In Photos: 30 Reasons To Love Menorca
Written by Jaillan Yehia
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I really fell in love with Menorca on my recent trip to the island – so much so that I am seriously considering a repeat trip very soon, and am dreaming about house hunting there because it’s just that gorgeous.
So here are 30 reasons to love Menorca – little insights into why you can and should fall for the Balearic’s most tranquil island…
I found a lot of reasons to love Menorca on my recent visit, and ever since returning I’ve been recommending Menorca to anyone who will listen – that’s because after visiting for the first time I really do think this Balearic destination is pretty much the perfect place to take a holiday.
It’s got everything from good food to beautiful scenery and the all-important laid-back vibe we are all looking for in a vacation.
So I thought I’d list the reasons I’m recommending the destination to others – and not the ‘it’s only 2 hours flying time from the UK’ kind of reasons (although that’s a nice bonus) but more realistic little personal things I noticed that I just think just about anyone would love about taking their holidays on the island.
I’ve divided the reasons to love Menorca list into 5 categories: Food, Drink, Uniquely Menorcan, Scenery & Views and Towns & Cities – so if you’re into one particular thing you can skip straight to it!
Reasons To Love Menorca: Food
Let’s get real; food is a huge part of life – and when you’re a real foodie (or let’s call it what it is in my case: just plain greedy!) good food is virtually essential if you’re going to really love a destination.
1. The delicious cheese which is still made on the island
2. The fact that even the fruit and veg shops are gorgeous
3. The beautiful seafood you find everywhere
4. Being able to enjoy this seafood with the perfect view
5. Tasting the most amazing signature lobster soup
6. Spotting fresh citrus trees in the countryside
7. Seeing butcher’s shops that look like this
Reasons To Love Menorca: Drinks
Where food goes drinks follow, and if Menorca is great for food, it’s probably even better for an alcoholic tipple; from beer and wine to artisan gin, there’s lots to keep you tipsy as a tourist here.
8. Tasting hand-made Menorcan Gin
9. Realising that they don’t just make gin here – and then tasting everything else too
10. Discovering that drinking gin isn’t just acceptable at lunchtime here, it’s *mandatory*
11. Discovering there’s a brewery on the island
12. The stylish design of the local wine’s labels
Reasons To Love Menorca: Uniquely Menorcan
There are a few things you can do on Menorca that you just cannot do anywhere else in the world – and these are the three I loved most and think…
13. Buying Pretty Ballerinas at the factory store
14. Spotting – and maybe even riding – Menorcan Horses
15. Buying hand-made Avarcas sandals in the place they were invented
You can still buy hand made Avarcas at the Port in Mahon at S’Abarca den Toni, but other shops on the island sell multiple styles and colours, like AvarcaPOP in Mahon.
Reasons To Love Menorca: Scenery and views
One of the reasons Menorca is so special as a holiday destination is due to its unspoiled nature and stunning scenery, and some of the things I guarantee you’ll love about Menorca are the natural landscapes and beautiful views you’ll stumble upon.
13. This one’s obvious: the beaches
Check out: 10 Things To Do In Menorca Beyond The Beach
14. The vineyards dotted around the countryside
15. The dramatic rocky outcrops
16. The abundance of wildflowers
17. The whitewashed buildings
18. The totally unspoiled views
19. How much it caters to walkers
20. Learning about the British history of the island
21. Seeing boats bobbing about everywhere
Reasons To Love Menorca: Old Towns and Cities
Menorca has the perfect layout for tourism – there are two equally picturesque cities at either end of the island – Mahon and Ciutadella – and each is a similar size, meaning there’s a delightful old town to explore even if you don’t feel like driving the whopping 45 minutes to reach the opposite end.
22. Finding secret gardens in church courtyards
23. Getting lost down narrow alleys
24. Soaking up the cafe culture
25. Noticing just how quiet the streets are
26. The cycle-friendly nature of the cities
30. Contemplating a last Mediterranean sunset as you leave Menorca
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