An island, a main road and less than 700 km2: Menorca.
Since I met Mallorca in 2017, I have wanted to see the rest of the Balearic Islands, especially this one, which is the second largest island in the archipelago.
I had not yet landed and the view from the plane window already showed me that I would like to know the endless calas of this island. At first glance, it could be confused with Majorca, she too with beautiful calas and very desirable waters. But as soon as we got in the car that was going to take us to the other side of the island, where our Hotel was located, and we crossed the C-21 road, we realized that it is not the same. Peace reigns on this island, which has much less movement than Mallorca. The fact that we went in October also influenced, as in August there are thousands of tourists who come here to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.
The Hotel – Casas del Lago - Lago Resort Menorca
We could not have chosen better where we were staying. Casas del Lago is located a few steps from Cala'n Bosch, a quieter part of Menorca, and has a huge pool, good food, good cocktails, spacious rooms and very friendly staff - especially Mr. Santos, that was awesome!
In the hotel you can also book various activities, such as horse riding, diving or jet skiing. The icing on the cake was the housing's visible environmental concern, particularly against the use of disposable plastics.
The Calas and the Rails
The calas (coves) are located throughout the southern part of the island and are the most beautiful beaches in Menorca. To the north, the landscape is totally different, rockier and less vegetated.
One of the best parts of this trip was having completely disconnected from the world, I just enjoyed the moment and nature. To this contributed the fact that there was no network in the mobile phone during the day. It's because? Because we decided to go a part of Camí de Cavalls, one of the main and historical trails of the island. This route of moderate difficulty - I advise you to take comfortable shoes or sneakers - is 220km. Despite some problems that Camí de Cavalls recovery has had with landowners who deny walkers the chance to do so, some sections can be made. It is well worth the effort and you can see why in 1993 Menorca was classified by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve.
My reusable water bottle is always with me!
It was simply amazing to dive into the warm, clear waters of each cala after walking so many miles through nature and fantastic landscapes - on average, we cover about 14km a day.
On Camí de Cavalls tracks we were in these Calas:
- Macarella e Macarelleta
I must confess that the cuisine in Menorca was not a strong point of the trip. Most places are expensive, the quality is poor and even the tapas were hard to find. But I confess that what really didn't help was the fact that I don't like seafood, which eliminated more than half of the options right away.
Still, besides the hotel bar/restaurant, I highlight these three places:
Ciutadella - Ses Voltes: Very close to the city center, we found this restaurant with good ambience and good food at an affordable price - finally tapas!
Binibeca - Cafeteria Binibeca Vell: The best lunch of the trip. The atmosphere is nothing special, but we ate a wonderful grilled fish by the beach.
Cala Galdana - Delit: We ate here twice. Good value for money, the manager caught us from the first moment and gave us some tips about the island. It was at this restaurant that we first tasted ‘Pomada’, the typical Menorcan drink that is a very refreshing blend of Menorcan gin and lemon juice.
Beyond the Beaches
But we were not only on the beach on this trip: on the penultimate day, the day the wind did not let us, we took the opportunity to meet Mahon, Ciutadella and Binibeca.
We started the day in Mahon and it was a disappointment to me. Not that he expected much, but certainly expected more. It has the historic center, the marina and some cafes with good atmosphere and good food, but it was not a city that fascinated me.
On the other hand, Ciutadella was just the opposite: it surprised me a lot. It is worth visiting and walking the historic streets of what was for a long time the main city of Menorca.
We also followed the suggestion of the restaurant owner Delit and went to visit Binibeca. In fact, the initial idea was to go see the sunset at Cova d'en Xoroi, a bar/nightclub well known for being located inside a seaside cave. However, it is a very touristy and expensive place - admission, even during the day, costs around 15€. Binibeca, 'Santorini of Menorca', although also very touristy, is really very charming and “always take some beautiful pictures,” the friendly manager told us. That's what we did and we didn't regret a bit.
Time to get back… but not home. The next stop on the itinerary is Barcelona. See you soon!