The Balearic Islands are a place in the world that impresses even the most experienced traveler, and whether it is the first time you travel to Menorca or a destination you go to regularly, the beauty of its coves and sunsets always catches you off guard.
The charm of Menorca lies in the tranquility and natural beauty of its coast and the magic that hides its interior. If you are planning a trip to this beautiful island, take a look at this list of what to see and do in Menorca, where you will find things to do in several of its corners.
1. Enjoy a boat trip along the coast of Menorca
If you want to live live live the maximum splendor of its crystal clear turquoise waters, I recommend you also take a boat trip during the day or join an excursion that takes you to know the best hidden coves of the island. Here is a list of the best boat trips in Menorca.
To discover the crystal clear waters
The coves in the south of Menorca are the best known: Macarella, Macarelleta, Mitjana or Trebalúger are surely already on your must-see list (and if not, they should be). The best way to make the most of its turquoise waters away from the crowds of the beaches is to take a boat trip to visit the southern coves.
To watch the sunset
When the sky turns orange and the sea becomes a melting pot of reflections of the last light of the day, it's worth being in the right place to enjoy the spectacle. And there is no better place than in the middle of the sea, so a sunset boat ride along the southwest coast of Menorca will give you the best views of the coves and cliffs of the island with an unbeatable natural filter.
To enjoy a relaxing day in catamaran
Another of the great plans that the island offers you is to cross its waters and its wonderful coves on board of a catamaran, where I assure you that the time stops and you will take your vacations to another level. If you feel like taking a catamaran trip in Menorca, you have several options, depending on the route, duration, etc. I tell you all about it in my article about how to take a catamaran trip in Menorca.
2. Take a Jeep safari around the island
The Sunset Jeep Safari Menorca experience has everything a trip to the jewel of the Balearic Islands should include: a drive inland, discovering forests, meadows, ravines where game birds live, and even some cliffs, and a close-up of the sunset while enjoying organic products from a nearby farm.
In this activity you will have access to private places on the island and therefore you will see things that the typical tourist will not be able to imagine, ending the day in a forest on the edge of a cliff to enjoy the sunset in all its splendor. If you feel like doing the activity, you can consult this article with everything you need to know about the Jeep safari in Menorca.
3. Tour the Menorcan coast by kayak
Another experience that you will always remember from your trip to Menorca is a kayak tour through the coves and sea caves of Menorca. This is an activity in which you can choose to tour the bay of Fornells and admire the Sargantana Island and its watchtower built by the British in the nineteenth century, or take a route along the cliffs and discover the Cueva de los Ingleses, a sea cave where you can see marine life up close while snorkeling.
Precisely because of its combination of physical activity and an introduction to snorkeling, kayaking along the coast of Menorca is a very complete way to spend the morning, especially with the family.
4. Eat up Menorca (literally)
In recent years Menorca is moving towards becoming a world reference for its gastronomy. Not only for its exquisite local products, but also for the creativity, high quality and professionalism of its chefs.
If you are thinking of going to Menorca on vacation, organize your lunches and dinners to make the most of its culinary delights. Initiatives like Cómete Menorca make it easy for you: in its search engine you can choose the restaurant that best suits your tastes and needs: by location, menu, type of menu, etc. This way, choosing the right restaurant has never been so easy.
Join their gastronomic experiences
In addition to its magnificent search engine to choose a restaurant, you can join one of its exclusive experiences: whether you go alone, in a group or as a couple, there is an option for you.
In the Menorca Gourmet Tour, for example, a specialized guide will make you a gastronomic tour around the island in which you will visit the places where the typical products of Menorca are elaborated, you will be able to taste them and you will take home a product from each place visited as a gift.
Take a traditional cooking class with a local chef
If you feel like getting down to work, there are also several options to take a local cooking course, in small groups, in which you will be taught how to prepare the most delicious dishes and then, of course, you will have the opportunity to taste them. If you want more information and prices of this and all the experiences offered by Cómete Menorca, you can write to them at [email protected] or book from their website. Bon apetit!
5. Stroll around Binibèquer, a small village of white houses by the sea
Bathed by the waters of the south coast of Menorca, Binibèquer is a small fishing village of white houses where an almost magical peace reigns. The whole village has an aura of inexplicable harmony, added to the white color that covers all its buildings and that reflect the colors of the sun as the day goes by as if it were a canvas.
The village is only 10 kilometers from Mahón, but even if you are staying at the other end of the island it is worth going to spend the afternoon and enjoy the sunset in Bambú Menorca, one of the classiest restaurants on the island where you can have a glass of wine and taste the local gastronomy.
6. Discover the corners of Ciutadella
Ciutadella is the old capital of Mahon and has a very special charm to discover in its narrow streets and arcades between sun and shade, and its viewpoints from which to enjoy the peace of a summer afternoon.
It is a visit that everyone who travels to Menorca must make, to stroll through its streets, picturesque bars and unique stores. Its historic center has some really nice points of interest, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria or the Church of San Francisco de Asis.
A great way to end the day is, if you have a car, to drive from Ciutadella to the Punta Nati Lighthouse to watch the sunset. And speaking of sunsets, if you are going to be several days on the island, you should go out to see the sunset from the best corners of the island. In this post I leave you a list of what are, for me, the best sunsets in Menorca.
7. Explore the streets of Mahon, the capital of Menorca
Mahon, the current capital of Menorca, is a slightly larger town than Ciutadella but still retains the charm of the coastal towns of the Balearic Islands. Streets crisscrossed by stone arches of medieval buildings, wonderfully simple churches, white houses with reddish roofs, and small bars and restaurants make for a very pleasant stroll on a sunny midday.
It is a city that you can explore without a map or guide or a predefined plan: just stroll through its cathedrals, museums and markets, where you have to try the cheeses, sausages, artisan breads and canned fish made in Menorca itself.
For this visit, I recommend you to bring a good camera or always have your cell phone handy, as Menorca is photogenic like few other cities in Spain.
8. Visit the Naveta des Tudons, the Menorcan Stonehenge
The origin of these megalithic tombs of Menorca is somewhat uncertain, but it is known that its construction dates back to about 3,000 years ago. Throughout the island it is possible to find other prehistoric constructions like this one, but the Naveta des Tudons is one of the most attractive to both tourists and locals.
Legend has it that it was built by a prince in love with a princess, who made it a condition of marriage that he build a home for them both. But just before finishing the naveta, the prince was buried by the last stone he carried on his head. Perhaps this is the origin of the funerary origin of these constructions.
Around the Naveta des Tudons you can see the taulas, monuments of superimposed rocks that inevitably recall the mysterious Stonehenge.
9. Climb Monte Toro, the highest point of the island
Monte Toro is the best viewpoint to observe the island of Menorca and enjoy unbeatable views. It is an essential place in your trip, especially for the last days.
You can go up by car or prepare a short walk to the top, presided over by the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro, consecrated to the patron saint of the island. To get to Monte Toro, the easiest way is to go to Fornells and from there take the short 8-kilometer road there.
10. Have a good cocktail while enjoying the sunset at Cova d'en Xoroi
Cova d'en Xoroi is one of the best places to enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in your hand in Menorca. Located between the cliffs of Cala en Porter, this beach bar is perfect to say goodbye to the island at the end of your trip.
In summer, the Cova d'en Xoroi becomes a club with live music and disco where you can dance to the sea breeze. Due to its popularity, it is essential to book online a table at its viewpoint well in advance.