2018-06-21 Cuitadella to Cala Pregonda, Menorca, Islas Baleares, Spain

Late morning after stocking up on a few provisions we prepare to depart Ciutadella
The Tangaroa had a great position in the port again close to restaurants, shops and all the sites of the lovely old town
We say goodbye to our neighbours as we leave our berth on the quay
On either side of the estuary that leads to the sea in the Port of Cuitadella, are neatly lined boats of all shapes and varieties
Approaching the Club Nautico Office which takes bookings for visitors wanting a berth. It is always advisable to book ahead in peak season or at fiesta time

The conditions are perfect for motoring up the coast today
Our last glimpse of one of our favourite towns in the Med
One of the beautiful homes on the estuary, which actually has a large swimming pool on the flat area by the water
Julian being very helpful putting the fenders away

Continuing west we pass a long row of quaint holiday houses along the road on the cliffs facing the water
Once we pass the large hotel complex at Los Delfines we head north
The rugged coastline of north west Menorca comprises of barren low lying cliffs with many caves
As we continue up the coast we see the signs of an ancient civilisation with pyramid shaped structures called the taulas and navetas
Ancient stone fences can be seen all over this barren area of western Menorca
We reach the very rocky headland of Cabo Nati with its lighthouse on the north west point of Menorca
Once around Cabo Nati we head east along the northern coast passing the similar barren and rugged coastline as the north west
Further along the coast we enter a larger cala with a couple of beaches
We join a number of other boats and anchor in the lovely bay called Cala de Algayerens
The crystal clear turquoise water was enticing and it was not long before we had our first swim for the day
The rocks of this coastline are a deep rich reddish brown colour
In contrast the two popular beaches of the cala are white and sandy beaches
After spending a couple hours of relaxing and swimming we continue east along the north coast
In a very remote area on the coast, quite a lot of money has been spent on a large private home with it’s own private beach and mooring
Not long afterwards we arrive at Cala Pregonda which is a fairly sheltered anchorage and has quite a conspicuous rock formation on one of the tiny islets on the northern edge of the cala
Cala Pregonda has two beaches however no township apart from a couple lovely private homes
We soon drop our anchor and decide this would be a good, safe and attractive anchorage overnight
There were a few boats in the bay however some were small day boats and probably would not remain overnight
While the boys and I prepare to go for a swim, Prue looks very relaxed getting some valuable vitamin D and enjoying the scenery of the beautiful cala
There were quite a few people enjoying the beaches here in Cala Pregonda

On the hill behind the cala is the access to one of the beaches through a gate on the ancient stone fence
The beach goers arrive and return by the road on the hill overlooking the stunning bay. People also climb to the top of the hill to watch the sunsett
Steak, salad and vino tinto is on the menu this evening
We have the only company of another Menorquin in the bay overnight
Very peaceful and quiet in the secluded Cala Predonga
An unusual pastel pink sunset this evening

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