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Menorca

From fresher-than-fresh lobster to rustic country inns – the laidback Balearic isle is ripe for discovery

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Mercifully spared the bass-thumping, booze-fuelled, stag-party-inundated fate of neighbouring Mallorca, a sojourn in sunny Menorca is a decidedly low-key affair. Its virginal coastline – sometimes sandy, sometimes rocky – still harbours the odd, deserted beach; then there are the deep gorges, rolling fields and dramatic cliffs. No wonder that the island was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

 

Stay at Torralbenc, where guests overnight in traditional white farmhouses, superbly outfitted with Med-inflected décor.

Torralbenc Menorca 

 

The vineyard-encircled boutique hotel Ca Na Xini’s exterior may brag the rustic look of a typical Menorcan house, but its clean-lined, white-washed rooms are squarely twenty-first century.

 

Meanwhile, the exclusive-hire, 11-room Cugo Gran is a charming restored farmhouse that rests on 100 countrified hectares – the perfect venue for an intimate get-away-from-it-all experience.

 Cugo Gran Exterior and Pool

 

Seafood reigns supreme on Menorca: S'Espigó, just metres away from the water, is a sublime place to sample the island’s most famous speciality: lobster caldereta.

 

A harbourside stroll through the village of Fornells will yield equally delicious discoveries, from succulent langoustines at Es Cranc or Es Cranc Pelut (home of chef and cookbook author Diego Coll) to savoury tuna with garlic and capers at Sa Llagosta.

 

Set in a cliffside cave, Cova d’en Xoroi, makes a convincing case for post-prandial drinks and dancing – and its expansive patio is a great spot to watch a deep-orange sunset.

Sunset at Cova d’en Xoroi

 

Commercial flights here are few and far between – arrive fresh and ready to explore at Maó-Mahón Airport, in the island’s capital, aboard your own private charter with Air Partner.

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