When visiting Menorca, villas, above all other forms of accommodation, will allow you and your family the freedom to have the kind of holiday you really want. As well, villa accommodation will enable you to self-cater, meaning you can experience local produce at its best and perhaps even see just how many of those “Masterchef” TV programmes you have really absorbed!
Doing it for yourself
Naturally, many of us love to eat out when we’re on holiday, and trying the local cuisines in a harbour side restaurant is one of the many pleasures of visiting this enthralling island. But Menorca also has some great local markets where you can find ingredients that you may not commonly see at home. It’s an opportunity to try things out yourself and see if you can match what you’ve eaten in the local cafés, bars and restaurants.
Take the capital, Mahon. From Monday to Saturday there’s a fish or fresh produce market pretty much every day. That is also pretty much the case in Ciutadella and there are also regular markets in Ferreries and slightly less frequently in several other towns. Menorca villas are never far away from access to good local markets, no matter how small, allowing you great scope to your creative cooking abilities.
On the beautiful island of Menorca, villas can also give you the opportunity to cook and eat al fresco. They typically come with patios or other outside eating areas and may also be equipped with barbeques and full kitchen facilities. It is one of the true pleasures on a Balearic holiday to relax with the family around the swimming pool and enjoy some home-prepared tapas dishes on a balmy summer evening.
What is there to try?
Today, a significant number of dishes have made the transition from mainland Spain to Menorca including, of course, the famed paella. Yet Menorca is famous in its own right for its very own local delicacy ‘caldereta de llagosta’ – essentially a fragrant lobster and sea fish stew. The island offers a fantastic array of fresh-caught seafood and shellfish, all of which you can experiment with to your heart’s content.
Menorca is also well known around Spain, and the wider world, for the quality of its Mahon cheese, which is a must to try. Why not sample some along with a cocktail made from the local gin, lemonade and fresh fruit? It’s also a slightly sweet-toothed island and the local ‘carquinyols’ (a sort of macaroon made from fresh local ingredients) might also be worth trying your hand at preparing – providing you’re prepared to worry about the waistline once you get back home!
Even if culinary exertions are not normally your thing, you may be surprised at just what you are inspired to attempt once you have seen some of the local ingredients and tried a few professionally prepared samples.
So, when you’re on holiday on Menorca, villas may offer you the opportunity to indulge your culinary fantasies in a way that may just not be possible in a hotel or apartment. Who knows, it might be the start of something big – see you soon on Masterchef!