Menorca, or Minorca, has a reputation for being the most laidback of the Balearic Islands. Its gorgeous beaches include Es Grau, a firm favourite amongst families, and Cala en Turqueta, a stunning sandy bay which is made for relaxation. The beauty of Menorca can be seen all over the island, but a trip to Mount Toro, the highest peak of the island, will offer you the best views. Menorca also provides a wealth of local culinary delights, with the native fish stew and Mahon cheese amongst the essential delicacies to sample. For those looking for a more active holiday, the S’Albufera Nature Reserve is the perfect place for hiking amongst the native birds and wildlife. Meanwhile, the impressive towns of Mahon and Ciutedella are the island’s cultural and historic centres, both with delightful harbours and quaint tapas bars to explore.
What you’ll love most about Menorca
- Explore the historic center of the capital city, Mahon, including the impressive Santa Maria Church and the historic harbour
- Visit the prehistoric stone monuments known as talayots and taulas, found throughout the island
- Enjoy the island’s beautiful beaches and turquoise waters, such as Cala Macarella, Cala Mitjana, and Cala Pregonda
- Take a hike or bike ride through the rugged countryside, including the Cami de Cavalls coastal trail
- Explore the lush nature reserve of S’Albufera des Grau, home to a variety of birds and other wildlife
- Sample the island’s cuisine, including local specialties such as Mahon cheese, caldereta de langosta (lobster stew), and ensaimadas (sweet pastries)