The weather was great with sunshine and light winds. The only thing I regret not taking was a sun hat and suntan cream. I fell in love with the Island of Menorca; the dried stoned walls the horses, sheep, Jersey and Frisian cows and all the unspoilt coast line the paths and the narrow lanes. Wonderful walking and 14 Ramblers in total including our leader. One lady from Spain and an older couple who walked with us just once.
Hotel Mahon was delightful with good food I have never had so much Vodka poured into a Vodka Tonic and there is a well stocked bookshelf of English books. There were two couples who had met on the New Year holiday in 1999 and returned on the same holiday in 2000 and they have returned a couple of times since. They were able to let us know that Ramblers in the past have had 60 guests and 2 walk leaders.
New Year was great as there were 110 of us dinning/drinking and after midnight plenty of dancing to a live band. We received a party bag each with whistles, streamers, hats and masks. No music until after midnight which meant whilst we were dining we could converse with each other, which was an extra bonus, without being assaulted by loud music. Three of our party stayed up dancing until 4 in the morning.
I didn’t appreciate such an early flight out of Gatwick at 06.55hrs on December 28, but it was worth it and we had two hours in the hotel to unpack and relax before we took a short walk into the centre of Mahon for a bite to eat and a drink. (If you wanted tea/coffee making facilities in your room it cost 17 Euros.) The following day we had a coach to take us to Torre D’en Gaumes and then were driven to Basilica De Son Bou where we started walking along the coast and then up a Gorge to the Cathedral Cave of Colomcave and on to Es Migjorn Gran.
The next day on Sunday we walked to Museum of Menorca and then we walked to the West of Mahorn, Bassilica des Fornasde, Torella de dalt and Emita St Joan which was a 9-10 mile walk. On New Year’s Eve we took a coach to Favoritx to the Light House and then a coach trip to Es Grau a coastal walk in a nature reserve and then back to see one of the only surviving Wetlands in Menorca. On New Year’s Day we walked to Trepuco, Fort Marlborough, Cala D’al Caufar and a Martello Tower where, inside, the acoustics were fab.
On January 2 we caught a bus to Menorca’s second town, Ciutadella where we visited the Cathedral and walked the narrow maze of narrow streets that fan out from the cathedral and we were able to visit the fish and the meat market. Some of us had lunch in a bar that was open in the harbour and I enjoyed delicious steamed mussels and chips. The Bar was not far from the wide steps down to the harbour on the left hand side and after we arrived it was soon full of local people ordering and eating lunch.
We then caught taxis to a pre- historic site and then walked another 6 kms to a Bronze Age burial chamber. On the last day of our holiday we had a coach trip to Cala Tirant where we walked along a coastal route for 5 miles or so and then a coach took us to Torre de Fornells where we visited another sea fortification and a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes and stopped for a welcome drink. The departure from the hotel was at 09.00hrs and the drive to the airport was fifteen minutes for our 11.20hrs flight to Gatwick.