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.
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