Menorca has such astounding natural beauty that I always recommend that everyone has at least one outdoor picnic during their stay. Wherever your villa is located on the island, there will be a picturesque picnic place just a stone’s throw away.
S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park
Covering an area of almost 165,000 hectares, this enchanting wetland area is the largest in the Balearic islands. The wet grassland and marsh has been designated a Special Protection Area under the Birds Directive and a Special Area of Conservation under the Habitats Directive.
Why not grab a bicycle and a picnic basket and head to the park for a lazy afternoon in the sunshine? There are countless varieties of flora, fauna and fungi to admire, and it is a particularly special spot for bird watching: at any time of year you are bound to catch a glimpse of hundreds of different species of bird, both resident and migratory. If you’re a nature-lover – and particularly a bird watcher – this is the picnic place for you.
Es Freginal Park
If you’ve spent the day pounding the pavements in Mahón, why not buy some of the famous local Mahón cheese with some bread and fruit and head to Es Freginal Park in the centre of the city? This pleasant green park has plenty of sitting areas to enjoy your picnic and an array of colourful flower exhibits to wander around after your lunch.
It is also the setting for a number of music festivals throughout the year, when its stage plays host to world-class musicians. It is one of the outdoor venues for the annual Jazz Festival – what better way to spend an afternoon than browsing the flower displays to the accompaniment of silky jazz?
Cala en Turqueta Beach
Of course, I couldn’t write a blog post about picnic spots and not mention the beach! There are so many idyllic stretches of sand to choose from – the island is famous for its stunning, unspoilt beaches, and rightly so. Cala en Turqueta is located on the south coast of the island, and boasts the glorious white sand and azure ocean view for which Menorca is famous.
If you’re visiting this beach in the summer, it’s probably best to avoid a midday visit as there will be many other sun worshippers with exactly the same idea. Instead, bring a luxurious picnic and a bottle of bubbles – or, better yet, Menorcan gin – and watch the sun set while snuggling on the sand.