‘Live a life you don’t need a vacation from’ has been my drive to do whatever I have in the last few years. So, when I traveled to a remote Spanish island in the Mediterranean last week, it was all called for. Given that it was to do with work and all, I didn’t have a lot of time to explore it like I usually do. However, I had just enough time to create a mini travel diary to share with you people. So, let’s dive in to discover all the amazing things you can do when you travel to Menorca.
Menorca (or Minorca) is one of the Spanish Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is declared a biosphere by the UN for its ability to sustain itself and its beautiful natural ecosystems. This does not escape you when visiting because everything is just so much fresher here, from the air to the food.
It has long beach landscapes, rocky bays with turquoise waters called “calas”, neolithic sites, and a beautiful city center with Islamic & Christian civilization influences.
The island is located near Barcelona, in a triad with Mallorca and Ibiza. It is traditionally much calmer, though, and is famous for its beaches as far as the eye can see.
You can access the island on a ferry from Barcelona or take flights to the airport that usually layover in Barcelona. As far as I understood there are no direct flights to the island.
Like the rest of Spain, the island gets a bit too hot in Summer but beautiful to relax in. I visited in the second week of October which seemed a bit cold for swims but sunny enough to get around.
Things to when you travel to Menorca
1. Beaches & Hikes
First and foremost, here’s a list of the beaches you need to visit. This list is populated with beaches that have free access and are beautiful, secluded, full of blue water and white sands landscapes:
- Cala Turqueta Beach
- Cala Galdana
- S’Albufera des Grau Nature Reserve
- Cala Rafalet
- Monte Toro Church
At 354 meters above sea level, this is Menorca’s highest mountain and is located in the center of the island just outside the town of Es Mercadal & makes for the perfect hike. This is in addition to the beach hikes.
2. City Tours
- Ciutadella City Walk
Walkthrough the original capital of the Island – Ciutadella. With the Mediterranean-style architecture of its Old Town, it is elegant, picturesque, and serene. Other than the square of the town, you can also see the Santa Maria Cathedral that begun in the 13th-century on the site of an old mosque (and still has part of the minaret of the mosque that once stood here).
- Museum of Menorca
Boasting off prolific collections of archaeological items relating to the Talayotic, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic periods, as well as ancient sculptures, historic maps, and 18th- to 20th-century art, the Museo de Menorca is a must-visit. It is located in a baroque convent building above the harbor in the capital city of Mahón.
3. Prehistoric/Archeological Sites
If you get tired of the beaches and the city sightseeing (as if) when you travel to Menorca, immerse yourself into the prehistoric era with the following sites.
- Lithica Menorca or Ses Pedreres de s’Hostal
- Torre d’en Galmés
- Torralba d’en Salord Talaiotic Village
4. Horses, boats, and more
- Horseback Riding & Honey Tasting Tours
The island has a rich culture of beekeeping that is hidden away in the inner paths accessible by horses. You can book a touring experience thus to be a part of this experience and do something off-beat when you travel to Menorca.
- Fort Marlborough
Built for the protection of the southern side of the island in the 1720s, today it has all the re-enactment crew waiting to take you back in time. I think the highlight is the views.
- Wine Tasting Tours
- Binibeca Vell – The Fisherman’s Village
Built in the 70s, must visit for fresh food and some Spanish culture trippin’!
So, that’s all about my short but amazing trip to Menorca. Needless to say that I didn’t do all these things but I did my research. After a small taster and knowledge of how much this island has to offer, I do hope I can visit again very soon.
For now, all I can say is that if you’re looking for a rather ‘bespoke’ and ‘connected to nature’ experience on your next trip, Menorca is definitely the place to be.
If you’ve been here already, do share your impressions and pro-tips in the comments below!
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