The island will gradually shake off its winter lassitude as this year’s early spring gives way to summer. In a few short months, the beach car parks will be buzzing with cars and people, and that’s what makes a weekday walk to one of our favourite unspoiled coves so special. Almost nobody about on this deliciously warm April morning, nothing but the sound of the waves, the sunshine between the clouds, and the pine-clad cliffs surrounding the white sand and incredible turquoise waters of the Cala Mitjana bay.

To get there, we started out at the top of Cala Galdana and took the footpath through a delightful holm oak forest. At the end of the path, between Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta, we turned onto the old road and let the birdsong and the high sandstone cliffs alter our perception of time and space for a few minutes, wrapped in the silence and tranquillity.

And then the beautiful cove, all to ourselves and a lucky few more. Summer will bring hordes of day-trippers to this slice of paradise in search of the best Instagram-friendly spots, to go with shots of the panoramic views from the El Toro mount, or the sunset from Sa Cova d’en Xoroi. Customers and friends from all around the world will soon be arriving too, right now they are counting down the weeks until they arrive on the island, when they can shake off the mist, rain, cold and darkness of winter and plunge into the light and the clear waters of Menorca in summer.

We are working hard to ensure that our villas are pristine and ready for the coming season, but today we allowed ourselves a morning of pure relaxation. One of the songs we listened to as we sat looking out to sea: “Misread” by Kings of Convenience, from the 2004 album Riot on an Empty Street.

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