Land and sea merge in magical harmony in this Balearic island proposing a host of activities to enjoy throughout the year on an island that is a Biosphere Reserve
Beaches of fine sand or rocky; fascinating Talayotic stone monuments; equestrian or bicycle routes, maritime excursions, trekking laden with history, unique celebrations with horses, tasty cuisine crowned by a stew, villages to feel the purest rural essence … Menorca, where distances are shortened and time stops, is ideal to discover it and enjoy it relaxedly. These ten tempting tracks are the perfect decalogue for a getaway at any time of the year to this Mediterranean paradise.
As the siren songs attracted Ulysses in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, the magnetism of some singular megalithic monuments, the talaiots, seem to attract visitors to Menorca, beautiful by nature and recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve for a while. quarter of a century. An island – the second largest in the Balearic archipelago after Mallorca – which has the privilege, due to its geographical location, of being the first place in Spain to see the sunrise.
The just 47 kilometers that separate Maó, its capital (to the east), from Ciutadella (west), and the 17 kilometers from north to south make it a very handy destination ideal for a holiday getaway, bridge or even weekend in any moment of the year. An island that we can begin to discover and enjoy from these ten tempting clues:
1 – Coves and beaches of strong contrast. To the south, the fine white sand and turquoise waters clothe coconut coves like Macarella, Macarelleta, Turqueta, Es Talaier or Mitjana or other urbanized areas such as Galdana or Punta Prima. To the north, by contrast, the landscape becomes more wild and virgin, between rock formations of slate and red clay, such as Cavalleria, Binimel·la or Pregonda.
2 – Camí de Cavalls, walking through history. The best landscapes of the island are contemplated traveling the 185 kilometers distributed in 20 stretches of this hiking route (GR223) whose origins date back to the fourteenth century, when King Jaume II ordered the Menorcans horsemen to watch on horseback around the perimeter of its 216 kilometers of coastline.
3 – La Menorca Talayotic. It dates back to 4,000 years ago and there are more than 1,500 sites on the island, with constructions as striking as the talaiots, the taulas and the navetas. This heritage is unique in the world for the typology of some of these constructions, its excellent state of conservation, its monumentality and its density (2 per km2)!), Making it a candidate for World Heritage of Humanity. To highlight the Naveta des Tudons (Ciutadella) and the Talayotic villages of Trepucó (Maó) and Torre d’en Galmés, between Alayor and Son Bou.
4 – Maó-Ciutadella; so different, so seductive. Maó, an air and maritime gateway to Menorca and its capital, still retains the air that the British gave it, which remained almost a century – the XVIII- on the island. Its port stands out – the largest natural in Europe – where is the gin Xoriguer distillery, its native gin. Ciutadella, the old capital, is a jewel of stone that covers the stately facades of its palaces. Its labyrinth of narrow streets, the Cathedral of Menorca and a port that looks like a Venetian canal are other attractions.
5 – Monte Toro, its top and panoramic heart. Menorca is a flat island whose only mountain is only 358 meters. But its roof offers the best panoramic view of it, as well as the sanctuary of its patron, the Madre de Dios del Toro (17th century). Also striking is the spectacular statue of a redeeming Christ, reminiscent of the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro.
6 ¬- On horseback or by bicycle. Touring the island on horseback is a unique experience to enjoy this natural paradise. Several companies organize individual or group outings adapted to all levels. Another alternative of active tourism is the bicycle, for which the island has 21 perfectly marked cycle routes.
7 – Maritime excursions and nautical sports. The sea is part of the essence of Menorca. To discover the most beautiful and hidden corners of its coast, nothing better than sailing in catamarans or other boats. And for active fun, practice water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, diving, paddle surfing or jet skis.