The easternmost of the Balearic archipelago is known for its stunning natural beauty, often unjustly overlooked for its cousins, party hotspot Ibiza and lush Mallorca.
Nevertheless, Menorca actually has more beaches than the two islands combined and spellbinds its visitors with a serene atmosphere, historic fortresses, archeological sites, incredible marine life, and picturesque villages. Scattered along the coasts you'll find monuments dating to Neolithic times, serving as a testament to long-bygone eras.
The unique variety of sun-soaking opportunities makes it the perfect place for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle while providing yachting enthusiasts with authenticity, idyllic scenery, and low-key luxury.
A perfect destination for families or couples looking to enjoy numerous secluded beaches, Menorca hides numerous scenic bays called "calas", endless stretches of golden sand, and colorful villages.
The flora and fauna are exuberantly rich both on land and in lapis lazuli-colored sea, making Menorca a botanist paradise and a designated spot for all those looking to admire the beauty of the environment, and justifying the island's reputation of a proclaimed UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The ideal wind conditions make for easy navigation, so those looking to polish their maneuvering skills will find this island to be a perfect practicing terrain.
Boasting Earth's second-largest natural harbor, Mahon (or Mao as it is known locally) is the capital of this alluring island. An unhurried tempo and rustic charms make it the perfect laid-back summer destination.
An eclectic mix of contemporary and colonial architecture is sure to astound you with beauty, often serving as a reminder of the town's rich cultural heritage.
Choose between Marina de Mahon or Marina Deportiva de Mahon to find some top-notch service and numerous anchorages to moor and explore the city and many surrounding islands.
The gourmands will be pleased to discover that this city, while famous as the birthplace of mayonnaise or salsa de Mahon, offers an adventure for the tastebuds. The broad variety of local cheeses is certain to astound even the most demanding foodie. Make sure to try a caldereta de langosta, a local lobster stew, at the iconic Spigo restaurant.
Culture vultures will certainly enjoy an evening at one of Spain's oldest opera houses. Teatro Principal de Mahon has provided musical spectacles since 1829 and is of immense importance to the Menorcan culture.
For those looking for a refreshing drink, make sure to visit the Xoriguer Gin Distillery. Perhaps the oldest gin distillery of the Med, with 250 years of tradition, offers aromatic drinks such as the local "pomada" - a mix of lemonade and gin, or one of many delicious liqueurs like Hierbas de Menorca, owing its taste to fragrant chamomile, or cinnamon-scented Calent, traditionally served hot.
Just north of Mahon, you'll come across an exquisite shell-shaped sea oasis located within the S'Albufera national park. Es Grau beach is adorned with stunning sand dunes and pine trees and even has its own freshwater lake. The crystalline waters and sunkissed coast will make for an unforgettable marine adventure.
Head to the breathtaking village of Santo Tomas to immerse yourself in the calm splendor this place has to offer. Pristine waters and long stretches of fluffy, warm sand are the perfect spots to enjoy a day of lazy sun soaking and absorbing the stunning view of the seemingly endless sea horizon. A magnificent choice for those looking to enjoy some peace and quiet after busy days in Minorca's capital, Santo Tomas beach is an oasis of blue, marine leisure.
Ciutadella de Menorca
A small city with great heritage is where Roman, Arab and Ottoman influences are patched together to form an unforgettable entity of astounding beauty. With colorful medieval cobblestone streets dotted with vibrant cafes and enchanting scenery, the stunning Ciutadella is truly a pearl of the Med.
Fairy tale villas are tucked in the city's old quarter, where you'll find the charming Placa D'es Born. Leaning next to the old tower is a wonderfully situated chic harbor - anchor here to soak up the city buzz and dine in one of the numerous harborside restaurants.
Wonderful beaches are just a quick sail away. Cala en Turqueta is famous for translucent turquoise water and soft, creamy white sand, while Cala Algaiarens is the place to enjoy some laid-back fun in the sun. Consisting of two gorgeous beaches, Platja des Bot, and Platja es Tancats, the stunning destination owes its allure to the striking landscape, rocky bays protecting the visitors from wind, and a family-friendly atmosphere.
The enchanting aquiline sea is beautifully backdropped by the natural sand dunes of Son Bou, where you can enjoy a day of swimming or water sports, followed by sunset gazing while sipping your favorite cocktails. Perfect for both families and those looking for a day of active resting consisting of snorkeling and kayaking, the lush nature of the splendid beach provides its visitors with unforgettable scenery and 3 km of sun-kissed sand.
The longest beach is just steps away from Prat de Son Bou, a wetland with exuberant biodiversity that over 500 bird species call home.
On land, one can explore the early Christian church of Basilica Paleocristiana de Son Bou, dating back to the fifth century or a bit further East, Torre d'en Galmés. The latter is a unique, massive megalithic village certain to impress you with its time-capsule effect.
Cova d'en Xoroi
Menorca is mostly famous as the Balearic island to enjoy a more quiet vacation than Ibiza and Mallorca has to offer. The exception to the rule is the scenic club, where the upscale elites come to watch the sunset while enjoying the beat of the waves and masterfully playing music.
The best club of the island is situated on a small, spectacular cove offering views of the cobalt-blue Mediterranean seas and mysterious grottos to explore. Hosting a different theme party every evening, this glamorous club blends the best of nature with pulsating beats and an unparalleled atmosphere. Proudly rising from a cliff rising 30 meters above the sea, Cova d'en Xoroi is the hotspot that provides a glamorous experience with unparalleled scenery.
A picturesque village preserved its authenticity and enthralls visitors with captivating beauty, and is known for bountiful offerings of restaurants serving their daily catch of lobster and fish. Llauts, traditional Minorcan fishing boats, adorn the natural harbor of the village like pearls rising from the sea, posing a contrast to luxurious yachts anchored in Fornells Sailing Club. Try the caldreta at the Es Pla restaurant, often frequented by King James of Spain, and absorb the views of the whitewashed village. When you fill-up on a delicious lunch, just 4 km southwest, you'll stumble upon the sandy beach of Fornells to work off the calories by swimming or have an afternoon siesta on your boat, lulled by the pleasant waves of the inviting seas.