The smaller and more beautiful sister island of Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca is protected by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve (not ruined by mass tourism).
Whether exploring the 216 km of ivory sands, indulging in the local cuisine or hunting out the mysterious Bronze Age sites, this Balearic beauty is sure to stir your soul.
Here are a few essential things to do in Menorca:
Visit the Plaça d’Es Born
The Plaça d’es Born in Cuitadella, a port city and the former capital of Menorca, is a quintessential part of the island. It just doesn’t make any sense to leave Menorca without seeing it. The square is the location of 19th century buildings such as the Ajuntament (town hall) and Palau Torresau. If you want the very best view of the port, head behind the town hall to the 14th century Bastió d’Es Port.
Explore the Island on Horseback
The sun is out and the land is, on the whole, mostly flat, which makes it ideal for horse riders of all abilities. What better way to make the most of it then by seeing the island on horseback? There are plenty of riding schools on the island, so you can make the most of this leisurely experience and trek through beautiful woodlands and rural countryside.
Relax on a Secluded Beach Cove
There’s nothing like the feeling of having a beach all to yourself, and Menorca provides exactly the opportunity for you to do this. The island has a coastline of just 216 kilometres, but there are believed to be around 70 beaches which you can access easily and have almost entirely to yourself. Snorkel, sunbathe or take it easy under the shade of a palm tree. There are plenty of local boat trips that will take you to these beaches and hidden coves.
Don’t miss the secret beach coves (calas) like: Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta, Cala Pilar, Cala Pregonda, Cala Presili and Cala Tortuga.
Delve into the Rustic Delights of Menorcan Cuisine
Lobster on toast, anyone? Yes, this is actually a dish. Order the ‘caldereta de llagosta’ and you’ll be served a type of lobster stew on toast, which is the island’s signature dish. It’s commonly eaten for lunch on Sundays. Other Menorcan favourites include ‘espinyes’ (raw clams with lemons, or baked with breadcrumbs, parsley and garlic), squid and octopus. Delicious stuff.
Go Paragliding and Enjoy the Island Views from Above
Take yourself to Monte Toro, the highest point on the island, and do a spot of paragliding. This summit is just outside of the quaint town of Es Mercadal and you’ll approach it by travelling up a steep and winding road to the top, where you’ll find a 17th century sanctuary. Even today, some parts of the sanctuary are used by nuns.
Lap up Menorca’s Nightlife… Island Style
Watch the sun go down in ultimate style in Cala’n Porter at the Cova d’en Xoroi. This amazing “natural bar” is located within natural caves set 25 metres above sea level and allows you to see the sun set with a cocktail in your hand while you admire the view. Guaranteed to be one of the most memorable moments of your trip to Menorca.
Make it Happen
If Menorca appeals to you, why not think about looking for accommodation that will allow you the freedom to enjoy the island and pursue these activities. Villas, available on sites like Villa Plus, are a popular form of accommodation on the island, providing the flexibility between relaxation and exploration. After a day of sightseeing or action, or both, you can retire to your villa and wind down, ready for the next day’s adventures!