Minorca is stunning! We had a slightly longer than long weekend here in the Spring and it was perfect. We stayed in a town called Cala Galdana, around half an hour drive from the airport in Mahon. Cala Galdana itself is very pretty but I imagine it can get very busy during peak season. The real reason for our stay was the incredible scenery at Cala Mitjana, a little beach hidden away down winding, pine-tree lined tracks. It really is stunning with white sand and clear blue sea and the walk there offers some fantastic views and photo opportunities from a variety of angles high and low.
Where to eat
The food here was average at best. This trip wasn't about the food which was lucky! We did enjoy a tasty vegetable paella on one night and we went back to the strangely named Alaska restaurant a couple of times as it was the best tapas we found. I wouldn't recommend heading here if you are after delicious, traditional Spanish food, but there was enough here to keep us going. We weren't helped by that fact that a lot of places were yet to open up for the summer so there may be a few more options available in the summer months.
Where to sleep
We stayed just n the edge of the town of Cala Galdana. We were perfectly positioned with a short walk into Cala Galdana for food and supermarket supplies as well as being on the right side of town to wander through the pine forests to the picturesque Cala Mitjana. Our accommodation was perfect, we stayed with a French lady and her family who have two rooms on top of their own living space. It was a beautiful house with huge rooms and the whole family couldn't do enough for us during our stay, they even let us take out bikes free of charge to explore the area.
There are very few options for places to stay closer to Cala Mitjana and without hiring a car it probably wouldn't be advisable to stay there anyway with very limited eating and drinking options.
Great spots for great shots
The whole island is one great big photo opportunity. The town of Cala Galdana is very photogenenic although there were are two rather unsightly high-rise hotels on the beach, the beach itself is white sand and bright blue water, surrounded by steep white cliffs covered in fresh green pine trees.
The real jewel of the area however is Cala Mitjana. A short and beautiful walk through the pine trees along a fairly well trodden path (although not well trodden enough in some areas that you can't get lost!) begins to reveal the bright blue waters that characterise the area. We inadvertently headed up to a viewing point rather than straight to the beach itself but that was somewhat fortunately the better way to do. As you reach the viewing point on a hill above the beach the true extent of the beauty of the area is revealed. The contrast of the blue sea, the white cliffs and sand and the green pine trees looking down to the beach below is spectacular.
As we were there in spring the beach was quiet which made for some even better photos. It did however also mean the water was particularly cold, neither of us braved any more than a short paddle!
Cala Galdana wasn't particularly cheap. The taxi journey from the airport cost around 50 euros which isn't cheap either and the bus system on the island isn't great. Food for two with drinks would cost an average of 35-45 euros per evening meal with a supermarket in Cala Galdana offering enough of the basics so we could get breakfast and lunch without having to eat out.