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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
A little further away is the lovely beach of Sant Tomas. Rocky outcrops just offshore make it a beautiful setting.
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.
Menorca has over 100 beaches on its 216km long coastline, and each one has its own beauty.
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.
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.
There is also the port area of the town, which has lots of bars and restaurants.
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.
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?
And for some actual information on what to see in Menorca – head here!
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