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Cruise Diary: Mahon, Minorca

Five-Star Mariners Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick!

Welcome to Mahon, Minorca, Spain. Minorca is the capital and seaport of the Spanish island of Minorca (or “Menorca”). Minorca is the second largest and easternmost of the Balearic Islands, which are situated off the eastern coast of Spain in the western Mediterranean and form an autonomous region and province of Spain.

So, today was a good biking day for us! We got off the ship and went to the left along the coast. The road lead back out the channel we had just sailed through. We went past a couple little villages and around another little harbor area. Eventually we got to the end of the road so turned around and went back. When getting back to the ship, we walked our bikes up the s-curved road just across from the ship up to the top of the hill where the main town is. We then biked around the main town and eventually along the edge road up on top that provided wonderful views of the ship docked and channel, etc. When it was time to go back, riding down the hill was the best part! Our bike trip was a total of about 6 miles. We had a great day there!

IMG_6193_resize bike path we rode along

IMG_6197_resize we went along this area and around the harbor in background

This is a really neat port on a small, beautiful island and rather quiet! Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands, is known as the party island. Mallorca is the largest island where the main seat of government for the Balaeric Islands stands. We actually sailed on a moorings yacht for a week out of there.

IMG_6226_resize small village on way out channel

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IMG_6149_resize church up on top in main town

IMG_6153_resize a main square at top of hill in town

IMG_6097_resize curvy road and stairs up to main city from ship

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IMG_6076_resize our dock and showing curvy road and stairs up hill to main city

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IMG_6119_resize we rode along this path for several miles

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IMG_6161_resize Prinsendam at dock curvy road up hill and looking at end of channel

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IMG_6148_resize across harbor

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IMG_6146_resize Prinsendam docked in town

Minorca lies near the end of a long and narrow arm of the sea that extends inland from the island’s southeast coast. The city was founded by the Carthaginians and named for Mago, brother of Carthaginian General Hannibal who was captured by the Romans in the Second Punic War (218-201 B.C.). Minorca then went through a succession of different foreign powers, including Arabs, British and French, with Britain finally ceding it to Spain in 1802 A.D. under the terms of the Treaty of Amiens.

Minorca is a pretty town perched at the edge of a cliff above the harbor. The sail in and sail out is beautiful since the city is up a long narrow channel. Expanded under English rule in the 18th century, its solid architecture defines the skyline. The harbor is lined with small cafes and shops, and a wide staircase, along with a snake road, leads up to town. Minorcan cuisine centers on fresh seafood. The city’s most famous culinary tradition may be surprisingly familiar as it is mayonnaise ⎯ salsa mahonesa.

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