Menorca is a wild but beautiful, family-friendly beach destination in the Balearic Islands. It is smaller in size than its sister islands - Mallorca and Ibiza. Menorca is known for its gorgeous beaches, secluded, laid-back lifestyle, gentle hikes, delicious dishes and mellow wines. From world-class fortresses, diverse cuisines, to golden sandy beaches, Menorca is a picturesque island vacation destination. There is no shortage of places to visit, things to do and experiences to explore in Menorca.
Top Attractions in Menorca
Mahon and Port of Maó: It is the capital city of Menorca and hosts the biggest festival in July every year with live music, fireworks and lots of fun. It is where the airport of Menorca is located and also the largest natural harbour in the world - Port of Maó. It has old cathedrals, markets and sloping roads.
Ciutadella: Located on the eastern coast of Menorca, Ciutadella is another charming beach town destination. It is more popular than Mahon because it is situated close to many beautiful beaches including Cala Macarelleta, Cala Macarella and Turqueta.
Bay of Fornells: The Bay of Fornells is a stunning coastline that is 5km long and 2km wide with shallow sheltered water which makes it ideal for all kinds of water activities. We recommend going to its’ old fishing village and trying the delicious and freshly caught cuisine there. The bay also boasts a marine reserve where scuba enthusiasts can search for marine life. The Albufera Natural Park des Grau is the main part of this reserve.
Megalithic monuments: If you are a history buff, then come to Menorca as there are more than 1,500 archaeological sites here. From tombs to necropolis sites, you will find megalithic masterpieces in Menorca. Some of them are La Naveta des Tudons, Cala Morell Necropolis, Torre d’enGalmés, Talati de Dalt, Son Catlar, Torretrencada and Torralbad’en Salord.
Fortresses of Marlborough and La Mola: Built by Sir Jon Churchill, the fort is now a museum that re-enacts how the island was when it was occupied by the British. Made of yellow sandstone, the fort of La Mola is a 19th-century fort that showcases the beautiful Menorcan past and offers spectacular views of the its’ coastline.
Favàritx lighthouse: Located in theNatural Park of S’Albufera des Grau above the rocky cliffs, this lighthouse offers amazing views during the sunset. The beach nearby is perfect for swimming and snorkelling as well as relaxing.
Monte Toro: It is the highest mountain point of Menorca and has a church as well as the statue ‘Jesus of the Sacred Heart’. It has the Sanctuary of the Virgin of El Toro. Standing atop the hill, you can get spectacular views of the entire Menorca Island and stunning hills.
Quarries: The s'Hostal quarries (Ciutadella) is a unique landscape. This ethnological museum has a manual-cut quarry and a machine quarry.
Top Beaches, Hotels and Restaurants
Beaches: Menorca's beaches are often compared to the Caribbean as these beaches have extremely clear turquoise waters, white sands and a peaceful atmosphere. The fine white sand and spectacular scenery make for the most beautiful beaches in the Balearic Islands. Here are the top beaches of Menorca we recommend you to visit:
- Cala Mesquida: It is a resort beach with one restaurant Cap Roig. This beach is less popular but it offers phenomenal views of the sea.
- Caló Blanc: Unlike Menorca’s other beaches, this one has a rocky shoreline which makes for stunning views and a picturesque landscape.
- Cala Macarelleta: We highly recommend you to visit this beach during your charter. Cala Macarelleta is surrounded by towering hills and forests. We also recommend you visiting its’ sister beach Macarella, where you can enjoy your lunch and its’ well known restaurant.
- Cala Turqueta: This hidden beach is tucked away between pine trees and the ocean, so it makes for an amazing chartering destination. For you thrill seekers, you can enjoy cliff diving in Turqueta.
- Cala Pregonda: This beach has powdery sand, glassy water and secret coves. The unique islets here are covered by Posidonia grasses. Menorca's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is easily accessible from this beach, so definitely bring your snorkelling equipment.
- Other top beaches include Platja de Cavalleria, Cala D'Algaiarens, Platges Son Saura, Platja Des Grau and Cala Des Talaier.
Hotels: Menorca may not be known for its luxuries like it’s sister islands - Mallorca and Ibiza, but it definitely has a good selection of 5-star hotels and villas. From a 16th-century palace that was turned into a hotel, to scenic countryside villas, Menorca has a wide variety of options. Some of the top hotels, we recommend our clients to stay are Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell, Hotel Can Faustino, Hotel Torralbenc, Melia Cala Galdana,Jardí de ses Bruixes Boutique Hotel, Artiem Audax, Barceló Hamilton Menorca, S’hotelet D’es Born, Cugó Gran Menorca, Alcaufar Vell, Casa Ládico and Can Faustino.
Restaurants: Menorca has a long list of restaurants and bars for you to eat, drink and enjoy delicious cuisine. From bars located high on cliff tops to the ones overlooking incoming yachts on the Port of Mao, you will find every type of restaurant and bar here. Top restaurants where you can enjoy delicious local dishes include Cova D’en Xoroi, Passio Mediterrania, Cap Roig, Anatea, Binifadet, Mon Restaurant & Fonda and Cafe Balear.
Top Things To Do in Menorca
- Sunset Watching: Soak up the beautiful scenery of Menorca as you cruise aboard your luxury yacht. The best part of a private charter is that you can stop to anchor for a snorkelling or swim stop in the crystal-clear warm waters, whenever you please. You can start from the Port of Mao and explore all the beautiful sunset destination until you hit Fornells Bay.
- Snorkeling and Diving: People come here to discover marine life of all sizes, shapes, textures and colors. Its’ clear and warm waters make it ideal for snorkelling, diving and swimming. You can expect to find sea squirts, anemones, painted comber, rainbow wrasses, seabreams, damselfish and sea sponges. Top snorkeling and diving spots in Menorca are Cala Morell, Cala Macarella, S'Escala, Calo Fondo and Binimel-la.
- Fishing: The Spanish island of Menorca is home to phenomenal and well known sport fishing. If you are lucky enough, you can potentially catchthe Peix de Roca (Rocky Fish). Commonly found fish species are Donzella, Esparrall, Vaca and Serrano.
- Food and Wine Tour: Menorca is a high-end gourmet destination in Spain. Taste its delicious cuisine on a food and wine tour. Visit local vineyards and cheese factories, taste wonderful wines and attend a Menorcan Gin cocktail class.
- Other Activities: Another highly recommended activity ishorseback riding or mounting biking to explore Menorca's magnificent countryside. The most popular walking route is the Camí de Cavalls (GR 223). If you are on a family vacation, you can go and enjoy water rides at Aqua Center in Cala Blanes and Aqua Rock in the Cala Bosch resort. Animal lovers can head to Menorca’s Zoo, Lloc de Menorca. The secluded beaches of Menorca are best for kayaking or paddle boarding. Other popular activities include windsurfing, sailing and waterskiing.
From historical sites, stunning beaches, beautiful port towns, biosphere reserves to snorkelling gems, Menorca has everything that you need for a perfect holiday in Spain. The best way to explore, discover and experience this postcard destination is to charter a luxury vessel. At Yachts Ibiza Charters, we provide luxury charters from Ibiza which allows our clients to discover the hidden island of Menorca at their own pace. With a 5-star service, we help make your vacation a memorable one forever. We can customize your charter package to include all the sister islands of Mallorca and Ibiza. Check out our yacht collection to select the one that suits your needs and preferences in the best way. Then contact our charter specialist to book your Menorca yacht vacation!