I wanted to share some images of a recent trip to Jardins de S’Hostal a stunning labyrinth of quarried limestone close to Ciutadella de Menorca. This sculpted space is the result of both manual and mechanical extraction of limestone for the local building trade. Now a spontaneous work of art hidden in the landscape, which has been restored and protected by Lithica Foundation since 1994.
Small compartmentalised valleys have become home to a series of gardens such as The Almond quarry, The Carob Quarry and The Wild Olive Quarry, these gardens being protected from the wind have become repopulated with the local fauna of Menorca
This is a truly magical place to visit and a natural hallmark of the work of man & the landscape. I chose this sculpted rock landscape to visit on my Birthday (with a seafood lunch afterwards of course!) & although very difficult to find on foot was determined not to fail! I would suggest hiring a car as it’s a good 5 mile walk from the local bus stop which nearly had me & family walking along the local Autovias (motorway!) at one point.. Apparently they hold rock concerts in the summer months – imagine the acoustics!
Cindys tip – Take a picnic as there are no facilities onsite to purchase water or snacks…