Ahh..island living. I could make a habit out of it. All the island’s I have ever visited has always had a different vibe-a sense of calmness and transparency about them. It is a step away from the rest of the world, and a time where you feel like there is no other moment but this one. For me, island living allows me to disengage from the chaos, and focus on the now. And, there is no better island to do that at than Menorca, Spain. Before three years ago, I had never even heard of this small island off the coast of Spain. While, many times it gets confused with Mallorca, Menorca has been known to be called “the hidden gem.” While they both reside off the coast of Spain, Menorca is much smaller than its counterpart. This coastal beauty has stolen my heart and I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite things to do if you ever get the opportunity to make your way over to this beautiful island. If these pictures don’t convince you, I don’t know what will ;).
- Visit the Beaches
The beaches in Menorca are the main reason why I would go back in a heartbeat. I am not even a beach kind of girl-I have a pretty short attention span so laying out isn’t really my thing. But, the views these beaches offer are so magnificent, you don’t even need a filter for your pictures. The two main beaches I would suggest would be Cala Pregonda and Cala Macarelleta. They are both hikes to get to the actual beach themselves (especially Cala Macarellete-expect to have your balance challenged as you hike narrow steps up and down), but beyond worth it in the end.
Make sure you pack your hiking shoes and enjoy the beautiful views throughout the way.
Nothing beats a good Spanish wine. Not only is it so inexpensive to buy bottles of wine here, and they all taste delicious, the wineries are beautiful and a great place to visit. The two that we went to while we were there were Bodegas Binifadet and Hort San Patrici. They were both beautiful, but I would say if you had to pick one, I would go for Bodegas Binifadet. It had two different wine bars, one inside and one out, and you could just walk around the vineyard at your own leisure. They also have a restaurant on site that you can make a reservation for in advance if you like. Either way, whichever vineyard you pick, you can’t go wrong.
3. Cave Bar
Hands down, this is the best bar I have ever been to before! The cave bar in Menorca has magnificent views, and has a million different seating options whether you want to sit in the cave itself, or if you would rather sit outside with a beautiful view of the water. It is called Cova D’En Xoroi, and it is the ideal location no matter what kind of vibe you are looking for. We went during the day and it was very relaxed, and peaceful. We were able to sit wherever we would like and really explore the entire area while soaking up amazing views. However, if you want more of the night-life feel, they have live music at night, and it would be a beautiful place to watch the sunset.
Well, I really don’t think there is a bad view on the island, but I have to say, that our villa view was a hard one to beat. We stayed with Alex’s family, so there were 6 of us all together, and I would say that if you are doing it with a bigger group like that, a villa is the way to go. Some of my favorite times spent in Menorca was with his family cooking dinner, or out on the patio together. We stayed at Villa Amelia and I would highly recommend it. However, if you are traveling as a couple, or a smaller group in general, there are options for you as well. I have included a few of my personal favorites below.
Villa Amelia : https://www.homeaway.co.uk/p8121061
Beach Villa Bellavista: https://www.homeaway.co.uk/p6790445
5. Just Explore
There is so much to do on this little island, you’d be surprised! There is a Gin distillery tour, plenty of restaurants to explore, and lots of excursions. One of our favorite things we did while we were there was kayak. It was absolutely gorgeous. If you are into snorkeling or paddle boarding, there are options for you as well! The outdoorsy/ adventurous side of us were thrilled with all Menorca had to offer.