Cathedrals and Churches
The medieval Cathedral Basilica de Menorca looms over the busy town of Ciutadella and is a pristine example of the island's religious sites that remains important today. Beyond this, there are various more quaint and quieter churches around Menorca whose buildings and relics preserve the tranquillity and heritage of the island.
Set in an old and ornate monastery, Museu de Menorca is a great start for learning about the island's past, with exhibitions spanning from the prehistoric to the present day giving you a feel for its heritage. Similarly, Museum Diocesa de Menorca is host to a range of interesting artefacts and arts unique to the area.
Whether you are searching for affordable, home-style cooking or fine dining, there is an abundance of eateries where you can explore the delights of Spanish cuisine, whatever your budget. Scoff on the sweet tasting churros by the beach or tuck into tapas in the evening, but be sure to get a flavour of the island's specialities.
Places of Interest
Torre d’en Galmes is a remarkable settlement site predating Roman times and therefore rich in history, and just one of the many archaeological sites scattered around the island; others include Torralba and Talayot de Dalt. For a wonderful exhibition of Menorca's Roman past don't miss Ecomuseum Dap de Cavalleria.
Family Friendly Beaches
There is no shortage of family friendly beaches in Menorca, with the calm waters and sandy beaches just beckoning a bucket and spade. Cala Galdanais perhaps the island's most popular resort, with endless activity for all the family, but there are equally idyllic quiet beaches such as Son Parctoo.
In the busier resorts especially, you will not struggle to find a menu or a venue suitable for all the family. Enjoy anything from fine dining to burgers and pizza in the stretch of restaurants that line resorts such as Cala Galdana and Mahon, though be sure to sample some Spanish-style tapas typical of the island!
Make the most of aqua fun and take a boat trip on a glass bottom boat to see the sea life of the island. Or if you’d rather splash about, head to one of Menorca’s water parks such as AquaRock Menorca. For something a bit different, explore the island on horseback by going pony trekking around the island’s sights and attractions.
Step back in time with a trip to the Ecomuseum Cap de Cavalleria, an ancient Roman town that today gives in insight into the island’s past and a great way to teach the children some history. For more historic attractions, the island is home to a 19th century fortress, a castle and even prehistoric monuments.
There are plenty of quieter, scenic spots where you can escape from the crowds to enjoy your own company, such as Cala Mesquida or Cala Macarella. For young couples wanting to enjoy the nightlife and bars however, check out Cala’n Porter for a lively scene with plenty to see and do.
There is little more romantic than al fresco dining at sunset overlooking the sea, and the gorgeous Spanish dishes such as fresh fish, tapas and paellas are sure to spice up an evening on a holiday to Menorca. Accompanied with classic cocktails and live entertainment, you’ll think you’ve found your island paradise here.
Things to Do
From strolls around the beaches, villages and harbour fronts to jeep and horseriding excursions, there are endless activities for couples in Menorca. For something a bit different, visit the 18th century Xoriguer Distillery or go diving in the crystal clear waters, or simply soak up the sun by the pool or beach.
Cala Galdana, Cala’n Porter and Mahon are the liveliest spots for nightlife, where you can find plenty of evening entertainment, jazz bars and clubs. For a fresh approach to clubbing, check out the unique Caves of Xorio, by day a tourist attraction and by night a popular disco.
Diving and Snorkeling
As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the island’s clear waters provide great diving and snorkelling opportunities, especially in beautiful locations like Cales Coves. There are 15 diving centres on the islands, so whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced diver you can be sure to make a splash.
Cala Galdana has the abundance of water sport facilities that you would expect from such a large resort, though wherever you stay in Menorca you are never far from a hub of activity. To catch the headland winds, head to Punta Prima, an excellent spot for sailing and windsurfing
What better way to explore the island than by the freedom of hiring a bike. Centres such as Mahon have plenty of rental facilities with flexible terms, and from there you can go your own way in discovering the areas of the island that you miss by boat or car.
Son Parc is renowned for its popular yet uncrowded golf course, a central attraction of the resort. This luscious green expanse has 18 holes and welcomes golfers of all calibres, as well as offering lots of facilities for families.