A two week cruise in the middle of August requires a lot of fluids. So we had Suncharter preorder water, wine, and beer for a nominal service fee, well worth the added expense. Cases were unpacked for storage so as to eliminate packing trash before the trip.
Mercat de Santa Catalina – since we ate lunch across the street from the market, we bought fresh fish before heading back to the marina. In addition, there are some wonderful butchers and fresh vegetable vendors throughout the market. Highly recommended stop if eating on board is your thing.
Carrefour in Porto Pi – The base manager directed us to a very large Carrefour in a shopping mall about 20 minutes from the marina (Taxi fare 8 Euros in 2016). Though it supplied all our needs, the sheer size and distance were quite inconvenient. Better options exist closer to the marina.
At mid trip we needed to replenish our supplies particularly fresh food so we headed to Mercado del Claustro near the Església del Carme. It’s a 15 minute walk up Costa d’en Reynes from the public dingy dock with a scenic view of the entire Mahon inner harbor. The basement contains a large modern supermarket (BINIPREU Sa Plaça) while the market place has meat, vegetable, and specialty food vendors. A short walk will take you to the fish market with an incredible selection of fresh seafood(Mercat del Peix), reasonably priced.
Note: We had a market vendor call for a taxi, but, would have had to wait a full hour.
We found adequate fresh meat in Cala Galdana and Porto de Pollenca.
Food & Drink
Needless to say, all fresh food was delicious, but, nothing surpassed the quality of the fish we purchased. Without a doubt this was the best fresh food provisioning we’ve ever done during our bareboat cruises. Since it was the hottest part of the summer we calculated 2×1.5L of water/person/day. We were also very satisfied with the 35 bottles of local wine we had delivered mostly white and rose. The large supermarkets offered just about all types of alcoholic spirits at reasonable prices so don’t waste money on duty free purchase before arriving.