Go exploring in Mahon and Ciutadella
Even a relaxing beach break doesn’t feel like a proper holiday without a bit of sightseeing, and top of the list in Menorca are the island’s biggest towns: Mahon and Ciutadella. There’s quite a lot that you can do in Mahon (also called Maó) as it’s Menorca’s capital city and has lots of relics from the island’s time as a British colony. Think forts to explore, boat trips in the huge harbour, great restaurants to discover, Georgian buildings to photograph and excellent retail therapy. This is your perfect chance to buy yourself a pair of the famous Menorcan shoes, a wheel of the creamy Menorcan cheese and a bottle of the tasty Menorcan gin.
At the other end of the island is Ciutadella, which has more of the traditional Spanish feel you might be expecting. Spend your time wandering in and out of the shops of the quaint Ses Voltes area, looking around the beautiful cathedral, sipping café con leche in a pavement café, and just generally soaking up the great atmosphere. Just outside Ciutadella you can step back in time at one of Menorca’s most fascinating places to visit, the Naveta d’es Tudons. These Bronze Age tombs are just some of many ancient sites on the island, including the impressive remains of a town at Torre d’en Gaumes near Alaior. They’re must-sees for history lovers and a great reminder that there’s much more to Menorca than its beautiful beaches.