With a vast array of beaches, from the small sandy cove at Cala Blanca to the horseshoe bay at Arenal d’en Castell, Menorca holidays are popular with families and couples. Away from the beaches, you can hire a car to go further afield and visit the huge harbour in Mahon, historic Ciutadella or the island's most secluded coves and beaches. The locals call this the Island of Blue and Green, as sparkling seas surround gently rolling hills. One look and it’s not hard to see why this jewel of an island has such a fabulous reputation.
Things to do
In Mahon, you can visit the Mercat del Claustre del Carme market near the Carmen Church, where you'll find all kinds of food stalls selling the best local produce. The market also includes handcrafted shoes, children's clothes, jewellery and independent boutiques where you can buy some excellent souvenir items.
On the other side of the island is Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca, most noted for its well-preserved medieval quarter and cathedral. Have a walk along the picturesque port, or take a short bus ride to the beautiful coves of Cala Turqueta or Cala Es Talaier.
Places to stay
The southern coast of Menorca is ringed with the most popular resorts like Punta Prima, Cala’n Bosch and Cala’n Forcat. On the western coast is the old Moorish capital, Ciutadella, whose narrow cobbled streets wind down to the harbour. Stately Georgian architecture fills the current capital, Mahón, a legacy of British rule. Known as Maó in Catalan, this east-coast town presides over the deepest natural harbour in the Mediterranean. Head to the north coast to explore one of Menorca’s most beautiful fishing villages, Fornells, whose whitewashed houses overlook the incredibly blue waters of the harbour.
Let’s be honest, you’re probably drawn to Menorca because of its famous coastline, so you’re most likely looking for a great beach. Don’t worry, there are plenty of them. You could go to a different beach every day of your holiday if you wanted to but then you’d be missing out on everything else the island has to offer. If you’d like to explore but don’t want to stray far from the coast, why not take a walk along part of the Cami de Cavalls path, which will take you from resort to resort with beautiful views along the way.
This Balearic Island was named by the Romans (Menorca comes from the Latin for ‘little one’) but they weren’t the first to live here. And that means you’ll find all sorts of interesting places to visit if you’re into history. The Naveta d’es Tudons are a particular highlight; you’ll find these Bronze Age tombs near Ciutadella, so you could see them on a day out to this quaint little city. For a complete contrast, make sure you visit Mahon. It’s the island capital and has lots of relics from Menorca’s more recent past, such as big forts and elegant Georgian houses.
If you like to get a feel for local life when you’re on holiday, you’re in for a treat in Menorca. As well as the fun of Fiesta celebrations at various times throughout the year (where you might get to see the island’s dancing horses), there’s live music in the bars and squares. There are lots of great restaurants too, and they’re perfect for a quiet evening trying tasty local dishes and sipping your favourite Spanish wine as the sun sets over the Mediterranean.
More Travel Guides
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