Menorca is the little sister of Mallorca and likes to take things easier. The island, which spends the summer season without noisy crowds of tourists and endless hotel complexes, becomes a paradise. And there's more: you've never seen such beautiful beaches and, most important of all, intact, like the ones you'll find in Menorca.
Menorca likes calm
Minorca. Much smaller, much quieter, but as pretty or more than her older sister, she is perfectly happy (and able) to survive without the noisy holiday crowds that are a necessary evil in so many Mediterranean islands. This is probably why families and couples are mainly the main visitors of the island: for its peace and tranquility which are essential to relax and, in addition, without horrible tourist complexes as far as the eye can see.
Menorca was declared a biosphere reserve in 1993, so almost half of the island is a nature reserve. This means that you will still find many beaches and natural landscapes. If you like nature in the wild, head north of the island: the beaches here are more reddish sand. The south coast, on the other hand, offers white sand beaches that gently lean towards the sea.
Cala Macarella is often described as one of the most beautiful beaches in Menorca, and rightly so. The beach is located in an idyllic rocky bay surrounded by pine trees. It can only be reached through an old hiking trail, directly from the oldest resort in Menorca, Cala Galdana. And if the walk to it is not enough for you, you can continue along the same path until you reach another beautiful beach, Cala Macarelleta.
Walk through the nature reserve
If you like trekking or simply walking through the countryside, you will find absolutely everything your heart desires in Menorca. Because the entire place is a biosphere reserve, most of the original natural landscape has been left intact. And you can really see and feel the difference. There is a wide variety of different hiking trails: we especially recommend that you walk along the Cami de Cavalls ("Horse Route"). This century-old trail is 185 kilometers long and drives around the island, hugging the coast.
As you may have guessed by the name of the road, the Menorcans have a very special relationship with the horses. The Island of the Horses, as it is often also called, even has its own native breed: the Cavalls of Raça Menorquina are the pride of the island and are presented at the annual celebrations of the patron saint of the island in the city of Ciutadella . In this spectacular party, which takes place in June, Menorcan horses, black as jet, cross the narrow alleys and crowds of people in a centenary ritual.
A must-see in Menorca: the tour of the port
It is almost essential to make a boat pass through the port of Mahón, capital of Menorca, since it is the second largest natural port in the world and it is really worth visiting. The boats leave every day on their routes during the summer months. As if the impressive harbor was not enough, the alleyways of Mahón's old town are perfect for walking and shopping at your own pace. By the way, Mahón is also where one of the most famous sauces in the world was invented, the "mayonnaise".
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