2017-09-07 Marina Mahon to Cala Santa Galdana, Menorca Island

After spending a few delightful days in the wonderful Puerto Mahon, it was time to leave and continue on
Our berth in Marina Mahon with the unmistakable lift in the background!!
Leo, the friendly young man who works at the marina
Looking back to Marina Mahon
The Mahon town quay
As we leave the township we pass some run down buildings on Carrer Moll del Fonduco
In contrast on the other side, we pass Cala Llonga with it’s hillside of lovely homes
The busy season has finished and some of the small waterside restaurants are almost closed
We continue south east down the long harbour and pass the Isla del Lazareto near the mouth
We look up the channel to Cala Taulera where we anchored for a night a few days ago, before going into the marina in Mahon
As the wind had lessened, our intention was to head north, going further up the east coast and then heading west along the north coast, in order to circumnavigate Menorca. Once out of the port we head towards Punta del Espero the eastern point
Once we reached the point, the wind was not so bad however the waves that had built up over several days were bigger than I was happy to motor into for a few hours!!!
We decide to turn around and head back along the south coast of the island with the waves behind us!!
We pass a yacht that is sailing towards Puerto Mahon
Following the southern coast again, this time heading west, we again pass a few familiar towns
……..and the ancient lookouts perched on many of the capes
There are still a few boats in most of the small bays along the coast
Looking along the rugged and barren southern coast of Menorca
The history of this southern area of Menorca is quite incredible. In prehistoric times people from the bronze age lived in the hundreds of caves along this coast
They even went as far as remodeling the caves to suit their needs

We continue along the coast to find a nice bay to have a swim
We pass the small bay called Cala Covas which has white house called Solita, which apparently  can be rented during the summer periods. Cala Covas is believed to be one of the most beautiful bays in Menorca and it has numerous caves where people lived in prehistoric times. A must for our next visit to Menorca!!!
Nearby a larger boat is moored

Again we pass Cala Porte with Cova d’en Xeroni, a succession of natural caves with openings through to the cliffs where a disco, bar and restaurant are now situated

There is no doubt that the scenery along the coast is certainly very dramatic
Again we pass some familiar resort towns
There has been less boats along this coast than we had anticipated
Time for a swim so we stop in the beautiful bay called Cala Trebelujer
The warm turquoise water was fabulous to swim in after travelling for 3 hours
It was not long before we see the familiar cliffs at the entrance to Cala Galdana
The precariously positioned house on the cliff
We arrive back in Cala Galdana which in the past for us has been a nice safe anchorage overnight

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