Smaller than Majorca and less known than Ibiza, Menorca is often the most forgotten of the Balearic Islands. Yet the most northerly of the three may just be the most beautiful. Menorca has more beaches than the other islands combined and has gracefully retained its natural beauty. Bordered by miles of undeveloped coastline, put simply, a visit to Menorca isn’t your typical resort holiday.
Completely different from north to south, this tiny island packs in a lot of history. The island is filled with both Spanish and British influences, celebrating everything from sangria to gin. A perfect holiday for those looking for more sustainable tourism, whether you want to relax on the beach or ride horses into the sunset - there’s a lot to do in such a small place.
Arenal d’en Castell
Boasting an impressive beach that is particularly loved by families, and close by to the island’s capital, Arenal d’en Castell is the place to be if you want the best of both worlds. Its horseshoe-shaped beach means children can swim safely whilst the children-at-heart can choose from a huge selection of water sports. For those who'd like a break from the beach, the surrounding countryside also makes for a great change of scenery.
Built into the cliffs and looking down onto the bay, a stay in Cala’n Porter will help you escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Often considered to have one of the best beaches on the island and completely self-contained, this resort is perfect for those who just want to relax. As one of the original resorts on the island, Cala’n Porter boasts beautiful villas in competition with the usual high-rise hotels. A truly picture perfect holiday!
One of the island’s more modern resorts, a unique feature of Cala'n Bosch is its beautiful marina which comes alive in the evenings. The resort is close by to the city of Ciutadella, which makes it perfect for those looking to explore more of the island. Filled with bars and restaurants, Cala’n Bosch is slightly livelier than other resorts, but close enough to beaches so that daytimes are still for relaxing. You even can even enjoy views of neighbouring Majorca!
Camí de Cavalls
Take advantage of Menorca’s beautiful scenery by walking the Camí de Cavalls. Trailing the coast of the island, people have been walking this route since the fourteenth century. The path spans 185km and can be followed as one giant hike or broken up into shorter walks. An ideal way to see the island, the walk passes by beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs and ancient towers. It’s the best way to take Menorca's beauty in all at once.
Menorca Cheese Museum
Did you know that Menorca is famous for its cheese? For the foodies, this is the perfect chance to see how traditional island cheese gets made. Learn about the history of cheese production, and of course, sample some yourself! The site is also home to a restaurant and winery - yum!
Menorca isn’t all about the beaches and a trip to the capital proves it. Home to a beautiful natural harbour, the city combines history and natural beauty to make for a great day out. Get lost in the winding streets and find a bargain in the shops. The city is full of high quality leather items which make for great souvenirs. Go on a Saturday and you can even rub shoulders with the locals at the weekly market. If you do get tired of walking, take a ride on the Mao Express - a tiny train taking you all around the town.
Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau
For a relaxing day with nature, there’s no better place to spend it than at Menorca’s best nature park. Full of beautiful plants and amazing wildlife, you’ll find everything from olive groves to eagles. It’s one of the only places you’ll catch a glimpse of the Balearic wall lizard which can only be found on Menorca and Majorca.
Cala en Turqueta
A beach called turquoise - what’s not to love? Often considered the most beautiful 'Cala' in Menorca, these turquoise waters attract people from all around. Cala en Turqueta is one of the island’s virgin beaches, meaning natural beauty is preserved. However, food and drink is always nearby. You can even take a cruise here from Ciutadella!
From turquoise waters to white sands, Menorcans need no false advertising with their beaches. A small beach, but an interesting one, Cala Blanca is close by to a variety of bars and restaurants - making it an ideal place to spend the day. Filled with a selection of water sports and with a waterpark nearby, this resort beach is a good choice for those who need more entertainment than just sunbathing.
Situated on the north of the island, this beach is a perfect example of Menorcan beauty. Cala Morell has deep blue waters in one direction and picturesque villas in the other. Perfect for divers, the area is renowned for its spectacular cove. But for those who prefer to stay on land, you can keep cool and refreshed at the beach bar.
With so many fishing ports around, seafood restaurants are popular here. Many have excellent views overlooking the water and are a staple of a typical Menorcan holiday. If the local cuisine isn’t for you, international options are also available. Italian, Chinese and Indian restaurants can all be easily found. Menus here are varied enough to suit your budget as well as your appetite. But if you just fancy a light bite, tapas can be found all over the island.
For a traditional Menorcan seafood dish, the island is famed for its caldereta de langosta (lobster stew), but fish isn’t all you can find in Menorca. The island’s capital, Mahón, is the birthplace of mayonnaise and you’ll find a huge variety of it wherever you go. Menorca is also known for its cheese production, so try out as many of the local varieties as you can. You can finish it all off with a pomada - a drink of traditional Menorcan gin with lemonade and ice. It really complements the weather well!
Nothing quite beats a Menorca holiday. From the island’s beautiful beaches to the local culture, it’s the ideal place to relax. Whether you enjoy the buzz of lively beaches or the tranquility of the hidden gems, you’re sure to find the perfect place for you.
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