Menorca is probably the most natural and best preserved island of the Balearic Islands. There you will enjoy the sea and nature as in few places in the world, especially if you join a boat trip in Menorca. If instead of a boat you choose to complete the trip with a sailboat ride, you will want to stay and live there (he who warns is not a traitor).
Let yourself be carried away by the swaying of the waves, the strength of the wind and the silence of the most spectacular unspoiled coves in Europe. I tell you which are the best options to embark on this adventure:
A full day excursion by sailboat in the northern bays
You will embark in Fornells on an authentic sailboat and the skipper will follow the rhythm of the wind to make the experience as authentic as possible. You will discover the northern coves and have time for swimming and snorkeling.
The coves in the north of the island are characterized by being practically virgin. Not only will you not be surrounded by tourists on every beach, but you will also travel on a sailboat with only 10 other companions, which makes this excursion a more intimate and much more authentic experience.
You will depart by sailboat from Fornells in the morning and you will have the whole day ahead of you to let the wind (and the skipper) decide the route to follow. The crew guarantees that you will sail most of the time and you will be able to enjoy the best spots in the north of Menorca.
Prepare a towel, swimsuit, sunglasses and a cap and don't worry about anything else. Throughout the day you will make several stops for swimming and snorkeling to complete a perfect day.
Why choose this tour: for a very good value for money you will spend a day at sea discovering the best coves in the north. Lunch is included and the boat is equipped so you can snorkel and discover the underwater life of Menorca.
Recommended if... you want to do a sailing trip in Menorca without having to break your pockets renting a private boat. This is the best option for an intimate trip in very small groups.
Celebrate the end of the day with a sunset sailboat tour
The best sunset on the island can be seen from the sea: take a dip in the late afternoon and take advantage of the last rays of sun to have an aperitif on board and enjoy the peace of the Mediterranean at the end of the day.
It is clear that sailing is something magical, but if you do it late in the day the result will be, for sure, the most romantic evening of your vacation. Shortly before 19:00 you will embark on a real sailboat to set course for the coves of the north. A few hours ahead of you, you will enjoy the wind, the waves and the sea.
You will have time to take the last dip of the day , soaking up the sun's rays before it sets, and you will return to the boat to finish watching the sunset while an aperitif is served on board. Take some clothes to change because you will return late at night to the port. The feeling of sailing in the darkness of the sea is something you won't forget when you return from your trip.
Why choose this tour: this excursion will allow you to put the finishing touch to a perfect day on your vacation. The sunset lights, an aperitif on board and the sunset from the Mediterranean will take care of it.
Recommended if... you feel like joining a quiet plan to enjoy nature.
How much does a sailing excursion in Menorca cost?
The prices of the sailing excursions are a little higher than those of the more crowded boat trips. Keep in mind that you will travel in small groups and the experience is much more exclusive, so you will have to pay about 60 € for 4 hours of sailing or 110 € for the whole day.
However, keep in mind that the sailing excursions usually include drinks and snacks. In the case of the full day excursion, food is also included on board so you don't have to worry about anything else. If you are looking for something more economical, you can always join a larger organized tour, such as some of the excursions that pass through the coves of the south (priced at 50 € for the whole day and 28 € for four hours).
Why a sailing excursion is worthwhile
The answer is clear: the experience is much more premium. For starters, the sailboats will fit, at most, 12 passengers, which makes them practically private tours. You will sail away from the crowds (and the noise) of the masses and the excursion will allow you to enjoy nature even more.
On the other hand, you will be able to get closer to the crew, ask your questions to the skipper of the sailboat, discuss your favorite spots so he can stop and you can swim, etc. In addition, sailing is not comparable to embarking on a much larger boat (there are boats that can accommodate more than 200 people).
At this point it is indisputable that the crystalline waters of Menorca are enjoyed much more and better from the sea. However, the offer of tours on the island is quite varied and you will find routes and excursions for all budgets. If sailing excursions do not suit you, do not worry, there are more options.
How to book a sailing excursion
The easiest way is to book online. In Hellotickets you can check schedules, price and availability. The main recommendation is to make the reservation in advance. Sailboats have a very limited capacity and if you travel in summer, the demand tends to be very high. Book your boat trip as soon as you have your plane tickets so you don't run out of space on board.
How long does a sailing excursion last?
If you are planning to book a sailing tour, you will be able to choose the duration. You will usually find full-day tours (the price is around 110-120 €) or half-day tours. In the case of half-day sailing excursions, they usually last about 3 hours and a half and it is usually enough to see the most important coves in the area.
Schedules of the excursions
If you choose the full day trip you will have to board in the morning (usually around 10:00) to make the most of the daylight hours. You will return to the port around 17:00 after having spent a spectacular day sailing along the coast of Menorca and having had lunch on board. If you choose the afternoon excursion, you will embark around 19:00 to watch the sunset from the boat and you will return to the port in the evening.
Sailing excursions itinerary
Normally the sailing excursions usually depart from the north coast of the island. The home port will always be Fornells and from there you will sail, literally, wherever the wind takes you. And this should not worry you. First, because with the experience of the skipper you will reach the most spectacular and hidden places in the north and second, because the whole area is spectacular, so wherever you go, you will be amazed.
The best known coves of the north coast are Cala Tortuga, Cala Pregonda, Cala Pilar and Cap de Cavalleria. You will be amazed.
Other boat trips in Menorca
If you want to explore the turquoise waters that bathe the island of Menorca but you are not convinced to do it aboard a sailboat, I also recommend the option of taking a catamaran excursion. If not, you can always consult my guide on the best boat trips in Menorca to know the best routes and the whole range of prices available.
If you want to make sure you find a boat trip close to your hotel or apartment, I have also made some lists of the best boat trips departing from each cove or important town of the island: