One of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, magical Menorca is a vibrant destination blessed with one of the region's most celebrated coastlines. The island is renowned for its many gold and white sand beaches and for its striking waters that shimmer with blue, emerald and turquoise hues. In fact, its vivid landscape and natural habitat was considered to be so beautiful and unique that the island been declared a UNESCO Bioreserve. Mahon, known locally as Mao, is Menorca's picture-perfect capital. Stroll through the sun-splashed cobbled streets, where you can duck into local boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants, and admire the pastel coloured buildings that gather around a harbour lined with yachts. The architecture is full of Mediterranean charm and the area is rich in historical sights. Dive into the past at Museo de Menorca and learn about the island's cultural heritage, then discover imposing fortresses like Fort Marlborough, Fortaleza de Isabel II and St. Philip's Castle. Opposite Mahon on the western coast, you'll find Menorca's second city, Ciutadella. Watch the world go by spending time along its charming harbour, and be enchanted by the city's narrow winding lanes, medieval architecture and Baroque and Gothic churches, such as the mighty Ciutadella Cathedral. You'll find that Ciutadella certainly lives up to its nickname, Vella i Bella - Old and Beautiful.