Menorca may be known as the smaller of the Balearics Islands, but if you’re seeking a delightful combination of beauty and tranquillity then size doesn’t matter.
The gorgeous dot in the Mediterranean has earned global appreciation and you discover why when you experience the gorgeous beaches, enchanting coastline and protected countryside. The way it has remained so unspoilt after decades of tourism has helped Menorca obtain prestigious biosphere reserve status from Unesco, the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation. See this article for more Unesco heritage sites.
Yet Menorca still has marvellous attractions for tourists who want a little bit more than undiluted peace and quiet.
The two main towns of Mahon and Ciutadella are bursting with atmosphere as well as shops, pavement cafes and history. They both have charming old quarters and picturesque harbours.
There is a scattering of beautiful resorts with stunning sandy beaches in bays and coves often at the end of deep gorges carved out long ago by rivers, now extinct.
More than 100 beaches are tucked away on this croissant-shaped island that is only 30 miles from end to end. There are plenty of water sports to enjoy on a sea that can be breathtakingly crystal clear plus three water parks for families.
A marvellous bridal path follows the entire 115-miles of the magically diverse coastline and is one of many walking, hiking, cycling and horse-riding trails.
Menorca loves horses. They are the stars of the festivals held by every town and village on their summer saints’ days, and the friendly locals do like to party. If you want a music bar or club then they are there to be found.
Inland there are intriguing stone ruins from when people were living on the island three or four thousand years ago. There are hills, but no towering mountains. The highest point is Mount Toro, just over 1,000ft above sea level, and at the top are a convent, a large statue of Jesus of the Sacred Heart - and fantastic, panoramic views.
On a clear day you can see Menorca’s bigger, noisier, sister, Majorca. But the little sister certainly packs a very big punch!