Best Guided Tours in Menorca

Get to know the must-do tours in the discreet, but not off the beaten track Menorca.

Andressa García

Andressa García

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Best Guided Tours in Menorca

Menorca | ©Nicolas Vigier

Neighboring Ibiza and Mallorca, Menorca is part of the paradisiacal Balearic Islands nestled in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a Spanish jewel that offers locals and visitors the most beautiful sights and the most vibrant activities.

As you would expect, guided tours and excursions abound on the island offering different experiences to suit all tastes. Whether you're into adventure or leisurely sightseeing, Menorca has so much to see and do that your vacation will be an unforgettable experience.

1. Historical tour through the Ciutadella

Ciutadella| ©Pablo Fernández
Ciutadella| ©Pablo Fernández

Visiting the Ciutadella is a must if you go to Menorca. One of the best ways to get to know the Ciutadella is by taking a guided tour of the area. It is a rewarding and enriching experience of culture and architecture.

If part of the objective of your trip is to get to know and appreciate the monuments that Menorca has to offer, you will undoubtedly love everything that Ciutadella has to offer.

In the tour you will be able to know the historic center, the Cathedral of the city and the arches that are of great tourist and cultural interest.

In addition, these tours usually also pass through the main square, the Salort Palace and the Diocesan Museum of Menorca. The stops are usually made in emblematic places of Ciutadella, such as the Convent Sant Agusti.

Details of interest

  • Price: In average you could spend from 6 to 50 euros per person. Expenses could increase on tours where entrance fees to the iconic sites are not included.
  • Duration: To visit Ciutadella and see the most important points of interest, you could use two to three hours.
  • Means of transportation: The tours that offer a guided visit to the whole place include transportation. Depending on the number of people, the type of vehicle may vary, it can be a private car or a bus.
  • Advantages of this tour: You will be able to know the history that surrounds the island, soak up its rich cultural and religious essence.
  • Disadvantages of the tour: In many of the tours that are offered in this area, the entrances to the most emblematic places are not included, so you will have to buy them on your own.

2. Tour of the Natural Museum of Binissuès

Binissuès Natural Museum| ©Bud Hirsch
Binissuès Natural Museum| ©Bud Hirsch

With more than 8,000 species, the Natural Museum of Binissuès promises you an interesting and knowledgeable tour. During the tour you can learn about each section of the museum, divided into: zoology, malacology, geology, mycology and botany.

Among the many species found inside the museum, 350 species of mushrooms native to the island, and the collection of rare and giant insects stand out.

As part of your visit to the museum, you can take an interesting tour of the Binissuès Museum, a place where you can learn firsthand what life in the countryside was like in the past on the island. The guides and caretakers of the house welcome you in period costumes, just to explain in detail how the land was worked in those distant years.

This place is located in an old farmhouse that has been converted into a museum. Inside you can appreciate every detail that defines the era of splendor of the house.

You will enjoy an audiovisual display detailing the life of the owners of the house through the generations. It is a unique and satisfying experience.

Details of interest

  • Price: They may vary according to the season of the year and the type of visit you make to the site. The museum offers different options of visits with different prices, so you will surely find the one that fits what you expect to know. In general, prices range from 18 to 60 euros.
  • Duration: Doing the complete tour of the farmhouse, the manor house and the science museum, it could take you about 3 hours. This time can be extended if you also visit the farm and the ethnological collection on site.
  • Means of transportation: The tour of the museum is on foot, which gives you the advantage of taking pictures in every place you want and see every detail of this unmissable visit.
  • Advantages of touring the Museum: You will learn about the strangest species of animals and you will take a trip back in time to find out what the lifestyle was like in Menorca in the past.
  • Disadvantages of taking the tour: Many of the tours offered do not include transportation service. This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility who need wheelchairs.

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3. Walk or drive around Mahón

Through the streets of Mahón| ©mark bartlett
Through the streets of Mahón| ©mark bartlett

The port of Mahón has had an important impact on Menorca and the Balearic Islands since ancient times. It has been the point of arrival and departure of different generations of conquerors and adventurers.

Nowadays it is an excellent place to start a boat excursion from Mahón, or even to walk around the place. The walking tour of Mahon will take you on a journey through time.

Touring the town and the port will not only awaken your interest in learning more about the island, but will also allow you to contemplate the wonderful views of the sea.

If you are an art lover, you can't miss the Teatro Principal, one of the oldest theaters on the continent and still active.

Interesting details

  • Price: The price to attend this guided tour may vary according to the age of each participant. Children and older adults usually pay less for their ticket, while adults pay a higher price. The price per person can range from 20 to 50 euros. For groups of several people the cost can amount to 160 or 200 euros, depending on the number of people.
  • Duration: Touring the entire city of Mahón can take time. If you hire a quick tour of the most important places and without many stops, it can take between one and a half and two hours to complete the whole tour. If you hire a more complete tour, you could get to know the town in four to six hours.
  • Means of transportation: Depending on the type of tour you hire, you can do the tour on foot or by vehicle. I particularly recommend that you hire a walking tour, so you can enjoy first hand all the contrasts that Mahón has to offer. You can also use a sailboat to tour the harbor.
  • Advantages of touring Mahón: It helps you to get to know the most emblematic places and monuments of Spain and Europe, while you enjoy the landscapes that surround the town.
  • Disadvantages of this option: In case you decide to do the tour on foot, it can be a disadvantage the fact that you get tired before finishing the tour. It is not that it is a heavy walk, but before venturing, take into account your mood to walk a lot.

4. Visit to the Hort Sant Patrici winery

Hort Sant Patrici Winery| ©Javier Ortega Figueiral
Hort Sant Patrici Winery| ©Javier Ortega Figueiral

If you want a quiet visit and an exceptional wine tasting in Menorca, the Hort Sant Patrici winery is the ideal choice.

It is an estate with more than a hundred years of history where wines and cheeses of the highest quality are produced.

An experience, undoubtedly, perfect to delight your palate that you can not miss on your visit to Menorca. The farm opens its doors so you can have a special tasting of wines and cheeses. It also puts at your disposal its private museum and souvenir store. If you want a main course, the place also offers restaurant service.

Details of interest

  • Price: It may vary according to the type of visit, either group or individual. There may also be a price change depending on whether you make your visit in high or low season. Reservations should be made in advance to ensure the best prices and availability.
  • Duration: It depends on whether you only stay for the winery tour and tasting; or if you also stay for a good meal, the tour can last from two to three hours.
  • Means of transportation: To get to the winery, you will need to go by car. Some tours offer to pick you up at the hotel where you are staying, while others do not include this service. Inside the estate and winery, the tour is on foot.
  • Advantages of visiting the winery: This visit allows you to taste unique flavors of the highest quality Menorcan gastronomy. You can learn firsthand, the process of making cheese and wine.
  • Disadvantages of the visit: You have to take into account the time of the year in which you will make your visit. Depending on the season and the number of people, the price changes.

5. Cheese tasting at the cheese factory Subaida

Subaida Cheese Factory| ©TRAVEL2BALEARES
Subaida Cheese Factory| ©TRAVEL2BALEARES

How about a double cheese and wine tasting? In Menorca, one of the ideal activities to do is this. For this reason, it is not surprising that you have more than one option to taste the delicacies of the island.

The Subaida cheese factory has three generations making cheeses and presenting wines.

During this tour and tasting, you have the opportunity to sample the exquisiteness of white, rosé and red wines. As for cheeses, the tasting includes cheeses of 2 months semi-cured, 6 months cured and 12 months aged.

Before the tasting, you will be able to tour the entire farm and learn about the production process. Undoubtedly this is an experience that you must live in your visit to Menorca.

Details of the tour

  • Price: The price variation depends on the number of people attending, as well as the completeness of the tour. Approximately the price of the tour can be around 20 euros.
  • Duration: Touring the whole place, from the farm to the wine and cheese tasting, it can take up to 3 hours to complete the activity.
  • Transportation: Tours to the cheese factory do not include transportation. If you want to do this tour, you will have to find a way to get to the destination. Inside the facilities, the tour will be on foot.
  • Advantages of taking the tour: You will taste one of the best wines and cheeses of the region. You will be able to see the entire production process in the vineyards and cheese factories.
  • Disadvantages of this option: The biggest drawback you face when visiting this venue is transportation. You must get there on your own to start the tour.

6. Archaeological tour of the archaeological site of Son Catlar

Son Catlar archaeological site| ©Jaime Jover
Son Catlar archaeological site| ©Jaime Jover

The site of Son Catlar is one of the jewels of the Talayotic culture. Visiting these monuments will give you a unique and enriching archaeological and historical experience. These sites explain how people lived during the Iron Age in this region.

Part of what you will find on your visit to Son Catlar is the view of the wall of more than 900 meters that extends around the whole complex.

During the visit you will hear an explanation of the archaeological studies and results that experts have reached over time.

Details of interest

  • Price: Adults pay around 16 to 20 euros for the entrance and guided tour, while children between 11 and 17 years old can pay around 8 euros. Children up to 10 years old can enjoy the tour free of charge.
  • Duration: The full tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Once the guided tour is over, you can stay as long as you want inside the site.
  • Transportation: The tour starts right at the entrance of the site, so the tours do not usually include transportation. If you go by car, you can park at the entrance of the site and then enjoy the walk.
  • Advantages of this option: It is a leisurely walk, of short duration and from which you will learn many things you probably did not know.
  • Disadvantages of taking the tour: Transportation is not included. You should also keep in mind that these tours do not usually include food. It is not a tour suitable for people in wheelchairs. Pets are not allowed in order to preserve the care of the site.

7. Sailing around Menorca in a sailing boat

Menorca by sailboat| ©JordiGi
Menorca by sailboat| ©JordiGi

It is impossible to talk about the island without talking about the paradisiacal sea views and the sailing excursions in Menorca. That's why if you travel to Menorca, you can't miss to do some aquatic tour. From my point of view, there is nothing better than getting to know the whole city aboard a sailboat.

During this tour you will know the most hidden and magical places in the surroundings of Menorca. It is an experience that you can live in three hours, half a day or the whole day. Depending on the type of tour you choose you can visit more or less destinations around the island.

Details of interest

  • Price: Depending on the time you want to use for this activity, the price may vary. You can find offers from 50 to 160 euros per person.
  • Duration: The shortest tour can be about three hours. Half day and full day tours are also available, sailing around the island of Menorca.
  • Means of transportation: You must arrive on your own to the coast, from there, you will sail by sailboat.
  • Advantages of this option: You will be in contact with fun, sea and adventure. It is a great opportunity for family enjoyment or meeting with your partner.
  • Disadvantages of this option: It is not an option for people who are afraid of the sea or extreme adventures. Pets are not allowed and it is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

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8. Jeep safari through rural landscapes

Jeep Safari Menorca| ©ryan carter
Jeep Safari Menorca| ©ryan carter

Looking for adventure and want to let your free spirit out? Then this is the tour for you. This experience offers you a unique and unrepeatable ride through the most beautiful rural landscapes of the island. You will get to know inhospitable trails, which can only be accessed by 4x4 vehicles. The tour will take place aboard classic Land Rover vehicles.

On this jeep safari in Menorca you will be able to enjoy incredible views and see the island' s wildlife up close. The tour includes a guide and driver of the vehicle.

The best of this tour is that you will have the opportunity to appreciate the sunset on the island with privileged views.

Details of interest

  • Price: The cost of this tour ranges between 100 and 130 euros. The variation depends on how long the experience lasts and what it includes.
  • Duration: You can find half day or full day tours, it all depends on your adventurous spirit.
  • Means of transportation: The tour is done aboard 4x4 vehicles specialized for uneven terrain.
  • Advantages of taking the tour: You will have a unique experience of adventure and outdoors. The groups are quite small. It is not necessary to have a previous physical preparation to attend the adventure.
  • Disadvantages of taking the tour: Children under 5 years old are not allowed. Not suitable for pregnant women or people in wheelchairs. Food and refreshments are not included.

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9. Kayak tour in the diving caves

Marvel at the beautiful views from your kayak| ©Laurene Gicquel
Marvel at the beautiful views from your kayak| ©Laurene Gicquel

You must necessarily take a kayak tour if you go to Menorca. The caves where you can dive are inaccessible places in Menorca, but with a good kayak tour you can get to know them. You will be able to appreciate the marine fauna as never before diving in this area.

One of the best experiences you will have in this tour is the diving baptism.
Specialists from the Marine Reserve are part of the tour, to explain in detail the characteristics of the species found inside and all the details of the caves. This means that, besides being an incredible adventure experience, it will also be educational.

Details of interest

  • Price: There are different packages available to visit the diving caves. The packages for couples range from 150 to 300 euros. The individual cost ranges from 40 to 60 euros per person.
  • Duration: This tour can last between three hours and all day. Depending on the time you want to dedicate to it, you can choose the option that best suits you.
  • Transportation: From the coast to the caves and back, you will have guaranteed water transportation. You must get to the starting point on your own.
  • Advantages of this option: You will live a day of aquatic adventure and you will learn about the marine fauna from experts in the area.
  • Disadvantages of this option: You will have to pay for food on your own. Not suitable for pregnant women or people with reduced mobility.

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10. View of the Menorcan sunsets from the sea

Sunset in Menorca| ©Nicolas Vigier
Sunset in Menorca| ©Nicolas Vigier

One of the most dazzling spectacles that you will be able to see in Menorca are its sunsets. One thing is to see it from the most irregular terrain of the island, and another thing is to enjoy them by boat.

This magical experience will take you on a ride along the island's coastline as the sun sets. Not only will you be able to enjoy a beautiful view, but you will also be able to taste delicious tapas and refreshing drinks.

Interesting details

  • Price: Per person, the cost of this activity is usually around 50 to 60 euros. The variation depends on the type of boat.
  • Duration: This tour can last between two and a half and three hours, depending on the departure time of the boat.
  • Means of transportation: You have to get on your own to the coast from where the tour departs. The tour is done by boat, sailboat or motorboat.
  • Advantages of taking the tour: You will have refreshments during the tour. You will be able to swim a little when the boat makes its respective stop for diving and snorkeling.
  • Disadvantages of the tour: Group tours are limited to a maximum of 10 to 11 people.

Advantages of taking a guided tour vs. visiting Menorca by yourself

  • Guided tour
  • You get to know the real essence of the place and its history.
  • You can visit more places in less time
  • Minimize the risk of unpleasant surprises
  • On your own
  • You visit places half-heartedly and do not get to know their history.
  • You visit less places and waste time
  • You may have bad experiences due to lack of knowledge

Tips for a guided tour in Menorca

Preparing Luggage| ©Marissa Grootes
Preparing Luggage| ©Marissa Grootes
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Wear hats to protect you from the sun.
  • Always carry a bottle of water.
  • Avoid carrying too many things in your hands, diversify your luggage.
  • Pay close attention to the guide's indications.