Menorca might just be the best-Balearic secret, it's the calmest, least developed and greenest of all. After Mallorca, let's travel in the hotel Can Faustino for the second step of our Balearics' trip.
The whole island oozes a special sort of calm. Directly when you hit the main road from Mahon to Ciutadella, you can see Menorca hasn’t been hit by mass tourism: green hills and farmers still are the main sight of this place. In 1993 the island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO - in this way the highly unusual flora and fauna is protected.
After a quick drive we find ourselves in the historical village of Ciutadella and find the sixteenth century palace turned hotel Can Faustino right in the very centre of it. On the front, it looks out over the picturesque harbour and on the back it looks over pretty town’s colorful alleyways. In the beautiful garden we find discreet, shaded nooks to have a first drink and we notice immediately the attention to every single detail. The flow of things is very interesting, inside and outside really merge and it does feel like a large family home.
We head for the spa which is built in an ancient grotto’s vault to be prepare for a long dinner in the romantic garden by candlelight. The restaurant Aqua serves seasonal products with most of the vegetables grown in Can Faustino’s own orchard.
The morning after we head to the famous beach Cala Macarella where you have to walk through the forest for twenty minutes to reach a white beach with turquoise water, this is the Caribbean in Europe! Even better is to walk further along the coastal path for another ten minutes to reach the tiny nudist beach of Cala Macarelleta, only a few locals were enjoying this beautiful and virgin bay. Around four the sun disappears behind the rocks and it’s time to go back to the hotel to fresh up and explore the wonderful little town of Ciutadella. Many nice bars and shops line the streets, alleys and squares: shop for Avarcas, typical Menorcan sandals, or take an aperitif under the palms. In the evening you can find locals and children gathering around the square of Plaça des Born, the bar Imperi offers a great terrace to watch and have some drinks before we head back to Can Faustino.
Can Faustino even has a wide range of activities and excursions: make your way to its own beach club in Cala Fontanella by Land Rover Defenders, charter the hotel’s boats Hermine or Héloise or go on adventure with the Menorcan horses, which are famous all over the world.