2018-08-08 Playa de Punta Prima to Marina Amarres Poniente, Mahon, Menorca, Islas Baleares, Spain

This morning we prepare to make our departure from Playa de Punta Prima
After a couple of days relaxing and enjoying the bay we decide to return to Mahon and sort out an on going issue with the starting of one of our motors
We head back north up the coast to Mahon
Before going into Mahon we go into Clot de la Mola at the entrance and have a swim and wait until a berth becomes available
Being a commercial port there are often huge cargo ships heading in and out of the port
In contrast there are many tiny sailing boats to avoid too
An elegant super yacht is anchored in the harbour today
Numerous motor boats are as usual lined up along the pier of Il Porto

A number of Menorquins are lined up on a floating pontoon ….. most of these are available for hire
There are no cruise ships moored along the pier today
We pass Isla Pinto on the opposite side from the piers, which in the 1700’s was a British naval base and during that century many ships we constructed there
On this occasion we have booked a berth along the town pier which is much less expensive than the others we have stayed in on past occasions
Along the pier is a more convenient position however less private than in a marina

This evening we have made a booking at one of the nice seafood restaurants in town
Before going to dinner we arranged to meet with Stephen and Barbara (berthed beside us at the pier) for a drink at their local bar
Lined up beside the restaurant are the familiar row of Menorquins which we saw on entering the port
Restaurant La Minerva where we have booked for dinner tonight, is a floating seafood restaurant situated along the main pier
We have been given a very nice table for two
Our view is of the water and a Menorquin almost identical to ours, berthed in the boat rental pontoon in front of us
After we are seated and enjoying a pre dinner drink we are presented with a small dish of the house …. delicious deep fried local sardines
Next the freshly steamed mussels arrive at the table
Prior to cooking in salt, the friendly waiter presents us with the seabass fish which we had as ordered

Once cooked our waiter expertly filleted the fish
The perfectly cooked fish was accompanied by a large plate of nice simple vegetables
The waiters we keen to take photos this evening
We were talked into trying a couple of desserts this evening ….. a delicious creme caramel
…… and an unusual cheese cake … both fabulous
After a wonderful dinner and a lovely evening we leave the full restaurant and return to the boat

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