Things have been so chaotic around here lately that this post is a bit late coming! So apologies for that. It’s only been two weeks since we returned but it already feels like two months. Life has a habit of making us feel like that sometimes!
But I digress…what we’re here to talk about is the beautiful island of Menorca.
This trip was as much about relaxing and unwinding with friends as it was about exploring a new destination. So it was with much delight that we booked a private villa in Cap d’Artrutx and indulged in mornings spent by the pool with long breakfasts and the odd mid-morning cocktail!
But then again, there is only so much relaxing one can do and being on a new island, we couldn’t resist doing at least a little exploring.
I must say that Menorca and the rest of the Balearic Islands had definitely not cropped up on my bucket list before now. I had this preconceived notion that they had little more to offer than clubs, drunk tourists and cafes offering greasy fry-ups & burgers. However at this point, I will have to eat humble pie and say I WAS WRONG!
Menorca is a hidden and under-rated gem! It is beautiful, green, quiet and peaceful with a total chill-out vibe that you can’t help but succumb to. And the beaches…well, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
I recently read that Menorca has more beaches than Ibiza and Mallorca combined and it certainly feels that this could be true when trying to decide on a beach to head to. The coastline is littered wall to wall with stunning beaches making it extremely difficult to choose which ones to check out. Such difficult decisions!!!
But alas, we just about coped and managed to choose several stunning beaches which I will share with you throughout this post. A week really is not long enough to be able to see this island in all it’s glory, so we decided to stick to the one small area of the coastline on the south of the island with the aim of going back to explore more another time.
Our favourite beach by far was Cala Mitjana. Framed by jagged cliffs which provide a great platform for theatrical dives into the sea below, the sea is as turquoise as turqoise gets! Coming from the UK, there is just something special about being able to walk straight into the sea without dying of hypothermia in the process and the sea here was as warm as a bath!
Other favourite beaches included the famous beaches of Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta, literally as pretty as a postcard and Cala Galdana, being a quaint seaside town with a beautiful harbour and stunning beach front surrounded by cliffs.
On our last day we headed to Son Saura which I found to be not as picture perfect as the other beaches we had been to and actually in hindsight I wish we had checked out Cala Turqueta which comes with raves reviews online.
If you’re in need of a holiday purely to unwind and recharge your batteries, Menorca is ideal. I really felt that we had the best of both worlds, being able to relax but also not having to compromise on natural beauty and culture. It was the perfect balance of chilling and exploring that meant I could come home and get ready to take on the world again (even if it didn’t last for very long).