Unique in the world: Menorca
We love the Balearic Islands! If we think of the Pitiusas, Ibiza transports you hiding unknown and incredible places and Formentera is the most magical island of which we will talk extensively in another exclusive subject for her. Mallorca stands as the largest city of these islands bathed by a unique Mediterranean in that area. And Menorca combines all the qualities that the other islands confer one by one.
Each one has its audience, its age, each one will fall in love in a different way. Even tourism is divided into islands by nationalities. Today we treat in depth the incredible island of Menorca.
Maó, the capital of Menorca has a great British influence. That is why we find turrets and Georgian houses. As data we can know that The Royal Navy was docked in the magnificent port of Maó for 70 years of the eighteenth century.
Maó has one of the longest docks in the world. After Pearl Harbor, we have located Maó as the second largest natural harbor in the world.
Maó catches you with its port and the whole area from the port itself to the west until you reach its old town.
We will start our tour in the Port Mahón de Maó Avenue. There we will find a viewpoint. It is easy to find it by the sculpture of a propeller. This will be the starting point with which I invite you to tour the island.
From there you can take some stairs that go down to the promenade of the seaport.
Once you have arrived, you realize that far from being in a large, crowded city, you are on a quiet walk where on the right you can see all kinds of boats and even large cruise ships, while on the left you can see shops and restaurants of all kinds will take place. All bathed in the breeze of this incredible port.
The walk is pleasant and soon you arrive at the square of the esplanade where you will climb a staircase that will take you to the Plaza de España, which will be the epicenter of the most charismatic area of Maó.
Once there, it will be easy to find the different markets. Mercat del peix (fish market) that opens from Tuesday to Saturday in the mornings, and the Mercat des Claustre, the latter captivated us since you are on the ground floor of the old cloister of the Convent of Carme, built in 1808. There you can find in addition to food including the typical cheese of Maó, clothing, crafts and as not the typical abarcas (footwear typical of Menorca that you will see reproduced in many souvenirs). It is a quiet place and unlike any market you’ve been before.
Now that we mention the food of the market, we must say that in addition to the typical cheeses of Menorca, what is also specific to the island is the liquor called ointment.
The ointment is the mixture of Gin Xoriguer and lemonade. The Xin Xoriguer is a gin produced in Maó
If you leave the market and stroll, you can reach different hidden terraces that serve as viewpoints. With views like this:
Es Castell, this fishing village has a particularity that does not have any other place in Spain. The sun makes it unique. It is here, since Menorca stopped being definitely British, in Es Castell, where the sun rises earlier in Spain and where, therefore, it gets dark sooner. It is the most easterly town in the whole Spanish geography.
In addition to this curiosity, Es Castell at the time when Menorca was under British yoke was founded and called Georgetown in honor of King George III of England.
If there is something that bewitches is its port. There we can find restaurants on terraces and some others within the rocks that make of this port, giving it the shape of a cove.
Taking a walk through this port you arrive at the Eos gate, a magnificent enclave to see there sitting a sunset and of course a sunrise, which would be the first dawn of Spain.
The headlights have always endowed me with imagination to move to the end of the world or to the beginning of another. This lighthouse like the lighthouse of La Mola in Formentera has much more than charm.
To get there, you must cross S’albufera d’Es Grau.
In 1993 Unesco declared Menorca as a Biosphere Reserve. And much of the blame for this has this area called S’Albufera d’Es Grau.
Until we reach the end of this immense landscape, we pass through almost 3 kilometers of path where it is easy to see many birds. Here as in many places on the island, Menorca transports you to landscapes far from Spain. While I noticed more on the roads that lead to the coves of the north of the island, here I was also surprised by the landscapes of diaphanous nature.
The green of Menorca seems to be brought from a place where the rains fall throughout the year incessantly.
A green, for the climate of Menorca, unreal.
The Favaritx lighthouse is the culmination of this park. The charm of this lighthouse is that if you look ahead you can see the white waves breaking (first picture) and if you turn your head to the right (second picture) the sea is pure tranquility.
Water duality seen from the same point.
We arrive to Fornells and we find a charming fishing village where the lime of the houses and the transparent water of the waters that lick the banks calm you and invite you to stay for a while enjoying and living it.
Menorca in general and specifically this town has some walks and docks with stairs (identical to those of a swimming pool) to go down to bathe in absolutely crystal clear waters. Small oasis surrounded by laces that allow the natives to have their own natural pools and the tourist a few small oases unrivaled. It is a white town with fishy flavor and salt smell.
Es Mercadal, this town stands out for hosting Mount Toro (the highest in Menorca), which although “only” measures 358 meters, being the only mountain in Menorca, it becomes the apex of this island.
At its summit, we find the Sanctuary of NS El Toro (Gothic church of the seventeenth century), and indispensable of Menorca for hosting one of the best viewpoints from where to see much of the north of the island and sometimes even, If you are lucky, the island of Mallorca.
There as a curiosity, we can see a small version of the Christ the Redeemer of Brazil crowning the top.
We return to the north, to the coast, to prepare ourselves to look for one of the best coves of the island and the first one of this route for the island of Menorca of Where the sea begins.
Since we are going to begin to see the different coves of Menorca, I want to highlight here how different are the coves of the north of the island with respect to those of the south.
The climate of Menorca can change by one kilometer. From the window of your hotel room you can peek a cloudy day and you do not have to fear because it can depend a lot on the geographical situation in which you are located.
Being that way, you can drive 5 or 10 minutes and the sun more splendid give you good morning.
The beaches of the north, if it blows wind of Tramontana, are characterized to have waves breaking, stronger landscapes, more own of beach day that comes to an end. And when you get into its waters far from being cloudy, they are crystal clear like the southern coves.
That tramontana wind does not affect the coves of the south. With what in Menorca you always have a plan B if there is a presumable bad weather. If it is windy, the possibility of a beach during the day has not been finished.
Menorca always gives you all the possibilities so that you never want to abandon it. The wind is a God in Menorca that depending on how you blow, you will have to go to one place or another of the island, looking not only for a calm sea but also a color of sea and sky just like you imagined before leaving home.
But although we have to act under the designs of Eolo, what he does not know that Menorca has variety to bore and that will always show him the sun or the sea that the visitor is looking for.
Cala Pregonda, this cove is a clear example of what we have just explained. In addition, it stands out from the others by having a reddish color, a strangeness that makes it unique and attractive not only to delight in your bath but also to delight your eyes with a picture of Mars.
If you have a handicap, that is the access. First drive once we have deviated from the main road, we will drive about 20 minutes and once you park, it will take about 30 minutes to walk until you reach it.
But that handicap dissipates when you see how the path that leads to your goal. This in particular is through other beaches, specifically through the Binibel·là beach.
The reddish extraterrestrial landscape extends in front of your eyes. If you’ve been wanting more, you can continue another 30 minutes to Cala del Pilar. A good footwear is adequate since we will be always walking along one of the stretches of Camí de Cavalls that we are now explaining.