Menorca: The lesser known Balearic Island

Menorca, you won’t think of this island as a beach getaway, much less heard of it probably, because of its famous neighbours such as Mallorca, Ibiza and Majorca.

The lowkey island of Menorca. It dwarfs in size compared to neighbours Majorca and Ibiza.

The lowkey island of Menorca. It dwarfs in size compared to neighbours Majorca and Ibiza.

Menorca, situated in Spain, is one of the many Balearic Islands my best friend and I chose to go to during our grad trip after university. Why this island you say? Why not Ibiza, where we could party to our hearts content? Or move further down to Portugal, where Porto and Faro are eagerly waiting?

There was no exact reason why we chose Menorca, other than the fact that we didn’t have enough funds to take us to NYC. We are also fans of visiting more exotic and far flung places, so naturally the thought of crowded Ibiza didn’t sit so well in our minds.

Upon arrival to Menorca, we arrived at the Plaza de la Esplanada in Mahon. The capital, Maó , is situated at the most eastern end of the island. We lived in an airbnb apartment rented out by this friendly incredible woman.

Our apartment in Menorca, absolutely clean, comes with a spacious living area kitchen and balcony!

Our apartment in Menorca, absolutely clean, comes with a spacious living area kitchen and balcony!

It became increasingly obvious that we were practically the only Asians on the island.

Except for ONE store which was owned by China people, we did not see any other Asians during our whole vacation. Not that it bothered us much, it just proved that this was an island less explored and increased our curiosity.

Naturally, scallops was a must try dish here, amidst the fresh seafood. Coupled with the fact that we don't usually have scallops as part of our diet.

Naturally, scallops was a must try dish here, amidst the fresh seafood. Coupled with the fact that we don’t usually have scallops as part of our diet.

There was one place we heard of that was absolutely stunning, Cala Macarella. It is situated at the western end of the island.

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What a view! The people are so lucky to have these waters to call home.

What a view! The people are so lucky to have these waters to call home.

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After tanning and lounging around on the beach with many other summer tourists, we got back onto the track and decided to walk on the trail to Macaralleta. It was gruelling with the heat but we did manage to stumble upon a really beautiful cove!

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Magical crystalline waters! As clear as the eye could see. I only wished my camera then had a super wide angle lens.

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For your information, Menorca is SO easy to get around, just by buses. The island is scarcely populated and the streets are so clean.

The next few days we decided to visit the other places of Ciutadella and Es Castell.

Ciutadella is the next well known town in Menorca, besides Mahon.

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The streets of the Ciutadella.

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We found the town of Es Castell, located on the extreme opposite end of Ciutadella on the eastern side of the island very spacious and clean. It was so quiet and peaceful, it felt unreal that people actually lived in this little town.

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We kept walking on and arrived at what seemed to be the end of the island, by which the waters were a beautiful blue, and the sunshine illuminated everything in sight.

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The pier was quiet, and so we stopped for a drink, whilst admiring the view.IMG_1946

This little island caught us by surprise and we were both delighted at its simplistic beauty and charm. Have you been to any Balearic Islands? Drop me a note!

Also, stay tuned for my next post about horse riding in Menorca!

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