Menorca is the the second largest of the Ballearic Islands, featuring miles upon miles of unspoiled beaches and natural wonders.
Over 75% of the picturesque Mediterranean island is a protected environmental territory, which provides countless opportunities for observing beautiful wildlife and experiencing the natural beauty.
Far less crowded and lively than its island counterparts like Ibiza and Mallorca, Menorca is an excellent destination for families seeking an outdoor adventure, or anyone looking to escape the doldrums of everyday life and experience serenity and natural beauty.
Where to Stay
Lodging options on Menorca run the gamut, from charming hotels to resorts to bed and breakfast inns to numerous vacation rental properties. Whether you are visiting for a quick weekend escape or an extended holiday, the right accommodations are waiting for you, with sweeping ocean views and proximity to a white sandy beach.
Located in the town of Ferrereis, in the center of the island, Hotel Ses Sucreres is a gem of a hotel. Recently remodeled, the guest rooms are spacious and clean, and the service is outstanding. The owners are at the ready to dispense recommendations for great hiking trails, good local restaurants, and activities to enjoy during your stay. The beach is a short car or bus ride away, and the buses run very regularly.
The La Quinta Resort Hotel and Spa might be one of the big chain hotels, but you will find the service to be just as friendly and personal as if you were staying at a family-run place. There is a relaxing spa, indoor swimming pool, and a reliable shuttle into the nearby town of Ciudadella.
Casa Alberti is a charming and rustic bed and breakfast in located in the capital city of Mahon. The connected restaurant serves excellent food, the hostess is beyond friendly and helpful, and the location – near the town center – is ideal.
Where to Eat
Menorca boasts a number of dining options for visitors, with a wide variety of cuisines to choose from.
The majority of the restaurants and cafes serve traditional Spanish and Mediterranean fare, but there are also plenty of international choices, including Italian, French, and even Mexican.
Traditional Spanish food and British fare make up the majority of a huge menu at Haiti, located in Cala’n Blanes. Generous portions, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a warm welcome make this a place that many return to again and again.
Excellent service, a varied menu, and reasonable prices are the attraction of Cafe del Nord, located in Fornells. What it lacks in beach views it makes up for in a view of the verdant countryside and a family atmosphere.
What to Do
The chief attraction of Menorca is the natural beauty. You won’t find the raucous partying of its neighboring islands, but you will find plenty of white sandy beaches, hiking trails, parks, and opportunities to both relax and explore.
The beaches of Menorca are not crowded, so it isn’t difficult to find a quiet spot for an afternoon nap. Beaches like Son Bou, Es Grau, Cala Mitjana, and Playa de Binigaus are but a few of the unspoiled stretches of coastline to be visited.
For unforgettable panoramic views of the island, make the trek up Monte Toro. Relax with a cup of coffee at the cafe and enjoy the clean air.
Lithica are old quarries that are constantly evolving into gardens. It is well-worth the hike to see the labyrinthian quarries and natural beauty.
Enjoy a Jeep safari tour of the island, or take a boat or catamaran tour. Enjoy water adventures like scuba diving, sea kayaking, and surfing.
When to Visit
The least crowded time to visit Menorca is from May through October. The “high” season is June through September, but it is nowhere near as crowded as the other islands, making any time of year ideal for a holiday on Menorca.