A pocket guide to Menorca - Suitcase
"It may be in the same archipelago as its showier sisters, Ibiza and Mallorca, but Menorca is cut from a very different cloth. The least developed of the Balearics, it’s an emerald beauty bathing in a blue, blue ocean. '
'Its two primary cities are as good looking as each other and you’ll want to spend at least a day exploring each, camera in hand. There’s Anglo-Spanish Mahon, with its gin distillery and staggering natural harbour lined by 18th-century mansions and Ciutadella, an atmospheric maze where the tempting smell of tapas drifts out of bars that dance with candle light.'
'Clouds of cigar smoke and bursts of laughter waft out of the shady garden, which hosts a regular crowd of sun-wizened farmers and surfers escaping Mahon for the afternoon. Order a cold beer and settle in – nothing moves fast in this dream-like place, including the waiters.'
'Join the Cami de Cavalls (an ancient footpath) at Es Grau and follow it through the S’Albufera National Park, where butterflies with wings the colour of citrus fruit flit through forests of Aleppo pines and olive trees. There are plenty of secret swimming spots to cool off in along the way.'
'This tapas bar is the sort of gem you search for on holiday but rarely find. Go after 10PM, order a vermouth and bitters on ice and make believe that you are one of the locals. The tapas are top drawer and incredibly reasonably priced; crunch through crispy cod croquettes, savour sobrosado (spreadable local sausage seasoned with paprika) on toast and try mellow local cheese drizzled with honey.'