7 Unusual Things To Do in Menorca

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Enjoy this handpicked collection of unusual things to do in Menorca in the Balearics. Find out more things to enjoy about summer in Spain here.

Unusual things to do in Menorca  Here are just some of the unusual things you can see and do on this small sized Balearic Isle (and note that an alarming number of them do seem to involve delving in to food and drink. Note also, that I do not consider that to be a bad thing.) - via @insidetravellab

Uncovering Things to do in Menorca, Spain

Menorca suffers from something called Spanish Myth Syndrome: the unshakable viewpoint  that there’s nothing more to Spain than simple sunshine, sea and sangria.

I’ve written about this misconception many times: in sweeping strokes, in bullet point lists, in personal stories and in foodie recipe form.

Well, here we go again, in the face of comments I heard when I said I was off to Menorca.

Here are just some of the unusual things you can see and do on this small but beautiful island.

Unusual things to do in Menorca Spain, a fascinating and beautiful Balearic Island. Includes what to eat, where to go, locals to chat with and unique things to find to see and do. #Menorca #Travel #Spain

Unusual Things To Do in Menorca

Making real mayonnaise in Menorca by dripping oil into a pestle and mortar

Make Mayonnaise

Honey-stone capital Mahon, is just one of the places in Europe that lays claim to the invention of mayonnaise, famed the world over and frequently mixed in with tuna. Another is Bayonne but given that Mahon sounds like it should go with mayonnaise, I’m going to go ahead and give Menorca the benefit of the doubt. That’s the kind of level of research I feel warrants a mixture of egg and oil!

Ca Na Xini Agrotourism Menorca rows of cheese

Visit Cheesemakers

Through a series of rural twilight caverns, artisanal farmers convert liquid white milk into firm, golden cheese. It looks like a back-breaking process, with each cheese brushed with olive oil and tied in cloth by hand.

(It is also, you notice, nothing like the canary yellow square slabs that end up in our supermarkets, that’s for sure.)

Naveta d'es Tudons UNESCO World Heritage Site Candidate in Menorca from @insidetravellab

Catch a World Heritage Site in Waiting

Surrounded by wild flowers, long grass and birdsong and overlooking the rest of the island, the Poblado Torre d’en Galmes stretches back to before historical records began. Its cream, crumbling walls form just one of more than 1574 Talayotic settlements on Menorca.

I managed to hot foot it to two: Naveta des Tudons and Poblado Torre d’en Galmes.

It was one of those days where spring stood on the brink of summer. When the grass swayed, bees buzzed and the sun tried a few warm up routines rather than switching on full blaze.

As spring tips into the summer, these cream and pallid stones form a backdrop for golden grass speckled with colour. Scarlet poppies, giant fennel, wild garlic and violets peek out from behind the olive trees and the distinctive Aleppo pine.

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Gin distillery apparatus in Mahon at Xoriguer Distillery

Gin distillery apparatus in Mahon at Xoriguer Distillery

Go Gin Tasting (It’s Historic and Cultural. Honest!)

Yes, that’s right, the powers that be from Britain had their grubby little fingerprints all over this island as well. You can either get a taste of historical intrigue by hopping on a glass-bottomed harbour cruise that takes in the fortifications, hospitals and underwater sealife – or you can get a taste of the gin. That’s another thing, it seems, that the Brits left behind.

Es Cranc Restaurant in Fornells - chef holding up lobster

Eat Fresh Lobster With Locals

One of the tastiest (and messiest) things to hail from this part of the world is the caldetera, a lobster-based dish served in a giant pot as a typical Sunday lunch.

Fish for sale in Mercat des Claustrtes Menorca SPAIN - one of the unusual thins to do in Menorca

Shop in a Former Nunnery (and Dance Next Door)

An evergreen market of fresh fruit and veg, sweet pastries and local spiced sausage takes place within the cloisters of a former nunnery called the Mercat des Claustres. It’s a quiet way to while away a morning, with plenty of shade in case the sun’s strength gets too hot. On Saturday afternoons, you can head to the market next door for some tapas, vino and a bit of a fiesta! (Yes, OK, some of the stereotypes are true. But this is a good one, so viva viva!)

Spain - Menorca - Unusual Things to do - Biscuits at Cas Sucrer

Visit the House of Sugar

Yes, that’s really its name! In a sweet side street of a village straight from the film sets of Almodovar, the Cas Sucrer sprinkles sugar over everything, from traditional ensaimadas to crespells de confituras. What’s more, these Balearic delicacies are based on lard rather than butter – great news for those who have to go dairy-free (like me mwahahaha)

So, that’s it! Seven unusual things to do in Menorca. Please save or pin for future reference!

And if you want more about the Balearics, try this article on unusual facts about Ibiza and this one about the best islands to visit in the Mediterranean.

Disclosure: I travelled to Menorca as part of a project between iAmbassador and Visit Menorca. As ever, as always, I’m free to write what I like and to seek out the unusual wherever I go. 

Love Spanish Islands? Try Tenerife…

Far from the Balearics lie the Canary Islands. Bold, beautiful places which pierce the sky from their volcanic bases. Forget about skyscraper overcrowded resorts. 

In Tenerife, you can sleep in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, climb a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hike through a World Heritage Site. There’s also lots to do and plenty to eat. 

Unusual things to do in Menorca Spain, a fascinating and beautiful Balearic Island. Includes what to eat, where to go, locals to chat with and unique things to find to see and do. #Menorca #Travel #Spain

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