We always go north when the wind comes from the south.
Route 1 - Short trip
Start of route
The historic port of Mahón is not only the largest natural harbour in Europe and the third largest in the world, but also one of the most beautiful. It stretches more than 6 km inland from Menorca, where the island's capital, Mahon, is enthroned on a hill. The island's marinas are also located there. Sailing takes between 20 and 30 minutes, mainly due to the internationally prescribed speed limit of 3 knots, which, however, no one strictly adheres to. Getting in and out is the highlight of the boat trip. You glide past historic sites such as the residence of XXX, the King's Island which, in addition to a hospitable museum, houses the spectacular art centre of the world-famous Galarie Hauser & Wirth. You can also see Lazareto Island, a former quarantine island with double walls, and the imposing Fortaleza de la Mola, at the mouth of the harbour. The 19th century fortifications secured the harbour but were never used.
1st stop - 25 min crossing
Beach in Mahón and a good first (or last) short stop for a swim. Luca is always there with his ice cream truck. The beach is beautiful with nice sand. The left side seen from the sea is nudist (nude). On the other side is one of the coastal hills of the island. The way up is rewarded with a great view over the Mediterranean Sea, Menorca and the adjacent military area.
2nd stop - 20 min crossing
Es Grau is a small authentic village in a sheltered bay. You can drive boats up to 10 m in and out of the dock. All others have to take the tender. There is a bar/restaurant right on the quay. "The Pier". It is a good place to sit and the food is acceptable. There is also the restaurant "Tamarindos", which was taken over by a successful entrepreneur in 2022 and since then offers very good cuisine in a cool and relaxed atmosphere. The seating on the terrace is premium and right on the water. In 2022 it was not possible to book at noon. late already. The bar Es Grau is also very well located under the trees, but only offers a snack menu. The salads are good!
3rd stop - 25 min crossing
The island is very close to Menorca, it is almost possible to swim across. The channel offers fantastic crystal clear waters and plenty of space for anchoring. However, in July and August it gets very crowded. The island itself offers two unspoilt beaches. The left of the two, "Los Tamarindos" is one of the most beautiful beaches of Menorca and is rarely crowded. The one on the right, "Arenal d'en Moro" is also beautiful. Both can be reached by boat, but anchoring is not allowed in the immediate vicinity. Only very small boats are allowed to land on the beach. Special Feature: Although we are on the north coast, we have these two south-facing beaches with sun until the afternoon.