Postcards from Menorca
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.