Menorca: an island of exclusive elegance

Port of Mahón is a popular choice for cruise guests who want to immerse themselves in the history, cuisine and culture of the Western Mediterranean

Menorca: an island of exclusive elegance
Cruise guests can immerse themselves in the history of the Balearic Islands by walking down the colourful side streets

This article was first published in the Itinerary Planning Special Report. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

There are many reasons people like to travel: it allows them to break away from their daily routine, relax, learn about different cultures, see new places and most importantly, enjoy unique experiences that they could not have at home. 

Sailing into Spain’s Balearic island of Menorca onboard a cruise vessel offers travellers a wonderful way to experience all the benefits of travelling. Just imagine standing on the deck of the ship as it arrives into the natural port at Mahón and watching as the sun rises over Menorca, which is one of the Mediterranean’s greenest islands. 

Boasting a natural charm, Mahón is characterised by the simplicity of the locals’ way of life, the beauty of its natural port, its interesting culinary and leisure offering, and its historical legacy, which can be seen in the town’s architecture. Mahón, which offers easy access to the nearby town of Es Castell, focuses on providing the finer details that capture visitors’ hearts. This has gradually led to Mahón becoming an exclusive destination that is much sought after by cruise operators who want to stay away from the crowds. 

It’s little wonder that Mahón features as one of the ports of call on the new WestMed cruise itinerary, which is designed to immerse cruise passengers in the history, gastronomy and culture of the Western Mediterranean. The itinerary takes guests to some of the quietest and most picturesque of the region’s islands, including Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

European travellers can embark or disembark their cruise ship at the Mallorcan ports of Palma or Alcudia, giving them the opportunity to take in some of the cities’ main tourist sites before or after their WestMed cruise. Meanwhile, travellers from the US can start or conclude their WestMed voyage in either Barcelona, Spain or Rome, Italy, allowing them to enjoy the best of the tourist attractions that both capital cities have to offer.  

Wherever they embark their cruise, guests can be sure that they will enjoy a journey into the past as they explore the temples and monuments from various historical periods, walk down the narrow side streets of the beautiful towns and dine on the region’s traditional cuisine. Travellers cannot simply understand the rich culture and history of these Mediterranean islands by reading about it, they must experience it for themselves.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Monday, March 4, 2019