Spanish Menorca – the pearl of the Balearic Islands

Menorca

The island has gorgeous beaches and a quiet, serene atmosphere. It is also called “Monument Island”. Covering an area of about 695km², over 1500 historical and cultural sites from different eras.

Cala Galdana resort

The resort of Cala Galdana (photo: Lutz Hirschmann)

It is said that Menorca is the first place in Spain to see the sunrise: it is the easternmost point of the country. The island is situated in the north-east of the archipelago. There are no mountain ranges, only hills. The northern coast is steep and rocky; its beaches are covered with reddish sand and pebbles, with little vegetation.

On the southern side, rivers flow, drying up in times of drought and coming to life in the rainy season. The beaches there are sandy, bright, and the coast is surrounded by dense forests. The island is a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve. Here, construction of tall buildings is prohibited, and the walls of homes are usually painted white.

Menorca has a typical Mediterranean climate. It is sunny nearly year-round, with more than 300 days. Rains come in late autumn and summers are dry. Summer temperatures range from +26 … 28°, while winter temperatures remain around +15°. There are strong winds in the north of the island.

Sights of Menorca

La Mola Fortress

The resort of Punta Prima

The ancient settlement of Tatula in Talatí de Dalt

The Menorca Zoo in Alayor

Torralba den Salord ancient settlement

Torre d den Gaumus ancient settlement

Club Cova den Choroi

Cales Coves complex

Cova des Coloms Cave

Cala Escorxada Cove

Cala Galdana Resort

Cala Galdana Beach

Cala Macareleta Cove

Cala Turkueta Beach

Son Catlar Archaeological Site

Cala en Bosch Beach

Cala Blanca Resort

Es Castellar Tower

Cala en Forcat Beach

Cala Morell Caves

Santa Agueda Castle Ruins

Cala Pregonda Beach

Cala Tirant Beach

Mount Monte Torro

Lighthouse de Favartich

Cala Morella Nou Beach

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My video review of Menorca’s beaches:

Resorts of Menorca

St. Lewis

The municipality of Sant Lluís is located in the southeastern part of the island. Seasonal rivers flow through the municipality and the fertile land is home to a number of estates.

Village of Punta Prima (photo: Lutz Hirschmann)

Village of Binisafua (photo: Miguel Ángel Sánchez-Guerrero)

The village of Binibeka (photo: Jonybraker)

The beach at Binidali (photo: Robert Goodrum)

The resort of Punta Prima is located 6 km from Sant Lluís. Houses here are built right off the coast. The sandy beach of Punta Prima is 200 meters long. The village is placed between two headlands and is open to southerly winds.

The coastal village of Binisafua has a beautiful small beach and several fish restaurants. Over this resort is a glide path of planes to the airport of Maon.

Binibeca is a town located 6 km from the center of Sant Lluís. There is a unique architecture, a cozy beach in the bay, wonderful underwater landscapes.

Binidali is a quiet little village with a single restaurant and a secluded safe beach in one of the most beautiful bays in the whole island.

Es Grau

Es Grau Resort

Es Grau Resort (Photo: Y)

Es Grau is a small fishing village in the municipality of Mao. It stands behind the sand dunes, surrounded by forests. The local beach is considered the best on the island, its length is 600 meters. The cove is protected from the winds by the rocky island of Colom.

Cala en Porter

Cala en Porter Resort

The resort of Cala en Porter (photo: Carlos Veira Lorenzo)

The beach resort of Cala en Porter is located in the south of Menorca. It is one of the oldest tourist centers on the island. A stream flows across the beach to the sea, forming a sandy slope. The bay of Cala en Porter is surrounded by rocks. The beach is 150 meters long.

Cala Galdana

Cala Galdana resort

The resort of Cala Galdana (photo: Lutz Hirschmann)

Cala Galdana is a bay in the center of the island, near the town of Ferreres. The beach Galdana is surrounded by low cliffs, overgrown with pine trees. The slope is covered with white fine sand, and the estuaries of the Algendar and Algendaret rivers pass through the coast.

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From here it is worthwhile to walk 2.6 km westwards to the secluded bays of Marseilla and Macarella. You can reach them by a staircase carved into the rock. Both beaches are landscaped, one has a nudist area. Even further away is Calaen Turqueta, the most picturesque cove in this part of the coast.

Arenal den Castell

Arenal den Castell

Arenal den Castell (photo: Miguel Angel Abellán)

Arenal d’en Castell is a resort on a round bay in the north of Menorca. Its Blue Flag beach is considered the most beautiful on the island.

Cala Blanca

Cala Blanca

Cala Blanca (Photo: michael)

Cala Blanca is located on the west of the island, on the shores of a small bay surrounded by rocky shores and pine groves. The water is calm and the sand is light. The beach is 45 meters long. Near Cala Blanca, you can see the stalactite caves of Parella with an underground lake.

Menorca beaches

The bathing season on Menorca runs from April to November. There are more than a hundred beaches, but none of them are very long and spacious. These are cozy bays, a variety of corners of the coast with picturesque landscapes.

Cala Galdana beach (photo: Lutz Hirschmann)

Arenal den Castell beach (photo: Steen Jeppesen)

Beach Cavalleria (photo: Jasper de Valk)

En Bosch beach (photo: sergio barbieri)

Cala Turqueta beach (photo: Jake Perks)

Cala en Forkat (photo: Jesus)

Cala Pregonda beach (photo: indien fleur)

Cala Escorxada (photo: Sergio Canobbio)

Cala Morella Nou beach

Es Talayer Cove (photo: P.N.J.)

Cala Macareleta (photo: 2c22Ldn)

Cala Tiran beach (photo: Borja Gómez)

The most famous and most visited beach is Cala Galdana, in the delta of two rivers, near Ferreres. Its length is about 450 meters. On the edges of it there are rocks, on them are the observation platforms Riu and Punta. The water is calm, the shore is sandy and white.

The most beautiful beach of the northern coast is Arenal den Castell. Its length is 650 m. Here come the locals, families with children, tourists – this spacious beach is always free. The beach area is equipped, there are cafes and stores.

Cavalleria beach is located in the north of Menorca, in a protected area. It is sheltered from the winds by Cape Cap de Cavalleria; on top there is an observation deck with a panoramic view. This beach has two beautiful wild bays and fine golden sand. The length of the Cavalleria is 455 meters.

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Tourists who value comfort above all else will love Cala en Bosch on the west of the island. The beach is perfectly equipped, the slope is covered with perfectly clean light sand. Its length is 80 m, the descent into the water is gentle.

Cala en Turqueta is a beach on the southwest of the island. It lies in a picturesque bay with a snow-white shore and clear turquoise water. This wild enclosed beach is 110 meters long and is surrounded by pine cliffs.

Cala en Forcat is a small rocky beach near Ciutadella. It is considered a natural landmark of Menorca. The water in the bay changes color from bright azure to green.

Cala Pregonda is a paradise for fishermen, divers, marine artists, and just lovers of magnificent scenery.

Cala Escorxada, a haven for romantics, a quiet beach with soft white sand.

Cala Es Talaier is a very picturesque little cove with white sand.

Cala Macarelleta, a magical corner of wildlife in the midst of majestic cliffs.

The town of Mahón

The capital of Menorca, Maón

The city of Mahón, capital of Menorca (photo: Jeroen de Jongh)

Mahon, the capital of Menorca, is a city in the southeast, on the shores of a vast natural harbor. The entrance to the port of Mahón is guarded by the former military fortress of La Mola. On the other side of the harbor stands San Felipe Castle. The church of Santa María was built in 1748, its neo-Gothic bell tower was erected later, in 1868. The church is home to a unique organ from the beginning of the 19th century and also hosts concerts. The town hall has existed since 1613. The stone arch gate of St. Roch has survived since the 14th century. Near the central square is the Trepuso Archaeological Museum with an exhibition of megaliths.

Church of Del Carmen, Mao

Church of Del Carmen, Mao (photo: Wolfgang Appel)

The town of Mahon has been the capital of Menorca since the 18th century. There is an international airport and modern buildings stand next to the ancient palaces. The port of Mahón is considered the largest in the Mediterranean, its harbor reaches far into the center of the island and the city streets have viewing platforms. The harbor is a popular attraction for visitors to Minorca, with restaurants, stores, cafes, and traditional souvenir shops lining the waterfront. The town has transportation, but it is better to walk: all the attractions are compactly located here.

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Ciutadella

Menorca Cathedral, Ciutadella

Menorca Cathedral, Ciutadella (Photo: Dianne La Sambuca)

Ciutadella is the former capital of Menorca. The gothic Santa María Cathedral (14th century) is the crown jewel of the city. Opposite it is the Olivas Palace with its neoclassical façade, old frescos and ancient Roman statues. The Plaza de Borne is surrounded by Renaissance buildings, among which the Salor palace with sgraffito paintings on the red façade stands out. The Sas Voltas arches, built in the style of traditional Menoran architecture, adorn the Via Josepe Maria Cuadrado. The Diocesan Museum of Menorca is housed in a seminary building from 1619.

Other attractions

Tomb of the Naveta des Tudones

Club Cova den Choroi (photo: Agustí Sentelles)

La Mola Fortress (photo: Maria J. Ramiro)

De Fornells Tower (photo: ollidrolli)

Fort Marlborough

Menorca Zoo (photo: Lloc de Menorca Centre Zoologic)

Monte Torro mountain (photo: noriyuki)

Lighthouse de Favartich (photo: Alessandro Pavone)

Tatula in Talati de Dalt (photo: Britt-Marie Sohlström)

Cova des Colombes cave (photo: baba49)

The town of Alayor (photo: Max Corradi 64)

Aquatico water park (photo: catkinz)

Cape Caballeria (photo: Miguel Barahona)

The ancient settlement of Torre den Gaumus (photo: Angel Armendariz)

Ruins of Santa Agueda Castle (photo: OSCAR)

The caves of Cala Morell (photo: jose luis gil)

The Cales Coves complex (photo: Julien Vanbelle)

Torralba den Salord (photo: James Brown)

Es Castellar tower (photo: Multikiia)

Castel Sant Nicolau (photo: Revelart Photography)

Lighthouse Artruch (photo: Miguel Angel Novoa Blanco)

Torre Llafuda, Son Catalar (photo: Juergen Galka)

Naveta des Tudons, a stone monument, 4 km from Ciutadella, a crypt in the shape of an upside-down ship, built 1500 B.C. The oldest tomb is unique in the way it was built: the stones in it are set in a pyramid, without the use of cement.

Cova d’en Xoroi is an unusual nightclub opened in a rock cave right above the sea. Concerts, theme parties, and famous European DJs perform here.

Fortaleza de la Mola is built on the peninsula of La Mola, at the entrance of the harbor of Mahón. In the XIX century it was the most important port of the Mediterranean and protected it from military invasions.

Torre de Fornells (Torre de Fornells) is a circular tower fort built in the 19th century by the British to defend the port of Fornells and the nearby castle of San Antony.

Fort Marlborough (Fuerte de Marlborough) was erected in the 18th century on a rocky outcrop in St. Stephen’s Bay, to protect the port of Mahon. Today the cave fort houses a museum dedicated to the British era of Menorca.

The Menorca Zoo in Alayor (Centre Zoologic Lloc De Menorca) displays exotic and native animals, has a museum of ancient tools, and a souvenir shop.

Monte Toro is the highest point on Menorca (358m), with a panoramic view. At its summit is the 13th-century church of Santuario de la Virgen del Toro, the spiritual center of the island.

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Download a map of Menorca

Download a map of Menorca

Download a map of Menorca

How to reach Menorca?

Port of Mao

Port de Maó (photo: Lutz Hirschmann)

Menorca can be reached by domestic flights from Barcelona, Mallorca and Ibiza – Menorca Airport is near Mahón. From Moscow you can get here by plane, with a connection in Barcelona or Madrid. From Barcelona or Valencia one can get to the island by sea with a ferry of the company Balearia. The ferry service connects Menorca with the islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.

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