Summer in the mediterranean Balearic Islands.
I'm sure you must have already heard a whole lot about it if you are roaming around this post, but let me introduce you a little bit more to these little family of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Menorca is part of an archipelago near the earthern coast of Spain, called the Balearic Islands. There are four main islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. While Ibiza is mostly known for it's wild nights, her sister's beaches are where you relax.
WHEN TO GO
According to what the locals told us, there are only two seasons in Menorca: low and high season; no in-between. What does that mean? Either you have the beach to yourself or you have a hard time finding a towel spot. The time of the year that separates these seasons is the end of June. From the 24th onwards the island starts receiving thousands of people, with August being the most crowded month of the whole year. We were there the first week of June and it was amazing!
HIKING TO THE BEACHES
That's exactly what we recommend doing there. First, because not all beaches are accessible by car, and you may be skipping the most beautiful ones just because you don't know how to reach them. May I introduce you to an ancient hiking path that used to be a way of defending the island from potential invaders and borders the whole coastline: the 'Camí de Cavalls'. That's how we got to all the beaches we went to!
WHITE SAND BEACHES
There are two very famous beaches in Menorca: Macarella and Macarelleta. However, being the most known also makes them the most crowded ones! The secret with those to beaches is to get there very early, as during the summer you can see the sun rising over the sea; as everywhere in the south. If chasing sunsets, the northern part of the island is where you need to go. Although you will find breathtaking sites if you search beforehand, we recommend looking them up for yourselves, as there are many secret places sometimes locals only know about.
There are a lot of places worth a visit in this island. Benibèquer Vell, an all white town of fishing tradition, spectacular for those who love photography,as it's streets can remind you of Greek towns like Oia, in Santorini. Fornells, where it's said that you can have the best lobster in Menorca. Food is definitely a good motivation for anything! The Cap d'Artrutx Lighthouse, now also a restaurant where you can see some of the best sunsets.
If you can, rent a motorbike or a car. There is only one main road connecting the most important towns in the island, but as it is pretty small, you can actually drive across in less than an hour. The thing is, although there is public transport, I wouldn't recommend it, as the connections are very few and the timetables are crazy, as most bus lines stop at 4 PM. Moreover, if you are stuck without transport and you have to take a taxi, you are probably spending 30 euros in a 15 minute trip. It is also very common to rent a bike, or just about anything that gives you freedom to roam around.