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Menorca the island
At a first glance, there's not much to Menorca: the island's just short of 50km from east to west and under 20km from north to south. But these reduced distances are deceptive. Beyond the picture postcard beaches and bays, the island crams more ecosystems on its soil than would fit in a tardis, in a blatant affront to its reduced area. No wonder UNESCO declared Menorca a Biosphere Reserve back in 1993.
In between the hills, fields, woods, marshes, sand dunes, gorges, caves and wetlands, (plus the flora and fauna that inhabit them), the island's dotted with several whitewashed towns and villages, complete with bottle green shutters (a colour inherited from the British domination of the island in the eighteenth century), and cool cobbled streets that lead onto squares without the slightest warning. Out of town, indifferent cows plod across fields separated by dry stone walls; their milk is used to make creamy cheese. Other island products include gin (again, the British are to blame here), costume jewellery and footwear, from comfy leather sandals with recycled tyres used for soles (they are called albarcas) to swanky shoes by internationally renowned designers.
Menorca's south coast
It is resorts, rather than towns, that line the sandy south coast - its smooth profile is formed of long beaches interspersed by cliffs. The island's fish bone road network means that neighbouring resorts are sometimes nearer by foot than by car. Take Santo Tomás and Son Bou as an example. They may be next to each other on the map, but you have to drive inland to Alaior, through Es Migjorn Gran and then out to the coast again to visit them both.
Beyond the bustling tourist hubs, from Punta Prima in the east all the way to Cala en Bosch in the west, the south coast also boasts some of Menorca's most beautiful beaches - many of which are untouched by the hands of developers. Coves such as Cala en Turqueta or Trebalúger are well worth the walk, as there's not a hotel in sight once you get there.
Menorca's north coast
Menorca's north coast takes a bit of a battering during the winter months, as it is the brunt of bitter winds that hurtle across the Mediterranean from France. The result is a barren landscape, one where trees are bent double in submission to the wind and ancient rocks create spooky scenes at times - Favàritx might as well be the moon.
There is some respite, though, between the sheer cliffs, with many protected coves and ports cut into the jagged coastline. Fishing villages, such as Fornells, Es Grau and the mystical port of Sa Nitja (where a Roman settlement is rumoured to be lost under the sea) remind how Menorcans live not just from the land, but also from the sea.
As for northern beaches, the sand tends to be darker and rougher than in the south - Cala Morell, Es Grau and the undeveloped beach of Pregonda are examples of this, although the caster sugar sands at Son Parc and La Vall are exceptions to this rule.
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