|Port Addaia - a place for you?|
Port Addaya ( Addaia ) is located on the north east coast of the island. Approximately 25 mins., from the Airport.
Port Addaia ( also written Port Addaya, Port D'Addaia ) is quiet but definitely for those with a love of boats. It is set on the headland between Cala Moli and a very picturesque inlet, making a perfrect natural harbour and so its not surprising that boats are the main feature here. This is also a residential area so you will be able to mix with the locals and this means also that the restaurants and bars will cater for more authentic food and local tastes.
A large picture perfect beach is at nearby Arenal den Castell and the very natural beach of Arenal de Son Saura lies just at the coast at Son Parc (10 mins by car ) and does the Island only golf course.
Port D'Addaia has a scenic coastal footpath winding its way around the whole of Addaia connecting on the other side to a little inlet called Cala Moli with views over neighbouring Na Macaret.
There is no beach in Port Addadia, but there are two very attractive serviced beaches west along the coast at Arenal den Castell and Son Parc and another south east at Es Grau which is part of a nature reserve and very idylic. There is a local sandy beach at nearby fishing village of Na Macaret.
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From here you are not far from a number of north coast Virigin beaches ( Cala de Sa Toretta, Cala Mesquida, Playa Binimella, Playa Cavaleria) Menorca's Virgin Beaches
There is a small commercial area with two mini supermarkets, Bars and Restaurants.
With its warm crystal clear waters, many underwater caves and coral encrusted rock formations, Menorca is recognised as one of the most spectacular diving locations in the Mediteranean. English speaking Dive centre in Coves Noves ( entrance to Arenal den Castell ) Marina Divers tauchen-menorca.jimdo.com
Classic Cruises offer day trips along the north coast in traditional wooden boat www.classiccruisesmenorca.com
Subject to weather there are half day ( Don Joan to north and south coasts) and harbour trips (Yellow Catamarans & Don Joan) taking in the historical and geographical sites of Mahon harbour. Due to the water clarity the glass bottom boats really can help you see a lot under and above the water. Trips circa 1 hour around the harbour ( Mon - Sat ) and half day trips-see below.
Don Joan - a large modern glass bottom catamaran with 3 decks. Level 1 is submarine level in the hulls with glass panels for underwater viewing. Level 2 is the main deck with a bar selling drinks and snacks. Level 3 is the sun deck.
Half day trips along the eastern coast of Menorca departing from Mahon are also available on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9.45am and 2.30pm. Trips will go northwards to Es Grau and Isla d´en Colon ( excellent scenery) or Southwards to Binisafuller . There will be swimming stops and time to lay on a beach.
Yellow Catamarans ( 2 Boats ) - offer comentated trips around the harbour taking in the significant sights. Plus visits to Isla del Rey
Enquire locally for current times and prices. Tickets and Information at the bottom of the stairway to harbour from old town ( Placa de Baixmer/Moll de Ponent, Mahon 07701)
An advance booking eg evening before will usually recieve a 10% discount. Online bookings sometimes more.
Departures are from Mahon harbour quay side next to La Minerva cafe restaurant which serves a good scenic expresso while you wait.
Port Addia is surrounded by attractive countryside. At nearby Cap de Favaritx the landscape is very different, with rocky remains from volcanoes but with it's own kind of beauty.
Sailing, motor yachts and diving is available in the port. Tennis courts for public hire are located at Coves Noves, 5 minutes drive away. Windsurfing and sailing school and boat rentals at Fornells.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - detailed getting about infos.
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of busus and signposts as Mao, it's correct local name. Also posted in the local papers eg Ultima Hora Menorca, Menorca towards the back pages are most of the island's bus timetables. You will nearly always find a copy of this in a cafe bar ( any day in season will do ) - make notes, please don't take paper as its there for all to read. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other resorts/towns first hand.
There is a daily bus service into Mahon.
Everything boats and on and below the water is the main attraction here.
Son Parc offers the island's only 18 hole golf course set in wooded countryside complete with putting green and (floodlit) driving range. There are also tennis courts available for hire (raquets and balls can be hired at golf shop ) and Bar-Restaurant Es Bruc GOLF with outside terrace overlooking the course . Tee times can be booked in advance as can the tennis courts.
Good conversation is the order of the days here in the local restaurants and bars and watching the sun go down over the water. Arenal den Castell and Coves Noves is nearby for livelier entertainments and more choices. Mahon is also not that far.
Es Mercadal is a small town in the centre of the island, with rustic whitewashed houses lining pretty narrow streets. It lies at the base to Monte Toro, Menorcas' highest 'mountain' (357 m). On top there are viewing areas and a small pleasant cafeteria with small outside terrace. From up here there are excellent views of the whole island - upto the bay at Fornells ,the northern coast and the rolling hills of the island's centre.
Es Mercadal is also a Gastronomy and Restaurant oasis, with a range from simple to fine dining but the quality in every price range is very good. "Centre Artesanal de Menorca" is located here too and is the crafts center of Menorca showcasing traditional and comtemporary crafts.
Fornells a watersports and restaurant eldorado. The village with it's speciality seafood restaurants is located at the entrance to a huge enclosed natural bay whose protected waters make it perfect for all manner of sail based 'messing about'. More like a large salt water lake the wind conditions here are great for beginners of anything that floats on water. Very pleasant for lunch time and evening drinks and meals alongside the harbour quay. Lot's of boat excusrions and activities are based here. Perfect for a quiet authentic Menorca stay.
Is a traditional island town occupying a beautiful location and providing a dramatic moment for all drivers as the main island road ME-1 meanders through a very picturesque and narrow gap in the hills. Ferreries is surrounded by beautiful hills and countryside and spectacular valleys ( Barranc d'Algendar ) and history. A great start point for scenic walks,cycling and horse riding. Two Horse shows just outside town.
Every Saturday 9-1 pm there is a small farmers and craft market in Placa Espanya ( main town square ) with fresh farm produce, fruit and handicrafts including ceramics and basket crafts. At the Poligno there is a Jaime Mascaro factory outlet offering high quality leathers goods at reduced prices which are sold mostly in French, Italian and German boutiques.
This is a great town for wandering early mornings or late evenings when the heat of sun is not around. The "third" capital of the island and a cultural centre. The old town is very pretty and makes a great change to the beach, with a good mix of little shops to browse, Cafes, Bars and Restaurants. There are several clothes and shoe boutiques offering original items not chain store repetition. Childrens playground on the pretty town square (next to ice cream cafes!). Alaior has a weekly market plus an evening market with jewellery , other handicrafts and clothing.
Ladies Alaior is home to the Pons Quintana shoe factory shop. An name relatively unknown in the UK because most of its high quality leather shoes are exported to France and Germany. At the factory shop you will get reduced prices on beautiful high quality shoes.
Mahon has a great mediterranean charm around the centre and harbour. Busy pavement Cafes and Bars, superb fruit and fish markets and all enclosed in a maze of narrow streets with architecture and many reminders of its Georgian past. In addition to the traditional the town offers a myriad of stylish shops and bars. Along the whole length of the harbour quayside (Moll de Llevant) there is an electic collection of Cafes, Bars and Restaurants for all pockets and styles. A spectacular setting above the huge natural harbour with ships and boats of every shape and sizes.
Is a very large 19th century fort at the entrance to Mahon harbour. The fortress of Isabel II or 'la Mola' , built between 1850 and 1875 is one of the best examples of military architecture. Built to protect the strategic harbour from the English and French, the fortress was never attacked, therefore it is in relatively good state of preservation.
Even if you are not into history the location is scenically great, and children will love the myriad of underground tunnels/rooms to let our energy( perfectly safe ). Great place to visit after 6p.m to enjoy atmospheric light and watch the evenings sunset over the harbour. There is a little bathing bay just before entrance and you will be see an attractive part of Menorca seldom seen by visitors.
You can get the Water Taxi from Es Castell for a special trip across harbour.
Opening times: July and August: from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. June to September 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May and October, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From November to April, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. closed Mondays. The approximate duration of the visit is 2 hours. Admission: 7 Euro but children under 12 FREE. Guided tours are available for individuals and groups. Individual audio-guides are available in different languages.
Check www.fortalesalamola.com and www.menorcamonumental.org for latest opening times and prices.
Many Port Addaia Bars will offer free WiFi ( passwords on request ) Sim cards and dongles for Spanish networks( Vodafone es /Movistar ) can be bought in nearby towns and topped up via supermarket cashiers. More and more towns have free WiFi in their squares. WiFi on Menorca
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of buses and signposts as Maó, it's local name. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other sights, resorts/towns and attractions.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - Detailed getting about info.
Port Addaia has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Port Addaia will be around 22-26 degrees in summer. In October the sea is still warm. Spring time ( early March to April ) will have sunny days and air temperatures around 20 and above , ideal for sightseeing, walking, cycling and horseriding activities.Weather & forecast through the year