MENORCA 2022 !
We never need excuses to return to Menorca. From a distance it continues to exert its magic, and reminds us that we have not waked up for too long under its immense blue skies, without feeling the embrace of its transparent waters and its luminous calm.
Those kinds of sensations that the pandemic have made even more precious, and that we want to recover. However, in 2022 we have some very special excuses to give us a getaway to our beloved island: for example, in spring the Hauser & Wirth Art Center will open its doors again, the headquarters that the iconic Swiss gallery specializing in contemporary art opened on the Isla del Rey of the Port of Mahon in July 2021, and that comes to join its rooms in New York, London, Zurich, Hong Kong, Gstaad, Saint Moritz, Monaco and Los Angeles. In times of lavish museums and mass tourism, Manuela and Iwan Wirth have opted precisely for the opposite, a free center accessible only by boat, integrated into the tranquil essence of the island, that they both fell in love with on a private trip 20 years ago. The new center is located in an exquisitely restored annex to the naval hospital built in the 18th century, when Menorca was english for seven decades, and features the charming Cantina Restaurant managed by the Binifadet winery team, with stunning views of the port and surrounded the wild olive trees of the Mediterranean garden designed by the landscaper Piet Oudolf, responsible for the New York High Line. Past and present, history and avant-garde united in a must-see space for lovers of art, the island's cultural legacy or simply beauty.
But there is much more: Menorca will be the European Capital of Gastronomy in 2022, and will host more than 50 activities around cuisine, local culture, territory and sustainability. Among them, there will be tapas competitions, gastronomic operas, workshops, wine and food truck fairs, exhibitions around the table, tastings, showcookings, congresses...We have been sharing with our clients for years the surprising variety and quality of the gastronomy of the island, beyond the temples of its celebrated traditional cuisine: a remarkable group of young and restless chefs, trained in the best restaurants in the world, have returned or come to Menorca to launch very personal, high-level bets, and in irresistible environments. We can tour the island from Ciudadela to Mahón, or from Fornells to Santo Tomás, making stops on our route to taste memorable menus, while we look at some of the most beautiful coves in the Mediterranean. A plan difficult to be improved!
It is not surprising that the Travel section of the newspaper EL MUNDO has chosen Menorca among the 10 Best Destinations of 2022 worldwide. From MENORCASELECT we are going to offer our clients special packages to enjoy all of this while staying at one of our wonderful villas. Music to listen to while we plan our next getaway to Menorca: Les Illes by Maria del Mar Bonet, based on a poem by Vicent Andrés Estellés.
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