Menorca is Ibiza’s and Majorca’s calm, charming neighbour, where the focus is more on the rural environment and the mellow beaches than the nightclubs and DJs.
The island has all the soothing sunshine and tempting sand you’d expect from the Balearics, but you’ll have more of a chance to breathe and admire your surroundings here. Traditional and laid-back, Menorca is the place to visit to satisfy your hunger for authentic Mediterranean foods, picturesque cities, and an escape from mass tourism.
The turquoise waters of Cala Macarella and the soft sands of Son Saura are breath-taking, while the island’s rich biodiversity means that nature lovers will fall in love with the wildlife and natural scenery.
Families – Families with younger children love Menorca for its cleanliness, gentle pace, and beaches.
Couples – There is romance and relaxation to be found across the island for couples wishing to get away from the rush.
Nature lovers – Menorca is a UNESCO-approved biosphere reserve, meaning that hiking, birdwatching, and fans of perfect views will be in their element.
9°C (January) – 25°C (August)
As one of Menorca’s quieter resorts, Cala’n Forcat is ideal for families looking for safe waters to snorkel and bathe in. There are plenty of other activities for youngsters to relish, like the playgrounds, waterpark, mini-golf and trampolines you’ll find through town. There are also family-friendly restaurants that provide play areas and bouncy castles for children who need a constant buzz of things to do. Cala’n Forcat is also blessed by how close it is to Ciutadella, with its gorgeous cobbled streets and impressive Gothic architecture.
A Menorcan resort that is perfect for families and visitors who would love to cycle, walk, and pony trekking along Menorca’s many winding and beautiful cycle paths. Cala'n Blanes is another of Menorca’s resorts that offers visitors the chance to visit the former capital Ciutadella, which is just a 15-minute bus ride or a picturesque 45-minute cliff walk away. You’ll want to see Cala’n Blanes’ small cove, too, where visitors can enjoy watersports, cafes, and a beautiful background array of pine trees.
By day, Cala’n Bosch’s attractive marina is an oasis of chilled shopping opportunities and places to eat and drink, and fully embraces the relaxing pace of life throughout the resort. By evening, the marina becomes a livelier spot from which to enjoy the area’s low-key nightlife, where karaoke is particularly popular. The range of traditional eateries is a highlight in Cala’n Bosch, where tapas bars and restaurants offer roast suckling pig, ratatouille of aubergines, potatoes, and peppers in olive oil, and the pleasantly herbal local liqueur “herbas dulces.”
Cala Galdana has a reputation as being the “Queen of the Calas”, and while we’d never like to pick our favourite, it is certainly a strong contender! Some of Menorca’s most impressive scenery is to be found in Cala Galdana, whose crystalline horseshoe bay and needle-straight pines are almost as impressive as the floury sand beach and awesome limestone cliffs. Despite the natural beauty that stands on all sides, Cala Galdana is a purpose-built town, so there is no “old town” area. However, this means that alongside the rural scenes you’ll find convenient shops, bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy throughout the resort.
Son Bou lies on the south coast of Menorca, and homes a nature reserve and the longest beach on the island. Fun and family-friendly, Son Bou offers a convenient couple of shopping centres that are packed with ways to pass the time, as well as places to buy mouth-watering Spanish food and drinks. You’ll find live music and discos for the evenings, and if you’re with children there are plenty of restaurants with kids’ menus and activities to keep them entertained throughout your meal.
The bay of Arenal d’en Castell is a curved stretch of sand that lies on Menorca’s rugged northern coast, perfect for calm relaxation and family holidays with the kids. The countryside around the resort is wonderful for hiking and horseriding, offering views of the mellow ocean and the Blue Flag coastline. The crags of the cliffs and the lush green trees surround a shore that allows visitors to enjoy action-packed watersports or, if you prefer, a stress-relieving day relishing the warm weather on a sun lounger. The busier area of Mahon, Menorca’s capital, is also just a miniature train ride away.
On the south coast of Menorca, Cala’n Porter welcomes families, couples, and groups alike to enjoy the resort’s sun-trap beach, where the cliffs surround the perfect sand and offer visitors an irresistible bay in which to sunbathe and swim. British holidaymakers in particular enjoy Cala’n Porter, with its upbeat nightlife and budget-friendly accommodation, bars, and restaurants. Menorca’s capital Mahon and the twisting narrow streets of Alaior are both easy to reach from Cala’n Porter, for those times when you are hungry for boutique shops and a closer look into Menorca’s history.
Binibeca is one of Menorca’s prettiest resorts, and perhaps one of the quietest, too. If you are looking for a tranquil holiday, where you’ll be far away from the rush of daily life and surrounded by cobbled streets, traditional whitewashed architecture, and one of the most attractive fishing villages you have ever seen, Binibeca is the perfect choice. Snorkelling and scuba diving is popular in and around Binibeca, as the gentle waves and underwater rock formations are the perfect combination.
Mahon is Menorca’s capital, and sits on the east coast amidst centuries of interesting history that shape the city’s architecture. Sun-soaked and atmospheric, Mahon’s gorgeous churches, Gothic cathedral, and 18th century mansions provide culture and ambience whenever you can tear yourself away from the shops, restaurants and cafes during the day, or the bars and clubs at night. There are also plenty of unspoilt beaches nearby, just a 10-minute drive away.
Ciutadella is Menorca’s historic capital and offers some of the best shops and nightlife on the island. Coves scatter Ciutadella’s coast while the harbour sees yachts and boats bobbing with the gentle tide. Skirting the edges of the harbour you’ll find Ciutadella’s more upmarket restaurants, tapas bars, and glamorous outside cafes, where of an evening the island’s trendy clubbers and drinkers will come out to play and mingle.
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