Les Vacances: Menorca

Last year for the Summer vacations, 6 of us decided to go to Menorca – so us (Nuno and Tiago), plus 4 close friends. The plan was simple: rent a house, get to know the beaches around the island, have some nice food (tapas, helloooo!), read ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck‘ and have fun. That’s it, not a big plan on what to do or see and it was pretty nice and not easy (coordination wise) to go on holidays with friends. It wasn’t easy to plan as the 6 of us were coming from different places and all had to have our holidays accepted from our crazy bosses. However, in the end it was pretty damn great so we will leave some tips about Les Vacances: Menorca.

The island is not too big, the beaches are to die for, the colours – from the blue of the ocean to the yellow of the houses – are just perfect and the landscape is beautiful. You will need to rent a car to get anywhere as the island is still in a pretty raw/virgin state but that’s what makes it so BEAUTIFUL!!!

Menorca Travel Guide – The Beaches:
Cala Macarella (and Cala Macarelleta)

 

Our favourite beach was Cala Macarella – the landscape of the beach and the blue of the ocean is just perfect. If you don’t wake up before sunrise (literately!) you will not find a parking spot and the best option will be to park at Cala Galdana and then walk for 30 minutes – as you can guess, we did not wake up before sunrise!! Tip: swim between Macarella and Macarella it’s such an amazing experience!

Cala Galdana

 

This one looks just like out of a Hollywood movie from the 50’s – the bay, the surroundings, the boats between the rocks – BEAUTIFUL!! Also, one of the few beaches where you can actually have network signal on your phone (instagram gram gram!!).

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There is a part of this beach which we believe is reserved for naturists – or so it looked liked, as everyone was naked. Obviously, we took the opportunity and nakeeeeed time. There is no better feeling. It’s freedom and you should try it!! (Since we moved to Brighton – a year and a half now, naturist beach is our thing. It’s cool, it’s liberating!!)

Cala en Turqueta

 

Cala n’ Bosch

 

Cala Mitjana

 

Menorca Travel Guide – Eat and Drink:

 

Following the suggestions to avoid all the touristy places (where everything is 3 times more expensive and 5 times less tasty) most of the places we tried out where in Ciutadella (since we did not go to Mahon at all) where there were some really cool places. But there was two conditions. Condition number one was: be able to seat outdoors. Condition number two was: spanish food.

That said, Mostassa, is a pretty nice place to seat outdoors on a busy carrer and have some tapas and burgers and Molí Des Comte Asador is another cool place where you can have some tapas. Other places that caught our attention but which we didn’t have the opportunity to try were Moriarty (the interior was beauuuutiful) and Cuk Cuk Experience – where you are meant to go with your friends to cook and eat together (sounds something we would be very interested on!).

However our favourite thing to eat is ice cream! So there was a place that caught our eyes immediately – Sottozero. Their slogan is ‘101% Vero Gelato Italiano‘ and we must say it’s damn true. Their hazelnut (always hazelnut, nothing else!) gelato is to die for. Other nice place is SA Gelateria (they have several locations across Ciutadella)

To drink we would just say pick any place. It’s Spain so it does not matter much as long as you sit outside with a caña – at least that would do us. But if you want a suggestion, Es Cau which is on the same street as Mostassa – it’s a pretty chilled place for a cerveza!

Menorca Travel Guide – Must Do:

 

We would say nothing! Eat, sleep, relax it’s a pretty good motto! But, if you wish to do something, we would recommend read a book and swim in the ocean. BUT, if you really WISH to do something then, eat an ensaimada (or a delicious mitja luna) from Pastisseria Moll, swim between cala macarella and cala macarelleta, watch the sunrise and the sunset everyday or even rent a boat to visit some of the famous calas of Menorca!

Menorca is so beautiful and even tho the stupid weather was not always great (it rained in two of the days) it’s a place worth experiencing. The rays of sun, the colours of Ciutadella, the turquoise waters and the friendly people make us (Tiago, more than Nuno) wanna come back soon!

Ps: Nuno came back to Brighton giving way less fucks (read the book, seriously!)

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5 Cool Places in Shoreditch

Shoreditch is so cool, trendy and has that artsy vibe that contrasts with the rest of central London but that’s not what we are going to talk about. This time we are here to share 5 cool places in Shoreditch – the ones we always pop-up a visit when in the area. There are plenty more but we will start with these 5!

5 Cool Places in Shoreditch

Ace Hotel

The first one is Ace Hotel – if you know us, you know we looooove coffee (we need it to survive in the mornings) so this came as no surprise. The coffee shop and hotel lobby are so pretty that we just want to stay there all day. Can be hard to find a place to seat but if you do – it’s a must try!

Papersmiths

Do you love magazines, books and all things stationery? Do you also love pink? Then Papersmiths is a cool place to check in Shoreditch. It’s pretty small (like all shops in Box Park) with only a few products in display but since we have a thing for stationery then it will be on our list of 5 cool places in Shoreditch.
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Le Labo Fragrances

Le Labo Fragrances is one stop for all things beauty! The reason that we decided to check it out (apart from the fact that one of us – Nuno – doesn’t like to buy things online) was the skincare and men’s grooming sections. We love all things related with skincare so we went in and bought one thing that we had our eyes on.. will share later our thoughts on it 🙂
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Labour and Wait

At Labour and Wait one can find home and cooking related stuff so taking into consideration our love affair with food and after having checked their corner at Dover Street Market was about time to check their store in Shoreditch. We love it and they even sell pasta dentífrica Couto – wish is a staple in a Portuguese home!
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The Ordinary

Last but not least – The Ordinary. This is probably one of our favourite places in the area. Has all the skincare products that we love, at affordable prices (we will be testing them here soon!) and a clean decor. A few units before is the main store that sells all the other brands – THE ABNORMAL BEAUTY COMPANY | DECIEM (we looove the name!).
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We will keep exploring new places – next time Brighton or Berlin and sharing it over here!

Ta-ta!