Looking for a Balearic chillout? Menorca, Mallorca’s ‘little sister’ of an island is the perfect place to relax and unwind without hordes of tourists to pester you. The island is also a cultural and natural paradise, with plenty to see and do no matter what your interests. We think this should be your first spot on any adventure into the Spanish islands.
Where to go
We highly recommend an hour or two spent strolling through the markets of Mahon, that sell everything from local handicrafts to designer fashion. Try the island’s signature tipple, Gin, at the Xoriguer Gin Factory. Enjoy nature strolling through the beautiful protected wetlands of Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau. Discover the long, long history of human inhabitation of Menorca at the Museu de Menorca. Visit Hort Sant Patrici and taste the island’s famous cheeses. Swim and sunbathe undisturbed on one of the island’s many beaches.
Food & Drink
Whilst on the move on Menorca, try a ‘bocadillo’ - traditional Spanish sandwiches with diverse fillings such as cured ham, tuna or ‘sobrasada’, a kind of paprika pork sausage. Minorcans are huge tapas fans, so you’ll find many a bolthole or streetside bar that offers delicious bites of various flavours. To eat well on Menorca, we suggest Cafe Balcar (Es Pla de Sant Joan 15, Ciutadella) a classic, classy place to try yet another island delight, ‘Caldereta de Langosta’, or lobster cooked in a special stock. Otherwise, try Can Vermut (Moll de Llevant 178, Mahón) in the island’s capital for exceptional tapas.
While more subdued than Ibiza or Mallorca, Menorca does have a nightlife scene throughout the year. We recommend Aklaree (Moll de Ponent 41), by the Mahon cliffs, for great drinks and good jazz. If you’re thinking a little more underground, Cova D’en Xoroi (Urbanización Cala en Porter, Carrer de sa Cova 2) is a bar inside a cave, that does cool drinks and snacks during the afternoon before turning into a club at night.
Where to stay
Our tip for Menorca is Biniarocca
, near Mahon.This wonderful boutique hotel is set in a renovated 16th-century farmhouse among gorgeous gardens. Breathe in the scent of flowers, soak in the crystal clear pool and dine in the restaurant, acclaimed across the island. A real treasure for those wanting to be pampered. How to get there
British Airways, Thomas Cook, Monarch, Easyjet and Iberia fly to Menorca daily during the summer.