So what's changed? Well, the arrival of a first really good
boutique hotel, with more surely to follow, and an appreciation
that the Balearics can offer more than mere partying. That said,
the Menorcans know how to have a good time too - witness the many
festivals, culminating in the Fiesta de la Mare de Deu de Gracia in
early September, complete with huge street parties and the mother
of all firework displays over the harbour in the capital Mahon.
Between the festivals, visitors can celebrate a quieter side to
Menorca, including exploring some of the finest beaches anywhere in
the Mediterranean. That's a big call, but we can recommend
beautiful white sand beaches so secret you might have them to
yourselves. Elsewhere, the island's twin towns of Mahon in the east
and Ciutadella in the west are both well worth exploration, as are
the many and mysterious Neolithic sites that dot the island like
mini-Stonehenges, proving stone age man could appreciate a lovely
place when he saw it.