Are you thinking about exploring Majorca's smaller sister, Menorca? A quaint village with traditional elements flowing throughout, Binibeca has not adapted to commercial development quite like Sant Lluis and various other nearby resorts. Nevertheless, things are slowly changing and so, there’s no better time to discover an unspoilt Spanish village in the Balearic Islands.
Anyone who’s seeking out a destination for their beach holiday will be thrilled to paddle in the shallow waters at Binibeca beach, which extends for three kilometres. Sea, beaches and olive oil are not the only things you can expect when you book a holiday to Binibeca, however.
Whitewashed buildings make up the unblemished landscape in this peaceful resort. To the east, you’ll find Cala Torret and to the west, Binibeca Nou. Mostly free of traffic, the resort's roads are not congested. Aside from the odd car, you’ll probably only spot the tourist train that passes along the coastal road in the high season.
It may be small, but Binibeca is either home to, or located just a short distance from, a handful of top sights. Peruse trinkets sold at the souvenir shops and beachfront stalls, or spend a day at the Lloc de Menorca zoological park. Here, you’ll be able to greet various animal and bird species, including tortoises, monkeys, kangaroos, lemurs, parrots and more. Alternatively, you could satisfy your hunger for shopping by visiting nearby Mahon.
Much of the island's produce comes from this municipality, and you can hop on a glass-bottomed boat for a different perspective. Step inside the Xoriguer Gin Distillery or watch the night sky light up with fireworks in Sant Lluis. Some other recommendations for people visiting Binibeca are to embark on an excursion to the magnificent Old Town of Ciutadella, the Bay of Fornells, and the Port of Mahon.
Menorca relies heavily on its flourishing environment in terms of food and drink. Staple products are either plucked fresh from the ocean or grown on the land surrounding Binibeca's whitewashed houses and villas. During your time on holiday in Binibeca, treat your taste buds to Caldereta de Langosta. This is a popular lobster dish served and when accompanied with a glass of white wine, holding back those 'yummy' noises will be a challenge.
Be bold when trying Spanish food and make an effort to dine where the locals dine on certain occasions. This will give you a chance to rub shoulders with the Islanders and, if you’re lucky, even learn how to perfect authentic Menorcan recipes. Pastries and fruit platters are preferred breakfast choices, Bocadillos, or hot baguettes, will satisfy midday hunger pangs, and tapas is the ideal dining option for a social gathering. Cava is a fine wine to drink with an assortment of tapas nibbles.
Quite a lot of the holidaymakers who visit Menorca for a holiday in Binibeca will be families with small children. Groups of older relatives also enjoy spending time on the island, where three outdoor go-kart tracks can be found. If you’re travelling with a speed-loving relative, rent a BMX bike for the day. Sea kayaks can be rented on the local beach and three-seater options are available. You can choose between a self-guided or guided sea kayak tour. Ten-pin bowling and paintball facilities are just a drive away, too.
Since Menorca is widely unpopulated, renting a 4x4 vehicle and driving around undiscovered terrain is a fantastic way to unleash your inner adventurer. Stumble across dense forest and jungle in your all-terrain vehicle, before making the journey to the island's highest point, El Toro, for a sunset you’ll never forget. Kayaking is definitely something worth including in the schedule when on holiday in Binibeca. Alternatively, rent a quad bike, go on a fishing trip, or become beach-bound as you spend the day paragliding or windsurfing.
Binibeca has one small cove where the waters are clear and shallow enough for a paddle with the kids. Rent a sunbed and park up your scooter, if you’ve rented one, in the designated parking space. If you’d prefer access to a wider range of beach facilities, head in an easterly direction towards Cala Torret. More established than Binibeca, this resort lures in water sports enthusiasts. Los Bucaneros is a well-known fishing hut bar that serves thirsty sunbathers a concoction of drinks.
The number of beaches you’ll have time to visit when on holiday in Binibeca depends on the length of your stay. A fortnight is a good amount of time to discover the rest of the island's breezy bays and parasailing hotspots. Options include the beaches of Punta Prima, Son Bou, Santo Tomas, and Cala Mitjana.
The social scene in Menorca is not as loud as it is on its larger neighbouring island, Majorca. With that being said, you can sit down for an interesting conversation and a few glasses of sangria at Binibeca restaurants, such as La Boyera and En Caragol.
Your best bet if you’re in search of a lively party scene is to let your hair down at Sa Cova or Bar Paupa in nearby Cala Torret. During the months of June, July or August, a wide range of live music events and entertainment takes place, so consider this before booking your holiday to Binibeca.
Couples may choose to participate in one of the family-friendly activities that take place around Binibeca. There are also various other ways to pass the time, such as by taking your partner's hand and walking from Punta Prima to Biniancola. Charge your camera because the walk is very scenic. A candlelit dinner and drinks in the nearby resort of Cala Torret will be nothing short of romantic. Share a plate of prawns with an ocean view and reflect on a day spent paddle boarding or unwinding in a Spanish spa.
Mediterranean customs merge with Spanish traditions to create the unique Menorcan culture. Home to friendly people who are proud of their rich Spanish heritage, Menorca has evolved over the years. Despite its evolution to accommodate the rise in tourism, the culture remains strong on this beautiful Balearic island. You’ll hear the local people talking in a dialect of Catalan. This language is quite different to Spanish and is influenced by the language of British, French and Arabic people.
By simply strolling around different sections of the island, you can get a glimpse into the day-to-day life of an islander. The local people identify themselves as both Spanish and ‘Menorquín’. Many of them specialise in the creation of handicrafts and authentic Catalonian cooking. Numerous saints are celebrated with island celebrations, better known as a 'Fiesta'.