Spain has been at the top of my list of places to visit since the Cheetah Girls strutted down the streets of Barcelona in the second installment of the film series. While I didn’t head to the most popular Spanish city this time around, I instead booked a relaxing holiday in the country’s most understated island: Menorca.
If I’m being completely honest, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve never done the whole beach holiday thing before because I have a really hard time relaxing. I’m a city girl, what can I say. But living in London has tired me out and so exploring an island with some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen was a real treat. Oh, and we booked a last minute car, which you 100 per cent should do unless you feel like spending most of your time on coach buses, going from one end of the island to the other.
We spent a few hours walking around Mahon, the capital of Menorca. Like most European cities, cobblestone streets were lined with charming, slightly worn-out buildings. The best part was the port which had all the best food spots. We ate there on our final night at the most charming eatery called Street Food. The chicken tacos and lamb kebab we had there was undoubtedly the best meal we had all week.
On the first day, we did a wine tour close to our hotel at Bodegas Binifadet. Our tour guide gave us a good history lesson, not only about how they make the wine but on the island itself. Unlike western etiquette where we tend to take over and build whatever we please right on top of the land without thinking about the repercussions it may have on the territory, the island of Menorca has been preserved by its residents. Walls made of rocks divide each of the lots because that’s just the nature of the island. It gave me reassurance that maybe there are still places in the world that aren’t completely destroyed yet. Anyway, the wine was delicious and the winery itself was lovely. Would highly recommend.
Cova d’en Xoroi
If you like a good sunset, this is the place to be! Cova d’en Xoroi is a bar situated in a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was a really hot day so being there in the evening was perfect. We only stayed until about 10:30 PM but we were told they hold raves in the cave, which I’ll have to go back for at a later date.
We were staying close to Mahon but all the action and the best beaches were on the west side of the island, called Ciutadella. It reminded me so much for Trastevere in Rome.
We explored three beaches and Cala Turquetta was undoubtedly my favourite. Just look at how blue and clear the water is.
Platges de Fornells
After exploring the east, west, and south, we made it up north on our last day. The village of Fornells is known for its white houses.