Spain is on everyone’s to-do list this summer for a lot of good reasons. Spain is a diverse country with cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia that attract different travelers.
Don’t forget that Spain also has other islands that are incredibly trendy for their beaches and cultural scenes.
There are places like the eight Canary Islands, which all have different personalities and amenities. Then you have the four Balearic Islands near cities like Barcelona with some of Spain’s most well-known beaches.
Islands like Mallorca and Ibiza all have their characters, with the latter being one of the best party places in Europe.
What’s really getting a lot of attention this summer is the Balearic island of Menorca. Known as the smaller of the bigger two islands (Mallorca), this trendy hot spot is one you should check out soon.
Here are seven reasons the Spanish island of Menorca is one of the trendiest European destinations this summer.
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It Has Tons Of Beaches
Menorca is known as a swimmable beach getaway, and if you know a few things about European beaches, you know how rare that can be.
There are over 100 beaches on the island, which is perfect for travelers who like to hike since many are only accessible by foot.
The south coast is known for having some of the island’s best beaches, including Platja de Bellavista and Platja de Son Saura.
The clear waters here have some of Europe’s lightest blue hues. If you’re a beach fan, check out this island.
It’s A Low-Key Alternative To Mallorca And Ibiza
Some other Balearic islands have reputations for being a bit busy, and that’s mostly true. Places like Ibiza are known for their partying scene, and Mallorca (which is the largest island) has a city in itself.
Menorca offers real chill time; most hotels and beaches follow that vibe. The island’s excellent nature can help you get out of the zone.
Check out the north coast if you’re looking for a quieter time. Mahón, like any other capital, can get a bit busier during the summer.
The Natural Port of Maó-Mahón Is Dope
The harbor here is entirely natural and is one of the longest natural harbors in the world. It’s three miles long, and the water stays crystal clear because of the natural enclosure.
It’s famous for a few reasons, but if you plan on visiting, you have to check it out. It’s also a great place to charter a boat or take a good Tik Tok video.
Celebrities Like Sir Elton John Lived On The Island
Celebrities have been flocking to the island for years because of its sleepy but unassuming nature, and Elton John has had a house here for years.
It’s been featured several times in media, but I’m sure he keeps it because the island is one of a kind.
It’s one of the few places in Europe with a mild winter and only two rainy days. I mean, who wouldn’t love perpetual summer?
They Love Gin
Gin de Mahón is a brand that shows the gin twist this Spanish island has created. Around the 1700s, British sailors introduced gin to Menorcans, and now it’s the national drink.
They use it in summer cocktails like a Pomada, which is known as a party drink. It mixes gin and lemonade and is perfect for any beach outing.
Mayonnaise Was First Invented Here
You read that right. Mayonnaise was invented on the island. In 1756, a French chef created the sandwich essential after capturing the Port of Maó-Mahón.
While this can be disputed, it’s a big thing in the old city, and you should definitely try it here.
It’s Perfect For History Buffs
Some of the architecture on the island dates back to the 13th century, and it’s the perfect place to go if you’re a fan of a little bit of history.
The island isn’t that big, so getting around to see all the different monuments and buildings is easy.
Just walking around Ciutadella (the old town) will expose you to various architectural styles, with some ranging back to the Gothic era.
This destination is fast becoming the number one must-visit in Europe. Menorca is known for its excellent beaches.
The island also holds some historical mysteries that are perfect for explorers. If you’re looking to relax, it has that too. It’s the type of place every traveler can visit.
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