This idyllic holiday island in the western Mediterranean is famous for its pristine sandy beaches and seaside resorts. Menorca is a lot quieter than Ibiza and Majorca, which means it’s great if you’re looking for pure relaxation and a slower pace of life. Whether your vision of the ideal holiday is endless lazy days on the beach, or exploring secluded coves and historic sites, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Menorca.

Explore the Cami de Valls trails in Menorca

These beautiful paths and tracks offer fantastic views of the Menorcan coast and are the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with the family. Just remember to bring a good pair of shoes, plenty of water, and a fully charged camera/phone so you can take lots of photos. In high summer, it’s better to do the Cami de Valls trail in the morning or evenings, when the sun is less intense and the temperature is more pleasant for long walks.

Visit Mahon

In the eastern part of Menorca, Mahón, the capital city, is best known for its 18th century architecture and historic port. The city, also known as Maó, overlooks one of the world’s biggest natural deep-water ports, and is home to the Xoriguer Gin Distillery, where you can try the island’s uniquely aromatic gin. Make some time for the town’s Franciscan monastery, which dates to the 15th century and includes artefacts from the Roman and Byzantine eras.

Throughout the year, Mahón celebrates many big festivals, one of the most famous of which is the Fiestas de Gràcia in early September, with magnificent horse parades and live music. It’s one of the best things to do in Menorca if you want to experience local culture at its best.

Visit Ciutadella

his charming city, the former capital of the island, has a well-preserved medieval quarter and is most noted for its cathedral. This fortified church has stood for more than 650 years, and still has the remains of a minaret that belonged to a mosque that once occupied this site. Ciutadella is also home to the Castell de Sant Nicolau, a watchtower that was built in the 17th century and has amazing panoramic views all the way to Majorca.

In late June, one of the best Menorca things to do is to attend Ciutadella’s Festival of Sant Joan, which includes delicious traditional foods, fireworks, and a special horse parade.

Explore Menorca’s stunning coves and beaches

Most of the beaches on the Menorcan coast have gently shelving sands, making them ideal for timid toe dippers and families with young children. You’ll find that many of the main resort beaches are more secluded and greener than you’d find on much of the coast of mainland Spain.

When it comes to adventurous things to do in Menorca, expect a decent range of water sports facilities on the beaches of key resorts like Cala Galdana, Arenal Den Castell and Punta Prima. However, many of the beaches on the northern coast are more remote and may only be accessible by car or foot. Naturally, though, these most ‘difficult-to-get-to’ beaches are often the most beautiful. One is Algaiarens, a huge bay where parking is limited to 400 spaces, so arrive early in the high season. Another is Playa Cavalleria with its distinctive red sand and double horseshoe shape, accessible by car and a 15-minute walk.

1. Playas de Algaiarens

Menorca is famous for its stunning coastline and unspoilt beaches, and you can experience the very best of this at the Playas de Algaiarens. Around half an hour’s drive from Cala’n Forcat, Cala Algaiarens
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2. Cala'n Forcat shopping

Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, some tasty treats or a new holiday outfit, make sure you spend a day exploring the shops that Cala’n Forcat has to offer. There are lots of shops across the town,
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3. Castle of Santa Agueda

If you’re looking to go sightseeing on your holiday to Cala’n Forcat, don’t miss the Castle of Santa Agueda. Found in Ferreries around half an hour’s drive from Cala’n Forcat, you’ll have the chance to
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4. Aqua Center Los Delfines

Spend a fun-filled day in the sun with a trip to Aqua Center Los Delfines. Close to the heart of Cala’n Forcat and just a ten minute walk from the town’s beach, the water park is perfect for the whole
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5. Watch the sunrise in Es Castell

If you can face the early start, this is a must-do when you’re on holiday in Mahon. Es Castell is the most easterly town in Menorca and the first place in the whole of Spain to see the sun each morning.
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6. Have dinner in Cala Figuera

There are lots of great places to eat in Mahon so you’ll be spoilt for choice wherever you decide to dine, with everything from authentic Asian menus to traditional Italian trattorias available. But for the most stylish evening meal,
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7. Mahon Shopping - Shop till you drop

Shopaholics love Mahon, which is as much of a retail paradise as any other self-respecting capital. While things here are a little more low-key than in a big city, you’ll still find all sorts of reasons to reach for your Euros.
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8. Visit the famous fort in Mahon

There’s a huge 19th-century fortress at the mouth of Mahon’s vast harbour and it’s one of the top things to see in Mahon according to TripAdvisor members. Fortalesa De La Mola (also called Fortalesa Isabel II) is a great place to go if you like exploring as it’s very well preserved.
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9. Take a stroll around the town of Mahon

Mahon has more to see than you might expect of a small island capital, and a walk around the historic centre is the best way to take it all in. When you’re following the little old streets between leafy squares, take a look at the buildings around you
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12. Aquarock

Jam-packed with activities for all ages, the resort of Cala’n Bosch has its own water park, Aquarock. It may not be the biggest of waterparks,
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13. Beautiful beaches

The main beach in Cala’n Bosch is a pretty, horseshoe-shaped bay surrounded by lush thick greenery. This beach has families in mind and is well-equipped with everything
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15. Walk the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca

Whether you want to see some of the ‘hidden’ Menorca or just like to get out for a good walk when you’re on holiday, the Cami de Cavalls is a must. Made up of little pathways and tracks (some rough, some surfaced),
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