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Undiscovered Menorca or Menorca the Gem of the Balearics

Undiscovered Menorca or Menorca the Gem of the Balearics

Menorca has some resorts along the coastline where tourists flock in their droves during the summer season, the rest of the island is green, wild and beautiful. With its ancient towns, winding paths, and hidden coves, this island paradise still has the authentic Spanish feel, and has lots to offer off the beaten tourist trail.

One of the more unusual days out is to the Reserva La Concepcio salt marshes. You can learn about their natural method of making salt or enjoy pleasant outdoor pastimes such as hiking or horseriding. While on your journey of discovery into local food and drink production, you should visit the Binifadet vineyards where you can learn what goes into making the local wine.

For those who love the spectacular beauty of nature, you should travel to the island's highest point, Monte Toro, where you can admire the unspoiled landscape stretching for miles in every direction. Alternatively, the hidden caves scattered around the cliff sides of the island are fantastic for adventurous souls to explore.

The splendour of Menorca's main tourist beaches is no secret, but there are still countless hidden gems that are off the radar of most holidaymakers. Hire a car and seek out some of these obscure places where you can often have the golden sands all to yourself. On the south east coast, EsCalo Blanc is one such intimate cove where you can bathe in clear blue waters.

If you would prefer to take a dip in a secret lake, it is well worth taking a trip to Sa BassaVerda in the north east of the island. This shallow pond-like body of water is surrounded by lush greenery that makes for a peaceful and tranquil relaxation spot. It is also close to the traditional village of Poble de Pescadors which is famous locally for its delicious shellfish dishes.

For anyone with a passion for adventure, the backpacking trail of EsCamí de Cavalls takes hikers on a round-the-island walk on Menorca's oldest surviving road. Originally built to assist the military in protecting the island from pirate attacks, this scenic route now represents a unique way to appreciate Menorca's natural beauty.

For history buffs, the island has plenty of secrets to offer. From Es Castell de SantFelip, a 16th century castle intended to guard the port of Maó, to the military fortifications at La Mola, there are countless ancient attractions to explore.

Of course no visit to Menorca would be complete without a meal at a traditional restaurant serving some of the island's unique specialities such as Mahon cheese, sobrasada, jamon and local seafood. Then to round the evening off nicely, it would be a crime not to sample a pomada made from the local gin from the Gin Xoriguer distillery.

Although Menorca has a firm place on the tourist map, at we believe that this beautiful Balearic island still has plenty of undiscovered corners where it is possible to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidaymaker crowd.

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