Menorca the Guide
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Menorca on the water

Menorca is an island of 700 sq kilometer and just over 200km of coastline, 50Km long and 20Km at its widest point, with its highest point being only 358 mt (Mt el Toro).

Menorca sailing
Menorca is almost equidistant in the Mediterranean, between Marseille on the southern French coast and El-Jazair on the northern Algerian coast, and again between Valencia on the Spanish coast and Sardinia. Just over 100 nautical miles from Barcelona, with Mallorca being just 20 nautical miles away [Alcudia Just over 30 nautical miles]

Menorca's location near the eastern Spanish coast, gives the island a temperate climate, with plenty of sea breezes, ideal for sailing and boating in general. The coastline is ideal for the boat owner / chartering with over 120 beaches and picturesque inlets, some only accessible from the water, you won't find the crowds as you can in other destinations.

Mahon has the second largest natural harbour in the world. It is 6km long and offers sheltered mooring which is deep enough for even the largest ferries and cruise liners. Ciutadella at the west of the island also offers safe mooring in the smaller harbour. Whereever you are around Minorca's coast you are not far from safe sheltered moorings. Other places to moor up overnight on Minorca include Fornells on the North and Calan Bosc on the south west corner.

Mahon Fiesta fireworks night

Boating in Menorca

The choice for boating and sailing enthusiasts is limitless, with something for everyone from the experienced sailor to the absolute beginner.

Day and weekly charter, whether power boat or yacht is easily found and very popular with visitors. If you are new to boating, and would like to take tuition, this is available from a wide choice of companies offering various RYA International Certificate.

Cala Mitjana
If you have property on the island and enjoy being out on the water it make sense to purchase your own. Owning a power boat gives you the freedom of unlimited sports, such as Wake Boarding, Water Skiing and Doughnut Riding.

For a more tranquil experience it's hard to beat being under full sail, gliding through the water with Dolphins cutting across your bow, seeming to lead the way. For the occasional day out, or that special occasion, Menorca has a great choice of both day charter companies and differing craft to choose from.

A very good introduction to the pleasures of sailing is a one day yacht charter, starting out of Mahon and either sailing north or south once you leave the port, depending on the prevailing wind. Finding a quiet beach to moor off, sitting on deck with the provided champagne lunch, then spending the afternoon sunbathing or swimming in the clear waters is bliss.

Deserted coves
Being surrounded by the sea, it makes sense to make full use of it. Owning your own boat may not be as expensive as you think. Many marine Brokers can be found on Minorca, these companies also offer a full range of services including maintenance and servicing, surveys, out of water storage and can also help with moorings.

Apart from sailing, Menorca offers other forms of sport including dinghies, wind surfing and kayaking with courses available for all abilities. The clear turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean are there for all our enjoyment, please do so safely.

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