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The Jewel of the Mediterranean
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The Jewel of the Mediterranean
Menorca - turquoise seas & golden sands
coastal paths; cobbled trails
one 2-star rural hotel; one 4-star agroturismo
7 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 picnics
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Despite boasting more beaches than the other three Balearic Islands combined, Menorca remains wonderfully unspoiled, characterised by small coves, green rolling hills, and extensive wetlands which are home to king quails, egrets, storks and night herons, among others. In fact, some 220 birds have been recorded, along with 1000 plants (including 60 endemic species), and nowadays large parts of the island have been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Menorca’s history is equally rich, including a period of British occupation, but perhaps the most interesting chapter is the Bronze Age – there are frequent reminders of the Talaiotic culture in the form of cone-shaped stone towers, ‘taulas’ and Europe’s largest Bronze Age necropolis. Naturally, the excellent cuisine features plenty of fish and seafood – try seabass baked in rock salt, or caldereta de llagosta (lobster stew) – along with sobresada (spicy sausage) and pork (llom amb col is pork and pine nuts wrapped in cabbage leaves).
self-guided, two centre walk
excellent cuisine and fine wines
flexible walking options in beautiful scenery
detailed cultural notes and hire car included
The understated beauty and tranquil charm of Menorca will captivate and surprise. The rural interior of gently rolling hills and wooded valleys leads down to a stunning coastline of golden sandy beaches and hidden coves that are a delight to explore on foot. With pretty fishing villages, traditional market towns and the grand ports of Mahón and Ciutadella, this island has so much to offer, not least the excellent cuisine, fine wines and a rich and fascinating history.
The sea was translucent and idle, decorated with distant sails; the air was rich with the smells of myrtle, thyme, wild olive and Phoenician juniper – heated by the sun, it smelled like a herbal spa.
On this leisurely holiday on the beautiful island of Menorca, explore an extraordinary coastline of tiny, pine-fringed coves, linked by ancient coastal trails and guarded by crumbling watchtowers. Away from the sea lies a fascinating interior, rich in history, from remnants of the unique Bronze Age Talayotic culture to the bustling market towns of today that echo the traditional rural nature of the island.
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