Sumary of Marvels of Menorca: The least populated Balearic Island has amazing hotels, beaches and bars:
- The least populated of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is made up of two charming cities, a collection of white-washed fishing villages, small farms producing olive oil and nutty Mahón cheese, and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean — most of which can be accessed only after a trek on foot.
- The locals are keen to keep some spots to themselves A bedroom at hotel Can Alberti, which occupies a salmon-pink-fronted 1740 mansionIn search of the clearest water, I head to Calo Blanc on the island’s south coast.
- Just a narrow tongue of sand, no bigger than three metres wide, it is possibly Menorca’s smallest beach but has plenty of quiet spots for sunbathing on the craggy rocks that surround the astonishingly translucent water.
- After a quick dip, I drive five minutes west to Calo Binidali and find myself a patch of sand between French children — eating cheese baguettes bigger than their arms — and a local nudist family who watch as their German Shepherd cools off in the water.
- The buildings reflect the rich history of an island that has been conquered by the Romans, North Africans, British and French.
- The Spanish dictator General Franco unintentionally had a lot to do with this — from 1939 until his death in 1975, he was determined to deprive the island of public building funds to punish it for resistance to his rule.