People don’t really hear that much of the small Balearic island, Menorca. I personally hadn’t even heard that much of the isle but faced with a twelve day window in both the boy & I’s diary and after a flick through Condé Nast Traveller filled with the most beautiful pictures of secluded bays with crystal clear calm water it was decided that our last little summer break of 2013 would be to the islands capital, Mahon.
By night, the gorgeous little pebbled alleyways and harbours come to life which are packed into any space possible with bars and restuarants; all authentic places filled with trendy locals drinking Menorcan gin and the amazing cava sangria. While the typical Spanish tapas are good, the locally caught seafood is on another level. Its worth going for what are listed on menus as “small salted Menorcan prawns”, which are actually piles of fresh still-in-the-shell King Prawns, gently cooked in garlic, plenty of white wine and butter with a healthy dose of bread on the side.
We chose to stay with a well known brand, Barcelo Hamilton, based purely on the location – the hotel is situated right on Mahon harbour (which happens to be the second biggest harbour in the world, after Pearl Harbour) which allowed amazing vistas over the water for miles in every direction from the rooms but particularly the roof terrace complete with everything from sunloungers, hot tubs, a pool and bar with DJ. Really.
We decided to hire a little scooter to give us a chance to explore the whole island, something I would wholeheartly recommend, the population of Menorca is only about 90,000 and its just about 250 square miles so in just a few days you can see just about the whole place. Make a beeline for the smallest coves, they are crazily beautiful with pure white sand, crystal clear waters and stunning shades of blue I still cant get out of my mind.
Simple pleasures are often the best kinda pleasures, there’s nothing to soak up the culture than perched on a colourful street having a well earned rest in the shade with a chocolatey cup containing more sugar than your RDA and plenty of equally colourful characters to watch..
If you ever get the chance to visit Menorca, or you’re contemplating a trip; I have two words. DO IT.