Menorca travel story
Second largest island, the northernmost of the Balearic Menorca is surrounded by a rugged coastline full of coves and bays, one of the few places in the Mediterranean where even in high season you can find an isolated corner in which to spend your day. The only exception is the long sandy beach of Son Bou placed in the southern part, bad example of urban sprawl in the name of tourism.
Menorca Biosphere Reserve, offers a different tourism than other neighboring islands. Missing the great and classic resorts for lack of adequate space near the sea. Consequently receptivity offers mainly hotels and apartments. The island is very beautiful and it must be lived discovering it every day reaching the many beaches that characterize it. The car is the most appropriate way thanks to a good road network, although some bays can be reached only by dirt roads not always easy.
Mahon is the capital of the island, vibrant town with a bustling port and Strategic on natural features (wide bay and deep water). To signal the presence of a fortress built during the British occupation but other than that the city does not offer many ideas to the tourist. Surely the most interesting town of Ciutadella, the old capital for a long period. The old town is pleasant and appreciate an air typically Spanish. Crossed by narrow streets offers some cultural cues such as the cathedral, the municipal museum and the castle of San Nicolau.
The tourist aspect of the island is definitely represented by coves. The north coast is more rugged and wild, most windswept and the sea offers some beautiful bays colored by a variety of shades of red. Among these the most famous is Cala Pregonda, reachable only by foot but not far from a large parking lot. Before reaching Cala Pregonda you can not fail to mention the beach Binimel·là which actually consists of two distinct arms of sand. Recommended is the trip to head de Cavalleria, the northernmost point of the island. Along the way you can admire Viola cove of east and west, and the pretty little port of San Nitja. Fornells is a typical village dedicated to fishing and tourism easy to reach that deserves to be seen. On the coast to the east is Es Grau small quiet town in a beautiful bay. To reach it borders the park Nature Reserve extended a freshwater lagoon that is home to many animals and a destination for many migratory birds. The park, considered the center of the Biosphere Reserve of Menorca can be visited through marked trails and well-marked.
Are the most beautiful bays along the south coast. Cala en Porter is among the largest and exploited for tourism. The area surrounding the falls offers a tourist area full of hotels, apartments, shops and restaurants. Not far away is Cala Coves, small, delightful and not crowded. Another cove very popular and used for tourism is cove Galdana, another bad example of urbanization without respecting the surrounding environment. In its vicinity are definitely the most beautiful coves of Menorca, Cala Turqueda, Macarelleta, Macarella and Mitjana beautiful.
In these bays beaches are small (some creeks have two) then stormed by tourists but the sea and the coast are beautiful. Water takes colors ranging from complete transparency to deep blue shades with caribiche. The impressive rocks and vegetation consists of the classic Mediterranean complete the work.
Menorca has a wide variety of aspects that are not limited to the beauty of its coastline but also extend into its interior landscapes made of continuous rolling hills, large ranches, small picturesque villages and prehistoric sites, an island worth visiting.