Why I love Menorca

I am sitting writing this having just returned from another fabulous few days in Menorca. I’m tired, a little sad and suffering majorly from post holiday blues.

Sunset over Binisafua in Menorca

There is, therefore, a high chance this post could veer off into wistful nostalgia. I’ll do my best to try and stop this happening, but Menorca seems to have just got to me.

Binisafua in Menorca

It wasn’t actually always the case, as I mentioned in one of my first ever blog posts.  My first visit to this island was 4 years ago. I wasn’t in a great place – bad relationship and all that – and this was a chance to escape with my family for a few days. Relax and chill in the sun. Except it rained. Every day. The sun came out in the the evening but apart from that. Rain. I got myself quite tied up in knots. ‘This is my only holiday this year’. ‘Why do I not have someone I can go away with?’ ‘The rain is a metaphor for my life’.

But then on my last day, the sun came out all the brighter. And Menorca got me. My family have since bought a house on the island. It has very much become a home from home.

Picture of the sea in Menorca

This might not be the most useful guide, but I hope it will make you want to go and experience this part of Spain for yourself.

So why do I love Menorca so much?

Relax and unwind

This is something this island has got right. It is so laid back. I find many many ways to relax when I am here. As soon as step of the plane I am swept up in the calm.

My first port of call when I arrived at our house is to check my lilo is still inflated. If it’s not I head straight into town to get a new one.

If lying on a pool floating gently round in a lilo doesn’t relax you, I don’t know what will.

A typical day in Menorca for me will be – sleep in, long late breakfast outside. This is followed by some pool time / reading. Then a long late lunch before heading to the beach late afternoon for some sundowners and a bit of sea.

Picture of the blue sea in Menorca

Another major indulgence for me is napping on the beach. I am not a big napper, but I get into this in quite a big way in Menorca. Partly because, in order to maximise my time on the island, I tend to get silly early flights out of London. A nap is required to get through to dinner. But there is nothing as special as nap in warm sun under the gentle Menorcan breeze.

Now that my family have a house here, it really is a home from home. It’s never easier to unwind when you feel completely relaxed.

Food

If you are looking for somewhere with good food and drink, Menorca is your place. I am craving my favourite Sobrasada toast (cured sausage with honey) so badly right now.

Tapas is one of the main staples on the island. Our house is near the town of Binibequer Vell, and so I can recommend some amazing restaurants within walking distance of the town. I have three favourite restaurants. Each one serving a different ‘best bit’. The most delicious Sobrasada and albondigas. Great cocktails. Beautiful views. All three do very tasty Calamari. And this is big news from me, as I don’t eat fish. Yet I love it!

Picture of Binibequer Vell in Menorca

Venturing slightly further afield and there is my absolute favourite lunch spot in the world. I almost don’t want to mention this place, because I don’t want to give the game away. But Binimel-lá is definitely worth checking out. The most tasty paella. Ever. Again BIG news but I eat and love it all! The mixed paella, which includes octopus and prawn!

Picture of paella at Binimel-la in Menorca

When having lunch at home, I always make sure we have some of the local Menorcan cheese. Make sure you pick some up from the supermarket!

Final special mention does have to go to the drink. I have quite a habit of the local Menorcan gin. Made on the island, perfect in a large glass with lots of ice and lime.

My other favourite tipple is Pescador. Sparkling white wine, which is so cheap in the supermarket. On my last trip my best friend and I took a bottle down to the sea to watch the sunset and put the world to rights. Absolutely perfect.

Scenery in Menorca

Pretty hard to beat in my opinion. This island has it all. First up the beaches. These vary from slightly rugged and wild, to crystal azure blue waters. Local to our house is the little cove of Binisafua beach, which I love wandering down to for a late afternoon trip. It is never too busy.

Picture of Binibequer Nou beach in Menorca

A little further away is the lovely beach of Sant Tomas. Rocky outcrops just offshore make it a beautiful setting.

Picture of Sant Tomas beach in Menorca

The beach Cala Mitijana is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the island. With white sand and crystal blue water it is worth a visit. Accessed via a 20 minute walk through the pine forest.

Picture of Cala Mitijana in Menorca

Menorca has over 100 beaches on its 216km long coastline, and each one has its own beauty.

Picture of sea views in Menorca

Calas covas is also worth a mention. A lovely place to take a picnic, go snorkelling and admire the scenery. There are caves in the side of the cliff which are from the Bronze Age. Burial rituals were carried out there. Pretty fascinating place.

Finally, it is hard to beat a Menorcan sunset. My favourite is viewed from the roof of our house. But all along the island you can be treated to spectacular ones. I have learnt, even on a cloudy day, you can more often than not have a wonderful sunset.

Picture of sunset over Menorca

Towns

Aside form the pretty scenery around the coast, Menorca also has some lovely towns.

I have ventured into two and both are delightful. Mahón is the capital and is built in Georgian style. It has beautiful squares, streets and architecture.

Picture of square in Mahon in Menorca

There is also the port area of the town, which has lots of bars and restaurants.

Picture looking down towards the port area of Mahon on Menorca

Es Castell is a port town, very near Mahón. I love spending an evening here. Eating and drinking, watching the sun set over the port.

Picture of town centre in Es Castell in Menorca

Picture of the port over Es Castell in Menorca

The shops are open later. So after dinner, often with an ice-cream in hand I love to wander around soaking in the relaxed vibe.

A theme building here perhaps?

I am planning on going back to Menorca later this year, and will write more detailed blog posts on where to go and what to do. But for now I am just effervescing in love for this place. Sorry.

If you are planning on visiting Menorca, please let me know. I would love to share tips! wherecharliewanders@gmail.com

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16 Comments

  1. Becky (Treasured Travels)
    May 26, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    I’ve never been to Menorca but am definitely adding it to my list after seeing this! It looks beautiful xx

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
      Author
      May 27, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Oh you should! I have so much love for this place! Go go go. Xx

  2. June 3, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    This place looks like the most beautiful place ever and I wonder why I had no idea about it! Thank you so much for posting this, and you definitely make me completely wanting to go there. I can imagine floating on the calm sea, it would just be the best thing ever. And that plate of Paella! Wow. Great post! x

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks so much! It is such a little gem of a place. And so easy to get to! There are so many flights from the U.K. in the summer. And when you get there – idyllic. Also the paella. One of the best meals i have ever had. Eaten there so many times now and it always good. X

  3. June 15, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Ahhh Menorca! I’ve never actually been, but I have been to its rowdier siblings Ibiza and Mallorca (which actually have super quiet spots haha) so nice that your parents have a place there to get away too. Home from home is the best. That’s what I used to have here before we moved out here!
    Spanish sunsets are definitely to be rivalled with!

    Lauren x

    Diaryofaspanglishgirl.com

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you for the comment! I’ve never made it to Ibiza or Mallorca! Although you can see Ibiza from the roof of the house. You are so lucky to be living in Spain. But home from
      home is a pretty close second.

      C x

      • June 16, 2018 / 6:15 am

        I wanted to do boat trips between them but it’s like 300€ to the next island 😰 must be so nice to see the island from the roof! Xx

        • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
          Author
          June 16, 2018 / 3:14 pm

          I know! It is so expensive, one day I’ll make it to the other two!

  4. June 15, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Your photos are stunning 😍 Menorca was my first ever holiday abroad when I was a kid and I don’t remember much about it as I was quite young but I remember absolutely falling in love with it and crying all the way back to the airport when we had to leave! I’m about to book flights back for sometime in the summer so I will definitely be bookmarking your post for some tips

    Emily x puttheworldtowrites.co.uk

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 11:25 pm

      What an amazing first holiday. Menorca does tend to have that affect, it’s just such a beautiful place. I’m heading back again in August. Hope you have an amazing trip!

  5. June 20, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Minorca’s never really been high on my list of places to go, but maaaaan is that water blue 💕 You might have tempted me!

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
      Author
      June 21, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Oh you should go! It’s so beautiful.

  6. June 23, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Hey girl! I’ve actually always had Menorca on my list 🙂 Hoping to make it a reality soon…. Phoebe

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 3:19 pm

      Ah you definitely should, such an amazing little island. I’m hoping to go back in August

  7. Hi! I'm Kristen.
    September 17, 2018 / 11:19 am

    This looks amazing! I haven’t been here yet. Thanks for all the tips!

    • Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders
      Author
      September 17, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      I hope you make it some day, it’s so beautiful! Thank you for reading!

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