If you’re looking for a sultry Spanish retreat to escape to after a hectic few months – or maybe even years – of planning your wedding, then look no further than the beautiful Balearic island of Menorca. This picturesque Mediterranean island, with a population of fewer than 95,000, is far less touristed than its neighbouring islands, Majorca and Ibiza. Our friends at Holiday Hypermarket share their wealth of knowledge on Menorca as a perfect honeymoon hotspot! Do visit their website for more honeymoon destinations.
At just over nine miles (15km) wide and 32 miles (52km) long, Menorca still contains more beaches than many of the islands surrounding it combined. Yet even in the height of summer it’s still possible to find a cove all to yourself, making it a perfect romantic retreat. Beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs and beautiful churches atop hills make Menorca a tranquil destination which is popular with divers and watersports’ enthusiasts, as well as those looking for a warmer relaxing climate.
Just a two and a half hour flight away from the UK’s Gatwick Airport, Menorca’s airport is in Mahon, to the east. If you don’t fancy another bout of travelling after you land, Mahon is also the island’s capital, and offers a wealth of beautiful colonial architecture as well as one of the longest natural harbours in the world (perfect for long romantic evening strolls). The city also offers a wealth of beautiful harbour-side restaurants as well as a cluster of late night chill out bars to enjoy after.
Menorca is definitely not a party hotspot, but it does offer late night venues, more so in Mahon and in the historic town of Ciutadella. The former capital of the island, this pretty Old Town is perfect for wandering around, albeit a little bumpier than the beach resorts given the cobbled streets. Visitors can enjoy 17th-century palaces and a fortress-like 13th-century cathedral.
Another spot for those honeymooners who don’t want to travel much after their flight is Alaior. Just over seven miles from the capital, this pretty area is home to a Medieval centre high up on an ancient hill. To cool off after a sunny day out, there is an abundance of home-made ice cream cafes with an inviting shopping area.
Spain has a reputation for being welcoming to the LGBT community, and Menorca is no exception. There are a few gay bars dotted around this tiny island including Alaior’s village of Son Bou where gay bar Arco Son Bou is situated on the beach.
Seafood lovers will find this island a gastronomical delight with one speciality dish being lobster stew. Desserts are also big in Menorca with plenty of pastries, almond-flavoured sweet treats and the famous toasted nougat delight called turro cremat.
If lazing on a beach and enjoying candlelit dinners isn’t enough, don’t let Menorca’s size put you off as there is plenty to explore. For a panoramic view of this Unesco Biosphere Reserve in all its floral and fauna glory, you can walk up to the highest tip of Menorca at Monte Toro or for a breathtaking walk that is sure to work off those delicious desserts Menorca has to offer, you can visit the limestone cliffs in Algendar Gorge which are 3.7 miles (6km) long.
There is accommodation to suit all budgets from exclusive five-star purpose built resorts for adults only to cute bed and breakfast inns near the beach. The best times to visit Menorca is May, June, September and October with average temperatures reaching around 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit).
For a peaceful and welcoming haven away from it all, Menorca has so much to offer – and as a honeymoon destination, it gives you everything you need, including the peace and quiet to enjoy your newlywed life.
Big thank you to Helena Smith from Hype Mag for this interesting article on Menorca.