On my way home from Barcelona the other day, the person sitting next to me on the aeroplane asked me if I’ve ever been to Menorca before. He was American, and he and his wife were coming to Menorca – as part of a trip through Europe – for just three days. ‘Have you got any recommendations?’ he asked.
Menorca might be a small island, but three days really isn’t very long at all. So I got thinking, and here’s my Three Day ‘cram it in’ Menorca itinerary:
Day One: I always think that a visit to Monte Toro’s a good place to start. It might not be much of a mountain, but it is Menorca’s geographical (and spiritual) centre and there are some great views from the top. And the pastissets in the café are fantastic too. From here, a huge platter of seafood is just a short drive away in Fornells; then take a walk along a section of the Camí de Cavalls to soothe your stuffed conscience.
Day Two: Ciutadella wins the ‘charming town’ contest hands down – although its arch rival Mahón would no doubt contest this. With its labyrinth of cobbled streets and paved squares, Ciutadella’s perfect for pottering, or simply watching the world go by from a bar terrace. If the boutiques fail to impress, then a diversion to Jaime Mascaró in Ferreries is a must for swanky footwear.
Day Three: The day starts early in Mahón, with ferries and fishermen busy in the port, and markets in town filled with purse-clutching housewives picking up the freshest produce. While the port makes for a great spot for lunch – and for eyeing up motorboats that you’d need several years’ salary to purchase – by early evening, head east to Es Castell. Cales Fonts is a much more intimate setting to stroll, browse through market stalls and shops set in caves, and have a beer as the sun sets.