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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca August 30th 2017

After mummy and I had spent a week in Geneva, it felt as though time was flying too fast again. We now only had just over a week to play in Menorca, plus we had plans to visit Mallorca for 3 days. During this time, so much was done that the quote of the week became "it is remarkable that there is so much diversity for such a small island, I wasn't expecting that". I hope that this little blog entry gives you some idea of just how diverse and interesting this little island became for us. On 17 August, to celebrate my 7 month birthday, my first top tooth has appeared! That's why it was hurting so much! Mummy has been giving me lots of raw carrots to chew on. I can now scrape my ... read more
Crossing to Mallorca
Crossing to Mallorca
Crossing to Mallorca

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca August 9th 2017

We are staying in Menorca for nearly a month, so it is worthy of an introduction. Daddy's parents bought a small apartment just outside of Mahon some 25 years ago (when daddy was 16 years old), and it has been rented and used irregularly. It is a beautiful spot, and certainly an easy way to secure accommodation during the huge European holiday rush in August. The capital of Menorca is Mahón (or Maó in local dialect), which sits on the world's second longest natural harbour (5 km in length, second only to Pearl harbour), and has a significant naval history - control of mediterranean trade / taxes; boat maintenance Privateering / corsair control of North African Barbary raids; British fleet efficiency (health) & hospitalisation services etc. In modern times the array of beautiful beaches (& agrotourism) ... read more
Butterflies on our walk
View from the verandah, and one of daddys distractions
A bigger distraction

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca October 10th 2015

Good beer, good food! Menorca..... Done!... read more

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca June 8th 2015

Minorca or Menorca (official name) is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, located to the northeast of Mallorca and is the least overrun and most tranquil of the Balearics. Due to its unspoilt beauty, it allows the more adventerous the opportunity to discover new charms and experiences. Despite its smaller size among other Spanish islands, the number of beaches that Menorca has equals the number of beaches that can be found in Mallorca and Ibiza combined. The possibility of having a beautiful beach largely to yourself in the summer, combined with alfresco dining and peaceful holiday resorts, makes Minorca a highly desirable place to visit. The peak season in Minorca is from end of June until the beginning of September, being the first two weeks of August the most crowded time. However, the touristic season, ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca July 22nd 2014

Menorca is a lovely island, and as I look back on my week there, I am very glad that I chose it as a destination after my stay in Barcelona. The flight to Mahon, the capital city, was only about half an hour. As I landed, I noticed how flat the island is. In fact, I later read that the highest point, Mount Toro, is only 358 meters high. It's also only 56 kms wide. After arrival, I took local bus number 10 into town. Here’s a tip: the French (!) woman at the tourist office at the airport is VERY knowledgeable. She gave me a great brochure about walking on the Cami de Cavalls, the hiking trail that goes round the island. And, had I known, I would have asked her for information about hotels ... read more
Mahon harbor
boats in harbor
boats in harbor

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca June 20th 2013

O Balearih ni kaj dosti pisati. Zaenkrat sem spoznala Mallorco in Menorco, in se bom vračala še in še. Fantastične osamljene plaže, zelo zelo prijetni ljudje, vse je tako domače in pokrajina zelo raznolika. Verjetno so vam znane plaže na vzhodu Španije, od Costa brave pa do Almerie, ko so šli vsi maturanti tja na eno-tedensko sangrijo in žur, in z rezultatom..nič se ne spomnim! Roko na srce, te plaže so nabite s hoteli, ljudmi, mivka povsod in non stop, greš v vodo do kolen, se obrneš in ne vračaš več. Španci so zelo družabna bitja, prinesejo vse živo na plažo in tam dobesedno živijo in ....so zelo zadovoljni. Kaj boš delal sam na plaži?! Balearski otoki imajo drugačen ritem. Mallorca je največji otok, pozimi lahko tudi malo snega (najvišji vrh 1400m), Palma (glavno mesto) zanimiv ... read more
Palma mesto - center
Palma
Santany

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca September 21st 2012

Corsica to Menorca We were, in many ways, glad to leave Bonifacio. We have loved it but we have been there some time awaiting crew and the dissipation of the mistral that had been blowing so hard from the north. That said, by hiring cars we had explored the hugely rugged and beautiful island and basked on some of its most lovely beaches, notably Porto Pollo where we will return on Niki if we move to Toulon. Lisa and I enjoyed a fabulous meal at the Kissing Pigs restaurant in Bonifacio. An extravaganza of local meat and cheeses, washed down with Corsican red. It also marked a first for us – being the first time that we have been able to leave the kids with a baby-sitter in the fleeting form of Richard and ... read more
Chinese Laundry
Porto Pollo 1
Porto Pollo 2

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca September 15th 2012

‘Barcelona Such a beautiful horizon Barcelona Like a jewel in the sun’ Freddie Mercury got it right; though the written words do not have the famous “Barrrrrrrcelonaaaaaaaa” accompaniment. Landing in Barcelona and experiencing the heat, the sun, the blue sky, and the skyline is truly spectacular. I had a few memories from my previous trip to Barcelona in 1990 but I had many more from watching the 1992 Olympics. You could never tire of looking at the Barcelona horizon and if anything sums it up it was the Diving competition from those Olympics where the competitors seemingly floated over the city as they completed their dives; no indoor pool will ever beat that atmosphere. We spent a great deal of time high up in the Montjuïc area, which looks out over the harbour and gives the ... read more
MRDS in Barcelona
MRDS Gothic Quarter
MRDS in Las Ramblas

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca July 8th 2012

Menorca- Mayonnaise was invented in Menorca and a traditional cheese made on the island (fromage de Mao) is named after the city. It has more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza combined. It has had an adventurous history based on it's position in the middle of the Mediterannean. Mahon has the second deepest natural harbour in the world: 5 km long and up to 900 metres wide. The water is deep but it remains mostly clear due to it being slightly enclosed. We visited a small working town in the middle of the island- Es Mercadal, a rural, working town with a working windmill, but also a pretty upmarket and cheap holiday destination. The ferry from Alcudia to Ciutedella takes about one and a half hours. Ciutedella is a great place to visit with it's Moorish buildings ... read more
Ciutedella
Ciutedella
Ciutedella

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca June 5th 2011

Our beach vacation was interrupted by some gale force winds and intermittent rain. Sitting in our one bedroom apartment with a one year old all day was NOT an option so we decided to drive to see one of the island's five lighthouses, Favaritz. The winds were so intense we're pretty sure they would have knocked Delaney over if she was walking on her own, but it made for some awesome waves. What better conditions for lighthouse pictures. We were very glad our car is tiny because the roads to the lighthouse were barely large enough for two minis to pass each other while barely moving. We also discovered that D (and her stomach) is not a fan of curvy roads :( We made it back to the resort for the Paella demonstration. I took a ... read more
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Es Mercadal
The bone Bandit




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