Menorca: a Unesco Biosphere Reserve

Mallorca is a hugely popular tourist destination with British holiday sun seekers but don’t forget the island’s younger sister, Menorca, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve since 1993. The island has much to offer in the way of outdoor sports such as kayaking, snorkelling and hiking and plenty of unspoilt beaches and picturesque coves along its 135-mile coastline where you can chill out and get yourself a tan.

If you’re looking for more than beach culture, the island’s interior offers pre-historic archaeological sites, such as the Torre d’en Galmés, southwest of Alaior, reports BBC Travel, and you can also visit the Xoriguer Gin Distillery in Mahón. The ‘gin con limonada’, gin with real lemonade, is sure to give you a boost!

The original capital of Menorca , Ciutadella, was founded by the Carthaginians but the British also left their mark after almost a century of colonial rule (1713-1802). You can experience the island’s colonial past with a stay at Collingwood House, the former home of Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, Nelson’s commander-at-sea. The maritime memorabilia and ship’s paintings will make you feel at home.

And don’t forget to visit the Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau, which contains the largest freshwater lagoon in the Balearics, home to many species of wetland birds.

EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies to Mahón Airport during summer (May to October) from London Gatwick, Manchester and Liverpool.

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