When we think of the Balearic Islands, we tend to associate it with partying in Ibiza, sightseeing in Palma and relaxing in the family-friendly hotels in Majorca.
However, there is one member of the Balearic family that tends to get, somewhat unfairly, overlooked. While its neighbours may have the glitz and glamour there is an understated beauty to Menorca that makes it such an appealing holiday destination. From lazy days on the beach to drives out in the countryside, this is Balearic life at a much slower pace.
Let’s take a look at where you should be going and what you should be doing in Menorca.
Menorca is no stranger to picturesque beaches but only Son Bou can claim to have the longest on the island. Playa de Son Bou stretches on for two kilometres giving holidaymakers the full experience from being able to lookout from the promenade restaurants to finding a secluded spot where you can bask in tranquillity.
Son Bou is a charming little town with three districts – Central, San Jaime and Torre Soli Nou. The former is a bustling area full of bars and restaurants while San Jaime and Soli Nou are almost suburban Son Bou with apartments and villas. There is a little piece of history here as a Roman Basilica which dates back to between 300 and 400 AD is just a short walk from the centre.
Menorca’s capital Mahon provides a peek into day-to-day life for locals on the island. The compact city is a scene of Talayotic architecture with sunbleached buildings looming over a network of winding cobbled streets. The focal point is the quaint harbour which welcomes yachts and fishing boats each day.
Take a wander through Mahon and you will discover little quirks of Menorca. Learn about the history of the island at the Museum of Menorca which gives an insight to life in a bygone era here. You can take home a souvenir of Menorquinas or Avarcas, traditional Menorcan sandals that are still made here to this day.
No visit is complete without sampling the delicious food. Mahon claims to be the birthplace of mayonnaise but there are plenty of restaurants that serve up its signature Caldereta de Langosta – a scrumptious lobster stew.
Cala Galdana is the archetypal destination for families and couples looking for a place where they can enjoy some relaxation on holiday. Situated at the foot of the Algendar Gorge, it provides some amazing views and has an inviting golden sand beach.
This cove is the centrepiece of Cala Galdana. Step foot onto the soft sands and enjoy the panoramic of cliff faces and a cloudless horizon before plunging into the turquoise waters. The resort has a number of waterfront restaurants which serve up delicious seafood caught fresh that day. After a couple of days soaking up the sun in Cala Galdana and you will know why its dubbed the ‘Queen of the Calas’.
Menorca is renowned for its idyllic countryside and Fornells is a prime example of this. Perched on the northern tip of the island, it provides a quiet escape for holidaymakers looking for a place to unwind.
Unlike many other parts of the Balearic Islands, Fornells has been left untouched by the tourism boom of the region and is another insight into local life. The palm-tree lined marina is where fishermen set sail for the daily catch while a short walk away from the village you will some of the most picturesque beaches in Menorca.
Fornells is the Balearic Islands like you have never seen before and somewhere where you can feel totally relaxed.
Arenal d’En Castell
If you want a beach resort within easy reach of Mahon then Arenal d’En Castell is the place for you. Thanks to the horseshoe bay, it is a favourite among snorkelers where can you view the colourful reefs hidden away beneath the surface.
Despite its diminutive size, there is still a pleasant buzz about the town on an evening. The marina (as you can tell by now, Menorca loves a marina) has a selection of bars and restaurants that offer dinner with a view over the bay. As soon as you’ve been to Arenal d’En Castell it will become somewhere you want to come back to again and again.
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