My personal guide to Menorca
Definitely my favorite island in the world. Here my advices on what beaches to visit, cute towns, lighthouses to visit, restaurants, bars, shops! A hit for Summer 2015!
Here my advices on what beaches to visit, cute towns, lighthouses to visit, restaurants, bars, shops, sunset spots, towns, etc.
A treasure: The beaches
Menorca is divided by the beaches in the north and the south. In general you should go with the direction of the wind. For example if the wind comes from the south, head north as the beaches are calmer and water clearer. The beaches of the south like are virgin creeks like taken from paradise with white small sandy beaches surrounded by green areas of pine trees and with a sea of an incredible blue – turquoise tone. My favourite is Trabalújer with the access from Mitjana, the route to get there is really exceptional. The beaches of the north are known for being more wild and rocky with transparent sea like in the cases of Cala Morell and Pregonda. In some of them like Cavallería you can smear yourself in with mud and bath yourself – natures own skin peeling.
Best South Beaches:
– Cala Turqueta – This beach is like a dream, some of my best times in Menorca have been on that beach.
– Cala Macarella – Beach with restaurant. If you walk little bit further is completely worthy to arrive until Cala Macarelleta, stunning views!
– Cala Trabaluger: Access from Cala Mitjana within a walk around 30 min.
– Binigaus – Long Beach with restaurant and great parking. I recommend you to not stay at the begiining of the beach go until the end, is much nicer and the water is calmer.
– Estalaier Beach – Access from Son Saura beach, 30 min walk. Peaceful bay surrounded by wild nature.
– Cales Coves – Perfect bay to go before Les Coves de’n Xoroi bar. Direction Cala en Porter.
– Cala Trabaluger: Access from Cala Mitjana within a walk around 30 min.
– Cala Binidalí – Small but coquettish, Binidalí Creek, near the village of Sant Climent in Menorca,
Best North Beaches:
– Cala Morell – Unique views and nice snorkeling. 10 minutes by car from Ciutadella town.
– Cala Pregonda and Cavallería – A must seen. Cala Pregonda considered by many visitors as one of the most beautiful beaches in the north of the island of Menorca. My recommendation is walk further until the third beach, stunning path views.
– Algairens Beach – You can access to this beach through La Vall Beach, very close to Ciutadella town.
– Sa Mesquida – Very close to Mahón city.
– Cala Pilar – Within one hour walking there. Without restaurant & bar.
– Cala Tortuga – Characterized by its tranquility and isolation. Access is only by sea or pedestrian path through the Son Camamilla which is accessed from the road to the lighthouse Favaritx.
– Cala en Brut – Artificial solariums with stairs to enter the calm water. Perfect waters for excellent underwater diving
– Biniarroca Hotel – Biniarroca Hotel is one of the most charming places in Menorca. Located on the outskirts of Sant Lluís, its design interiors and gardens make it ideal for those wishing to get away from everyday stress. https://biniarroca.com/
– Sant Joan de Binissaida – Sant Joan de Binissaida is a charming boutique hotel located in a XVIII century country house in the east of the island of Menorca, near the entrance to the port of Mahon. http://www.binissaida.com/
– Agrotourism Biniatram – Place to feel like at home. Juan and Esperanza give a close and personalized treatment to all clients, helping make their experience unforgettable. http://www.biniatram.com/
– Rural Hotel Morvedra Nou -located in the Menorcan town Ciutadella on the way to Macarella beach, it’s a previous large 1650’s cottage converted into a four star rural hotel, with rural features and countryside ambience kept for those who like to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the open countryside. http://www.morvedranou.es/
– 971 hotel – Just 165 ft from Ciutadella Cathedral, 971 Hotel Con Encanto offers large, modern rooms and apartments. Super recomendable, check out their cute apartments. www.971menorca.com
– Barceló Hamilton Menorca (Paseo Santa Agueda, 6. Es Castell. WIth Spa U-Wellness and a spectacular Sky Bar with jacuzzi.
– Hotel Tres Sants and Hotel Albranca – The quiet Hotel Tres Sants in Ciutadella has uniquely decorated rooms, a swimming pool, Turkish bath and free Wi-Fi. Check out the different options Grup el Carme offers in terms of apartments and charming hotels around Ciutadella town www.grupelcarme.com
– Artiem Audax Hotel – Hotel Audax Spa, an adults-only hotel in Cala Galdana, located right on the sea front of Cala Galdana beach. Exclusive for couples and friends that know that friendship and love require dedicated quality time. https://artiemhotels.com
– Bahia Hotel – Lovely room views, and excellent place to enjoy the different activities around the area such as: cuba diving, hiking and cycle tourism tours, plus workshops sculpture “mares”. The cuisine stands for quality and originality, with flexible hours.www.bahia-poseidon.com
– Ses Sucreres, Mahón. http://hotelsessucreres.com/en/
– Home Menorca Hotel, Ciutadella town. The “petit” hotel in Ciutadella old town, designed to make you feel in home.http://www.homehotelmenorca.com/es/
Another great option when staying in Menorca is to rent a villa or an apartment near the beach. You can find an excellent offers with greats houses with private pools by the beach for a very good prices. I recommend you to check these pages:
Eat and drink in Menorca ( Restaurants, bars, xiringuitos)
– CAN VERMUT: A great place to share some tapas at a pavement table on the harbour in Mahón. Great atmosphere, food, live music and cocktails! Moll de Llevant 178, Mahón canvermut.com
– ES CRANC & ES CRANC PELUT – Escoles 31E, Fornells; Paseo Marítimo 98, Fornells, Menorca. The one Menorcan dish that most people know about is caldereta de llagosta, a gutsy and flavoursome spiny-lobster stew served most famously in the little fishing port of Fornells in the north-east.
– WINERIES BINIFADET – The wineries can be visited all year round. Go and discover how the wines from Binifadet are made. Besides of the wine I will take advantage to eat in its restaurant. Traditional and international cuisine with an innovative twist, alongside our wines. An unforgettable experience! http://binifadet.com/
– Sa Naveta, Binibeca Vell, local 26. http://www.sanaveta.com/
– SES VOLTES – Carrer Josep María Quandro 22, Ciutadella, Menorca. In the old town, Ses Voltes is a sprawling tapas bar on the colonnaded main street, offering everything from sandwiches to full meals. http://www.recibaria.com/sesvoltes/es/
– CAN BERNAT – Carretera Mahón-Fornells km 3, Es Grau. Don’t miss a trip to Es Grau to eat at Can Bernat, a bustling, great-value bar-restaurant just back from the beach, where grilled fish, veal tongue with peas and spicy sausage are among the specialities. But book ahead: this place is very much in demand. Open all year.
– SES TRQUERIES (Camí Cala en Blanes km1, Ciutadella. sestruqueries.com) is a highly recommended farm/restaurant in a restored lloc in the rock-strewn landscape outside Ciutadella.
– COVES DE’N XOROI– Spectacular by day, evening and by night…that is what sa Cova d`en Xoroi is. An impressive natural space located in a beautiful cliff on the south coast of the island of Menorca, touched by history and washed by the sea. View point with spectacular views, from where one can contemplate the dawn, the sunset and the spell of the moon. Also a place to dance at night with the rhythm of music from the best international Djs.With a exclusive and elaborated music program, you will find the type of party that fits you better.Carrer de Sa Cova nº 2 07730 , Cala en Porter, Alaior, Menorca. http://www.covadenxoroi.com/
ALSO CHECK OUT:
– Sa Cova, La Cayena, Cas Consul, Es Corb Mari xiringuito, restaurant Ulisses, restaurant Ca Na Pilar, etc.
Cami des Cavalls
The charm of the beaches also lays in the walks to access them, with its characteristic colors and nature surrounding it. Personally I adore the stone walls that separate the endless roads with the horses and cows surrounding them. If you like sunbathing but also hiking and nature, Menorca offers the perfect combination!
The town of Ciutadella does not leave anyone untouched. Its old town is of incomparable beauty; The tiny narrow streets, the houses of different perfectly combines colors, its views of the port, the Cathedral, the market square, the slope with the Hippy Market or of Ses voltes street combined with the characteristic shining light are some of the spots of Ciutadella that really makes you fall in love with it. If you are thinking where to stay in Menorca I will definitely recommend Ciutadella town or the surroundings.
My favourite spot to enjoy a sunset you will never forget is the lighthouse of Punta Nati. A lonely lighthouse surrounded by cliffs and megalithic monuments that release a unique and unexplainable energy. Menorca for me would not be the same if I would not have discovered this secret spot.
Other spots on the island that are exceptional to experience a sunset of dreams are:
– Lighthouse of Cap d’ Artrux – Take a lovely walk around the lighthouse and have drink in its own bar while you watch a magnificient sunset views.
– Bar “Sa posta de Sol” in Cala Blanes – Snacks, beer and the sunset… What else?
– The Chiringuito Ola Hola in Cala Blanca – Great music and food in a young & cool atmosphere.
– Cova de’n Xoroi – www.covadenxoroi.com – An impressive natural space located in a beautiful cliff on the south coast of the island of Minorca, touched by history and washed by the sea. Lovely cocktails!
– Castell de Sant Nicolau – From the top of the small castle at the mouth of the Port of Ciutadella you can see the sun set between the north coast of Menorca and Mallorca.
– Monte Toro – the highest point in the island. Nice excursion after a good day on the beach to enjoy a stunning views and unforgettable sunset.
Horses, Gin Xoriguer and Jaleo
Menorca is known for its traditional festivities in which the main character is the horse. The horsemen, called “caixers”, dressed in white and black, ride their horses on the streets of the town, after passing all streets and after the mass, the traditional “Jaleo” (row or mess translated to english ;)begins. This year I went to the festivities in Fornells that are celebrated on the weekend of 3rd of august and it was real fun, I recommend you to check the calendars of festivities if you visit the island in summer and especially not leave the island without trying a pomada (Gin Xoriguer (local gin) with lemonade).
Check the calendar of the local parties at:
Charming towns to visit and activities
– Fornells – Pictoresque port. Try the popular caldereta orilligany from there, there are a lot of restaurant which offers you an amazing seafood and local gastronomy.
– Binibeca Vell – Binibeca Vell, meaning old Binibeca, is small enchanting whitewash fishing village on the south easterly coast of Menorca. It’s a worthwhile stop to take a look and wander through the narrow winding streets and enjoy the typical Menorcan architecture. Binibeca beach is right next door and is another of Menorca’s bright turquoise inlets.
– Cales Fonts
– Es Mercadal
More things you need to know about Menorca
– Menorca has one airport in Mahón. Flights to the Island from Sweden or other European countries use to be through Barcelona/ Madrid. Once there it only takes 1 hour to get to the Island. You can also fly to Menorca with charter planes. Other option is to get there from Mallorca with the ferry or of course a plane.
– 100% recomendable to rent a car. As all the islands in the world a car is super needed if you want to go around and discover as much as you can. Once in the airport there are a lot of options and rental car companies, I will recommend you these pages:
– If you ask me where to stay in the island I would recommend you around Ciutadella town. Perhaps it is because of my personal experience but these area offers the best beaches in the island, restaurant choices and nightlife.
– Buy a pair of Abarcas menorquinas and dress like a local! For example at https://www.facebook.com/abarcasborras.menorca
– If you don’t have the chance to have your own boat or friends who own one I give you the perfect option to spend a day discovering the best bays in the island! http://www.menorcataximar.com/ Other option in case you want to sail around or rent more sophisticated boats is http://www.theglobesailor.com/rent-boat-menorca,d751-1.html.
– Visit at least one of Menorca’s more than 1,600 megalithic sites. I recommend Talatí de Dalt near Maó, with its spectacular taula (a T-shaped stone structure). The Naveta dels Tudons outside Ciutadella, a mysterious building resembling an upturned boat, is also unmissable.
– Don’t leave the island without taking as a souvenir to your country “Ensaimadas de Menorca” , kinf of cake made of sweet coiled pastry. Dreaming with the chocolate ones! You will find a lot of places where to buy nice “ensaimadas” but the best place in town is Pastisseria Herbera in Ciutadella de Menorca, they are absolutely delicious! http://www.pastisseriaherbera.com / Herbera Bakery 28, Ciutadella.
☀☀And here I stop with many more things to tell you about Menorca in future articles. I hope you have liked my local guide so far and that you are enjoying some wonderful vacations… Always in good company and with lots of laughs and LOVE ☀☀
More interesting links:
http://menorcatour.com/ – Menorca Virtual guide
Thanks with Love,