Well, our time in Spain is coming to an end. We are preparing for our big trip across to Sardinia and enjoying our last few days in Spain and the Balearics.
We have really enjoyed Spain, the people have been fantastic; friendly, helpful and unpretentious. We’ve loved exploring the beaches of the Balearics, with Menorca being the clear favourite. Mallorca has been somewhat spoilt by tourist development and crowds of tourists! But Menorca is quieter, simpler and you get a real sense of what life was like before the tourists arrived. There is a walking track right round the island and lots of nature reserves. The main towns of Mahon and Ciudadela are stunningly beautiful and the locals are clearly proud of their island – we definitely would recommend a trip.
We decided to have a special good bye dinner with some local Menorcan delicacies. Firstly, Ginebra for the adults. British troops taught locals in the 18th Century to make gin, to meet their own tastes. The recipe needed to be adapted to what was available, with grapes being used instead of grain. The Xoringer distillery is still going today and is mixed with bitter lemon to make pomade the “fiesta drink” that we had at the Sant Joan’s festival. We also had some Queso do Mahon, or Mahon Cheese. Each block is stamped with the individual farms number. With some salami and fresh bread was lovely. Next, we got an Ensaimada. Ensaimada’s come in hexagon shaped boxes, tied with a string you see locals walking the streets of Mahon carrying an Ensaimada box, a customary gift. They are a sweet spiralled pastry dusted with icing sugar. Yum!
Anyway - a fitting adios Espana.
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.