8 Reasons to Fall in Love with Menorca
Menorca (or Minorca) is a beautiful island off the Eastern coast of Spain and is a part of the Balearic Island chain. It's name actually derives from the Latin, Insula Minor meaning "minor" compared to its bigger next door neighbor, Mallorca! When we started planning our most recent trip to Europe, we weren't even considering Menorca as part of our itinerary! We were planning on visiting the much larger island of Mallorca. After doing more research we decided to visit Menorca instead! I'm so glad we did! This place was charming and incredibly beautiful. Here's eight reasons to fall in love with this amazing place!
First, a little geography! A map of the island:
1. The Camí De Cavalls
A beautiful trail that goes around the entire coast. We barely scratched the surface, hiking from Cala Galdana to a few different beaches ( Cala Macarella, Cala Macarelleta and Cala Turqueta). This is one of the most quiet/quaint hiking trails I've ever done, and that was fabulous! My husband says it's some of his favorite hiking we've ever done. I loved hearing the birds chirping and seeing the beautiful trees.
2. You won't Run Out of things to Do
There's plenty of hiking and water activities (by now you know these are my faves) but you could easily spend 5-6 days here and explore the Northern coast, go horse back riding, or do a wine tasting. I would definitely love to do more of this if we get to return! I recommend a boat ride to get another perspective of the amazing coastline.
While we were there in late May we often were only accompanied by a just a few other hikers on the trail. The beaches were a little more crowded, but nothing like what we've encountered on previous Europe trips (albeit to very popular destinations). Towards the end of the week it was getting a little busier, but we still had plenty of space to lay out on the beach.
4. The VIBE
The locals are so friendly and the pace here was relaxed and calm. It's a great place for families traveling with their kids, but my husband and I really loved it too!
5. Stunning beaches and Coastline
I couldn't believe the soft sand, dramatic cliffs and of course the water color! It might be the most brilliant turquoise water I've ever seen! A lot of the beaches are easily accessible (just a short hike) from Cala Galdana. The island itself was much greener and more mountainous than I expected. Driving from Mahón to Ciutadella was a beautiful way to see the landscape. Some other beaches I'd like to visit if we go back: Cala Mitjana
6. Budget Friendly
Apartments in Ciutadella are really reasonable. If you want to splurge, Cala Galdana is the place to be. There are apartments to rent there as well, so you have many options depending on your budget! Meals out were reasonable and when we stayed in our apartment we were amazed how affordable groceries were!
A signature drink in Menorca made with 1/3 Xoriguer Gin and 2/3 Lemonade. Very refreshing and light, perfect after a day in the sun!
8. The Climate
Pleasantly warm and not humid! Just right at the end of May. We had warm, sunny days during our whole trip. At night, you might need a light jacket...perfect!
Have you been to Menorca? Have I convinced you to go?! I've been dreaming about it ever since we got back.
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Until next time, happy wandering!