Things to do and what to see in Menorca
13 amazing activities to do in Menorca
I want to surprise you with a TOP list of 13 things to do and see in Menorca. It is difficult not to fall in love with Menorca. On a short break or in a week, I assure you that you will not have enough time to enjoy all the enchanting places it has to offer. One thing is certain: in Minorca there is no time for boredom. Here are some suggestions. This little paradise has a lot to offer and is much more than just its spectacular beaches.
Nautical activities to keep you entertained in Minorca
The sea of Menorca is ideal for nautical activities such as surfing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, boat or catamaran trips. Known as the island of wind, Menorca is the dream setting for lovers of sailing. You can windsurf in the calm waters of its marinas, where the Nautical Resorts are located, offering all kinds of services and comforts to those who decide to anchor and enjoy their facilities. The numerous nautical service companies offer us the opportunity to rent different boats or go on excursions to any of its beautiful beaches, where we can enjoy a delicious swim in the Mediterranean or dive into its depths.
If you dive in Minorca, you will fall in love with its transparent waters that are home to a great diversity of life that deserves to be observed. Its seabed is a veritable enchanted forest of unique marine plants and species, caves, backwaters and shipwrecks. Diving in the protected area in the north of the island is a real underwater adventure in which we can observe, among many other species, how lobsters and groupers move as they please. Canoeing through unspoilt nature is another great way to experience the adventure of the sea: discover sea caves, impressive cliffs or cross the most amazing natural bridges in the Mediterranean.
Which activity do you fancy the most in Menorca?
Canoeing and Kayaking
Discovering Menorca by canoe is a great way to experience the adventure of the sea through unspoilt nature.
Sailing and Surfing
Menorca is the dream setting for lovers of sailing and windsurfing.
Scuba diving – Diving
If you dive in Minorca, you will fall in love with its transparent waters that are home to numerous natural treasures.
The numerous nautical service companies on the island offer us the opportunity to go on excursions on the sea.
Enjoy the Menorcan Sunsets
Combining a good day at the beach with a spectacular sunset is a must. Every day, I spent my time looking for locations so as not to miss the best sunsets in Menorca. And I found them. Yes, I did. From a lighthouse, a kilometre-long beach, a charming bar or a beautiful castle. Seriously, they are incredible. A great plan for die-hard romantics.
Discover Menorca Prehistoric
This is one of the most surprising things to see in Menorca. It turns out that the island has a multitude of remains from the Talayotic culture. These are the prehistoric societies that originated in Mallorca and Menorca in the 2nd millennium BC. And, in this sense, Menorca is almost an open-air museum. Talayotic remains are scattered all over the island. Some of the most important sites you can visit are the Naveta des Tudons, the Necropolis of Cala Morell, the Torre d’en Galmés and the Torralba d’en Salord, among others.
Stroll around Ciutadella, the most beautiful town in Menorca
Ciutadella is the most beautiful town in Minorca. It has a charming medieval historic centre, with small streets lined with stately houses, small squares, and a charming little port. Ciutadella has to be on your list of things to do in Minorca.
Some of the key points you should not miss are the Carrer de Ses Voltes, the Cathedral of Menorca, the Plaza des Born and the Town Hall, the remains of the ancient walls of Ciutadella, the Castle of San Nicolás and its little port.
There is nothing better than getting to know this city than to do it with a guide who will tell you its history and anecdotes, as well as giving you good recommendations for the rest of your visit.
And what better than when it’s free? You have the chance to join a free tour. Don’t miss it because it’s worth it. You just have to book it (if you decide not to join it, remember to cancel it to make room for other people).
La Mola Fortress, a must-see in Menorca
The Fortress of Isabel II, or La Mola fortress, is one of the most important things to see in Menorca. Commissioned by Isabella II in the 19th century, it is an enormous military construction that has served both to defend the entrance to the port of Mahón and as a royal prison.
Your visit will take you through its different rooms, underground galleries, defensive fronts, powder magazines, viewpoints and you can also visit the Vickers battery with a firing range of up to 35 km.
This visit is really worthwhile. Put it on your list of things to do in Menorca because you won’t be disappointed. The entrance fee is 8 euros and you also have the option of taking a guided tour.
Buy yourself a pair of abarcas, or menorquinas
The abarcas, or menorquinas, are the typical Menorcan summer footwear. They are simple, hard-wearing shoes made of cowhide leather and rubber soles. Ideal for going to the beach and walking cool.
Visit one of the seven lighthouses of Menorca
Visiting one of the island’s lighthouses is one of the things to do in Minorca. Menorca’s lighthouses exude a special magic and each one of them has an interesting story to tell.
They are located in rugged areas, some of them on large cliffs, with great scenic value. The most famous are those of Favaritx, with its “lunar” landscape, and Cavalleria, on an imposing cliff, and to a lesser extent Punta Nati.
Sail along the Menorcan coastline
Enjoy the Menorcan coast from a different angle, the one that comes from sailing along it. You can reach coves and beaches that are very difficult to reach by land and bathe in idyllic spots. There are several ways to do this, from renting a small boat (some of which you can do without a licence) or hiring a boat with a skipper, to joining a tour.
Among the tour options you can join, here are some of them:
A boat trip around the southern coves that will take you from Cala Galdana to some of the most beautiful coves in Menorca such as Macarella and Macarelleta, Cala en Turqueta, Son Saura, Mitjana and Mitjaneta, Trebalúger or Cala Escorxada.
A catamaran trip along the north coast that will take you to discover the wild north coast of Menorca.
A full day sailing from Fornells along the north coast passing by places such as Cala Pilar, Cala Pregonda, Favaritx and coves only accessible by sea.
A romantic sailing trip at sunset to enjoy the sunset from the sea.
The Cova d’en Xoroi
Another of the best things to do in Menorca is to enjoy a sunset at the Cova d’en Xoroi while listening to chill out music and sipping a cocktail or a beer.
This cave, located on a cliff on the south coast of the island, has several viewpoints, a music bar and an exclusive discotheque, which fills up every night.
Its name goes back to a legend in which Xoroi, a survivor of a shipwreck, took refuge in this cave and lived there for a while.
Villages to visit in Minorca
One of the best things to do in Minorca, apart from taking a dip in one of its paradisiacal coves, is to visit its inland villages and fishing villages.
Some of the most beautiful villages to visit in Minorca are:
Binibeca Vell: this fishing village, built in 1972, captivates at first sight with its white houses and narrow streets.
Fornells: located in the north of the island, this fishing village has a beautiful harbour and a huge tower with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. It is also one of the best places to try the famous caldereta de langosta (lobster stew), the island’s star dish.
Alaior: this inland village of traditional architecture stands out for its tranquillity and good gastronomy.
Sant Lluís: founded by the French, this village’s main attractions are its whitewashed houses and its mill.
S’Albufera des Grau
S’Albufera des Grau is a protected natural park of more than 5,000 hectares and another of the essential places to visit in Minorca.
In this lagoon you will find the most important wetland area on the island, as well as cliffs, coves such as Cala Tortuga and Cala Presili, wild olive forests and a great diversity of flora and fauna.
To visit the park you will have to go to the Information Centre and take one of the three routes that run through the park and pass by different water bird watching points, one of its main attractions.
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