view into the sea from a cove on menorca
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Menorca: A Spanish Balearic Island

Full of vivid green fields, bright buttercups, turquoise coves and sandy beaches, Menorca is the most northern of the Balearics.

Menorca lies in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of mainland Spain. A little less visited than the Balearic Islands of Majorca and Ibiza, Menorca is incredibly picturesque with long sandy beaches, turquoise waters and a walking path around the island’s coast.

view from the cliffs of menorca

Receiving frequent flights from mainland Spain, neighbouring islands and other countries across Europe the islands only airport is situated in the capital, Mahon. Frequent passenger and vehicle ferries also sail to and from the island using the ports of Mahon and Ciutadella.

Spring is a good time for outdoor activities and discovering the island.

The warm temperatures, blue skies and affordable prices make spring an attractive time to visit Menorca. The temperatures are not too hot for hiking or cycling and the island is not too busy. The peak summer season sees soaring temperatures, an increase of holidaymakers and higher prices for accommodation.

menorcan flowers beach and cove

Travelling around by walking and cycling is perfect for discovering all the natural beauty and wildlife the island has to offer. In between, the local bus service is reasonably frequent and reliable. Important routes of interest include the Cami de Cavalls and the uphill walk to the peak of El Monte Toro.

The Cami de Cavalls is the hiking route that encircles the island, staying close to the coastline. The 186km route is recognised as one of the long-distance trails in the Spanish hiking network and officially is named the GR 223.

El Toro is the highest point on Menorca.

Starting the walk at El Mercadel, which is also quite a central point on the island the road can be followed up 358 metres to the summit and home of the Sanctuary De La Mare De Deu Del Toro. The Sanctuary is a common destination for pilgrims to the shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is also a viewpoint over the island.

view over the island of menorca

Other points of interest around the island include salt flats, water sports, coves, caves, cliff tops, light houses, the night sky, the geological diversity, historical ruins and settlements, the vivid green fields, white buildings, parks, quaint streets and the Xoriguer Distillery, home of the island’s gin and Pomada mix. The local cuisine is also not to be missed, especially the cheese and sobrassada.

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