Quiet and peaceful, Menorca, the most eastern of the Balearic Islands, is a unique natural oasis, packed with contrasts to discover. A paradise bathed by the Mediterranean Sea that will let yourself be seduced for its charm, harmony and diversity.
The island has 216 kilometers of varied coastline. On its northenr side stantds for its red sand beaches and gentle relief. While on its south side stands for its white sandy coves. Whether in large or small sandy coves surrounded by pine trees, you will find many options to enjoy the sun and its crystal clear waters.
Declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993, Menorca is a natural paradise with great appeal in every way. Its strategic position at the center of the western Mediterranean, has conditioned the island throughout its history. Many civilizations have passed through the island since the first prehistoric settlers, forming and enriching their culture, language, traditions and its people.
Despite its small size, Menorca offers a variety of activities and attractions. The island is a magnificent natural setting where you can practice all kinds of activities from sailing sports, visit Talayotic settlements, to hiking through the famous track, that surrounds all the island, called “Camí de Cavalls”
Places of interest
Menorca’s capital city is built up around its spectacular natural harbour, the second deepest natural harbour in Europe. The city offers a beautiful route through its historical centre and its commercial area. The waterfront path is an ideal location to enjoy a relaxed dinner with the lit up harbour in the background.
A noble and aristocratic city. Ciutadella has a unique charm which makes it a very special city. Treat yourself to long walks in this scenic city, full of history and tradition. Its historic centre, its narrow streets and back lanes, its palaces and squares, its Cathedral and every other one of its sites will immediately mesmerize you. Every evening, its commercial zone and harbour light up with a lively atmosphere, offering an ample gastronomy and an exciting nightlife.
This picturesque fishing town is located on the North coast of the island, alongside the shore of a spectacular and serene bay. Fornells’ charisma is mostly due its small white houses, and is especially famous for the wide gastronomy on offer there, including its particularly outstanding “caldereta de llagosta” or lobster stew. The seclusion of the enclosed bay makes it the ideal location for practising aquatic sports.
Binibeca is a small dreamlike urbanization recreating an old fairy tale fishing town. Its white houses portray a pure Mediterranean spirit, and its narrow lanes form a labyrinth which you will love to get lost in. You can make the most of your visit by having a swim in nearby beach of Binibeca.
Cales Fonts is a small Menorcan and Mediterranean fishing harbour located in Es Castell, the first place in Spain to see the sun rise. Cales Fonts has a very special charm. Its old fisherman caves have been converted into bars, restaurants and boutiques, but still conserve all their essence and lifestyle – that known as the Mediterranean way.
Located at the heart of Menorca and at the feet of ‘El Toro’, the highest point of Menorca and the ideal place to enjoy a wonderful view of the entire island. Es Mercadal is a town full of life and excitement during the summer season, and is known for its now famous market that takes place in the main square every Thursday from 19:00 to 23:00.
Menorca, the island of five lighthouses. This is the way it is known by some. Every year more people approach the lighthouses in the evening to admire the sunset from their removed locations. We especially recommend the lighthouses of Favaritx, Cavalleria and Punta Nati.
Menorca is itself a natural museum for [Talayotic] culture. Regardless of its small size, the island has 1574 archaeological sites. We especially recommend Talatí de Dalt, Torralba d’en Salort, Torre d’en Galmés, Trepucó amongst many other interesting locations.
Marlborough Fort is historically one of the most relevant locations in the long lasting fight between Spain, Great Britain and France over the possession of Menorca. Fortress of la Mola. Built between 1848 and 1875 to defend Menorca from British threats, the Fortress of La Mola is a prime example of 19th century military architecture.
Although Menorca only has 216 kilometres of coast, it nevertheless has over 80 beaches. Some of these are urbanized and have various beach and holiday services, others are completely unspoiled and intact, and remain in a completely natural environment.
Beaches on the Southern coast are usually long and smooth, with fine white sand. Their sea bed is often sandy and their water a gleaming turquoise.
Some beaches partake of very easy access and even have an adjoined car park, whilst other, harder to access beaches require long walks beforehand. This means that even in the heat of summer you can feel almost completely alone on some beaches, especially at early and late hours of the day.
This is one of the most emblematic tourist beaches in Menorca. It stands out for its extended shell-like shape, for its pale sand and for the blue and turquoise colour of its water, all enclosed by majestual cliffs. The beach is ideal for children and has surveillance services, sunbed rental, motorboat rental and various other leisure activities on offer.
Santo Tomás and Binigaus
On the Southern Menorcan coast, belonging to the town Es Migjorn Gran, we find these two beaches of white sand and crystal water. Sant Tomás is the beach you will find upon arriving at the urbanization, and is a tourist beach. Binigaus is a virgin beach arrived at after walking about 15 minutes along the coast to the right of the beach bar ‘Es Brucs’. This unique refuge will mesmerize you.
Es Grau and S’Illa de’n Colom
This beach is located in the natural environment of s'Albufera des Grau. Its shallow waters are ideal for children who are just beginning to learn how to swim. Don’t hesitate to hire a kayak and visit S’Illa de’n Colom (Colom’s Island), discovering its peaceful bays – a perfect excursion in a unique environment.
A popular virgin beach on Menorca’s Northern coast, with easy access and car park. It is situated close to the natural harbour Sa Nitja and to the Lighthouse of Cavallaria, a mandatory visit for many.
An widespread beach of fine, white sand located in Son Bou tourist resort, on the Southern coast of Menorca. This kilometre long beach offers a great variety of services in its most touristic areas. If you walk towards its Western area, you will eventually arrive at Atalis.
Arenal d’en Castell
A family beach distinguished for its shell like shape and its narrow opening to the sea. Although located on the North of the island, its sand is white and smooth, and its water transparent. Integrated in the Arenal de’n Castell resort, it offers a great deal of leisure activities, bars, restaurants and other services.
On the Southern coast of the island you will find one of the best known virgin beaches of Menorca. It is easily accessed from Cala Galdana, either from its car park or via the Camí de Cavalls (Horse Trail). Together with Cala Mitjaneta, they form a dreamlike scenario.
For many, one of the best beaches in Menorca. This beautiful place is found after a 20 minute walk from the beach of Binimel·là, on the North of the island. A great reward after the walk is assured, a sharp and rocky imagery, contrasting with crystal clear water awaits you. Its neighbouring area displays a small bay and a natural "swimming pool".
Algaraiens (La Vall)
The sand on the beaches of Algaiarens and La Vall is fine and pale, a rare occurrence on Northern beaches, which usually display large and dark grains. La Vall is divided into two areas. The closest to the car park is known as “Sa Platja des Tancats”, and the farthest as “Sa Platja des Bot”. A short and placid excursion on foot separates the former from the latter.
Macarella y Macarelleta
Two of the most fashionable beaches on the Southern coast of Menorca. Known for the blue/turquoise colour of their water. A place where the water is so crystalline that boats appear to levitate.
An idyllic virgin beach located at the Northeast part of Menorca. It is arrived at after a 15 minute walk from the Lighthouse of Favaritx. Cala Presili resides in a protected natural environment. It is usually quite quiet.
A very good option for those who enjoy for a calm experience in the midst of pure nature. The contrast between the red dunes and cliffs and the blue of the sea displayed on this virgin beach is absolutely astonishing.