As the saying from the great Cole Porter’s Jazz Age musical juggernaut Anything Goes tells us, “There’s no cure like travel.” For Europeans from colder climates, travel can be a great way to cure those cold weather blues. It should come as little surprise, therefore, that countries like the United Kingdom and Russia see countless nationals vacation in Spain every year. The warm Mediterranean climate can make for a nice break from the rainy British weather or those stereotypical Russian snowstorms.
Every year, Menorca receives roughly 1.4 million visitors, with those two countries combined responsible for a significant chunk of that figure – and its isn’t hard to see why.
There are many great holiday villas to stay at on the island, including those at Son Bou. For those looking for a sunny get away, Son Bou villas offer an affordable way to enjoy Menorca, with floor plans ranging from two bedrooms to expansive options with more than five. All these villas in Son Bou are centrally located and feature a lovely view of the surrounding area in all its natural beauty.
Throughout the ancient world, Menorca was a place of interest for Mediterranean powers such as the Minoan Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. A vibrant community of Jews lived there for centuries, existing in a complicated relationship with a series of Spanish, Muslim, and British rulers until 1781, when many emigrated to the south of France. Spain regained control of the island following the Treaty of Amiens in 1802. Nevertheless, that window into its history demonstrates the unique multicultural influences which have acted upon the island, and continue to shape its culture to this day.
While places like Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville get a lot of the hype, Spain’s islands right off the coast of the Mainland make for some of the best warm-weather tropical vacationing this side of the Mediterranean. Enter Menorca. While not as hot as Mainland Spain, Menorca offers a temperate climate year round, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 26 and rarely extremely hot or cold.
What’s more, where Majorica is more built-up and urbanized, Menorca is a natural treasure, being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Menorca is home to Naveta d’Es Tudons, which is said to be the oldest building in Europe without a roof. Its capital city of Mahon is one of the biggest natural harbors in the world, and features a great deal of yachting. Menorca features a single winery at the Binitord Estate, and thanks to a spell under British rule in the 18th century, the island likewise features a strong gin-making culture and the Xoriguer Gin distillery. If you love long walks on the beach – or coastal island paradises, anyway – you’ll want to take a stroll around the island along the famed Cami de Cavalls pathway.
Menorca has its own local food and drink traditions, such as Pomada, a local lemon-lover’s gin variation. Among restaurants and cafés, it’s hard to top the incredible coastal scenery offered by Cova D’en Xoroi, located in a series of tiered caves on a cliff on the south side of Menorca. If you’re looking to take advantage of Menorca’s incredible harbor life and views, you’ll want to pop by Passio Mediterrania, which features immaculate mussel dishes, lovely beef croquetas, gorgonzola, gazpacho, and everything in between.
With incredible coastal views and a vibrant local culture, Menorca is truly one of a kind, and an experience you’ll want to see for yourself by booking a villa in Son Bou.