Menorca, the perfect island break.

If you associate Spain’s Balearic Islands with undiscerning tourists, elbow-to-elbow crowds on the beach and bendy toy donkeys sporting straw sombreros, think again. It is possible to escape the crowds and the tourist hordes if you’re prepared to hire a car and do a little hiking, reports BBC Travel.

If you shun the typical hotspot resorts, you may well prefer Menorca to its swankier, big-sister island Mallorca or disco-thumping, glitterati- peppered Ibiza. The island’s north coast is less developed than the south and is rugged and rocky and dotted with small, scenic coves. Rent a car and head for the unspoilt beaches of Cap de Favártix. The drive to this narrow rocky cape at the northern extremity of the Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau is a treat in itself, even the last stage of the trip, which crosses a lunar landscape of black slate.

You’ll be rewarded at the end of the road, with a remote lighthouse, impressive cliffs and secluded beaches. The sandy bays of Cala Presili and Platja d’en Tortuga are only reachable on foot, ensuring that only true seclusion-seekers get there.

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