11 of the best things to do in Menorca

By Eddi Fiegel

23 November 2018 | Updated 17 August 20236 min read

A view of a sailing yacht in a secluded turquoise bay in Menorca, Balearic Islands with a small beach in the background

Menorca may long have lurked in the shadow of its sister islands Majorca, Ibiza and Formentera, but that’s why it has remained so amazingly unspoilt. With beaches more like the Caribbean than the Mediterranean, Menorca holidays can be all about lazing on silky sands and hitting the waves for surfing and kitesurfing.

But it’s not just about beaches. Menorca is known as the ‘green island’ thanks to its gorgeous countryside and amongst it all, you’ll find tantalising tapas and a fascinating cultural history, too. All of which means you won’t be short of things to do. Try some of these.

1. Walk the Cami de Cavalls footpath

One of the best ways to see Menorca’s coast is to take the Cami de Cavalls (Horse’s Path).

The trail winds around the island for over 320km (200 miles) taking in idyllic coves, dunes, cliffs, lighthouses, watchtowers, wetlands and farmlands. Pick up the path from one of the beaches and explore at your leisure.

2. Swim in the clear waters at Cala Galdana

Cala Galdana is up there as one of Menorca’s best beaches but its popularity doesn’t detract from its charms.

Flanked by pine-clad cliffs on two sides, the shallow, crystal clear water on this horseshoe-shaped bay makes it a favourite with families and couples alike.

Let your feet sink into the soft sand or take a trip on a pedalo. There are also plenty of beach bars, cafes and supermarkets for drinks or snacks.

3. Wander through nature in the Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau

Wander through forests, fields and lagoons at this national park on Menorca’s northeast coast.

The wetlands are a birdwatcher’s paradise with everything from flamingos and ospreys to swallows, cormorants and eagles.

You’re also on the edge of the lovely Es Grau beach. Pick up a map from the Centro de Interpretación Rodríguez Femenias visitor’s centre and plan your route to make the most of your time.

4. Get a bird’s eye view of the island at Monte Toro

Views don’t come much better than the ones from this mountain top. Over 350m (1,148ft) above sea level, it’s the highest point in Menorca and you can see huge swathes of the island, its coast and even a glimmer of Majorca far on the skyline.

As well as the views, you can visit the mountaintop church, café and souvenir shop. Hiring a car is the best way to get there.

5. Tuck into rustic Menorcan fare at Can Bernat

This is one of those unpretentious, family-friendly places that you hope you’ll chance upon or that some friendly local will tell you about.

In the midst of the countryside, about 15 minutes’ drive south of the beach at Son Bou, there are two lovely terraces and the food is fantastic.

Grills are a speciality – for example, steaks, lamb, pork and rabbit – but there are also tons of seafood, pasta dishes and vegan options.

6. Go underground at the Fort La Mola

With its labyrinth of underground mine tunnels and loophole galleries, plus spectacular panoramic sea views, this 19th-century fortress protecting Mahon’s harbour makes for a great day out.

The sprawling complex centres around the almighty stone Fortress of Isabel II, named for the Spanish queen who ordered its construction. In addition, you can see the Queen’s Gate and the Princess Tower, plus explore the military prison and gunpowder store.

General admission is €8 for adults and €4 for children aged 6-11 (under 5’s go free). Or you can arrange a guided tour either on foot or buggy for an additional fee.

7. Make time for a tipple at Bodegas Binifadet Winery

They’ve been making wine around these parts since the Romans and Phoenicians were here, so it’s safe to say Menorcans know a thing or two about a tipple.

At Binifadet, Menorca’s best-known winery, you can take a tour round the vineyards and find out about the wine-making process. You also get to sample the wines and there’s a lovely restaurant in the vineyards if you want to stay for lunch or dinner after your visit.

Tours are a steal at €15 for one hour.

8. Explore the island’s history in Mahon

Scattered with fantastic museums and art galleries, Menorca’s capital is a great place to delve into the island’s history.

The Menorca Museum houses over 200,000 archeological and artistic artefacts that showcases the island’s history from the prehistoric period up until present day, while the Menorca Military Museum, situated in 18th-century barracks, is a must-visit to learn more about the island’s military background.

You’ll find history comes elegantly wrapped at Ca n’Oliver, a 19th-century merchant’s mansion complete with grand, sweeping staircases, elaborate murals and ornate ceilings.There are permanent collections of 19th-century engravings detailing the history of the island as well as high-tech temporary shows with projections and audio visual displays. The views from the upper floors and roof are almost worth the trip alone.

9. Discover Menorca’s hidden coves by kayak

Almost half of the island’s loveliest coves are only accessible by water so kayaking is a great way to see some of them. From bijoux bays with caves and rockpools to gorgeous spots to sunbathe and swim, you’ll see a whole other side to the island.

You can rent by the hour or by the day and there are plenty of companies to choose from. Menorca en Kayak has a variety of options and will also give you maps and tips on where to go. Double kayak rental starts from €22 for an hour. Alternatively, you can take a guided boat trip.*

10. Hear your own echo in the Cova del Coloms caves

If you thought caves were somewhere you need to stoop or crouch down, you haven’t been to Cova del Coloms. These extraordinary caves have been called Menorca’s second cathedral thanks to the vast height of their stalagmites and stalactites.

It’s a brilliant family outing and children will love hearing their own echoes. To get there you can walk or cycle on the Cami de Cavalls from the beach at Binigaus or it’s about half an hour’s walk from Es Migjorn Grau.

11. Sundowners and sunsets at Cova d’en Xoroi

With terraces carved into the cliffs hugging the coast and breathtaking views, it’s not hard to see why Cova d’en Xoroi is Menorca’s most famous bar and nightclub.

At night there are live music shows on the mini amphitheatre-like stage and a party vibe, but it’s also open during the day if you want to come with children.

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