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18th October, 2016

This morning’s sun rising over the Mahon harbour revealed the beauty of this lovely place. We arrived too early for the majority of our guests to enjoy the sail in into one of the largest natural harbours in the world. However, we arranged everything so that the sailaway was memorable.

With a long history, ranging from Roman Empire through the Ottoman Empire, and British rule until recent times, Mahon is a fantastic place for knowledge seekers hungry for information. Our most popular tour of the day was ‘Monte Toro and Binibeca’. This tour around the island covered Menorca's varied history and rural traditions.

The first destination was picturesque Binibeca, a pedestrianised village and coastal resort made up of white-painted fishermen's houses built in a Moorish style. After a short stop our guests travelled along the south coast to the Taula de Torralba, a megalithic T-shaped stone monument dating from 1000BC. Next to Monte Toro, the island's highest point, with its magnificent Augustinian monastery overlooked by a large statue of Jesus. The panoramic views and photo opportunities from this location were just fantastic. The tour concluded with a visit to an old Menorcan farm, which has been modernised but remains a family-owned business. Passengers enjoyed tasting their delicious Catalonian wine, which is produced for both local consumption and also exported around the world.

As promised, we sailed from Mahon at the perfect time for everyone to enjoy the sailaway. The picturesque houses as well as some historical building came into view as we navigated through the harbour. There is a tradition Saga vessels have when leaving Mahon, to sound the ship’s whistle just before we enter the open sea as on the South side there is a Saga hotel.  Indeed some of the guests came to visit us today so it was our way of saying farewell to them and to Mahon.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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