We found the anchorages on the South coast, although beautiful, small and over crowded. It was not until the N and NW coast did we find larger more open bays, less development and a beautiful rugged coastline. This was our area of choice but of course wind direction is a major factor. Completing a circumnavigation of the island, it was time to return to the marina so Tracy to get her flight home. With a Mestral forming in the Gulf of Lion, it was time for us to get moving towards Sardinia.
Our trip to Menorca provided fire fighting entertainment as we passed along the West coast. This was a small fire and one plane was busy flying patterns of flying along the surface of the sea to take on water then lift off and dump the water onto the fire, again and again and again.
Our friend Tracy from Switzerland met us in Puerto de Mahon and the week she spent with us, we were able to share in the reports, photos and excitement of final delivery of their new sailboat in Cape Town via her husband. Tracy will meet the boat in the Canary Islands in route from Cape Town to Genoa, Italy.
Summary: There are many areas throughout the islands where anchoring is no longer permitted and more areas where buoys have been placed that require payment. However, we did not have any problems finding anchorages, although some a bit too crowded for comfort. During our nearly one month stay in the islands, the few times we did stay in marinas, we had no problem finding space and the people we spoke to said that the number of boats were much less than in previous years. Unfortunately it did not reduce the high prices for peak season.