Holiday Places of Interest in Menorca


Menorca offers a wide variety of places to visit should you wish to venture away from your pool. Nothing is very far away. Beaches play a large part in these choices and you will always be able to find a small un-crowded beach if you look hard enough. The old cities of Mahon and Cuitadella not only offer a little bit of history, but are also good for shopping and have an abundance of harbourside restaurants. Around the island there are a few sites of historical importance and are well worth a visit to get a feel of how easy the past life has been in Menorca.
Caves of Xoroi, Calan Porter

The Caves of Xoroi in Calan Porter are not to be missed and boast a fantastic panoramic view out to sea! By day, the caves are a popular tourist attraction with a cafe and gift shop. By night the caves transform into a lively disco with a bar and occassionally live music, where you can enjoy an evening cocktail as you watch the sun set over the sea.


http://www.covadenxoroi.com/index.php?lng=uk

Playas de Fornells

Located on the Northern coast of the island, Playas de Fornells has a relatively small community of villas and a couple of hotels perched on the hillside affording fabulous views over Cala Tirant bay.


The area has a handful of shops and restaurants to choose from and Cala Tirant beach can be accessed on foot by the wooden walkway, or by car towards the far end of the bay.


Playas de Fornells is around 4km or a 10 minute drive from the larger, more established resort of Fornells to the East, and the neighbouring resorts of Son Parc and Arenal den Castell are also easily accessible by car.

Sa Caleta

Sa Caleta is a small family resort on Menorca's West coast, which has a small selection of shops and bars plus a couple of good restaurants and a good beach within the resort. Sa Caleta is a small family resort on Menorca's West coast with a selection of shops, cafes and a good beach. But with Ciutadella being next door you'll never go short of finding somewhere to enjoy a bit of retail therapy!


Sa Caleta has a small but very pleasant white sandy beach and clear shallow water - popular with families - and a short walk round the cliffs takes you to the cove of Cala Santandria. Cala Blanca and Calan Bosch are a little further South, easily accessible by car.

San Clemente Situated 5km south west of Mahón, just past the airport, is the quiet, white washed and delightful village of Sant Clemente. An intriguing combination of old world tradition and modern, well stocked shops including a chemist and banks. The small selection of bars and restaurants are a great favourite both with the locals and the island's many visitors. Ideally situated and within easy reach of several of the south coast beaches and just a short drive from the capital, Mahon.
Arenal Den Castell

Arenal Den Castell, on the Northern coast of the island, is a popular resort famed for its picturesque, golden, circular bay and shallow, clear waters. The beach has a choice of watersport facilities available and the resort centre itself has a good selection of bars and restaurants, a childrens play area, and, in high season, you can catch the mini road train which is a great way to explore the local area and visit the neighbouring fishing village of Na Macaret.

Mahon and Harbour

Menorca is the second largest of the Balearic Islands and Mahon became the capital of Menorca in 1722 thanks to Menorca’s greatest prize, the deep, natural harbour, the second largest in the world. Mahon’s harbour welcomes cruise liners and large ferries visiting from Barcelona and Palma, Mallorca.


The port area is becoming a very chic place to live and if you want nightlife on a villa holiday, Mahon offers an almost endless supply of bars and nightspots complete with restaurants and colourful boutiques.

Whilst on holiday in Menorca, take a boat trip by day from Mahon harbour and enjoy a harbour tour or venture further afield out of the port to a nearby beach. At the eastern end of the harbour visit the Gin Distillery and sample the famous 'Xriguer' gin, sold in very distinctive green bottles and drunk at Menorca’s fiestas, mixed with lemon 'Pomada.'

The city of Mahon dominates the port, the Georgian style and white washed houses seeming to grow out of the old sea walls. Menorca’s largest town has an architectural style reminiscent of the British occupation. Features such as bow and sash windows and door latches on some of the grandiose buildings in the labyrinth of streets in the ancient centre are not seen anywhere else in Spain.

With cafes and shops which still occupy the old stone buildings, impressive churches and the medieval stone archway contrasting with the chic bars, Mahon is a place to spend your time on holiday wandering through time forgotten streets taking in the true feeling of Menorca.


Mahon revolves around the commercial sector with its pedestrianised streets and smart shops selling almost anything you could wish to buy.


The main square nestled at the top of the town centre is the home of the 'gypsy' market which is held every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the year when the fountain and shaded resting areas become awash with colour and activity. The main street, laden with shops and bars creeps its' way downhill from the main square to the waterfront.

Es Canutells Only a 10 minute drive from the airport and lying a little way along the South coast, between the larger resorts of Binibeca and Calan Porter is the deep inlet of Canutells with its small, sandy beach and few boat moorings.  The beach is "virgin" in that it is left in its natural state and is not cluttered with sunbeds etc. 

There is an aparthotel at the top of the resort which offers entertainment most evenings but the area mainly consists of an ever-growing cluster of good-quality villas built into the hillside surrounding the cove.  Canutells does not "bustle" but it boasts a small selection of good bars and restaurants, a supermarket and a gift shop (also selling newspapers etc.) and is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.
There is ample parking and a quaint, rustic bar overlooking the beach where you can order an ice cream and a drink.
San Luis San Luis (Sant Lluis) is a village of white houses  created by the French during the Seven Year War (1756-1763). In the beginning, it was planned to lodge the French troops as well as to create a pinpoint in order to organize the densely populated rural outskirts.

Today in San Luis you can visit the Dalt Windmill (Molí de Dalt) which represents the populations image: an old windmill converted into todays ethnological museum.

The traditional folklore remains present; the Joc de Bolla, a game similar to bowls widely practised in the past, has survived and is now practised on a court at C.C.D. San Luis. During the summer season there are concerts or plays held in town or even a boot-sale market where the local artists exhibit pottery and paintings.


Sol Del Este Overlooking the mouth of Mahon harbour, a 15 minute drive from the airport, Sol Del Este - meaning Eastern Sun - is the most easterly point in Spain and the first place to see the early morning sun.  The area has a selection of holiday villas and apartments and one small hotel as well as a couple of supermarkets and restaurants and a small, sandy bay at the harbours edge.
The town of Mahon and the village of San Luis are within a few minutes drive with the neighbouring town of Es Castell within walking distance, with its pretty bay, Calas Fonts, where you can dine at one of the waterfront restaurants, many in what were the original fishermans caves or browse in the selection of shops.  Boats trips leave from here which tour Mahon's magnificent harbour.
S'algar

S'Algar is located on the South East corner of Menorca, a 20 minute drive from Mahon airport.
An attractive, well established holiday centre on the rocky coast between Mahon harbour and the lovely fishing village of Cala Alcaufar, S'Algar is a great favourite with British holiday makers. There are 2 hotels for some evening entertainment.


There is no beach as such, just a small stretch of sand but most people prefer to sunbathe on the many rocky platforms that adorn the coast, many with steps leading into the water. At the waters edge is a large, open air swimming pool with extensive sun bathing terraces and a small snack bar. A little further along the coast from the pool is the resort centre of S'Algar with several shops, a supermarket and a variety of bars and restaurants lining the paved walkways. The children will love the road train which regularly trundles around the resort.
S'Algar is also a great favourite for watersport enthusiasts as the waters are clear and enticing, particularly good for scuba diving and snorkeling. The diving centre is PADI and RYA approved and will care for both the initiated and beginners providing equipment hire with tuition also available.


The sporting facilities at S'Algar are possibly the best in Menorca. There is something for everyone including tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini golf course. The more adventurous can hire a powerboat or try their hand at parascending. 

Cala Alcaufar

Cala Alcaufar is just 1 kilometre from the resort of S'Algar, on the South coast of the island, and is popular with families with children. The resort is a picturesque, small, sheltered inlet with a sandy beach that shelves gently into the sea. The beach is overlooked by the fishermens cottages that reach down to the waters edge.


The resort also has scenic walks out to an old Martello type tower on a headland where there are good views out to S'Algar and the Isle de L'Aire at Punta Prima.

Punta Prima

Located on the South Eastern tip of the island, close to the capital of Mahon, Punta Prima is one of Menorca's most loved and authentic resorts.

The resort itself is centered around the beach which has beautiful white sand and clear shallow water making it ideal for families. A huge choice of shops and places to eat line the beachfront where you can sit and enjoy an evening meal, a spot of lunch or a cool drink and take in the views over the water to the lighthouse on the neighbouring, uninhabited island of Isla del Aire.

The beach and local cafes are perfect for anyone wanting to relax and soak up the atmosphere, but for anyone looking for something a bit more active Punta Prima has tennis and basketball facilities as well as pedalo hire. There is also a diving school as part of one of the local hotels.

Son Bou and San Jaime

Son Bou is on the South coast of Menorca, a 30 minute drive from Mahon airport, and boasts the longest beach on the island with almost 2 miles of pale, golden sand shelving gently into the turquoise waters. The beach bars serve anything from a light snack to a three course meal while picturesque, white washed villas sit on the hillside along the length of the beach. Water sports facilities include windsurfing, water skiing and aqua-planing are also available.


It should be noted that, at the Western end of the beach many sunbathers decide to abandon their clothing altogether!


At the Eastern end of the resort, twin hotels overlook the beach and the further along one ventures the more isolated one becomes. Behind the 2 hotels is an array of small shops, bars, restaurants and a popular disco. A little further along is the popular Club San Jaime with its pool and water slides.


Visit the archaeological site at the Eastern end of the beach and wonder at the headland, honeycombed with caves. Enjoy nature at its best as the beach progresses Westwards, becoming wilder, backed by dunes and marshes and home to a thriving bird population.

Santo Tomas

Santo Tomas lies halfway along the South Coast of Menorca between the holiday resorts of Son Bou and Cala Galdana, just a 30 minute drive from Mahon airport. 


Santo Tomas is a popular resort with families as the beach, shops, bars and restaurants are all within easy reach of one another.
With a long, narrow beach of pale golden sand, Santo Tomas is virtually a continuation of the beach at Son Bou. A path at the western end leads to the quieter beaches of San Adeonato and Binigaus.
If you want to relax on your villa holiday with a game of tennis, Las Duna is just along the road and offers tennis courts, mini golf, a bar and restaurants with evening meals and entertainment.

Binibeca

Binibeca, on the South East coast of Menorca, is approximately 20 minutes drive from Mahon airport and stretches from Cala Torret in the East, through Binibeca Nou and onto Binibeca Vell in the West.
One of the earliest coastal developments in Menorca, perched on a deep, rocky inlet, this was designed to resemble a Mediterranean fishing village with white washed houses, orange trees, a maze of narrow cobbled streets, Moorish archways, boats and sea views.


There is a small, sandy beach with a rocky coastline on each side. The shallow calm waters make this beach popular with families. During the summer months the children will love the mini train which runs several times a day into the nearby holiday resort of Punta Prima. The wooden beach bar perched on the rocks at the southern edge of the sands claims to be the only place in Menorca where you can drink with your feet in the sea.


One kilometre away from the sandy beach at Binibeca, the Vell is unique and well worth a visit on your holiday. The village offers a selection of attractive bars, restaurants, an ice cream parlour and a tea shop. One can eat in the shady central courtyard, complete with cobbles and wooden beams. The small shops offer trendy beachware and a good selection of souvenirs. If you want a wider choice of craft and designer shops, Mahon is a short drive away and well worth a visit.

Calan Porter

Calan Porter, on the south coast of Menorca, is a 20 minute drive from Mahon airport. One of Menorca's earliest beach resorts, Calan Porter has grown into a well established holiday centre.
The beach is down below the resort centre flanked on either side by spectacular limestone cliffs. It's a beautifully sheltered, deep expanse of white sand which can be accessed either by (a lot of) steps, or by road.
There is a wide variety of bars and restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes, some of which provide entertainment. There are also several shops and supermarkets which cater for the large numbers of holiday-makers.


Calan Porter's main feature is the Caves of Xoroi which are reached by a succession of stairways and rocky platforms which are set high on the cliff face with dramatic views out to sea. There is a bar which can be visited by day and a lively disco by night.


For those that like to relax on their villa holiday with a game of tennis, courts are available.

Cala Galdana

This Spanish resort is on the south coast of Menorca, a 40 minute drive from Mahon airport. Cala Galdana is known as "The Queen of the Coves" – a wide arc of golden sand bordered by wooded cliffs and an emerald sea. The holiday resort has one of the most ecologically important coves on Menorca. As well as being one of the most beautiful holiday resorts in Menorca, Cala Galdana also enjoys a unique microclimate with higher temperatures and lower winds than the surrounding bays.


The deep, horseshoe bay is a thriving tourist resort with hotels, apartments, shops, bars and restaurants. Most holiday villas are set amongst the pine trees on either side of and up above the bay.  An array of shops, bars and restaurants surround the crescent of white sand.
Cala Galdana is a good holiday resort to be in mid season to enjoy walks along the gorge or to some of the quieter beaches on either side of the bay. In high season it is perfect for family holidays with fun and facilities for the children.


For a fun family day out there is a tennis court, a mini golf course and shallow water slides. Enjoy an evening of entertainment at the spectacular horse show, situated on the Cala Galdana road.

Son Parc

Son Parc is on the North coast of Menorca, a 30 minute drive from Mahon airport. Set amongst pine-clad hills is the lovely beach of pale golden sand, wide enough never to get crowded. The sea is shallow and the dunes and pine trees at the back of the beach give some relief from the Balearic sun. There is ample parking by the beach bar/restaurant at the western tip of this lovely beach


This Spanish resort has a selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, a few shops and a good sized supermarket. On the upper shopping level, above the street is a games room for children. Further along the road there is a childrens' play area set amongst the pine trees.


Son Parc is the home of Menorca's only golf course. The course has 18 holes and comes highly recommended and one can hire clubs and equipment. All are welcome to use the facilities including the driving range and tennis courts. Relax or wine and dine in the restaurant which has extensive terraces overlooking the course.

Ciutadella and Harbour A Catalan city, almost untouched by outside influence, the old capital city of Ciutadella has an aura of beauty and charm.  The nobility and the Church stayed behind when the capital was moved to Mahon, leaving this stylish city with a maze of narrow streets fanning out from the islands' only Cathedral, adorned with Gothic palaces and old, elegant archways.

A visit to this very special city is a must, to wander through the centre or to relax in Plaza D'Es Born - known as the finest square in the Balearics.  The square is dominated by the Town Hall, peppered with palm trees and home to a variety of chic.  The "gypsy" market fills the square on Fridays and Saturdays, adding a touch of colour and revery.
Small but intriguing shops are plentiful but time should be allowed to admire the architechture, the aged stone buildings and cobbled, arched streets.

From the Plaza D'Es Born one can stroll down the winding street to the port - a narrow inlet, packed with attractive waterfront cafes and restaurants. Small, colourful stalls abound, selling their wares - souvenirs, scarves, jewellery - are always bustling.  Sit and watch the endless movement of the port with the private yachts, tiny sailing boats and larger passenger ferries, to-ing and fro-ing between Menorca and Mallorca.
Calan Bosch

Calan Bosch is located on the south-westerly tip of Menorca, one hours' drive from Mahon airport.
Calan Bosch is one of Menorca's busier family holiday resorts with numerous hotels and apartments around the stylish marina and beach. Wander through the charming streets in the centre or spend the day shopping in the numerous shops and boutiques.
This holiday resort is one of Menorca's most fashionable areas and life here mainly revolves around the modern, yachting marina, which plays host to a variety of restaurants and snack bars and offers an array of Spanish cuisine and international dishes. Small boats can enter from the sea through a narrow channel and pleasure cruises sail out from here to the remote beaches of the south coast of Menorca.


Children are well catered for with a choice of acitivies. There is both a small and another larger water park plus a go kart track and tennis courts. Try a trip round the outskirts of Calan Bosch in a horse drawn carriage or you can hire a four wheeled carriage bicycle for a fun way of acquainting yourself with the holiday resort.

Calan Blanes and Calan Forcat

To the West of Cuitadella, along the coastline, is a succession of small beaches and pretty coves. Several small resorts have all merged to form the largest resort in Menorca.  There are small stretches of sand and various bathing platforms along the rocky coast with deep inlets of blue waters which are impossible to resist.

The bustling resort is centred in Calan Forcat with bars, cafes and restaurants abound. There are plenty of activities for families including a water park with a variety of activities for children; play areas, a tennis court and a bouncy castle. You can also hire a 3 wheeled bike to explore the area further.

The villas are scattered about the surrounding areas of Calan Bruch and Calan Blanes - each area with its own selection of shops, bars and restaurants but all are just a short stroll away from the livelier Calan Forcat.

Cala Blanca

Cala Blanca, on Menorca's west coast, is a 50 minute drive from Mahon airport. This Spanish resort is a deep, rocky inlet sheltering a small, sandy beach fringed by pine trees.
The holiday resort has a couple of hotels, which is where you will find most of the evening entertainment; a small lido with regular entertainment for the children and an array of bars and restaurants, some overlooking the beach – perfect for a light lunch but also popular when the sun goes down. In the evening visitors can stroll along the main, pedestrianized walkway, pausing for some light refreshment. Cala Blanca offers souvenir shops and three well stocked supermarkets, an internet café and gaming arcade. If you want a wider choice of shops, Mahon is a very chic place to visit with colourful boutiques and an endless supply of bars and nightspots.


There is an abundance of activities for families. There is a water slide park for children of all ages, or hire a 4 wheeled pedal carriage for an enjoyable way to investigate Cala Blanca. Or rent a bicycle and explore further afield. Located in the bay is an international scuba diving centre which caters for beginners and seasoned divers alike. If you like to relax on your villa holiday with a game of tennis, a tennis court is also available.
The impressive town of Ciutadella is only a short bus ride away and well deserves a visit. A drive down the coast takes you to the neighbouring resort of Calan Bosch, a larger and more widespread holiday resort with its' popular yachting marina, water park and go kart track.

Monte Toro El Toro, at 360 metres above sea level, is the highest peak on Menorca.  In the centre of the island it towers above the small town of Es Mercadal.  Take the time to drive up the steep 3.2km climb to the summit and see the whole of the island spread out beneath you.  There are sea views on all four sides and, on a clear day, the view stretches to the north coast of Mallorca. 
The mountain is crowned by a convent which has become an important centre of pilgrimage and the neat vegetable and herb gardens beneath the terraces are still tended to by the community of nuns who live there.  Visit the tiny chapel or have lunch in the rustic café and browse around the shop, packed with souvenirs and local produce.
Fornells The bay of Fornells is a natural inlet of 5kms - similar to that of Mahon but shallower. A perfect refuge for the sailing and windsurfing schools at its waters edge. Sails of all proportions can be seen bobbing about the largely unspoilt bay and the waters are a paradise for deep sea diving enthusiasts.

The village, with its palm-lined promenade and dazzling white houses is well-known for its spiny lobsters, the essential ingredient for the lobster stew which is frequently enjoyed by King Juan Carlos who sails over regularly from Mallorca to enjoy this somewhat expensive dish.
The quayside offers an abundance of restaurants with one in particular sitting at the water´s edge
Tourism is greatly important nowadays but there is still a fishing industry in Fornells and the fish in the restaurants is genuinely local and fresh. Most people visit to enjoy their favourite watersports in the bay or to stroll through the village, enjoying its simple beauty.
Es Grau and S'Albufera Lake Es Grau, on the north-east coast, is a tiny, unspoilt fishing village.  There are cafes and restaurants on the quayside or one can enjoy a variety of "tapas" and fresh fish in the local bar on the village street.  The large, curving beach is perfect for children as the sea is shallow and gently shelving. 
Mum and Dad can relax in the beach bar whilst keeping a watchful eye on the children at the waters edge searching for shells and starfish.  In high season a boat trip can be taken to Illa d'en Colom, some 400 metres from the village, with its still virgin beaches and lagoon-like waters - perfect for scuba diving or water skiing.
Just behind Es Grau, separated from the village by dunes and pine woods, lies S'Albufera, a freshwater lake.  This is a peaceful place to stroll but its main appeal is to bird-watchers. The lake is rich in bird life.  In winter there are migrant colonies of osprey and booted eagles and in spring and autumn the lake attracts numerous waders and wildfowl.  Species regularly seen here include cormorants, herons, spoonbills and terns.
Torre D'en Gaumes

Whilst travelling around the island your attention will be drawn to the amazing prehistoric stone monuments dotted around the countryside.  There are three distinct types. 


TAULAS - meaning "table" in the local language, thess are unique to Menorca.  They are formed by a rectangular slab of stone standing vertically, some 16 feet high with a second stone slab, generally around 12 feet long and 6 feet wide placed horizontally on the top.  Their purpose is not clear but they are thought to be for a religious ritual - possibly sacrificial. 


TALAYOTS - derived from the Moors, meaning "watch-tower" these cone-shaped structures are built without mortar or cement and stand between 8 and 15 feet high.  They can be found on all the islands and in other Mediterranean countries and there are some 200 on Menorca. 


NAVETAS  - resembling an up-turned boat, these usually have a long, narrow entrance and, inside, a large lintel with a chimney area.  It is said that they were used as mass burial chambers.  These are unique to Menorca and the "Naveta D'Es Tudons" on the main road close to Ciudadela, is by far the most visited.  To find fine examples of both Taulas and Talayots visit the atmospheric, abandoned village of "Torre D'En Gaumes" which is clearly signposted on the left of the road leading from Alayor to the resort of Son Bou.

Es Migjorn Gran

Es Migjorn Gran is positioned slightly inland form the Southern coast of the island on the way to Santo Tomas. The town is typically Menorcan and makes for a good day out!

Es Migjorn Gran is surrounded by beautiful and expansive countryside, with many paths and single track roads to explore amongst the woodland and valleys. Directly South from the town is perhaps one of the most attractive virgin beaches on the island at Binigaus.

Es Migjorn has a few tapas bars, a couple of cafes and some charmimg restaurants for an evening meal.


Sign up to our newsletter
Sign up
Your email has been entered into our data base, and you will now receive newsletters from Villa Plus.




British Travel Awards Winners