The most easterly of the Balearic Islands, and the least frequented by visitors, Menorca remains the quietest and most authentic. Its landscape is one of its main draws, with a remarkably unspoilt coastline to rival any in Europe and miles of rolling olive groves and evergreen hills emanating the scent of pine.
Since the island was declared a World Biosphere in the 1990s, the Menorcans have gone to great lengths to preserve the natural environment, and as a result the island is a wonderful place for walkers, bird watchers, riders, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts who appreciate raw beauty.
Menorca also has plenty of sites - from early Bronze Age burial grounds to Islamic Castles and ancient pirate caves - but perhaps most enjoyable is a simply strolling around the towns and villages for a taste of local life. When all the walking has you hungry, you can dip into any number of traditional restaurants to sample the hearty local fare. Signature calderetas, or stews, celebrate Menorca's fresh fish and lobster, while other popular favourites include baked stuffed aubergines and roast partridge with figs. Several small wineries are dotted around the island - and don't forget to try the local cocktail, pomada - a much-loved Mahon gin with zingy bitter lemon and crushed ice.
See our collection of Menorca villas below, or contact Adam Coats on +44 (0)1242 787 810 to discuss your villa requirements in detail.