Menorca is more reserved than bigger Balearic sibling Majorca and less pretentious than smaller sibling Ibiza. It also boasts more beaches than both islands put together. Couple the abundance of sand with UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status, and you’ve got all the makings of a nature lover’s dream vacation destination. There’s a 185km trail called the Cami de Cavalls ringing the island’s coast, which means that the potential for walking and cycling is boundless.
When I leave Menorca I count the days until I can return, for I don’t like to spend a long time away from my island, its peace, the countryside and above all its traditions, and the warmth and sensitivity of its people.
– Juan Pons, opera singer
Thanks to the Mediterranean setting practically midway between Algiers and Marseilles, Menorca has been host to a long line of occupiers, from the Byzantines and Ottomans to the British and French. Cultural influences appear in everything from Georgian architecture in Mahon to the gin distilleries that can be found all over the island. And there’s much more to do than sit on beaches. Stay in a locally owned B&B, hire a car and explore the rugged interior, or borrow a mask and snorkel, rent a sea kayak, bring binoculars.
Whatever you do, read this Menorca travel guide and discover magic in the Med.