If you’re thinking of planning an island escape, somewhere in the Caribbean or Mexico might be what first comes to mind. There are frequent direct flights from lots of cities in the US and flight times are usually short to these beaches just south of the border. But if you’re looking to try a different kind of beach getaway that packs just as much sabor as your fave Latin American playas, you might want to check out the Mediterranean. Earlier this month I spent a few days in Menorca—one of the Balearic Islands off the southern coast of Spain and I was blown away.
At first you might be thinking “OMG WHAT?! I CANNOT AFFORD A TRIP TO EUROPE.” But if you’re budgeting for the Caribbean, chances are you can afford the Mediterranean, too. For one of my friends, it was her first time on a European vacation and she was shocked at how affordable the trip ended up being. And you don’t need to worry about missing out on the laid back Caribbean life, especially if you’re in the land where the siesta still reigns.
The Mediterranean Life
Before we get into the cost details, let’s get down to what you can expect during your visit. Menorca is a small island, so it’s easy to plan a drive across the island and hit all the key places of interest in a day or two. The island’s location in the Mediterranean is hit by winds from the North—which means that the Northern coast has more rocky beaches and cliffs—complete with New England style lighthouses—while the South is home to white sand and turquoise waters that you could easily mistake for a Caribbean beach. With so much diversity in such a small island, you’re sure to be impressed by these stark changes in landscape between the north and south sides of the island. As you can see, we made sure not to miss out on any photo shoot ops!
Since you’re able to cover most of the island in a short time, that leaves time for some much needed relaxation! The beaches are pristine, and the restaurant and nightlife options are plentiful and affordable (think $20 for a three course meal including a glass of wine). From the best Indian food I’ve had in Spain, delicious traditional Spanish tapas, Catalan architecture, to the breathtaking views at this swanky lounge nestled in a rocky cliff, you’ll keep yourself entertained and your wallet happy.