For most of us, a summer holiday’s the main time when we can really switch off and relax. And, if you’re after a week or two in the sun without any disruptions from other people, a trip to Menorca could be just what you’re looking for. While the larger Balearic Islands, Ibiza and Majorca, boast thumping superclubs and lively tourist resorts, Menorca offers up the quieter side of life.
Although a fraction of the size, Menorca has more natural beaches than Majorca and Ibiza put together. Plus, many of them have been awarded Blue Flag status, which is a nod towards how clean they are. You don’t have to jet off to the Caribbean to find magazine-worthy beaches, either. Cala Macarella would probably steal first prize for the island’s prettiest beach, if there was one going.
Get off the beaten track
Think Menorca’s just about the beach? Think again. Away from the sand lies a rich history that’s worth uncovering. Once the capital, the town of Ciutadella speaks volumes about the island’s past. Sleepy Gothic cathedrals are curled up beside Moorish buildings, which wouldn’t look out of place in Arabia. And, further south, near Son Bou, you can walk through the remnants of Torre d’en Galmes, a prehistoric village which dates back to 1400 BC. The place is deserted today, but pretty wild flowers still grow all around.
In case you didn’t already know, UNESCO – that’s the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – are a pretty big deal. These guys love little Menorca – so much so that they’ve recognised it as a natural biosphere reserve. It’s all thanks to the island’s wealth of wildlife, flowers and plants that can be found there. Want to see these natural beauties for yourself? Then don your walking boots and take on the Cami de Cavalls. This ancient coastal path threads all the way around the island – that’s 185 miles. Luckily though, it’s divided into 20 much more manageable sections.
Food, glorious food
It’s said that our tastebuds can bring back powerful memories – so, for an unforgettable holiday, make sure you fill your plate with some local dishes. Many of Menorca’s menu favourites are recipes that have been passed down the generations for years, plus twists on dishes you’ll probably recognise. But, if you’re committed to eating like a local, Mahón cheese, which is made on the island, has a mild creamy flavour, which goes well with a glass of red or white wine. If you like your vino, take a wine-making class and you’ll learn about the region’s offering and get to sample a few glasses, too.
There’s so much more to Menorca, and we can’t wait for you to discover it. Book your holiday today.