Postcards from Menorca

Menorca Spain

Menorca (Minorca) is a true paradise in the Mediterranean, with idyllic country retreats, secret nature spots and peaceful beach coves. Menorca has a special tempo to the island; the locals live a slower, quieter pace of life. To visit Mallorca's little sister island is to experience a true sense of escape. The island is declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on October 8, 1993 in recognition of the high level of compatibility between the development of economic activities, the utilisation of resources, and the conservation of heritage and landscapes on the island, a practice still maintained today at an exceptional level. Explore the extremely rich tradition of rural landscapes the island is known for.

The natural surroundings of Menorca remain virgin and maintains a sustainable tourism that continues to allow hidden coves, sandy beaches, deep corners of paradisal locations such as Arenal d'en Castell, Cavallería, Fornells and other hot spots protected. Other key sites such as the lighthouse of Cap d'Artrutx, which is about 8 kilometres south of the historically famous city Ciutadella, was built in the mid-nineteenth century. Overtime it has been surrounded by urbanisation so it does not have as much charm as for example the lighthouses of Punta Nati or Cavalleria, but it is still worth a visit for the views from the cliffs. The ecological characteristics and the protective ecosystem of: natural parks, marine reserves, protected bird areas, particularly interesting natural areas and protected megalithic archaeological monuments and findings, representative of the Talaiotic culture (and findings) make Menorca a spectacularly, almost unspoilt haven for holiday seekers. 

Menorca is the region in Spain with the most beaches, and they are heavenly, beautiful beaches to say the least. The beach in Es Grau is considered the best family spot to soak in the sun. For first timers to the island, we would recommend visiting these five places in Menorca:

  • Mahón, the capital of Menorca and it consists of the largest natural harbour in the world! Be sure to do the boat trips around the port of Mahon with the company Don Juan or Yellow Catamarans. Be sure to eat at our favourite restaurant in Mahón, Passió Mediterrània.
  • Es Migjorn, a rural village from another era. It preserves the most genuine, traditional architecture of the island and is a good rural area surrounded by fields and dirt roads. Ideal for hiking.
  • Ciutadella, this far western-most city of the island has left an important archaeological heritage and is home to some cute cafés, design stores and boutique hotels. You must reserve and eat at Ca´s Ferrer de Sa Font
  • Binibeca Vell, this is a small fishing village that belongs to San Lluís. Walk the narrow streets and pass the petite white washed village.
  • Fornells, a fishing village north of Menorca. It has a traditional port and a 3 kilometres long bay. The best known dish is the caldereta de langosta (lobster).

In this post we document our amazing week spent in Menorca. Here is a visual digest of our collection of photos in Menorca.

Use the boat company Don Juan or the Yellow Catamaran for maritime excursions around he beautiful Mahón harbour.

Use the boat company Don Juan or the Yellow Catamaran for maritime excursions around he beautiful Mahón harbour.

Sign up to a number of water sports companies with highly experienced instructors who look forward to advancing your windsurfing, canoeing and dinghy sailing in record time!

Sign up to a number of water sports companies with highly experienced instructors who look forward to advancing your windsurfing, canoeing and dinghy sailing in record time!

If you are the adventure type, you will be happy to know that some of the most beautiful beach coves can only be accessed on foot!

If you are the adventure type, you will be happy to know that some of the most beautiful beach coves can only be accessed on foot!

Our favourite restaurant in Mahón, Passió Mediterrània.

Our favourite restaurant in Mahón, Passió Mediterrània.

One of the most beautiful cities of the island, Ciutadella has an amazing inner city centre and the meteorological phenomena known as Rissaga in the port.

One of the most beautiful cities of the island, Ciutadella has an amazing inner city centre and the meteorological phenomena known as Rissaga in the port.

Ciutadella is unlike anywhere else in the island of Menorca. It is actually the most lively of all the cities with nice little cafés, cute nooks and crannies for design and lots of history. 

Ciutadella is unlike anywhere else in the island of Menorca. It is actually the most lively of all the cities with nice little cafés, cute nooks and crannies for design and lots of history. 

The old town centre of Ciutadella takes you back hundreds of years. 

The old town centre of Ciutadella takes you back hundreds of years. 

Go shopping in Ciutadella. Don't forget that siesta applies in Menorca, so from 13:00 to 17:00 almost nothing will be open.

Go shopping in Ciutadella. Don't forget that siesta applies in Menorca, so from 13:00 to 17:00 almost nothing will be open.

Ca's Ferrer de Sa Font - We tried their tasty lamb confit with herbs, chicken wrapped in shrimps and a vegetable salad.

Ca's Ferrer de Sa Font - We tried their tasty lamb confit with herbs, chicken wrapped in shrimps and a vegetable salad.

Ca's Ferrer de Sa Font - For dessert we tried the torrija, which is a sort of bread that is soaked in milk, honey and spices after being dipped in egg and fried in a pan of warm olive oil. 

Ca's Ferrer de Sa Font - For dessert we tried the torrija, which is a sort of bread that is soaked in milk, honey and spices after being dipped in egg and fried in a pan of warm olive oil. 

A walk around the many squares of Ciutadella. 

A walk around the many squares of Ciutadella. 

Our favourite beach coves around Ciutadella are Cala Macarelleta, Cala Santandria, Cala del Pilar and Cala Brut. 

Our favourite beach coves around Ciutadella are Cala Macarelleta, Cala Santandria, Cala del Pilar and Cala Brut. 

Visit Cales Fonts in the beautiful town of Es Castell. This is a marine town only 5 minutes from Mahón. 

Visit Cales Fonts in the beautiful town of Es Castell. This is a marine town only 5 minutes from Mahón. 

Great catch in a little boat!

Great catch in a little boat!

In the 16th century, Es Castell was one of the most important cities on the island. Later, English, French and Spanish were succeeded in the control of the Island, which today still keeps in its lands the legacy of those historical moments. Do not miss the Plaza de la Esplanade.

In the 16th century, Es Castell was one of the most important cities on the island. Later, English, French and Spanish were succeeded in the control of the Island, which today still keeps in its lands the legacy of those historical moments. Do not miss the Plaza de la Esplanade.

A la carte restaurant next to the sea with an outdoor terrace in Es Castell. Specialised in rich, fish and soups.

A la carte restaurant next to the sea with an outdoor terrace in Es Castell. Specialised in rich, fish and soups.

Menorca is a peaceful alternative to the usual Balearic Islands.

Menorca is a peaceful alternative to the usual Balearic Islands.

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