September seems far gone and as the weather turns colder, I thought I would share my experience and reflect on my time away on the beautiful island of Menorca.
Sleepy Menorca is positioned in the Balearic Sea with its larger neighbour Mallorca, known for its party destination Magaluf. However, this holiday was far from staying out all night and drinking shots from test tubes, it was purely a week of some well-deserved R&R.
We arrived in Menorca and picked up a hire car to get around the island during our stay. Our villa was a pleasant 15-minute drive away in the peaceful area of San Luis, based in the south of the island.
On our first day, we read up about a place called Binibeca and saw reviews declaring, ‘You will either love it, or hate it’, so we decided to see what all the fuss was about. We arrived and my first thoughts were that it looked like a movie set. The villas were all white, with beautiful flowers draped down the sides and had incredible views of the tiny cove. In the town centre was a row of shops and tapas bars, with stretched canapes to shield you from the sun.
We took a break from weaving in and out of the houses to grab a bite to eat and swig an ice-cold beer. The food was amazing, we indulged on chorizo sausages soaked in a local sticky cider sauce and a (very large) platter of Spanish cheeses, olives and cold meats… I was in my element! My opinion on Binibeca was that, yes it was obviously built for tourists, but it must be one of the most beautiful places I have visited, and I would return without a second thought.
Later in the week, we decided to go to a local horse trotting race event for a bit of a laugh and a flurry of small bets. Needless to say, we had no idea what was going on but it was incredible to watch with girls as young as fourteen competing! The idea is that you all place your bets before the race to create a pot of money, which if your horse/chariot wins you get a share of depending on how many shares you buy. I would definitely recommend going to see one if you have time!
After the trotting races we decided to pay a visit to Binifadet winery, which was just around the corner from where we were staying (handy). This place was my favourite place EVER, with a mixed vibe of trendy and traditional. We sat in the wine and tapas bar while the very friendly staff arranged our table and for someone who did not like rosé, it’s safe to say I have been converted. The steak was the best I have ever had and was served with a creamy mash and silky red wine sauce (made on the estate of course). We then finished our meal with a chocolate fondant with a side of food coma.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Menorca and I can’t wait for the next time that I visit this beautiful island. I even enjoyed the (nudist) beaches, which provided hours of entertainment as you can imagine… Until next time Menorca.