This peaceful, pretty and partly whitewashed sanctuary sits at the top of Toro Mountain, which at almost 400 metres is the highest point on Menorca. Since the return of Christianity on the island in the 13th century when the Christians drove out the Moors, the sanctuary has been an important site for pilgrimages and spiritual gatherings. It is open to the public, but still inhabited by Franciscan nuns who offer days of religious reflection and a chance to stay overnight – well worth the visit, as the views are exceptional.
Monte Toro, Es Mercadal, Menorca, Spain, +34 971 37 50 60
One kilometre outside of Ciutadella is an area of sandstone quarries known as Ses Pedreres de s’Hostal. Abandoned in 1994, an association called Lithica decided to make something of this beautiful area with the addition of walkways through the quarries, a stone labyrinth and some lovely verdant gardens. The amazing shapes carved into the stone are evidence of industrial quarrying as well as in earlier times when the stone would have been extracted by hand. The dramatic shapes and geometry of the place are genuinely mesmerising.