See also: Where to Stay in Menorca
Menorca is an island paradise in the western Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the four Balearic Islands of Spain on the Mediterranean. Unlike the other Islands, Menorca is a quiet, low-profile island with a population of around 96,000, making it a perfect destination for introvert travellers :’). It has one of the largest harbours in the world. It is most famous for its transparent water beaches, divine seafood, its historical locations and gin. The entire island was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Mayonnaise was actually discovered here in Menorca!
The island comes to live at nights and it is best to travel the island in a rental car or by foot. However, you can arrive at the island either by a flight or a ferry ride.
If you are looking for the warm breeze of the Mediterranean at the same time want to travel to some place away from the public eye, away from the hustle and bustle, Menorca is the answer to it all! There’s a little something for everyone in here.
Let’s have a look at all the exciting things that you can do at this island. There’s a lot to do, so, sit tight!
Explore and discover the ancient port town of Ciutadella
Ciutadella is a port town in western Menorca, famous for its fine architecture and intricate building designs. It is also the historic capital of Menorca. There is so much one can do here depending on their interests. You could go for kayaking, or you could do a shopping spree in the local markets. If you are more into history, you could visit the cathedral which was built in the 13th century and has an intricate historic past. You can dine here watching beautiful views of the island.
Tour the small town of Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas is a tiny village on the southern edge of the island. Santo Tomas has scenic views and an ideal spot to get those vacation photos. It is calm and still in here and one can take a refreshing dip in the beaches. Cuisine here is seafood mostly, and you can try the famous and luscious pastries of Santo Tomas.
Get on top of the Monte Toro
It is possible to reach the top of the mountain only through a car as the hills are too steep and dangerous. This is the tallest mountain of Menorca and is 358 metres tall! You can visit the 17th century church, “Virgen of Monte Toro Sanctuary”. This place has a lot of interesting history, legends and myths. You can get a view of the entire island at the top in a glance. While you are here, you can feast at “Santuario Del Toro”, viewing the entire island. Monte Toro is sure to leave you mesmerised by its beauty.
Visit the Village of Fornells
Fornells is a delightful tiny village situated at the north side of the island. It offers a variety of activities such as paddle surfing, kayaking and sailing in the calm, turquoise coloured waters. You can go for a bird watching adventure. You can go for horse riding on the magnificent black Menorquín horses’ native to the island of Menorca. The place was originally established for defensive fortification and hence has a watchtower that was built by the British in the19th century; the tower has breath-taking views and is a must visit in Menorca. Fornells is best known for its delicious lobster stew.
Try drinks and cocktails in a cave
Menorca is home to many impressive cliffs and caves that open to white sandy beaches with sparkling waters. One such cave is ‘Cova d’en Xoroi’. On the south coast of the island, Cova d’en Xoroi comes to live at night when many locals and travellers come to party here. It is unique and shows magical views of the island both at night and day. You can come here at the day for the views and peace, or you could come here at night and see the place come to live with some music and drinks.
Wine tasting at the finest wines of Binafadet Winery
Binafadet winery in Sant Lluis offers more than just wine. It is one packed tour in itself. You can enjoy a marvellous lunch made with the famous goat's cheese cooked in red wine. You can take a tour down the winery and learn its significance, the process of wine making, taste Menorca’s finest wines and call it a day!
A hiking trip at Sant Agusti Vell
Sant Agusti Vell is one of the largest primeval settlements of Menorca. The trip begins around the Sant Tomas beach and is a 900 metre hike, in this journey you witness the remains of the stone structures from 10th to 12th century A.D. There is so much historical significance here. There are remains of constructions, houses, taula enclosures and buildings. Most of them have been destroyed, but some remain untouched. You can also learn about the vegetation, the flora and fauna of the region. It is one visual educational trip to take.
A refreshing dip in the Santo Tomas beach
After a hike on a hot summer day, one is bound to get tired. To ease of the heat, you can take a dive in the Santo Tomas beach which is located close to Sant Augusti Vell. While there are across 70 beaches to choose from in Menorca, Santo Tomas is calm and introverted. The soft, dreamy white sands are shore (pun intended) to leave you eased and relaxed. The sparkling water draws you to it and calls you for a relaxing swim. After the swim, you can dine in any of the wide range of restaurants that offer the best Spanish food on the island.
Drive around the capital of Menorca, Mahon
Mao (local name) or Mahon is the provincial capital of Menorca and is home to the only airport of Menorca. There is a plenty to discover in Mao. You can start off by visiting the cathedral in Mao, Sainta Maria de Mao. The church has the famous gothic architecture. Then you could go for thrift shopping around the local markets of Mahon. These markets are known for its famous sandals for women, and a girl can never have enough shoes, right? After shopping you could indulge yourself in the most delightful sea food available at Mahon ranging from lobster stews to the famous Mahon cheese. Mahon was home to the wealthiest and the most powerful families of Menorca (The OGs, not literally). Their mansions are now open for tourists. You could also visit the museum or operas or a gin distillery depending on your interests. Like I said, there’s something for everyone here!
Walk into the past in Fortaleza de la Mola
This is one of the largest European Fortress and was built in the 19th century. There are abundant pre-historic remains and one military prison. They built the fortress of Isabella II for protection against the British. The place has a long geological past and has so much to learn. The fortress has a magnificent structure and gives away the vast panoramic views of Island’s coastline. If you are lucky enough, you could attend a wedding or an event being held at the fortress.
Wander around the Cala Blanca
The beach got its name from the white sands and crystal clear waters. It is an almost one hour drive from the airport and is the most lively beach one could ever visit. The place has wonderful architecture and countless undiscovered caves that open into peaceful beaches hidden far away from the world. This is an ideal tourist spot and gives out the classic Mediterranean vibes. There are lots of bars and restaurants to drink and dine in here with a lavish ambiance. There are lots of waterfront restaurants in a budget too. Paella is a famous dish here. You can have cocktails by the beach or you could go in for a dive in the water. You could also go for a trip around the beach in a yacht.
Set a Camp at the camping grounds of S’Atalaia
If you want to have an intimate experience with the biosphere reserves of the island or you want to do something adventurous and exciting to remember this trip for years, you could camp at the camping grounds of S’Atalaia. It is on the south coast of Menorca. It is just a few kilometers from the ferries and is on the road of Cala Galdana. They set the camp grounds in an extravagant pine forest. The camping ground shows off the scenic views of this island. The camping grounds give access to the most luxurious beaches of the island. You must leave your vehicles outside the camping grounds. If you are a nature lover, this place should be in your bucket list! The flawless beauty of mother earth will leave you ecstatic.
Amble along the fishing village of Binibeca
This petite village has such artfully pleasing views and is a pleasant place to visit. It is best to take walking adventures in this teeny village. It is a famous for its tiny white-washed houses and fine architecture. The village gives off picturesque views of the island waters. It is said that this town looks like it was taken from a postcard and it is true. It was built in the 60s and 70s to reconstruct the original fishing harbor and with the obvious purpose of attracting more tourists. It gives off what one would call a typical charming Mediterranean vibe. It is calm and hushed here and the sounds of the water hitting the shore soothe your soul and ears. You can opt to dine at the finest restaurant here called the ‘Bambu Menorca’, perfect for brunch, afternoons and sunset views.
Ride on a laid-back cruise on the Mahon harbour
The tour lasts for around 7 hours and offers you enchanting views of the cliffs, the offshore and the herbage of the island. The cruise stops for lunch and at beaches so you can take a cool, breezy dip in the sea. Make sure you have the regional famous dish, Paella for lunch. The tour gives you a glimpse of the white houses that were left behind by the British.
Have fun at the Splash Sur
If you are taking this trip with kids, you must visit this amusement park. It is one of the most exciting water parks in the island and is for both children and adults. The park is stationed in Sant Lluis. There are water slides, bowl slides and every water ride you could possibly think of. Fun fact: there is even a Jacuzzi. If you’re feeling a little extra, give it a try! There is a restaurant inside in case all the water games making you hungry and exhausted.
Witness nature’s beauty at the s’albufera des grau nature reserve
The nature reserve is in the island's east. It is without question the reason UNESCO declared Menorca as a Bio Sphere Reserve. It is located on more than 5,000 acres of the islands land. It is a natural masterpiece come to live and has so much vegetation, birds, flora and fauna. One can easily spot the native birds of Menorca such as the herons, fish eagles or cormorants in this reserve. You will gain much understanding of the ecosystem after this trip. You can go on tours of the reserve to witness the diverse species of the islands. You can view the virgin sandy beaches, forest filled with pine trees, serene views, hills and various other aesthetic island landscapes.
Take a solo 8 day hiking trip around the entire island
Now, if you are an enthusiastic, adventurous person and don’t mind a lot of walking, you can experience Menorca solely on foot through the “Cami de Cavalls” hiking route made for bikers and professional hikers. You can discover all the forest, variety of beaches and villages, pastures and civilisation. You can choose for a shorter or a longer path. The trail is safe and the inhabitants are friendly and welcome the tourist and guests with open hands.