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Menorca

April 2018 - June 2019
  • Day5

    Faravitx lighthouse and talaiotic stone

    May 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We had a bit of extra time to kill before our flight back so we did a bit more driving and headed over to the Favaritx lighthouse. The drive along the final headland was really dramatic as the scenery suddenly switched from lush green fields with wildflowers to barren slate outcrops and crashing waves. The lighthouse itself has an interesting spiral black stripe on white. It was a bit exposed and rainy so we headed back in the car to the Albufera Es Grau National Park for a brisk boardwalk to the lake before going to see one of the most extensive Talaoitic remains on the island. The standing stone is a symbol on the island and the civilisation dates from 1,000BC. We had time for a quick tea before dropping the car back ready for the flight home.Read more

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  • Day5

    Lithica

    May 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    It was a bit of a rainy day so we first went to the Artisan Centre of Menorca which was a great exhibition of all the main artisan crafts. The top craft was the carpenters who make the traditional gates from wild olive wood. After that we headed to Lithica, an old limestone quarry that has been turned into a garden/sculpture park. We were first presented with a view into one of the machine-worked quarries which has totally vertical sides... and then we wandered towards the old quarries where nature had taken over again. The experience was labyrinthine and delightful... a bit like a cross between being in the secret garden and being in an archaeological remain. We kept discovering new little secrets; fountains, almond trees, the medieval garden. We finally went into the base of the machine worked quarries: one of which had an actual labyrinth made of stone and the other was a concert hall. Altogether a great visit for a non-beach day.Read more

  • Day4

    Cala mitjana and beyond...

    April 30, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Well what a great day! We had a splendid breakfast before heading back to Es Mercadal to pick up our GF Ensaimada (traditional chocolate pastry!)... and then we set off on the Cami de Cavalls heading East towards Cala Mitjana. The walk was mainly walking through lovely scented pine forest... with lots more wildflowers and birds en route. We stopped for a little sunbathe on Cala Mitjana before heading onward to Cala Trebaluger. The sea was still rolling in when we got there... but was a great spot for a picnic. To get to the beach we had to clamber through a cave. We chatted to a nice couple who helped us identify the nightingale song we had been listening to en route... and then lo and behold, on the way back one presented itself for us to see! We had a great walk home... stopping for more sunbathing and beers on the beach, and ice creams back in Cala Galdana. We also tried our EnSaimada and it was incredible.... sort of like brioche with chocolate spread. We spent the afternoon chilling, birdwatching and meandering round the local garden centre. Just off for dinner at Delit again...Read more

  • Day3

    Platge Cavalleria

    April 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    On Sunday we had slightly cooler weather and decided to visit the beaches of the North... and it was a fiesta de geologia! After walking from the car park through some rolling sand dunes we arrived at the first small beach which was predominantly purple sandstone... weathered in really amazing and beautiful ways. We sheltered during a quick shower, and then headed west to a double-sweep bay named Cavalleria. We then continued along the Camino de Cavalls wandering through more sand dunes, and then coming across some beautiful blue and red slate stacks. The flowers were amazing... with sea holly and sea purslane too. We headed to Es Mercadal to order a GF traditional pastry before continuing to Es Migjorn Gran where we had a traditional Menorquin countryside lunch... Jim was very happy with his roast pork! Then we headed back for some sun on the balcony and a few beers. The sea had completely changed from the previous day due to the stormy weather... we spent hours listening to the waves roll in.Read more

  • Day2

    Platge Marceletta

    April 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We had a lovely breakfast at the hotel, including honey taken straight from the comb, before setting of on the famous Cami de Cavalls. This path circumnavigates the whole of Menorca and it is exceptionally well waymarked. We decided to head east from Cala Galdana where we were staying. The path started by hugging the coast before turning inland slightly so that we were walking through pine forest with beautiful wild flowers. Three miradors en route gave us great views of the coast and after 45 minutes we were presented with the stunning view over to Cala Marceletta and Cala Marcela, with turquoise water and golden sand. We spent a while on the beach and had a picnic lunch before wandering back. Dinner was at Delit where we had a set menu with an amazing gluten free almond cake. Nat wants to make one immediately after arriving home.Read more

  • Day1

    Parc Natural Albufera Es Grau

    April 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    After landing at about 9:30am we picked up the car and headed straight (via the supermarket) to the nearby National Parc. We were welcomed by the park warden who showed us a small exhibition and gave us a map of the walking routes. We then set off and walked for a couple of hours around paths with spectacular views over the lake. The variety of flowers and plants was amazing, lots of which were humming with bees. We had a picnic of tortilla espanol (much better than you can buy in the UK) before heading on the road to Cala Galdana, our home for the next few days. The view of the cove that met us when we arrived was breathtaking. We took in the view from the hotel with a gin and tonic and a no gin and tonic. We ate at a lovely authentic seafood restaurant in Ferreries called Meson Rias Baixas where we shared a salad, some grilled octopus and a seafood Paella.Read more