Menorca: Surfboarding & sundowners

The beautiful little sister of Mallorca in the east of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is only 50km by 16km. Family-friendly and offering more spectacular vistas than you can shake a DSLR at, this tiny island is favoured by nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and culturati in equal measure. This is a landscape of fishing villages and whitewashed farms. Almost half of the island is classed as a nature reserve and throbs with insects and birds, while blue sargantanas lizards dart over hot rocks and through dry grass. The coastline is famed for its fabulous beaches, but the best are tucked away in isolated coves – wild, wide and windswept Cala Macarella, Son Saura and Cala Pregonda are best accessed by private yacht.

The southern beaches are dusted with white sand, while the west offers jagged rocks. The northern region, with dark sand and strong winds, is favoured by surfers, particularly at Fornells. Ciutadella has retained its medieval charm. Striking churches and palaces, picturesque harbours and narrow, romantic side streets help to remind visitors of the island’s rich history. The former capital hosts the colourful fiesta of Sant Joan each June, where riders dance stallions on their hind legs. It’s in the metropolis Mahón you find modern Menorca.

When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August



Try refreshing Pomada – the local version of gin & bitter lemon. The local gin is distilled by Xoriguer on the harbour in Mahón


Head to Sa Taula restaurant for folk music and local tapas – try the courgette carpaccio or mussels cooked in port


Have a sundowner at cliffhanging bar Cova d'en Xoroi – a series of interconnecting caves, which hang above the sea



HARMONY I is a 32-metre motor yacht boasting a very spacious flybridge to soak up the sun, dip in the Jacuzzi, or sit and enjoy the views under the shade.
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THEA is a beautiful Jeanneau 64, designed by the well-known designers Philippe Briand and Andrew Winch, featuring elegant, contemporary lines with meticulous attention to detail.
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TIGER LILY OF LONDON is a sleek Pershing 90 launched in 2009 offering quality, luxury and performance with impressive speeds of over 40 knots.
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