The delightful town of Alaior centers around the 17th century Santa Eulalia Church, perched on Ilhalor Hill. Having maintained much of its original character, the town is a charming mix of whitewashed houses and winding streets. You’ll find plenty of pretty cafes and great tapas bars as well as a weekly market selling local crafts. Ideally located to explore the rest of the island, you’ll be just 15 minutes’ drive from the island’s capital, Mahon, as well as the beautiful coastline.
Local Markets and shopping
Alaior is home to a weekly market, where you can pick up clothing as well as some great local crafts. In the high season there is an atmospheric night market held once a week with entertainment, live music and some great artisan stalls. As the birthplace of Menorcan cheese, there are a number of local factories where you can sample the delicious cheeses before you buy! The town also has an independent local butchers and organic fruit and veg shops, as well as large supermarkets around the town’s outskirts.
Bars and Restaurants
The restaurants and bars in Alaior are all centered around the magnificent Santa Eulalia Church. You’ll find plenty of tapas bars offering some of the local delicacies, such as homemade sausage and the famous cheese! Or, why not sample the local gin, Innat? Nearby Son Bou has a number of beach bars where you can enjoy a cocktail while watching the sun set over the sea.
Alaior is ideally based to explore some of the island’s best beaches, all just a short drive away. Calan Porter Beach is a beautiful sandy cove surrounded by high cliffs. Or, head to the sandy Blue Flag beach of Son Bou, the longest on the island with plenty of different watersports to choose from.
Lloc de Menorca Zoo is just 10 minutes’ drive from Alaior, with a range of exotic animals. If you’re looking to cool off, Menorca’s 3 water parks can all be easily reached in around 30 minutes’ drive. Back in Alaior you’ll find a couple of children’s parks dotted around the town, great for keeping the younger ones entertained.
Places of Interest
Mahon, the islands capital, can easily be reached form Alaior. Steeped in history, Mahon is home to the world’s second deepest harbor. Take a trip on a glass bottom boat or enjoy a leisurely lunch overlooking the yachts. Monte Toro, the islands highest point, is also worth a visit where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views.