Things to do in Menorca
Known for its laid back pace, quiet coves, white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters and stunning architecture, Menorca is famous for delivering peaceful and relaxing holidays full of sunshine and positive memories. Here’s our ultimate guide to some of the best things to do in Menorca, Spain.
Hit the beach
If you plan on heading to Menorca for a beach holiday, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to sandy shores to explore. Cala’n Porter’s beach is popular with families and watersports lovers, offering everything from pedalos to jet-skis. Those who want to snorkel will also feel right at home here too, with plenty of headland rocks to explore that are home to purple urchins, exotic fish and starfish. Son Parc beach is another must-visit, with a coastline of sand and pebbles. Here you’ll find plenty of restaurants, a lifeguard, car parking and umbrellas/loungers should you want to spend the day topping up your tan. Pedalos and jet-skis can also be rented, while the town centre is just a ten-minute walk away.
Browse the shops in Ciutadella
From designer boutiques to specialist stores that have sold leather goods for decades, you’ll find it all in the old capital. If you visit on Friday or Saturday, you’ll also have a market to browse for local delicacies and handmade items in the main square. Keen shoppers will also love Son Bou’s shopping mall, where you’ll find plenty of stores selling handmade jewellery and pottery, traditional Spanish shoes and designer boutiques for those who love their labels. There’s also plenty of nibbles available at the nearby supermarkets for a beach picnic or dinner on the poolside patio of your Villa Torresoli.
Take a tour of Es Castell
History buffs will enjoy exploring the resort of Es Cartell, which is home to a museum in a former barracks, as well as a variety of cannons from when the island needed shore defences. The resort is also home to a harbour where you’ll find many restaurants and shops constructed into limestone cave walls. Unwind with a glass of wine and some paella while enjoying the views across the bay.
Take the plunge at one of the island’s waterparks
Menorca boasts two waterparks which are great for a cooling family day out. Expect tummy-twisting slides, wave machines, toddler-friendly attractions like fountains and more. In Cala’n Bosch, Aquarock features a daredevil Kamikaze for those who want something more adrenaline-filled, while the waterpark at Cala’n Forcat features hydro-tubes, a toboggan and a lazy river.
Tour the Fortaleza de la Mola
As you approach Mahon’s harbour, you cannot miss the 19th century fort of Fortaleza de la Mola, which was constructed to protect Menorca from attacks by the French and English. As the island was never actually attacked, the fort itself is in very good condition and offers a detailed insight into construction of the period. Wander along the defensive walls, examine the military prison and the many underground galleries that the fort offers. We’d recommend visiting in the evening to watch fabulous sunsets that make for amazing holiday photos.
Indulge in international and Spanish cuisine
Enjoying good food is what being on holiday is all about. Menorca has plenty of restaurants offering a range of traditional Spanish and international dishes. Palma offers everything from wood-fired pizza to curry and English staples, while Mahon offers diners lots of Spanish classics like tapas, patatas bravas, fried squid and paella. Enjoy a leisurely meal and talk about the day’s events while the small plates keep on coming!
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