very old musicians playing very Menorcan music for Menorcan men and women to do Menorcan dancing ... as a fund raiser for the local Scout troop. AND a band playing very solemn music accompanying the parading of the Virgin Mary through the streets near the Cathedral in celebration of ... something. So, no clubs ... yet.
We plan to visit a few calas for some quiet over the next week or so ...