It’s time for this tranquil, unspoilt island to take centre stage. Here are 6 reasons to pay Menorca a visit…
Ah, Menorca. The introvert of the Balearic family. But that’s exactly its draw. This quaint little isle doesn’t do loud and brash – instead it specialises in low-rise resorts, charming marinas and beaches straight out of Condé Nast Traveller. Here’s our countdown of the 6 places you won’t want to miss…
1) Punta Prima
As one of the first holiday resorts on the island, Punta Prima has got it sussed when it comes to keeping folks happy. The pristine white beach shelves gently in to snorkel-friendly waters, and is framed by laid-back restaurants that’ll serve up net-fresh seafood when the midday sun gets the better of you.
2) Cala en Turqueta Beach
This bone-white beach comes with a virtual ‘Do not disturb’ sign. Backed by pine-covered cliffs, it’s blissfully untouched by tourism. Pack a picnic and a sunshade – you won’t find any facilities here – and take advantage of the kind of peace and quiet you wish you could bottle.
Whether you’re in the mood for shopping, sightseeing or partying, the island’s capital covers the lot. Up for all 3? Browse the street markets, admire its Georgian mansions, and listen to jazz and blues at a harbourside bar. If you’re feeling peckish, get a modern take on tapas at Mahon’s tascas.
4) Son Bou Beach
If it’s acres of hustle-and-bustle-free beach you’re after, head to Son Bou. Hidden by a dune-lined nature reserve, this expanse of buttery sand – no need to compete for sunbathing space – comes complete with a clutch of beach bars to keep you topped up with drinks and snacks.
Fancy a day of souvenir-hunting? Head to the craft markets of Ciudadela and haggle your way to a bargain. Then take time to explore the cobbled streets of Menorca’s former capital, which are filled with shaded outdoor cafés, stately buildings and old-world glamour.
6) Macarella Beach
This hidden cove is the envy of the whole island when it comes to looks. It’s a 15-minute drive from Ciudadela, followed by a 15-minute walk through pine woods but, trust us, it’s more than worth the trek. The fine, dig-your-toes-in sand gives way to turquoise waters that laugh in the face of Instagram filters.