Why Menorca is the perfect holiday hotspot to visit in Spain

I LOOK OUT from the cliff-top bar and drink in the sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea from my rocky perch.

The Cova d’en Xoroi on the south coast of Menorca is one of the most beautiful places in the world for a nightcap.

Menorca is the true crown jewel of the Balearic Islands

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Menorca is the true crown jewel of the Balearic IslandsPhoto credit: Shutterstock

Corridors stretch precariously through craggy caves and rustic terraces balance on the mountainside.

As I sip my pomada, Menorca’s traditional cocktail of local gin and lemonade, all I see is sand-colored rocks and miles of ocean shimmering in the sun.

Mallorca and Ibiza may be famous for their parties – but from this bar, carved into the cliff under the orange glow of the sunset, it’s easy to see why Menorca is the true crown jewel of the Balearics.

While its sisters are known for fun, this island offers gorgeous beaches, sunsets to die for and restaurants where you’ll eat like royalty.

Half the size of the Isle of Wight, it could easily claim the title of Spain’s most laid-back island, as many parts remain wild and unspoiled.

And if you still feel like partying, the Cova d’en Xoroi bar on the cliffs turns into a nightclub for cave club-goers in midsummer.

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It’s also easier to get there now as new flights from Gatwick are introduced this month by budget airline Vueling.

While the whole island is only about 30 miles west to east, Menorca has more than 125 miles of coastline, making it a great bucket and shovel destination.

For those who crave adventure there is much on offer from snorkeling, hiking and biking to kayaking, fishing and boating.

We chose to do part of the Camí de Cavalls – the 185-kilometer trail that circles the entire island in 20 marked sections – and we weren’t disappointed.

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With breathtaking sights around every corner, it’s no surprise that people come every year to walk all the way and enjoy every inch of the island.

And after all that hiking, you’ll want to grab a decent meal, too. You won’t have to look far for great food as Menorca has been named European Region of Gastronomy for 2022 so pretty much anywhere you choose to eat will likely be great.

My first meal on the island, at the Aquarium Restaurant, was the best of the trip, with a seafood-themed menu featuring fresh shrimp, tuna and delicious local fish.

The waterfront restaurant is in Ciutadella, a sleepy old town in the west of the island that’s home to the annual Fiesta of Sant Joan – a June festival with a bizarre ritual that sees a local boy parading through town in a live, full-size parade pulls ram on the back.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing trip, miss the festival and head to the luxury hotel Torralbenc for a lavish tour and tasting to sample some of the local wines.

I’m a wine novice, but after a lesson spanning the 70 hectares of stunning vineyards and olive groves (and a few glasses of red wine), I felt like an expert.

And if you love shopping, the island still has you covered.

Menorca is home to a world famous stylish shoe boutique, very popular with big celebrities.

Kate Moss and Angelina Jolie have both been spotted in local shoe brand Pretty Ballerina.

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If you fancy following in their footsteps, you can buy your own super comfy pair from £119 at the trendy Old Town shop.

I’d rather spend my dosh on pomadas though!

GO: Menorca

COVID: Holidaymakers must be fully vaccinated to enter Spain and have had their last vaccination within 270 days.

Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter the country unvaccinated, but must show a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival.

GET THERE: Vueling now flies direct from Gatwick to Menorca from £25.99 each way. See vueling.com.

STAY THERE: Hotel Artiem Carlos III has double rooms from £71pn.

See artiemhotels.com/en/carlos-es-castell.

FROM & ABOUT: Entry to Cova d’en Xoroi starts at £7.10. See covadenxoroi.com

A wine tasting for two in Torralbenc costs £42. See bodegastorralbenc.com.

Visit menorca.es for more information.

Try the delicious seafood at Torralbenc Hotel

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Try the delicious seafood at Torralbenc HotelCredit: Delivered
Menorca has been awarded European Gastronomic Region 2022

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Menorca has been awarded European Gastronomic Region 2022Credit: Delivered
Hike or horseback ride the island's 115-mile Camí de Cavalls trail

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Hike or horseback ride the island’s 115-mile Camí de Cavalls trailCredit: Delivered

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