Since I was little I have always dreamed of travelling the world. As I grew up, I discovered some other passions such as writing and photography. Currently, I try to merge all the things that I like. So I started writing about travel and sharing my photos on my Instagram account, Sin Coordenadas.
I visited Menorca a couple of times when I was a child and only had good memories of this island. With the situation that we are experiencing now and the complication of travelling abroad, this year I decided to travel through Spain and enjoy the beautiful places in my own backyard.
Since I already had good memories of Menorca, I decided that 2020 would be the year I returned to discover more of this paradise. When I arrived I was flooded with memories and found it even more beautiful than before.
Six Awesome Summer Days in Menorca
I went to Menorca for a total of six days. For me, it was enough time to see the best places. Although if it’s your first time to the island I would recommend staying for a week or 10 days to really soak in the atmosphere.
Menorca is a small place. It takes 50 minutes to get around it by car. Even so, it is best to organise your days of travel in each of the different areas. In the west of the island I visited beautiful beaches such as Cala Mitjana, Cala Trebaluger, Cala Fustam and Cala Escorxada. I loved this route!
It was about three hours of walking but it was worth it. On the way you got to see stunning landscapes. On the western side of Menorca you also have Cala en Brut which is a beach without sand where you can jump into the water from rocks. This was one of my favourite beaches of Menorca.
In the south of the island I found myself on a super beautiful beach called Es Calo Blanc. It honestly looked like a swimming pool! The south also offered opportunities to visit Mahon (the capital of Menorca) and another pretty town full of white houses and flowers called Binibeca.
The north of Menorca is home to beaches with a wild vibe, red sand and fantastic snorkelling spots. I spent time at both Cala Pregonda and Cala Morell. Apart from the beaches, one of the best experiences in Menorca is to watch the sunset at places like Punta Nati Lighthouse and Pont d’en Gil.
Favourite Place in Menorca: Cala en Brut
My favourite place in Menorca was Cala en Brut because this beach has super crystal-clear water and no waves. It’s so quiet that it looks like a pool full of fish. In addition, it made for one of the most fun moments of the trip. There are places to jump into the water and I love these types of activities.
Another place that had a special place in my heart was Pont d’en Gil. The sunset here was magical – it gave me a feeling of absolute calm. Menorca has some of the best sunsets not only in Spain but in the world.
10 Best Things To Do in Menorca
The culture of Menorca is similar to the rest of Spain but life here is more peaceful. The environment is calmer and the living is easy. This is the ultimate summer destination to relax at the beach, explore villages and eat delicious food. Below are my top 10 recommendations:
1. Visit Macarella, Macarelleta and Cala en Turqueta
These beaches are some of the most beautiful and famous of Menorca. You can visit on your own or join a boat trip which docks in these bays. Not only will you be swimming in some of the most gorgeous waters of the Mediterranean but you will also be offered stunning views from the sea.
2. Snorkel at the Northern Beaches of Menorca
As mentioned above, the north of Menorca has wild beaches that offer fantastic snorkelling. I visited Cala Pregonda and Cala Morell but you can also check out Playa de Cavalleria and Cala Roja. All of these northern beaches provide a place to swim, sunbathe and snorkel for the day.
3. Rent a Kayak and Explore the Beaches
Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore some of Menorca’s best hidden beaches, coves and bays. It’s especially a good option for those who like getting in some exercise during their vacation. You can hire a kayak for the day or for several days and head off on a kayaking/camping adventure.
4. Sunset at Punta Nati Lighthouse or Pont d’en Gil
Watching the sunset every night in Menorca is a must-do. Punta Nati Lighthouse is located on the cliffs of Punta Nati in the far north-west of Menorca and consists of two detached rectangular buildings. Pont d’en Gil, on the other hand, is a hanging natural bridge near Ciutadella.
5. Try a Famous Caldereta de Langosta
Caldereta de Langosta is the most famous dish in Menorca prepared with fresh local ingredients. Originally this dish was made with fish but lobster was added later and made it super popular. In this dish you will find a claypot of onions, peppers, garlic, tomato, olive oil, almonds and lobster.
6. Have a Sobrasada Sandwich for Lunch
A famous Menorca sobrasada sandwich with Mahon cheese and honey is an absolute delight for lunch. Sobrasada is a raw, cured sausage with plenty of spices and flavour. It originates from the Balearic Islands of Spain. Many people say it tastes like chorizo but I think it’s even more delicious!
7. Taste the Mouth-Watering Ensaimada Pastry
Ensaimada’s are the traditional pastries of Mallorca and Menorca. It’s a delicious pastry sprinkled with powdered sugar and a dollop of cream or almond nougat. Traditionally they are enjoyed at breakfast with a hot coffee, in the afternoon before/after a short siesta, or as a dinner dessert.
8. Watch the Sunset with a Drink at Cova d’en Xoroi
Another magical place to watch the sunset in Menorca is at the bar/restaurant/nightclub of Cova d’en Xoroi. This is an ideal spot to sip on a cocktail with some tapas and watch the sunset. When night falls, locals and tourists alike flock to the caves to drink and dance the night away.
9. Stroll through the Village of Binibeca
Binibeca is located on the south coast of Menorca and offers beautiful whitewashed houses and quaint narrow streets to get lost in. The village overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is set in a calm cove known as Binibeca Nou Beach. This is one of the best villages to explore on the island.
10. See Ciutadella de Menorca at Night
The port city of Ciutadella de Menorca on the west coast is a great place to visit at night. The city is known for its medieval streets and old quarter. Have a walk around at night and buy some ice cream for your stroll. You can also take a tour of this city during the day if that tickles your fancy.
Best Accommodation Options in Menorca
One of the best areas is near Ciutadella. It’s close to the best beaches and has lots of great restaurants. I I stayed at RVHotels Sea Club Menorca. This hotel has rooms which are like apartments. It was great to be able to cook at the hotel. Plus the views from the hotel were spectacular!
Tips for your Visit to Menorca
The most important thing to know about Menorca is that you should rent a car or motorcycle to explore the island. This is the best way to get around and not be dependent on schedules. I also recommend wearing comfortable clothes and footwear since you will be doing a bit of walking.
Another useful tip is to utilise an App to judge the wind on the island. Depending on the wind, you might choose to explore a different area of the island and enjoy a secluded beach. I use the Windy App and find it superb.
When I was in Menorca I discovered a small restaurant only known by locals called La Cuina Del Pep. It’s located in Fornells and has fantastic paella. Make sure you have a meal there! Thanks for reading my travel guide on Menorca. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch!