|A working farm right in the middle of town|
|Main street of Mao|
|Avarca sandals used as planters|
Strategically important in the Mediterranean, Mao has been fought over, and occupied at various times, by the English, French and Spanish who have each left their mark on the architecture making it a pretty town with attractive buildings. While under British rule, in the 18th century, Mao became the administrative capital of Menorca and with a population of just 30,000 it is big enough to be interesting and small enough to be pleasant.
|The historic centre of Mao|
|The town Hall|
|A view over the inner harbour|
|I'd love to live in this house|
|Part of the La Mola Fortress|
|Traditional windmill - no one was tilting at it!|
|Charming little bay of Es Castell|
Back ashore we headed to the Xoriguer gin factory, about 5 minutes walk along the waterfront. All I can say is, what fun! So many different flavours of gin and tastings are free. Purely in the interest of research, well that's my excuse, we thought it important to try as many as we could but pretty quickly realised it was best to have just a teaspoon of each or we would have soon been out on our ears.
|Gin tasting heaven|