06 May Top five things to do in Menorca.
Most tourists have not yet found their way to Menorca, so expect a mix of authentic and stylish addresses on this unspoilt island (five times smaller than Mallorca, but larger than Ibiza). Our top five:
On to the beach
We prefer to raise our vitamin D deficiency on Platja de Binibequer. First enjoy the sun, then cool off in the delicious chiringuito Los Bucaneros. In this former fisherman’s cabin you enjoy simple daily specials and ice-cold drinks, with your toes in the sand and the best view. Tired of the beach? Then
stroll through Binibeca Vell, where you walk through a typical fishermen’s village.
Eating with a view
You can’t do better dining between locals than at the delicious Cap Roig (Restaurantcaproig.com), a no-frills restaurant that has been serving the best seafood on the island for over 30 years. The dishes are fresher than fresh (check the grilled squid!) And you eat there with a fabulous view. This is really a vacation! You can taste cocktails and loosen your legs at Cova d’en Xoroi (Covadenxoroi.com), a chic bar built on a cliff. The place to see the sun sink into the sea.
Wining & dining
True wine lovers cannot ignore Binifadet (Binifadet.com). This beautiful wine estate in the countryside has been in the hands of the same family for years. Browse the vineyards, discover how their wine is made and taste it in the wine bar or restaurant. There is a nice terrace where you can toast until the early hours.
Nobody should leave Menorca without visiting this charming little port within the big one –a natural shelter for the Menorcan fishing-boats known as llauts! And a morning in Cales Fonts is just as irresistible. You can watch the fishermen come in with their catch, and perhaps a few locals taking a dip off the jetty. At night the lights from the town’s buildings and the restaurants on the quayside are reflected in the bay, where the boats gently sway on their moorings. Across the water lies the magnificent and impenetrable Lazareto Island, where all the ships were obliged to stop for their crew and passengers to be checked for any contagious deseases such as the bubonic plague. It’s the perfect setting for a seafood dinner – or in fact any sort of meal as there’s plenty to choose from at the right price. On summer nights street-vendors set up charming little stalls and sell their wares.
Shopping/Foodies in Mahón
In Mahón, the capital of Menorca, there are a many places that more than deserve your attention. Shop the famous typical menorca shoes Abarcas (www.ria.es). Foodies must go to the Mercado de Pescados, where you stock up on super fresh food at various stalls and then pelt it up in the charming courtyard. Enjoy your meal!