MENORCA – WHY GO?
Second largest of the Balearic Islands, laidback Menorca is a rustic backwater compared to its busier neighbours Mallorca and Ibiza. While tourists flock here every summer, the island remains relatively rural and unspoilt. Don't come here for Ibiza-style round-the-clock action and late-night partying. Life here is relaxed and low key, and away from the south coast’s seaside resorts you’ll find a rugged coastline with postcard-pretty horseshoe bays and unspoilt coves.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
Beaches and nature
Much of Menorca has been designated a Biosphere reserve for its unique natural habitats. Rolling fields, wooded ravines and humpy hills fill the island's interior. Laze on one of the island’s white sand beaches, or hit one of the coastal walking trails. Arenal d'en Castell is arguably the island's best beach.
Buzzy Mahon has scores of bars and restaurants. It's a great place for nightlife, clubbing and moonlit walks along the sand – though its beaches are certainly not the island's best.
Menorca’s original capital has plenty of medieval buildings, pretty squares and a lively harbour.
Don your hiking boots and climb Monte Toro for vistas across the island – or simply drive up if you'd sooner just soak up the view. From Monte Toro – Menorca's highest point – you can see the distant coast of Mallorca on a clear day, and visit a restored baroque church built in 1595.
Menorca is littered with prehistoric monuments – weatherworn stone remains thought to date back thousands of years.
MAKE A DATE
San Luis Festival. Watch feats of horsemanship from riders in traditional dress while market stalls, parades and fireworks add to the fun.
Fiesta of Vermar. Menorca celebrates the grape harvest with parades, processions and plenty of vino.
Dine on local lobster and seafood with a chilled bottle of Cava in one of Mahon's lively restaurants.