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JUAN MELGAR &
CRISTINE BEDFOR

Juan Melgar is a lawyer who is passionate about sailing and has become a nautical bookseller who decided to change his career and take over the helm of the prestigious Robinson Nautical Bookshop of Madrid.

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All sorts of nautical publications and charts are issued from his bookshop for seafaring professionals and amateurs, in addition to all types of activities related to the maritime world. That passion for the sea, which he primarily gives free rein to in the waters of Menorca, where he has been sailing for over 20 years, led him to embark upon another business adventure along with other partners associated with the island to cover a need and revive a tradition that has long been abandoned in the Port of Mahon.

The berguiners, which comes from the word ‘bargain’, traditionally provided this service from the eighteenth until well into the twentieth centuries. Now, using wholly sustainable solar electric propulsion boats, the tradition has been revived, but adapted to today, and thanks to this residents of and visitors of Mahon can get around the waters of the port and access places like Isla del Rey, Es Castell, the Lazareto, etc., to enjoy them without having to travel by land.

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A Menorcan at heart who has made life easier and more pleasant for all of us who don’t want to miss anything on the island.

Thanks, Juan, for guiding us around the waters of the world from your bookshop and revealing the charms of such a beautiful port from your Els Bots project, with the wish to sail anywhere with us.

Cristine Bedfor
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