Menorca is one of the smaller Balearic Islands, off the East coast of Spain, known traditionally as a quieter trip than party-focused Ibiza. Menorca will be at its hottest in peak summer months but is always a balmy, happy temperature, and there are plenty of beaches and cool stone bars to enjoy. 
Menorca is small and can be navigated on foot or by boat around the island. Alternatively, if horses are your thing, this is the island is for you. You can trek around the island on horseback and in the summer, the Jaleo is a festival celebrating the Menorcan horse, with horse shows and festivities. Menorca is known for its wild traditional festivals, which date back to the 14th Century. 
Everyone comes to Menorca for the long, white, sandy beaches, and there are beaches for every kind of outing in Menorca. Most of the Menorca beaches can easily be reached by hired boat or even swimming, and the coast is lined with caves and magical places just waiting to be discovered. They are ideal for swimming and can be as secluded as you desire. Lots of the beaches can only be reached from the sea, so boating is a must and if you have always wanted to learn to kayak, then Menorca is the ideal place to follow this dream. 
If you want to explore, the island is covered in fascinating prehistoric monuments, including ancient burial sites and Taulas – thought to be sacrificial tombs. There are also some charming old churches and castles to be discovered on the island, sitting starkly white against the blue sky. The island is on a bird migratory line and is thus excellent for bird spotting, plus there are also stunning wild flowers lining the cliffs and parks in Minorca. 
At the end of the day, a popular destination is to take a drink in the cliff top bar, which affords spectacular sunset views over the sea and, once night falls, becomes a nightclub. If a quieter end to the day is more your thing then there are plenty of small, local bars in Menorca away from the crowds to enjoy gorgeous fresh Mediterranean food. 

 

Overview

Bypassing mass tourism, unspoilt Menorca is a serene place of calm with spectacular landscapes, pristine beaches and clear seas. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993 and is home to some of Europe's rarest flowers, and is the natural habitat for wild birds, including booted eagles, red kites and osprey.

The island's hills are dotted with traditional farmhouse conversions, known as Menorcan 'llocs, as well as popular resort hotels. As the jewel of the Mediterranean, Menorca offers a place to relax as well as an abundance of culture and adventure, both on land and water. Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, and windsurfing can all be experienced in the calm waters of the island.

For the more outdoorsy types, there are many walking and hiking routes, including the Cami de Cavalls, an ancient path which hugs the coast; as well as opportunities to play golf, tennis and cycle. The best way to experience the island is at night during a visit to the lighthouse at Favàritx which provides perfect views during a full moon, when the light on the water is magical.

Key Facts

  • Currency: EUR: Euro
    Language:
    Spanish
    Approximate flight time from the UK:
    2 hours 30 minutes
    Time zone:
    GMT +0 / +1 Central European Time

Great For

Fiestas: Throughout the summer season, Menorca hosts various traditional fiestas in each of its towns, where locals celebrate their patron saint in their own way. The horse is an emblem of Menorca and features in many of the fiestas. The oldest and largest fiestas are dedicated to Sant Joan in Ciutadella, dating back to the 14th century with medieval origins. Other fiestas include; Fiesta of Sant Climent, Fiesta of Sant Bartomeu in Ferreries, Minor Fiestas of Sant Lluïset, Fiesta of Sant Lluís, Fiesta of La Virgen de Gràcia in Mahón and Fiesta de Sant Nicolau in Mercadal.
Vineyards: The Bodega, or vineyards of Menorca, cultivate many different varieties of grapes, with wine cellars producing Menorcan wine of international commendation. Menorca grows both white and red grapes, and has developed its first pink sparkling wine produced from the syrah and merlot grapes by wine suppliers Binifadet. Awarded the 'Vino de la Tierra Isla de Menorca' the regional wine classification in 2002, Menorca produces high-class wine that can be enjoyed at wine-tasting days at the following vineyards; Vine Sa Cudía in S'Albufera des Grau Nature Park, Bodegas Binifadet near Sant Lluís, Ferrer de Muntpalau at Es Mercadal, Bodega Vi de S'Illa in Alaior, and Sant Patrici near Ferreries.
Beaches:
Menorca has a record number of beaches and is home to around 70 hidden coves, full of fine sand. The island has distinctive geographical characteristics; from the rugged cliffs to the north with its red sand beaches backed by woodland, whereas the south coast's beaches are long and sheltered from the strong northerly the winds and have fine white sands.

Gin Xoriguer

For over 200 years gin has been distilled on Menorca after the British sailors and soldiers brought it to the island. Menorca's only gin distillery Gin Xoriguer on Mahon harbour, produces the fragrant spirit with a recipe that includes local juniper berries, and they also offer gin tasting tours.

The family run Gin Xoriguer distillery overlooks the edge of the Mahon harbour and offers guided tours of the factory, where visitors can see bronze pipes bubbling away to produce the spirit and taste the local gin as well as other new flavours like peppermint. During fiesta season, locals enjoy a Pomada, a drink made of a mixture of gin and lemonade.
Address:
Andén de Poniente nº 91 07701 Mahón- Menorca
Opening hours:
8am - 7pm
Entry cost:
Free!

Martello Tower

Built in 1786, Martello Tower based in Alcaufar is one of Menorca's 15 towers. Engineer Captain Robert D'Arcy was ordered to build 12 Martello towers along the coast of Menorca during the British occupation from 1798-1802.

The Martello Tower is a 1km walk on a well-worn path from the lido in S'Algar to Cala Alcaufar. Across the beach and following the ancient Cami de Cavalls footpath, the marker posts point toward the round fortress of Martello Tower in the rocky headland of Cala Alcuafar. There are views of S'Algar and the Isle de L'Aire at Punta Prima from the round tower, which still open to the public and remains in its original condition, unrestored. For a longer hike, take the Cami de Cavalls around the coast of Menorca to discover pine forests and hidden coves and beaches.

Aqua Rock

The Aqua Rock waterpark is the largest waterpark on Menorca, situated in the Cala en Bosch resort. Aqua Rock is a fun day out for all the family, offering slides and chutes for the daring, and smaller water slides, a swimming pool, and a game zone with trampolines for children.

The park's attractions include the only wave pool in Menorca, the legendary Kamikaze slide, the Black Hole, and a relaxing Jacuzzi. There are also plenty of places to rest, with many sun loungers next to the various swimming pools, and a restaurant within the park offers hot snacks and cold drinks. Getting to Aqua Rock is quite simple using public transport as the number 65 bus from Ciutadella goes to Cala en Bosch.
Address: Urb. Cala en Bosc, Cituadella de Menorca 07760, Illes Balears
Opening hours: 10.30am - 6pm
Entry cost: Adults 20.00 euros, children 11.00 euros
Official website: http://www.aquarock-menorca.com/

Cathedral Ciutadella

Set on the old site of a mosque, the Cathedral Basilica Minorca is a church in Ciutadella de Menorca built on the orders of King Alfonso III of Aragon in 1287. With its Catalan Gothic style and contrasting neoclassical architecture, Cathedral Ciudaela is notable for its large nave, and is flanked by six chapels to each side. Its apse was destroyed during the invasion of the Turks in 1558 but was soon repaired in its original style after 1626. During the Spanish Civil War, the cathedral was destroyed again in 1936. The cathedral's interior has an exquisite baroque design and is home to the marble monolith of the great altar. Inside, the episcopal throne is also made of marble and was blessed by Pope Pius XII, who gave the cathedral the title of minor basilica.
Address: Place de la Catedral, 07760 Ciutadella, Minorca
Entry cost: 4.00 euros

Aquataxi

Take in the beauty of the north coast of Menorca aboard the Aquataxi which operates in Cala Pregonda, Cavalleria, Pudenta Cala, and Fornells Bay. Journeying past an abundance of caves, coves, and unspoiled beaches, the Aquataxi provides a memorable trip on the Mediterranean Seas. The Marine Reserve excursion allows you to see the largest concentration of underwater life on the island. Visit the Northern Coast beaches to access hidden beauty spots in the crystal waters, or take the Sunset tour from Cape Cavalleria to Tirant Bay and witness sundown in the most impressive way. All the trips include a professional local Skipper, a snorkelling session with equipment, cold drinks including a tasting of Pomada (a mixture of the local gin and lemonade), as well as snacks and a return transfer from the hotel to the boat.
Address: Paseo Maritimo 98, 07748 Fornells, Minorca Opening hours: 8am - 6pm
Entry cost: Adults range between 30 - 60 euros, children range between 20 - 35 euros
Official website: http://aquataxi.net/es_ES/

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