Each corner of Menorca offers a different experience for visitors, from swimming in secluded coves and walking off the beaten track, to eating tapas at charming Spanish restaurants and shopping at lively markets in bustling resort towns.
Menorca’s Outstanding Beaches
The beaches of Menorca are one of the islands biggest draw cards. The warm azure water that laps at shores of Menorca is ideal for water sports. Swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, wreck diving, jet skiing and fishing are popular water sports here. Known for its wind, the island is also a haven for wind surfing and sailing.
Menorca beaches are not nearly as crowded as those on the party islands of Majorca and Ibiza, so it’s not hard to find a nice relaxing spot of your own. There are several beaches worth visiting when you’re staying in a villa in Menorca.
Son Bou,The longest beach that’s a favourite spot for swimming and sunbathing thanks to calm water and soft, fine sand. It’s located on the south coast of Menorca. Overlooking this gorgeous stretch of beach are Son Bou and San Jaime villas, which are popular with families with small children.
Cala GaldanaIs a picturesque crescent-shaped bay, surrounded by pine forests, Mediterranean villas, bars and restaurants. The soft golden sand and warm water is perfect for sunbathing and swimming and there is even a small water park and a mini-golf course in the beach resort of Cala Galdana.
Son ParcBeach is located at Mercadal and has all the amenities that make it an ideal beach spot for families with children. Villas in Son Parc are a great base from which to explore the island.
Punta PrimaBeach is one of the busiest beaches thanks to the wide variety of water sports available, as well as the great selection of bars, restaurants and shops in Punta Prima. Just watch out for the red warning flags that indicate strong undercurrents, which are common in this part of the Menorcan coast.
Other popular beaches include Els Canutells, Cala en Porter, Sant Tomás, Cala Mitjana, Cala Macarella, Son Xoriguer and Cala’n Bosch, Arenal D’en Castell Cala Macarella, and Macarelleta.
Explore the IslandThe island of Menorca was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve thanks to the wide range of wildlife and outstanding natural beauty. Menorca not only boasts stunning beaches, but there are also fascinating archaeological sites, medieval architecture and sleepy villages that are worth exploring. Highlights include Monte Toro, the highest point on the island that offers panoramic views, Xoriguer Gin Distillery, Museu de Minorca, Placa Alfons III and the 19th century La Mola Fortress.
The capital city Mahon (Maó) has a beautiful harbour, a wonderful selection of bars and restaurants, and a great mix of colonial and Menorcan architecture. From an apartment in Mahon you can visit the Arch de San Roque, the Church of Santa Maria, the Casa de Cultura and the Gobierno Militar on the Place Esplanada. When you’re not sightseeing you can explore the narrow, winding streets and find a cake shop or quaint café where you can sip on your drink and watch the world go by. There is something quite peaceful about the atmosphere in Mahon, but when the sun sets in Mahon the bars, nightclubs and cafes become a hive of activity.
The charming town of Ciutadella was the old capital of Menorca, and has a fascinating history. Attractions in the historic town include the Cathedral of Menorca and the 17th century Castell Sant Nicolas.
In Western Menorca you’ll find Cala Blanca and Cala n Bosch. These resorts are home to Menorca’s luxury villas and the marinas are filled with impressive yachts. It’s for travellers with only the most discerning taste.
Es Castell is another popular resort town in Menorca, and is well known for its lively restaurants, bars and evening entertainment.
The unspoilt countryside, quiet fishing villages and peaceful farms make the island popular with travellers who enjoy hiking, cycling and horseback riding. You can find maps with great walking routes at Menorca tourist information offices around the island. Buses on the island are regular and cheap, making it another great option for getting around.
There are so many diverse attractions in Menorca that there is sure to be something to suit everybody’s taste, whether you are looking for lazy days in the sun, or a holiday filled with history and culture. Menorca has it all.
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