We are always on the lookout for new and interesting things that we think you may be interested in, extending your holiday beyond relaxing by the pool, or for those of us who live here discovering something new.
We have written about some other hidden gems in previous editions.
And of course, please do not hesitate to contact us with some of your own treasures that you would like to share with readers.
Es Migjorn Gran, 14-15 August 2016
Sticking with the art theme, the Migjornale celebrates Island art with twenty of the local residents of Es Migjorn Gran opening their houses to the public. Visitors can wander around looking at the artworks on display and also peep inside some of the finest houses in the town.
It is the tenth year this year, so I know they have some plans to celebrate. Expect music, food and fun. The event is held in the evenings.
2. Cales Fonts
Cales Fonts in Es Castell is the most easterly part of Spain, so has the advantage of seeing the sunrise first. You will obviously have to get up early to see it, but head for the mouth of the harbour where you will find a sculptured arch to frame this glorious sight.
3. La Mola – Mahon Harbour
A huge fortress on the north entrance of the harbour, this is well worth an explore. It remains in good condition, and was active until recently. The British started construction of the fort in the eighteenth century, but finished in 1832 by the Spanish, who had taken over the Island and used it to help repel the British. Lots of underground bunkers and cannons to discover, and they do guided tours.
You need a car to visit, or you can take a water taxi from Cales Fonts.
Open 10am – 8pm every day except Monday.
Entry 8 euros for adults. www.fortalesalamola.com.
4. The 2016 Mehari Rally
Friday 26 August 2016. Starts 11am Binifadet, ends lunchtime at the Mahon Aerodrome
The Citroen Mehari, based on the modest Citroen 2CV, is a familiar sight on the Island; multicoloured and open topped, it’s the perfect summer beach car. Every year for the past six years, owners of these quirky little cars have gathered, dressed the cars up in fancy dress, and rallied around the Island, before gathering for drinks and lunch.
Designed in 1968 by Roland de La Poype, a successful French ﬁghter ace during World War II: he came up with the idea of a car with the versatility and economy of the 2CV but built with jazzier materials. Constructed from ABS (Acrylontrile Butadiene Styrene) for extra lightness, it could be coloured in all manner of vivid hues. In addition, the whole top can be folded down, including the windscreen, making it a truly open-topped car. A deck-chair striped material canopy, or any other material of your choice, adds the ﬁnishing touch.
Contact David Bell on 0034 665604112, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for full details and registration.
5. Sunset Picnic at Binisafua
It doesn’t have to be Binisafua, but this location boasts beautiful sunsets. Two of our readers ventured onto the rocks at around 7.30pm to set up camp, went for a late refreshing swim, and then set up a red picnic – everything to eat and drink in reds! Red meats, red salad, red fruits, rose wine, red napkins. By the time of the sunset only a handful of others were left enjoying the sunset experience, but without the picnic. Be warned! Some of the swimmers are lightly clad!
Why not try it yourselves, and send us some images of the experience.
6. Lazereto, Mahon
This is a really fascinating trip. Take the short ferry ride from Calas Fons at 5.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday, for a two-hour guided tour of the old quarantine island in Mahon Harbour, established to prevent the spread of plague, yellow fever and the like.
It was one of a number of such islands throughout The Med, and established here in Menorca as it was the most easterly point and of course an island. Any disease could then be restricted to Menorca and stopped from spreading into mainland Europe.
So depending on the level of danger from clean, suspect, unclean and infected, the sailors and cargo then had to stay between 20 and 40 days in different areas of Lazereto before being allowed to continue their journey. It must have been a challenging place to stay in the 18th century, which is apparent as it is so well maintained. Excellent guide brought the whole experience to life.
Trips over are in Tuesday and Saturday mornings and Thursday and Sunday afternoons. The cost is 18 euros per adult, and you need to buy a ticket from Vijas Magon agencies before you go. Best to wear sensible shoes, and take some drinks with you.