Menorca or Minorca is the little Spanish island that doesn’t have to fight for attention against its larger sister islands of Ibiza and Majorca. This Balearic island is quietly confident that its abundance of little beaches, tranquil atmosphere, and interior beauty spots are more than enough to attract discerning visitors.
If you’re considering a Balearic island holiday you won’t need much convincing that this destination is the right choice for your Spanish holiday and as introduction to other truly Spainish’s gems.
Never ending beaches
With more beaches than Ibiza and Majorca combined, it’s fair to say that you’ll have no trouble finding a stretch of sand to match your taste and mood. If you’re unconvinced then simply take a look at the Caribbean-like Arenal d’en Castell beach, or the island’s longest beach at Son Bou. Join in with the cliff-divers at Cala Mitjana, or if you want a family beach you can’t go wrong with the shallow, crystal clear waters at Punta Prima. Most of the beaches will have great bars, restaurants, and watersports facilities, but if you’re looking for something a little more secluded it has to be either Cavalleria or Cala Pregonda.
The best sunset hangout
Of course Ibiza has its ultimate sunset beaches but it doesn’t have Cova d’en Xoroi, one of the most spectacular sundown bar settings, perhaps in the world. This bar is set within a series of caves, and boasts terraces high above the Cala en Porter sea; once you’ve gazed at the sun dropping slowly into the Mediterranean, you can continue drinking and dancing at the nightclub. Another great view of the island can be had by taking a trip to the 358 metre summit of Monte Toro; the highest point on the island, from where you can actually see Majorca. If you want to experience the sunsets and sunrises as they did in the past, then visit the 3000 year old Naveta des Tudons just outside of Ciutadella, the best known funeral monument on any of the Balearics.
Explore the island
Menorca is an ideal island for exploring by foot, horseback, or kayak. In fact there’s a 116 mile circular path that spans the entire coastline. Most people can manage to see all of the sights in a week or two, but if it’s secluded beaches, caves and little coves you’re after then take to the sea. The cities of Mahon and Ciutadella are two popular attractions, and both feature relaxing water-front bars and restaurants. Mahon’s 19th century Fortalleza de La Mola is a must see for history lovers, and contains a maze of underground rooms and tunnels. Don’t miss the chance to wander through Ciutadella’s narrow little streets which feature palaces and buildings, such as the Església del Roser, dating back to the 17th century.
These are just a few of the delights which await you on this fascinating and sublime island. If you’ve visited before why not let us know of your personal highlights, or some hidden gems we’ve yet to discover on Menorca.