Despite its almost 700 km² of surface, Menorca offers an infinite variety of attractions. There are so many things that can be done in this little Balearic paradise, but if you go for a short period of time, it is impossible to enjoy them all. This is why I am going to tell you the top 10 plans so that you can make the most of your stay on this paradisiac island:
1. VISIT BINIBECA, THE MOST CHARMING TOWN IN MENORCA
Located on the southeast coast of the island, a few km from Mahón, Binibeca has become one of the most visited places on the entire island. Strolling through its labyrinthine alleys of white houses surrounded by palm trees and colorful flowers is such a wonder.
The best way to enjoy this small fishing village is by getting lost through its narrow streets without following a certain course. Let yourself be guided by your intuition.
2. GO TREKKING THROUGH CAMÍ DE CAVALLS
Camí de Cavalls is an old 185km long path that goes around Menorca along the coast. Touring it is, without a doubt, the best way to discover the great natural wealth of the island.
This path is divided into 20 stages, each of them with its own beauty. From the 3 hiking routes that I made in my passage through the Balearic island, I especially recommend doing the number 9, which goes from Punta Nati to Cala Morell.
STAGE 9: PUNTA NATI – CALA MORELL
If you decide to do this stage, which takes about 6 hours (round trip), I recommend dedicating an entire day to it and getting up early in order to:
- Avoid the higher incidence of the sun, the better
- Make the most of the beautiful Cala Morell, since the sooner you leave, the more time you will be able to spend at it
Moreover, do not forget to be well equipped:
Once ready, it’s time to start the route!
The start of the route is located in Punta Nati, specifically in the car park that is a little before the lighthouse. A few steps further towards the sea, on the right, there is a wooden door where you will see the sign shown marking the beginning.
From there, on, the path to Cala Morell is perfectly marked. Along the way there is little vegetation and, therefore, almost null places of shade. That is why being well equipped is so important. Despite such a shortage of green, the landscapes that you will be able to appreciate are truly fascinating: cliffs, coves, lighthouses, etc. Looking at the following photos you can get an idea of how beautiful it is:
Once you reach the destination, it is time to take a nice refreshing bath in the crystal-clear waters of the cove and/or sunbathe until it is time to eat. In the same cove, there is a very stylish restaurant, where delicious dishes are offered, although somewhat expensive and with no much choice. It’s called Ivette Beach Club and it’s the one we opted for. Whether you decide on eating there or at any of the other two bars/restaurants that are in that cove, I advise you to book in advance (especially in summer) as they fill up right away.
As you can see, Cala Morell is gorgeous. In fact, it is one of my favorites of all the ones we enjoyed on our way through the island. So, in order to make the most of it, I recommend staying a couple of hours more on it after eating until heading back to the Punta Nati lighthouse.
3. HAVE A NICE WALK THROUGH THE PORTS OF CIUDADELA AND MAHÓN
Ciudadela and Mahón are Menorcas’s main cities. They are located in the West and East side of the island respectively and have two of the most important ports.
The atmosphere in both places, especially during the afternoon-night in Ciudadela, deserves to be witnessed: people having dinner, live music, lights, boats of all styles and sizes, the sea breeze brushing your skin and some beautiful views to the old “Royal Fortress”. This building was occupied by the king Alfonso III of Menorca, and later by the island’s governors, until the capital was transferred to Mahón.
As you can deduce, in addition to taking a walk through both areas, it can also be very interesting to take a tour to know more about the history of the island and other curious facts. So I leave you next a link to a FREE TOUR around Mahón, so that you can soak up new knowledge and enjoy the most beautiful corners of the capital.
4. SPEND A RELAXING DAY ON A BOAT
Were you thinking of going to Menorca and not enjoying a boat trip? It would be a shame to miss out on this great opportunity! When I had the chance to visit this beautiful island, the day we spent going from beach to beach and from cove to cove on a little boat, was undoubtedly the most relaxing and beautiful one.
As there is no accounting for taste, I share different options among which you can decide to make this experience come true. Although before making a decision, I would recommend you take a look at the weather on the day you choose to do this activity. Depending on the wind (take a look at the Windy app), it will be better for you to take the boat trip in one area or another of the island.
5. GO DIVING AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL MARINE WORLD
Whether you have already practiced it before or not, diving in Menorca is a magnificent idea: water temperature between 22ºC and 28ºC during the summer months, visibility of more than 30 meters, caves, reefs, ship wreckage and many other reasons. In short, a paradise for lovers of the marine world.
After doing an immersion with them, I highly recommend living this experience with Fornells Diving Center, a diving school with more than 20 years of experience, where great professionals will make you enjoy the activity to the fullest. On their website you can find detailed information about the courses and the variety of dives they offer for all levels of experience.
6. EXPLORE THE BEST COVES OF THE ISLAND
As you well know, it is the most popular activity and which I would dare to say that no one omits when visiting Menorca. Despite the small size of the island, it has a total of 128 beaches and coves, each of which has a particular charm.
If you search on the internet for ‘The best coves in Menorca’, the most likely to appear are the following ones: Macarella, Mitjana, Turqueta and I would add En Brut. Yes, they are very nice coves but all of them lose their beauty when they are full of people. They are very touristy, especially in summer, of course. That is why I would like to tell you which ones I found the most beautiful ones and, what is more, mostly little exploited:
Cala Pudenta, without a doubt, the most beautiful one in the whole island. Although we arrived by boat (we rented one for an entire morning), I was told that it can be accessed on foot by following a path for about 30 minutes. As it is so difficult to access, it is not very well known, so it can be enjoyed in complete peace of mind.
Cala Binimel·là and Cala Pregonda. I mention them together because in addition to being nice, there is a route that goes from Binimel·là to Pregonda that is really worth doing. These coves are somewhat more touristy than the previous one, but doing that route I discovered a small cove that I named the Cala “Secreta” or “Secret” Cove just halfway between both. It was bathed by crystal-clear waters and the best thing is that there was no one at all!
7. GO SNORKELING IN CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS
The rocky coves bathed by almost transparent waters make Menorca an ideal place to snorkel. It is an activity that can be enjoyed by the smallest, even the oldest, and with which I am sure that the hours will fly by.
Here are some of the best rocky coves to snorkel on the Balearic island:
- Cala Rafalet
- Cala Morell
- Cala “Secreta” (the one I mention in point 5)
- Cala Macarella
So, do not forget to take your snorkel kit with you in the suitcase!
8. ENJOY THE MOST MAGIC SUNRISES
I am sure that most of you also think that sunrises are precious gifts that life gives us every day. In addition, if they can be enjoyed from a beautiful place, such as the sea, the gift is double.
Menorca is an ideal place where to enjoy them, thanks to its island characteristics. So, I am going to provide you with a list of the ones that I consider that are the best places where to start the day.
Places where to enjoy beautiful sunrises:
- Favàritx lighthouse
- Es Grau beach
- Isabel II fortress
Even so, magic is in the sky, so anywhere you go to the East of the island to see the sunrise will be a good choice.
9. WITNESS THE BEAUTIFUL MENORCAN SUNSETS
Yes, sunrises are precious gifts that life gives us every day, but sunsets do not lag behind. In fact, the same I mentioned in the previous point, could be said about this magical moment of the day.
Going to Menorca and not enjoying a beautiful sunset, specially with a sea-view, would be a great sin. Next, I share a list of the three best places where to end the day on this precious island.
Places where to witness magical sunsets in Menorca:
- Punta Nati lighthouse
- Sant Nicolau castle (Ciudadela)
- Cavallería lighthouse
Moreover, if you want to enjoy this precious moment in a more relaxed atmosphere, I recommend you hire one of the following activities:
10. TRY OUT THE EXQUISITE MENORQUIN GASTRONOMY
Does anyone else think that Spanish cuisine is one of the best ones in the world? I have no doubt that it is and, for this reason, I have considered it interesting to dedicate a section in this post to talk about Menorcan dishes and products that you cannot miss giving them a try when in the island.
Due to their insular condition, the products from the sea are highly consumed, but if I had to highlight just one, it would be the lobster stew, better known as “caldereta de langosta”.
Pomada is a typical Menorcan drink made from gin and lemonade. Whether you are partying or not, you really have to try it.
The native cheese of Menorca, the Mahón cheese. A cheese made from cow’s milk and with a Protected Designation of Origin.
The Ensaimada, a very typical sweet both from Menorca and Mayorca.
The great variety of typical cold meats, especially the Menorcan Sobrasada.
And here are the 10 plans to fully enjoy this beautiful Balearic paradise. Although they may seem few, I assure you that doing them all will take you a few days. A few days of enjoyment and amusement.
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