Menorca is visited by millions of holidaymakers each year for its gorgeous beaches (did you know it has more than Majorca and Ibiza combined?). If it’s not been on your holiday wish list before, maybe it’s because you think it’s just for families?
Yes, it does have many great activities for families, but there’s plenty for couples too. Here’s the lowdown on some of Menorca’s lesser-known highlights, which may change your mind about holidays to Menorca.
Action, action, action
Menorca is relatively flat, so it’s perfect for those who love walking or cycling without it being too demanding. Plus, routes are well sign-posted. Don your hiking boots and climb to the top of Monte Tauro, it’s the highest point on the island and its views are amazing.
Hiring a mountain bike is simple as there are lots of rental places and you’ve got 3,000 kilometres of roads and rugged scenery to discover. If you fancy setting yourself a challenge, take a look at the Cycling Association’s Menorca Challenge.
Thanks to clear waters, diving in Menorca is fantastic. With courses for all abilities at PADI-certified dive centres around the island, as well as daily diving expeditions, don’t miss out on exploring caves and shipwrecks beneath the waves.
Gin, cheese, lobster
If gin is your tipple of choice then raise a glass and toast the British for introducing it to Menorca. The Menorcans combined local ingredients with British gin to create their own called Xoriguer. Its recipe is a family secret but you can see how it’s made and enjoy free samples at the gin factory in Mahon.
Did you know Menorca has a long history of producing cheese? It’s actually the island’s biggest income. Visit the Cheese Museum in Ferreries and take a tour of the factory, then stock up on a few tasty local cheeses from the farm shop.
Menorca’s seafood is incredible but it’s the lobster stew that’s famous. This rich tomato broth may be pricey but it’s only available between April-August, and if it’s good enough for the King of Spain then it’s worth it, right?
Boutique style shopping
Forget well-known high street chains and huge shopping centres; shopping in Menorca is all about small, high quality, independent shops. I love shopping in Ciutadella, especially in the Old Town where the boutiques are enchanting. Also the side-street cafés are perfect for a rest stop. Mahon is another shopper’s delight, especially for clothes. Buy local, bag a pair of ‘avarca’ sandals (made from used tyres) or treat yourself to a unique piece of jewellery at the night markets in Ciutadella and Es Castell.
What do you think makes Menorca special for adult-only holidays? What are your favourite things to do in Menorca? I’d love to read your comments.