Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Port de Ciutadella, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Port de Ciutadella, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. Photo by Ferran Llorens.

Menorca Holidays (aka Minorca)

The Balearics, especially Majorca and Minorca, have been one of Europe’s most popular sun ‘n’ sand holiday destinations for ages, simply because they are cheap to get to via packaged deals, less expensive than most of Europe and enjoy a superb Mediterranean climate with plenty of sun. Some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches can be found in the Balearic Islands.

Mahon (Mao) port, Menorca, Balearic islands, Spain

Mahon (Mao) port.

Quiet, peaceful Minorca is a terrific beach holiday destination similar to Majorca but more discreet. i.e. it is not overrun by tequila-maddened British youths or breeze-block barracks thanks to the island’s resistance to mass development, but Menorca does lack Majorca’s majestic hills and hikes. Most Menorca walks consist of coastal trails so if it’s serious walks you’re after, head for Majorca.

If you like ancient ruins, Minorca is a fascinating place to explore since it is home to around 1, 600 prehistoric monuments and sights.

Minorca Cathedral in Ciutadella de Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Minorca Cathedral in Ciutadella de Menorca, completed in 1362.

Things to do in Menorca

Mahón*** (Maó in Catalan)

Minorca’s capital city is located on the east coast, with one of world’s largest and deepest natural harbours protected by the imposing 19thC La Mola Fortress. Other notable sights are the Mansion House and Golden Farm, the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Major and the Xoriguer Gin Distillery.
There is also the prehistoric Trepucó settlement, with the largest and best preserved taula (a T-shaped stone monument) 2km away from Mahon (photo below) and Talatí de Dalt settlement, 4 km away.

A taula monument built by the Talaiotic people, Menorca, Balearics, Spain

A taula monument built by the Talaiotic people between 1000 BC and 2000 BC.


The historic town of Ciutadella on Menorca’s west coast has lively waterfront cafes, delightful narrow, winding streets and a 14th century Gothic cathedral (photo up the page).

Naveta dels Tudons**

Talaiotic burial chambers built around 1500 B. C. (early Bronze Age) are considered to be Europe’s oldest one-piece buildings.
Menorca’s Talaiotic ruins are similar to remains found in Sardinia, with many defensive installations and quite elaborate tombs so one theory is that Talaiotic people were originally Sardinian immigrants/invaders.


A handsome fishing village on the north coast, ideal for watersports and irresistible to seafood lovers.

Best Minorca Beaches***

Macarelleta beach, Menorca, Spain

Macarelleta beach, Menorca

Menorca beaches are mostly untouched and tranquil, with many in hidden coves, dazzling white sand and crystal water. A marine plant indigenous to the Balearics, Posidonia Oceanica, acts as a natural water filter and is apparently responsible for the purity and clarity of the water on these islands.
Some locals claim that Minorca has over 100 beaches, which is more than Majorca and Ibiza beaches put together.

• There are numerous nice beaches even around the capital of Mahon, such as the vast Es Grau with its rolling dunes and National Park fresh water lagoon nearby.

Cala Galdana, a classic Menorcan beach, Spain

Cala Galdana, a classic Menorcan beach and one of the most popular.

• Cala Mesquida is an attractive, untouched cove, popular with the locals and offering basic facilities, good parking and beach bars.

• The longest and one of the most popular strands on Menorca is 3. 5km long Son Bou beach on the south east coast, 8 km south from Alaior town. There’s also an ancient Christian basilica nearby.

• Some of the best beaches are found in the south of Minorca, such as the spacious horse shoe bay of Cala Binibeca or family-friendly, soft golden sand of Els Canutells.

• Beaches on the island’s west coast tend to be developed as resorts, such as Son Xoriguer, which is fantastic for watersports or the wide, sandy and easy access Cala’n Bosch.

Playa Cavalleria, Menorca, Spain

Playa Cavalleria. Photo by Seruba.

• Cala Cavalleria is in north Minorca close to Fornells. Parking is possible near the beach but there are few facilities there, including no food/drink kisosks so bring everything with you.
Access is easy via new wooden steps down to the beach, which is part of a Biosphere Reserve.