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MENORCA TRAVEL GUIDE

The little – and prettier, shier – sister of Mallorca has so much to offer for the foodie couple getaway to families that want an easy summer holiday. Take your pic…

FIVE OF THE BEST

1. CAN FAUSTINO

Palatial design hotel with stunning garden and restaurant

This 16th century palace sits proudly atop Menorca’s prettiest Western town Cituadella. The interiors have been designed by Studio Pitman and the attention to detail while keeping a minimalist aesthetic is some of their best work. There are 21 rooms and 3 suites arranged over 3 floors with innovative use of natural light, and neutral colour palette without feeling bland. The highlight is the beautiful garden restaurant which serves one of the best breakfast buffet’s we’ve seen and then for lunch and dinner, it’s modern Baleric – the seafood is a standout

TRAVEL TRUFFLE: make sure you make a trip to the spa area which sits next to the small but relaxing pool area. It has all the usual top-notch treatments, but the surprise here is the plunge pool in a cavern hewn from the well beneath the property, and a well appointed steam-room.

2. ARENAL SON SAURA

Family favourite Arenal de Son Saura

Menorca truly has some of the best beaches and coves in the world. On the Northern coast is Arenal de Son Saura (not to be confused with the Southern Son Saura) which is in the Son Parc development. It’s very shallow for the first 50 metres, so you can walk out quite far and still be knee deep. The water is crystal clear and there’s a touch of red in the sand by the shore which is tiny bits of red coral.

 

You can snorkel around the wide cove with the best spots being by the rocks on the Eastern end. There’s also a restaurant on each end with the Eastern one for drinks/bar action and the Western chiringuita perfect for some fresh fish for lunch.

TRAVEL TRUFFLE: Unlike many of the other beaches there’s a carpark that takes you all the way to the beach so you don’t have to lug your kit very far. Perfect for families but not overwhelmingly so, which makes it great for couples looking for a chilled day by the water.

3. BINIFADET WINERY

Great modern menu for lunch or dinner with excellent winelist from the vinyard

The rustic setting is perfect as you wander up the stone stairs past the bar, through the huge hall with wine vats and then out to the large courtyard to sit under pergolas heavy with lush green leaves and grapes. The service is friendly and the menu – although a touch haphazard – is good. We suggest ordering from the sharing/tapas style plates and try their wines by the glass to test the full range with your meal. The cheeseboard is particulary good and showcases the best Menorca has to offer. This is our favourite restaurant on the island for a long lunch with friends or romantic dinner for two.

TRAVEL TRUFFLE: check for opening times directly as it can be completely booked out for private events.

4. ES MERCADAL NIGHT MARKET

A real treat to see the locals at their best

This eclectic night market runs Wednesday nights from April to October. With a rousing band, locals chatting over their weekly news, families and lovers strolling arm in arm about the stalls and a lot of pizza going around this is a great way to spend an evening.

 

The stalls sell everything from artisan jewellery, clothing and trinkets to local produce like cheeses, meats and jams. The town makes a real effort with pretty lighting strings above and the restaurants are bursting with positive chat and laughter. Do a couple of laps around the town then settle it for some wine and pizza while listening to the band and finish off with some ice-cream.

TRAVEL TRUFFLE: a good place to start is Sa Vinoteca. A local modern wine bar and restaurant. We tried a few plates of the sushi which was good – crab great! – albeit overpriced but the wine, service and atmosphere can’t be faulted.

5. CALA MITJANA

For the beautiful young things

Next up is our favourite Southern beach, Cala Mitjana. In opposition to the above the carpark is a good 15 minute walk down a wide and winding path to the beach. You can cut through to make the walk quicker. Once you arrive there is a cliff jump on the left and around the same side are 3-4 big caves at water level which are spectacular to say the least. The water here is deep and clear and blue.

 

The beach is full of the young and beautifully bronzed yet very down to earth and perfect for people watching, topping up your tan, exploring the caves and living the Baleric summer dream.

TRAVEL TRUFFLE: there’s a real time strategy to getting the most from your sundrenched trip. Many of the best beaches along the south coast are full by 11am. That means you can’t even drive along the access road. So get in early or after lunch from 2pm.

FIVE OF THE REST

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE

“No stretch of England is more romanticized than the Cotswolds. An afternoon’s drive from London, there is barely time for a bar of Cadbury Fruit & Nut before you’re zooming through low-slung limestone villages and rolling green.”

CREAM OF THE COTSWOLDS

“Look beyond the blooming country gardens and honey-hued walls and you’ll find this classic English hotspot has hit a fresh kind of groove. Daisy Finer has the lowdown on the funkiest places to stay, eat and shop.”

THE POWER PUB

“Your choice of watering hole says an awful lot about you, especially when it’s the Cotswolds’ Kingham Plough.”

COTWOLDS TRAVEL GUIDE

“An insider’s guide to the Cotswolds, featuring the best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, attractions and things to do, including how to travel there and around.”

THE FARM-TO-TABLE MECCA

“The area is hardly unaccustomed to luxury. Only a two-hour drive from central London, it has long been known as an upscale weekend refuge, thanks to its graceful, generous estates, old-world hotels, and rolling green hills.”