Tuesday, 20 September 2016
First ever holiday in Menorca and hopefully it wont be the last! Lovely relaxing week in the warm late Summer sunshine with a hotel right on the beach. A beautiful little island that doesn't get the hype of it's Balearic neighbours Majorca and Ibiza. Lots of rugged coastline with secluded bays boasting crystal clear waters. Very reminiscent at times of the coastline of Cornwall. A few facts, Menorca lies 140 miles southeast of Barcelona. Although the second largest of the Balearic Islands it is still tiny (30 miles from East to West).912 miles from North to South). You can walk the entire coastline if you have the time and energy (135 miles)and is called Cami de Cavalls.
The road system is interesting ...you have to always return to the central axis (Me-1) and then divert off to your destination. The main road connects the two historic cities at either end of the Island Citiudella and Mahon also spelt locally as Mao. Those are both covered off later in seperate blogs. Population is around 94,000 about a tenth of Majorca and is very popular with UK visitors without the lager louts associated with other islands. Menorca has a long history and first inhabited 3000-1300 BC by cave dwellers. In 1708 it was taken by the British and then changed hands with the French, Spanish and British over subsequent years.
It is a lovely beach walk to the next resort of Son Bou as the sands become whiter and the beach widens. Many of the surrounding beaches seem to be a haven for naturists wanting to let it all hang out. Walking through the sand dunes was hard work so reverted back to the shoreline on the return journey. It was here that we discovered an appropriately named restaurant providing much needed refreshment.
In between the beaches there are some lovely rocky outcrops as you follow the coastal path. It really is a lovely walk and actually far quicker than trying to take the inland route. A taxi journey between our resort of Sant Tomas and Son Bou takes a good 25 minutes
We stayed at the Sol Beach Hotel which was excellent. Food was good and plentiful and the room had a lateral sea view . We had a couple of storms at night and was great to lay in bed and see the lightning over
the sea and the crashing of the waves.
The sunsets in the evening were spectacular and the photos don't really do them justice. Just nice to sit on the terace before Dinner with a nice 'Cruzcampo' Beer or maybe a Mojito and watch the sun go down over the horizon.
Walking the other way from the hotel and more nudist beaches the scenery eventually becomes more of a woodland as you are drawn away from the beach. My intention was to walk to Cala Gadana further down the coast. I had been going for well over an hour and then saw a sign saying it was a further 8.5 km ..... so I turned back as my feet were already badly blistered. Afew more random pictures including one with Glenys and Bob our friends from Northamptonalong with one of myself and 'Bod' somebody we got friendly with.