Menorca’s an unassuming sort of place, quietly languishing off the coast of Spain in a state of mostly unspoiled splendour. So distracted are we by the aerial dancers in Ibiza or the promise of pristine beaches in Majorca, travellers tend to pass Menorca, and its charms, by. Book a stay here though, and you’ll find out just what you’re missing.
The wild northern coast really is remote and unfettered by the kind of amenities most beachgoers demand. A haven for wildlife – and wildlife watchers, these shorelines show why UNESCO casually labelled the entire island a biosphere reserve. Inland, things stay pretty unkempt. Wetlands, rural pastures and hikeable slopes do little to lure in the masses. Brilliant news for those among us who love nothing more than having a hillock or sand dune all to ourselves.
In the south, the marinas are well-stocked with places to tuck into local fare with a glittering view. Ancient settlements are ideal places to wonder just why megaliths were so popular on this island. Mooch through the night markets, mingle in the plazas and let’s try and keep Menorca our little secret. Once everyone discovers how quaintly charming it is, we’ll have to share those sand dunes.