Laid-back, low-key and utterly lovely, Menorca is a world away from its hedonistic siblings: here rolling fields, wooded groves and Moorish towns give way to idyllic rocky coves. The region’s rich history is evident: mysterious megalithic stones, 17th-century ports and Georgian architecture all bear testament to a turbulent and colourful past. Sensitively developed, the island’s Unesco-protected natural charms are its main asset: explore peaceful hiking trails, rural hideaways and white-sand beaches at a leisurely pace.
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Food & Drink
Mayonnaise is said to have been invented in Mahon, but Menorca’s culinary delights go far beyond this disputed claim to fame. Don’t leave without a taste of Cafe Balcar’s caldereta de langosta, the island’s flavourful lobster stew. Local cheeses and soft sobrasada sausage go down well with pomada, a refreshing tipple of local Xoriguer gin and cloudy lemonade: try Can Vermut in the island’s capital for exceptional tapas.
Not to miss
Ponder enigmatic talayots and navetas, the Bronze Age stone mounds and tombs dotting the island. Naveta d’es Tudons is one of the best preserved, and has sweeping countryside views to boot.
Where to stay in Menorca
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