Things to do in Menorca
Menorca (or Minorca) is quieter and more casual than its busier neighbouring islands.
The main attraction is its nature, with almost endless beaches, pine forests, birds and other fauna.
The historical settlements that you find here on the island give you the feeling that you have travelled back in time. Sample some of the islands industries, crafts and workmanship.
10 of our favourite places to visit
1. The clear turquoise water of Cala en Turqueta
Cala en Turqueta (turquoise) is a popular and picturesque beach located on the south side of the island, between Cala en Bosc and Santo Tomas.
A small beach with gorgeous clear blue sea looked over by surrounding pines, with some occasional sailing boats taking refuge for the night.
It is known for its landscape and its clear turquoise waters, loved by swimmers and scuba divers.
Take a stroll from Ciutadella on the path known as Sant Joan de Missa clearly signposted along the way. On arrival at the parking area means its just another 10 minutes from the picturesque beach with a bar area for a snack and drink.
Try not to arrive after mid-afternoon as the sun soon disappears from the beach. Early morning arrival is best to take full advantage of the sunshine and get a parking space for the day.
2. The highest point of Menorca
El Toro El Toro, or Monte Toro as it is also called, rises from the heart of the island about 3 kilometres east of the central city of Es Mercadal.
You can hardly miss this natural monument if you cross the island because with a height of 342 meters it is the highest point in Menorca.
You can reach the top on foot or by car. Take a hike so you don't miss some of the spectacular countrysides. Wherever you go, you always get the reward of the beautiful vistas.
You will also be able to see the Sanctuary of the Virgin del Toro on the mountain. This gothic church dates from 1670. There is also a statue of Christ, and a small souvenir shop and restaurant.
3. Far de Favàritx one of the most beautiful capes in Menorca
Some of the best spots on the island for sea views also have a lighthouse.
Our third recommendation is Far de Favàritx which is located on Cape Favàritx, in the northeast of Menorca.
This active lighthouse has a cylindrical tower decorated with black and white spiral bands, perfect for some special photo's
It was built in 1916 and is located on one of the most beautiful capes in Menorca.
4. The nature of Parque Natural de s'Albufera des Grau
Parque Natural de s'Albufera des Grau is one of the most beautiful natural areas on the island.
This protected region has a wealth of diverse habitats, home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The park covers an area of over 5000 hectares and includes part of the island, sea and some smaller islands.
If you want to discover the fauna and flora of Menorca, you have to go here.
There is a visitor centre where you can learn more about what exactly to see and do in the park.
There are three marked walking routes, perfect for those who want to stretch their legs and discover this beautiful part of Menorca on foot.
5. The most beautiful place to experience the sunset
Far de Punta Nati is a strange, secluded lighthouse, and another beautiful place to enjoy magnificent sea views.
The lighthouse is located on the northwest corner of the island and is said to be one of the most beautiful spots to catch the sunset.
This is also a popular place for photographers and also watching the beautiful Menorcan Sunsets.
6. Far de Cavalleria and the site of Sanisera
Another beautiful spot for a sea view is Far de Cavalleria. Here you can not only look out over the water, but you can also eat or drink something in the small café, or take a quick look at the eco-museum.
Nearby is the archaeological site of Sanisera, once a settlement in Roman times, and now an archaeological museum with more information about the history of this place.
You can also cool off and get a breath of fresh air on Platja de Cavalleria, a lovely beach. Take a stroll or a paddle along the lapping waves.
7. Great food in Ferreries
If you like good food, then you will certainly enjoy yourself in Menorca. One of the best towns on the island to grab a bite to eat is the town of Ferreries.
Cosy and casual, quiet family-friendly restaurants, making them the perfect counterpart to the eateries sometimes found in the busier coastal resorts.
Have a look at the towns 18th century church of Saint Bartholomew, set in the main street of this industrial and important town to the island making furniture, leatherwork, jewellery design and shoes.
Some of the factories have outlets open to the public so you can buy and take home some of the quality on offer. The Abarca sandals, etched glass and leatherwork are to the highest standards and reasonable too.
The village of Ferreries is located in the interior of Menorca, away from the main paths. Still, it is worth your time. One of the island's best markets is held, and there is also a small geological centre
8. Torre d'en Galmés, the Talayotic village
If you only visit one historical site during your holiday, make sure you choose Torre d'en Galmés.
This impressive hilltop with archaeological site shows the ruins of a Talayotic village that was said to have been founded around 1400 BC.
It is the mystery surrounding the Talayotic culture that makes it a great historic attraction to Menorca.
Discover this wonderful Talayotic culture for yourself on the site of Torre d'en Galmés whilst taking in the wrays of sunshine.
9. The Talayotic Torralba d'en Salord
So we have got you Interested in Talayotic culture? Then we know of another interesting place to visit.
The Torralba d'en Salord is another noteworthy site in Menorca. It is one of the largest Talayotic sites and is exceptionally well preserved.
This place was inhabited around 1000 BC, and also in the Roman period and during the Middle Ages. Lots to take in and an ideal discovery trip for a cloudy half-day visit.
10. Longest Beach in Menorca - Son Bou
At almost four kilometres, this is the longest sandy beach on the island: easily accessible, ideal for children and with all kinds of amenities, including water sports. Lifeguards are on the lookout to help keep everyone in a safe environment.