EXPLORE | Lilya Guide to Menorca, Spain.

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Earlier this year, one half of our design team Adeline, traded in her cold Australian Winter for a much warmer European Summer. A highlight was travelling just off the coast of Barcelona Spain, to the picturesque and unspoilt Island of Menorca. Apart of the Balearic Isle, Menorca has a seemingly slower pace to its sister islands Majorca and Ibiza. An island, which is quite literally a little slice of heaven, Adeline gave us a little insight into her favourite parts of the Island.

EAT: Menorca is known for it’s amazing seafood, so you can’t really go past En Caragol, a seaside restaurant that serves fish straight off the boat. Also, Vell Parrander in Es Castell is a local institution that is cheap and SO GOOD!

STAY: We stayed in the small coastal town of Binibeca, a quaint and very traditional Spanish fishing town. It is a town that is uninhabited by tourists, full of local treasures and untouched coastline. We found a traditional Menorcan villa via Airbnb. It was a beautiful whitewashed villa overlooking the coast. I would definitely recommend doing the same!

DRINK: Jump in the car and head out to the Binifadet winery in Sant Lluis. An incredible boutique winery that the owner started as a hobby. We took a tour around both the vineyard and winery (including free wine tasting!) then continued to wine and dine under the stars at their restaurant that sourced incredible local and organic produce.

EXPLORE: The incredible caves and beaches all along the coastline. Hire a boat to check out some of the hidden coves. My favourites were Cala Mitjana, Cala Galdana, Cala Macarella and Es Grau.

SHOP: Buy yourself a pair of authentic handmade Menorcan ‘Avarca’ leather sandals.

RELAX: There isn’t a whole lot that isn’t relaxing about Menorca, we spent most of our time reading in our hammock or swimming in the ocean.

CHECK OUT: Check out some of the hiking or bike trails around the island, they almost always lead to amazing cliff views or secret beach coves.

HOT TIP: Hire a car if you can, that way you can drive around the entire Island, there is so much to see and explore.

MUST DO: We packed a picnic (and some Menorcan Gin) and hired a boat for the day. It was the most incredible way to see secret coves, isolated beaches and swim in the most amazing water I’ve ever seen!

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: We loved cooking at our villa with fresh local produce found in the local markets and supermarkets.

3 THINGS TO PACK: my favourite, the Roni mini dress, a simple black bikini and a good book!

Images by Adeline Conti

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