2017-09-04 Cala Taulera to Marina Mahon, Menorca Island

Our anchorage overnight in Cala Taulera near the entrance to the port of Mahon
Leaving the anchorage in Cala Taulera and heading into Mahon, we decide to go out the same way as we came in, on the eastern side of Isla de Lazareto rather than taking the shorter trip through a very narrow and sometimes shallow channel
Once back in the large harbour we head north west to the Mahon township
An attractive sloop heads out of the harbour
The Mahon harbour is a long narrow harbour, almost 5 km from the entrance of the port to the main town
As we continue we pass very nice homes overlooking the harbour
We then pass by the delightful bay, Cales Fonts

Cala Corb, the bay by Es Castell
Arriving at Marina Mahon where we have booked a berth for a couple of days

Making our way to our berth we see that we have a nice close position on the pontoon
Once we had hosed down and cleaned up the Tangaroa we decided we would go for a long walk around Mahon
It was good exercise climbing the many stairs to get towards the old part of Mahon where the view was quite amazing
Most days during the tourist season smaller sized cruise ships usually visit Puerto Mahon
Looking back down the attractive port
Mahon squares and street are all adorned with colourful streamers as an annual fiesta begins in several days

Església del Carme, the Church and the cloister of the Carmen is situated in the main large square of Mahon
Looking across to the other spectacular church, Església de Santa Maria
We enter Mercado de Pescados, the local fish market
There is hardly a seat available outside by the market
Ric checks out the fish and the oysters

All sorts of produce is available here including wines, meats and seafood
…….paella and tapas
From every vantage point in Mahon the view is superb

The old town has a maze of long narrow cobbled streets
The old Town Hall with a couple of giant statues waiting for the fiesta to start in a few days
There is no shortage of restaurants in Mahon!!
Iglesia de Santa Maria

Mahon has some amazing long streets that almost disappear into the distance
We return to the marina via the port
Rows of restaurants, bars and shops line the port area

Our neighbours  who were part of a special regatta held a few days ago off Mahon, make their departure from the marina
In the evening we decide to go out for dinner to one of the restaurants along the quay near the marina
A full moon tonight!!!!

Tonight we try the restaurant called el Rais Sesforquilles 
The restaurant has not been open for long however it has had excellent reviews

el Rais offers a good selection of reasonably priced wines
Our entree which was Asian inspired, featured succulent beef, topped with a picante sauce and  was served on rice. The dish was not only superb in presentation but also in flavour!
For our main courses, Ric thoroughly enjoyed his pork dish…….
……….and my fish was perfectly cooked and delicious with the lovely vegetables served on the side
The restaurant soon filled up and some patrons were waiting for a table
Ric pondering on which wine to choose to accompany our desserts

We could not resist ordering a couple of desserts to share
Both desserts were equally as good as each other………which was a nice way to finish a wonderful dinner at el Rais

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