Beauty Queen of the Plant World
The orchid, with its intriguing forms and striking colours, has always been admired for its beauty. With over 27,000 species identified, it comes in many forms, though all of them are uniquely stunning.
But this flower has many uses beyond decorative. Perfumers prize it for its delicate scent; Eastern medicine values it as an herbal remedy; and the orchid genus Vanilla is responsible for producing one of the world’s favourite flavourings. Around the world, there are several local and national organisations devoted to the protection and conservation of this beloved plant. And in Menorca, the orchid truly flourishes.
Spotting Orchids in Menorca
The island is well-suited for orchid-spotting, as the flowers favour tropical and sub-tropical climates with plenty of moisture. On a walk through the countryside, keep your eyes peeled for these colourful flowers pushing their way up through the grasses or peeping through a thicket. You might even find a few specimens in the garden of your very own villa. Although you may be tempted to pick them, remember that these blooming beauties are protected in Spain, and it is illegal to remove them. Respect the amazing biodiversity that thrives on this island and collect only photographs of these striking flowers.
Spring is by far the best time to spot orchids in Menorca. Rent a villa in the quiet countryside or one of the close-knit villages, and experience the calm of the island before the summer rush. Best of all, get familiar with such species as the mirror-, the giant-, and the three-toothed orchid.