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Es Grau Is Minorca at Its Best

Updated on September 23, 2018
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Regular readers will know this hubber is a huge fan of the Spanish Balearic Island of Minorca and has visited many times.

Es Grau Peace and Tranquility

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Es Grau nature reserveJust one small area of beach
Es Grau nature reserve
Es Grau nature reserve
Just one small area of beach
Just one small area of beach

Es Grau Finally!

Each time we have visited our favorite Spanish destination the Balearic Island of Minorca, also called Menorca, the costal village of Es Grau has been out of reach.

Tantalizing views of Es Grau in the North East of the island are often visible as you fly into Minorca.

Visitors who hire cars can easily visit Es Grau but public transport here is limited.

During a June visit to Minorca we finally succeeded in visiting Es Grau and we more than pleasantly surprised.

Getting There

It is easy to hire a car in Minorca but as non-drivers it is local transport for us. If we were younger we would maybe walk or cycle to Es Grau but not these days.

We usually visit Minorca in the months of May, September or October but in 2014 we decided to see what this lovely island has to offer at the start of Summer.

Well one thing on offer is a much better bus timetable.

If you are visiting and want to use public transport check which services will be available during your stay.

Depending on your vacation location a taxi to Es Grau may be a good option for a reasonable fare.

Our Visit To Es Grau

Es Grau is to the north of our base which is the Hotel del Almirante situated between the island's capital Mahon and Es Castell.

There are English links to that area with Es Castell formerly called Georgetown and the hotel allegedly the former home of a British Admiral called Collingwood.

For us it was a short bus trip into Mahon though we often walk to the bus station.

The weather was glorious, sunny and hot, too hot for a 25 minute walk.

The bus fare into Mahon for two is around 3.20 euros and around the same to Es Grau. Bear in mind fares will increase occasionally.

The timetable to Es Grau is limited even in June and we took the 10.35am to Es Grau from Mahon.

We planned on returning just after 1pm as the only other option was the last bus of the day and late afternoon.

Es Grau though offered a great day out and we caught that last bus back to Mahon.

Es Grau

To describe Es Grau in a nutshell it is a small fishing village, with a good bay, safe waters, a sweeping sandy beach, a handful of waterfront restaurants and a nature reserve.

It was however an unexpected pleasant surprise and for me the best of Minorca, unspoiled by the modern tourist invasion of Spain and its Islands.

The warm waters that lap the sweeping sandy bay of Es Grau are shallow, so shallow that you can walk out to the small boats moored in the near distance.

Consequently it is a very safe place for children could be overrun with families in high season.

However as it is not an overly commercial resort it may have a limited appeal.

It has retained a natural feel despite some development.

Es Grau Nature Reserve

Much as we loved wandering the sloping streets between the pristine white houses of Es Grau, enjoying an ice cold beer at a bar looking across the bay and dining under trees close to the beach the pièce de résistance for us was the nature reserve.

Walk a relatively short distance away from the village and you come to the nature reserve which is free to enter. There are three main set walks available with varying estimated times.

It was a hot day when we entered the reserve so one tip is have:-

  • sun screen already applied or available
  • some shade by way of a parasol, sun hat or loose fitting shirt
  • some drinking water with you

The designated walks through the reserve begin along constructed wooden walkways but these turn into rough paths so consider what footwear to wear.

What was amazing when walking in the reserve was the tranquility, beauty and silence.

We could hear little people noise in the distance and plenty of sounds from the wild inhabitants of the reserve, such as insects and birds, but it was so peaceful.

It was strange considering we were on a Spanish Mediterranean Island.

The nature reserve has large lagoons surrounded by gentle slopes which almost give the area a mini Scotland feel to me.

Your Visit to Es Grau

There are some rules about visiting this reserve and I would encourage you to follow them and respect the area.

These rules are displayed close to the entrance.

The reserve will be an interesting place for children to visit but a word of caution. This reserve is no place for kids, or adults, to run around, play loud music or scream and shout.

You can take a sneak peek into the reserve or undertake the shortest walk which takes around 15 minutes but there are longer walks.

Perhaps it was the gloriously sunny hot day which gave Es Grau the edge for us.

One thing is certain though we will be back.

The Cats of Menorca

Cat Welfare

In common with many Mediterranean Islands animal welfare is a mixed bag in Minorca.

However we were interested and impressed to see that street cats had been rehomed in the nature park at Es Grau with locals committing to funding their feed.

However a couple of years on we were told that some of these cats had become a target yougsters hell bent on making the cats lives a misery.

© 2018 Ethel Smith


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    • Nigel Clarkson profile image

      Nigel Clarkson 

      18 months ago from Binibeca Menorca

      Great read Ethel. It is one incredible island and with so much to do and go and see. The free nature reserve is a refreshing part of the island to have a wander. :-)

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks lindacee. It was just so unexpected and as you can tell we loved it

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      Linda Chechar 

      2 years ago from Arizona

      Always wanted to go to the Balearic Islands--maybe someday...

      Es Grau in Menorca sounds like a wonderful place far away from the madding crowd. Crazed tourists are the one main thing I dislike about travel. I prefer a quiet and peaceful retreat.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It was a brief one. I thought it might be useful. Just basic advice helps us all

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      I am very impressed and grateful for the speed at which you put a hub up on the subject. Thanks.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It is not that difficult Liz though so many do it these days the Internet is awash with blogs etc I first dabbled a fair few years ago and now have just a couple of sites that still get good traffic. It is weighi g up costs too. But you could easily do it Liz.

      I will try to put a hub up on my experiences etc

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Wow. Starting your own websites sounds very entrepreneurial. I would be very interested to read a hub on the subject. My writing career is struggling to get off the ground I feel.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I started at hubpages aout nine years ago. Removed a lot of my hubs when I started my own websites. These days I only write now and then. Hubpages has changed a lot but it is still afloat unlike its earlier competitors. When I blog it is in English which makes it tricky at times. Mostly though I stick with English here. I remember someone somewhere on the Internet at one time patronisingly picking me up over hot flushes as they are flashes in USA. As you will know they aren’t in the UK lol. I hate that in the UK manynuse Americanisms on a dialy basis tbh

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      It has taken me a while, but I am slowly getting used to the American English for Hub Pages.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes I have that on my PC. Thanks Liz. American spelling is another thing. It feels as if I am misspelling and I find it tricky. I prefer to write in my native language English.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      If I use my phone to comment on articles, I find typos are more of a nuisance. I was advised to download a free version of grammarly on my laptop by another hubber. Grammarly has helped with typos and also the Americanisation of my text.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Typos are worse when I use my ipad but my sight is failing again as it is more than a decade since cataract surgery

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      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Many thanks Liz. Damn those typos x

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      This is an interesting article. Wherever we travel there often seems to be somewhere that we never quite make it to. We were in Amsterdam 11 years ago and didn't make it to the Resistance Museum. We got there recently, but then I found other places of interest that we didn't make it to. A good excuse for a return visit. Pleased you made it to Es Grau. Thanks for sharing it. You might want to check your bio for a typo before the editors get you. No matter how many times I check my articles, typos still frustratingly sneak in. Comments are worse as they are often done on my mobile, which has an annoying habit of changing my words.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It is well worth a visit Nick if you enjoy unspoiled beaches and nature.

    • Nick Bishop profile image

      Nick Bishop 

      2 years ago

      That's one place in those islands I've never been.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Peggy

      Yes I was sad to learn thr idea to help the cats has been unsuccessful at times.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for introducing us to yet another beach on the island of Minorca. That nature reserve would be beautiful to visit. Sorry to hear about youngsters targeting cats for nefarious purposes. As an animal lover that saddens me.


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