Emerald Tales

Currently in Portugal after 7 years in the Mediterranean

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Bit more Addaia

11 August 2014 | Addaia, Menorca
Nichola / very warm
Walking the Cami de Cavalls

6th to 11th August
After our trip to Mahon we spent the rest of the week exploring Addaia. There were some signposted walks but unfortunately the route which would take us to the next village was supposed to have a bridge to cross but it seemed no one had bothered to build the bridge. Instead we had to walk along a busy road which wasn't much fun.

Stone skimming at Pou d'en Caldes

Alternatively there was the Cami de Cavalls (the way of the horse) a 220km long path which borders the whole island. A section runs through Addaia and we followed it south east through dusty fields, along the saltflats, a bit of lane and back to dusty fields to a bay called Pou d''en Caldes. We had lunch and some stone skimming before heading back. At this point we realised we'd hugely underestimated the amount of water we should have brought. The shop in Addaia did a roaring trade as we raided the fridge for cold drinks on our return.

Strange rock formations around the salt flats

cow rock
Fossilised cows?

We also passed the time playing with the boat toys. I inflated Pingu my kayak for the others to have a go; unfortunately my leak repair from last week was still leaking slightly so more repairs to do. I had a go in John and Gilly's puffin sailboat which was great fun - hmmmm I wonder where we could fit one on Emerald?

puffin sail
Puffin about on the water

A weekly quiz night was held in one of the bars so we joined I with that. We came joint first but lost out on the tie-breaker, although I suspected the winning team had been to the quiz before.... But at least we beat the team on the table next to us who were busy looking up the answers on their iPhones. Humpf!

Perhaps they have a lot of British holiday makers visit Addaia as it was a pleasant surprise to find a curry restaurant. It might be the last opportunity for one for a while (I am looking forward to my first Italian pizza) so we had a night out. It ended up being the evening before we left for Sardinia so proved to be an excellent farewell to the Balearics.

Vessel Name: Emerald
Vessel Make/Model: Kelly Peterson 44
Hailing Port: No fixed abode
Crew: Colin 'Skip' Wright, Nichola Wright
About: One from Northern Ireland, one from Yorkshire, UK
Extra: Emerald has been our home since 2004. We've sailed around the UK, the western Baltic and have spent 7 years in the Med. We're currently in Portugal, planning a refit. Lot's more information about us and the boat can be found at www.yachtemerald.com
Home Page: https://www.yachtemerald.com/