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Small and serene, Menorca is the Balearics at its laid-back best. Not an island of endless high-rise hotels and all-night super clubs, holidays to Menorca are about unspoiled sandy beaches, rolling acres of farmland, and family-run restaurants. If you’re looking to relax, this is your island.
It’s the beaches though, where Menorca really shines. The island’s golden coastline is jam-packed with tempting coves and sweeping sandy bays. For beautiful Blue Flag beaches, the southern coast is strewn with some of Menorca’s best, such as Son Bou, Cala Galdana, and Cala'n Porter.
Heading outside the main towns, Cala en Turqueta has sugary white sand and a pristine turquoise sea, while the north hides some of Menorca’s best untouched beaches if you want to avoid the crowds; try Cala Pregonda, Cala Algaiarens or the coves around Punta Cala Blanca.
Largely undeveloped, Menorca’s preserved natural good looks have made it a magnet for hikers and cyclists. Whatever your ability, the relatively flat interior is easy to navigate and has many miles of waymarked pathways that also weave around the sun-bleached coastline. The lagoon at Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau, a UNESCO-preserved wetland, is a highlight for walking, pretty scenery and fascinating wildlife.
But it’s not all about nature. Traditional towns and villages dot the island, all whitewashed walls, medieval old towns and orange-tiled rooves. Mahon, the capital of Menorca, is home to a historic harbour, the island’s gin-making legacy and claims to be the birthplace of mayonnaise.
On the opposite side of the island, pretty Ciutadella resides high on a hillside looking down on to a sparkling harbour. It’s primed for a few days strolling in the sunshine, exploring the cobbled streets to discover the town’s picturesque gothic churches and handsome central square.
For those who crave Balearic beauty but want to steer well clear of the party scenes of Majorca and Ibiza, Menorca is an obvious choice. It boasts the same climate and culture, but with a large dose of tranquillity that also makes the island an excellent family getaway.
Sure, Menorca's got its beaches, but it's also home to amazing forests and lagoons, hidden coves and stunning caves. Discover all the incredible things you can do on this brilliant Balearic.Read moreabout 11 of the best things to do in Menorca
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