Menorca holidays will leave you with so much to discover. With stunning beaches to lap up the sun, a buzzing nightlife, and a wealth of historical landmarks, it’s a fantastic holiday destination.
Spend time kicking back on the beautiful stretch of sandy coastline, delve into the rich history that covers the second largest of the Balearic Islands or find yourself dancing ’til dawn on the beach. Whether you’re on holidays to Menorca with your family, friends or as a couple, you’re sure to enjoy this Spanish paradise, only a 2 ½ hour flight from the UK.
Why not check out the modern Hotel Port Ciutadella? It's right by the beach and close to all the beautiful attractions of the old town centre.
Menorca is considered the gem of the Balearic Islands. Menorca’s attractions are much the same as neighbouring island Majorca, but here the beautiful Mediterranean scenery can be enjoyed in more refined and tranquil surroundings. Pristine beaches and diverse history makes Menorca a great choice of destination for those who want to experience sun, sand and rustic Catalan charm. Featuring a mix of colonial and local architecture, the island is a unique blend of old and new, featuring a variety of fortresses, castles, and even prehistoric monuments, ensuring that there are more things to do in Menorca than lazing on a sandy beach. For those who want a peaceful getaway laced with stunning Mediterranean beaches and engaging local heritage, Menorca is the ideal choice.
Wine and Dine
Located next to the capital Mahon is Cap Roig, a seafood-themed restaurant with an outdoor terrace boasting panoramic views over the nearby cliffs; grab the fish paella for a traditional culinary insight. Further along the coast in Cuitadella there are a multitude of different eateries to choose from. The laid-back vibe of Aurora is a great place to relax whilst you sample home cooked food and grab a cold bottle of beer. Also located in Cuitadella is the popular Café Balear, which serves a variety of dishes based on fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients. Although the food is of a high quality, the prices are very reasonable. If you fancy wetting your whistle, the island’s famous gin is a famous Menorca attraction. Visit a distillery or just work your way through a glass or two at a seafront bar.
Action and Adventure
There are a great range of adventurous things to do in Menorca for the intrepid traveller. There are plenty of boat trips available that will transport you deep into the Mediterranean waters, exposing you to the expansive and beautiful coastline. Sea kayaking is also readily available on the island, giving you the opportunity for a more personal spell of exploration. Other water sports are available in abundance throughout the island. The Diving Centre in Cuitadella offers a range of diving courses and programmes to suit all levels, from beginner level to those who are more experienced. Some of Menorca’s attractions can be enjoyed away from the water, so why not don your walking boots and hike the ancient Cami de Cavalls trail that encircles the island? If your feet are too sore you can swap the boots for a bike and cycle the trail. Both options provide a great overall impression of the island’s geography.
Family Fun/Couples Holiday
Families can enjoy the many beaches dotted along the island’s coastline. The shallow waters of Es Grau, which is situated on the north of the island, is ideal for families seeking safe and swimmable options for their children. Cala Macarella and Macarelleta are two picturesque coves lined with pine trees and offer arguably the most scenic beaches on the island. Couples will enjoy the range of water sports on offer, as well as the many boat excursions which are available throughout the island. There is also sea kayaking facilities for the more adventurous couples who want to explore all the sights that the coastline has to offer. Of course there’s nothing more romantic than an evening meal by the ocean as the sun set, something this island specialises in.
Historical and heritage sites are among the more curious of Menorca’s attractions. Old Cuitadella is an ideal place to take a step back in time. It features charming, whitewashed buildings and is lined with traditional cobbled streets. The rustic beauty of the area is worth a visit for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the unique Catalan culture which features throughout the island. The island is home a number of castles and fortresses, the most famous being La Mola Fortress. Set over Mahon Harbour, this fortress is a fine example of nineteenth century Spanish military architecture. For art lovers the Noble Mansions are unique and decadent buildings, which host temporary art exhibitions featuring a wide range of local and national talent. The unusual T-shaped stone formations are amongst various prehistoric monuments found on the island, all shrouded in mystery.
Recharge and Relax
Menorca is all about relaxation. Unwind in the peaceful and historic settings of the Old Cuitadella, or take a stroll down one of the island’s many secluded beaches. Cala en Porter is a stretch of white sand which is surrounded by a lush nature reserve. This quiet and peaceful area provides a truly tranquil setting for beach lovers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy towns. There are even secluded pools, for those pining for a private dip. Cala en Brut is a secluded inlet of water which resembles a natural pool, and provides the perfect setting for a relaxing swim. Although there is no beach here, the secluded pool is a popular spot for those who want to recharge their batteries and take some time to unwind.
If you prefer a tranquil break, there are plenty of beaches, quiet villages and coves that will easily do the trick. Cala ‘n’ Porter is famed for its fantastic cliff top position and is great for wining and dining over stunning views out to sea, while you can head to Mahon for late night bars and lively clubs. Tuck into a delicious meal with a glass of sangria, while watching the sun set across one of the world’s largest natural harbours.
For culture and family friendly resorts, Es Castell is sure to impress; home to a beautiful beach and a portfolio of top class hotels, it’s the perfect place for lazy days in the sun and laid back nights.
Stay in Playa De Fornells for easy beach access, or choose accommodation nestled inland to be in touching distance of some of the region’s highlights. Whereever you choose, you’ll find the island offers the perfect mix of action and relaxation.
Things to do in Menorca
Menorca’s exotic location showcases plenty of beautiful oceans and scenic beaches - 120 to be exact. With lots of opportunity to sit back and relax, you’re sure to find a luxurious paradise where you can unwind, embrace the sea and enjoy the sun.
On your holiday to Menorca seeking out the best beaches is a must. The beautiful Santo Tomas and the unique Cala Turqueta are great places to relax and unwind while the established Cala en Porter, offers an array of bars and restaurants for when you feel peckish. If you want to get your adrenaline going, enjoy trying out water sports, including sailing and jet skiing.
If shopping is more your thing, there are a wealth of shops to find gifts to take home for yourself and friends. You’ll find a range of markets in each area, held during the day and evening. Head to Placa Rotxina for handcrafted jewellery or take a trip to the Fornells night market to stock up on sweets.
If you’re a fan of archaeology, there’s a lot to see in Menorca. Head underwater and embark on a deep sea diving tour to explore the Sa Nitja Port; expect huge shipwrecks and ancient Roman remains. Back on dry land you’ll find Prehistoric monuments called Navetas, and one of Spain’s oldest roofed buildings, Naveta des Tudons near Ciutadella, which is a true Menorca holidays highlight. Don’t miss out on the handful of ancient village ruins throughout the area.