On the east of the Balearic Islands lies the divinely peaceful Menorca, an archipelago between the countries Spain and Italy.
This little island gives everyone, be it families, kids or couple, a plethora of options to explore and experience. Wondering, what things to do in Menorca! Read on.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Menorca is Spain’s best-kept secret from the world. Though the unusual tranquility of the place has helped it to emerge as one of the Europe’s popular beach holiday destinations for families, its untouched-idyllic setting also makes it apposite for honeymooning couples.
Other major attractions in this secluded beach heaven are the charismatic calas, a captivating 215 km-long coastline, adventurous archeological sites, and a phenomenal National Park. Here’s starting our bucket-list:
Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau – walk through the mysterious nature
Your visit to Menorca would be incomplete if you have not seen Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau. The biodiversity of this UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve will make you realize that one step towards nature can save so many species. Spain has done that!
S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park approximately covers 5,100 hectares of Menorca north-east region. The vast area has a lagoon, coastal islets, marshlands, wild olive woods, dune systems, temporary ponds, sea phanerogam prairies. The wetland is a paradise for bird-watchers. Feel exalted to find coots, fish eagles, and even rare species like Lilford’s wall lizards and Hermann’s tortoises.
Naveta d’es Tudons – a historical wonder
Where else you would find a 3,000-year-old megalithic chamber tomb? Naveta d’es Tudons in the western side of the island, at Carretera Mahon, Ciutadella is an architectural delight, erected by using the Cyclopean technique. What does that mean? The structure is made of medium-sized stones, built-in together using a dry stone walling method, without the use of mortar.
Interesting fact about this place is that the skeletons found here are dated back to the 9th century B.C. Many couples especially use these ruins to get a photo-shoot done. Indeed, one of the amazing things to do in Menorca for couples.
Jeep Safari archaeological adventure – travel to time
This one is for the adventure-seeker in you! Vist Talayotic settlements of Trepuco and Torre d’en Galmes via Jeep. Driving down the dirt tracks on a 4×4 is sheer thrill.
Hire a guide and you will find yourself in the history of Talayotic era. Besides taking pleasure in the countryside, one can even savor the sight of a red kite, booted eagle or Egyptian vulture. Jeep Safari around the Menorcan landscape is as entertaining as educational, and thus this is one of the must things to do in Menorca for families.
Planoram Paragliding from Monte Toro – sky is the limit
From the beaches to skies, there is no limit to what can be done Menorca. Monte Taro, the highest point on the island is the coolest setting for paragliding. Jump from that top and savor the joys of the majestic aerial view of the island without any stress.
Menorca Gin distillery – appeasing the taste buds
Who’s up for a little Gin? When in Menorca don’t forget to taste the Mahon gin. Extremely popular among the locals, gin enjoys a loyal fandom here. The drink, however, came to the island in the 18th century. British soldiers stationed here were unable to satiate their quench for gin and thus brought juniper berries here. Thanks to the soldiers, distillery was built.
Located at the Mahon’s Port, the distillery also has a factory shop. You can buy gin, souvenirs, homeware, t-shirts and even perfume, besides getting to know about the history of gin production. Fascinating!
Cova d’en Xoroi – to make merry
The island’s nightlife is nothing but this restrobar. Emblematic of a legend called Xoroi — the man from the sea, Cova d’en Xoroi is a fascinating place in the cliff, overlooking the azure waters, on the south coast of Menorca.
Unlike Ibiza and Mallorca, Menorca is not a party hub, but Cova d’en Xoroi makes up for the loss. While families can visit the place for a delectable breakfast or lunch, groups and couples can throng this spectacular club by evening and enjoy it till late night. The place is picture-perfect for couples outing.
Ciutadella Menorca beaches – into the world’s clearest water
On the west side of the island is situated the historic city of Ciutadella. The place is surrounded by the most picturesque of beaches. If water dancing under the blue sky is your idea of a carefree beach holiday, then you must visit these beaches, where one can find exciting things to do in Menorca with families like kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking.
Cala en Turqueta is Menorca’s secluded beach. Situated around 11km south-east of Ciutadella. Cala en Turqueta gets its name from its sheer turquoise water — the clearest you will ever get to see. The area boasts of the most sought-after coves of this beach marvel, do explore the exquisite rocks.
On the South coast of the island lies the enticing crescent-shaped, surrounded with pine trees, Cala Galdana. What are the enjoyable things to do here? Paddle boats, Kayaking, Snorkeling and Stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are there for you.
Cala Macarella & Cala Macarelleta – are considered Menorca’s best secluded beaches and can only be reached by embarking on a 35 minute trek!
Shopping in Menorca – enjoyment guaranteed!
This exotic island is undoubtedly a shopper’s paradise! And, why are we saying that! You can buy anything or everything here. From local crafts and goods to designer shoes, this Spanish island will surprise you with what it has to offer. Do visit these shopping places before you say bye to the island.
Jaime Mascaro and Pretty ballerinas – Shop shoes in Menorca
Indulge in any kind of activity, but don’t miss shopping for shoes here. For women, this is indeed one of those therapeutic things to do in Menorca. The delightful island is also fashion hub, thanks to the famous shoe designer and manufacturer Mascaro. The brand originated in the island and caters to the likes of Olivia Palermo, Angelina Jolie, and Claudia Schiffer. Ladies shouldn’t miss out the visit to this gala place situated at Calle Poife, 07750 Ferreries. Bag, coats, belts are also at the offering.
Mahon Indoor Market – Buy Sobrassada
Next to the church of Nostra Senyora de carme, just off Plaça d’Espanya, lies Mercat Claustre del Carme, the Mahon Indoor Market. The island’s main shopping attraction is actually a cluster of mini-shops. One can find a florist, fruit and vegetable stalls, meat shop and even a tobacconist in this dazzling market. A sausage fan must visit the store selling Sobrassada – typical Balearic gastronomical affair – a Majorcan sausage made with ground pork, paprika, salt, and spices.
Mahon & Ciutadella shopping – Good deals for local craftsmanship
Capital Mahon and historical Ciutadella are major shopping centers. Buy from local craftsmen things like hand-painted ceramics, glassware, wrought ironwork products, costume jewelry, carved olive-wood pieces, handmade shoes and artificial pearls from Mallorca. If you are not looking for designer shoes, go for Abarcas sandals made out of recycled car tyres and eco-leather from Valencia. One of the relaxing things to do here is the shopping at the Saturday market on Ferreries. Flavors and aura of Menorca are best devoured here.
Shrug off your whims and fancies for the other Balearic Islands, and you will be up for a pleasant beach holiday surprise. If you are game for heart-stirring things to do in Menorca, nothing should be stopping you!