Menorca is the second largest island of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is smaller than Mallorca but bigger than Ibiza. Together with Formentera and some more unknown islands, these islands form the Balearic Islands. Mallorca and Ibiza are of course beautiful islands that rightly attract a lot of tourists and Menorca is a bit the‘underdog’of the Balearic Islands. Menorca has a lot to offer, so we think that status as an ‘underdog’ is unjustified. It is a beautiful, quiet island with beautiful nature and a lovely southern climate. The island life of Menorca has completely charmed us. Find out why you should choose Menorca as your next travel destination!
Menorca has incredibly beautiful bays with water that is so blue and bright that it definitely invites you to swim in. You can swim between fish so don’t forget to bring your snorkel! Please note:the water is very salty so hold your breath and nose when you go underwater. Otherwise, you may experience salt in your nose and throat that leads to vomiting (as we had before when we jumped into the water without thinking!).
Menorca, like the other islands of the Balearic Islands, has a wonderful Mediterranean climate. In the summer months this temperature goes from 25°C to 40°C. If you want to enjoy a wonderful sun holiday, it is best to book your trip from May to October. These are the sunniest months in Menorca. The winter months are less sunny.
Menorca has a few very cozy cities. Our favorite city is Ciutadella. You will find beautiful Spanish architecture,many typical bohemian shops (for more inspiration of this style, look here), local (evening) markets and a breathtaking harbour. Another city in Menorca that we can definitely recommend is Mahon (or Máo),the capital of Menorca. It is a busier city but still with lots of charms. If you get the chance, you should definitely visit the church and the monastery El Carmen. Also the local market Mercado de Pescados is worth it. You’ll find all kinds of local produce and freshly prepared dishes. We tasted the best paella we’ve already eaten. Keep in mind extremely warm temperatures inside the market.
Fine bars and restaurants
Menorca has countless nice bars and restaurants by the water. It’s an excellent place to watch the setting sun with a cocktail in your hand. Drinking and eating there is also relatively cheap. If you are staying near Cala Blanca, you should definitely have a cocktail at Moonlight Cocktail Bar. You’ll enjoy the tastiest, biggest and fresh cocktails with stunning views over the bay. The garçons are also very friendly!
Menorca has significantly fewer tourists than neighbouring Majorca and Ibiza. Their notoriety certainly has something to do with that. However, this is a great advantage. After all, you can still see many inhabitants of the country itself in Menorca and the local markets and shops are not really focused on tourism either. It makes the island the perfect place to unwind.
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