MENORCA BY OUR HAND
10:00 h. Twenty-four degrees on this spectacular Menorcan autumn morning. The sea breeze and the sun accompany us to the Yellow Catamaran that awaits us at Moll de Llevant. It still feels like summer and the smell of cream and salt takes me back to mid August. It takes a fifteen minutes boat ride to our destination, to which I am always looking forward to return. Illa del Rei.
Nature, art and history The forty-one thousand square metres of land located in the port of Mahón are home to an old British hospital, the ruins of an early Christian basilica and a delegation of the prestigious art gallery Hauser & Wirth. Called Illa del Rei for being the place where King Alfonso III disembarked in 1287, settling his troops to recover Menorca from Muslim control. Nature, art and history coexist in a unique setting, surrounded by the waters that enter the port from the Mediterranean.
The small pier with white walls welcomes us to the island. We get off the ferry and head towards the old hospital. As we walk up the hill, we are greeted by beautiful Mediterranean gardens designed by Piet Oudolf, the Dutch landscape artist who redid the grounds next to the pavilions when Hauser & Wirth opened in 2021.
After a pleasant stroll, we take our table at the gardens of La Cantina, the restaurant of Illa del Rei, to have an snack before the visit. The views of the sea are marvellous and we have a delicious sobrassada llonguet as a preview of what you can taste. At two o'clock we will return for lunch (previous reservation is essential).