Nature. Tranquillity. and sea. A lot of sea. Menorca is one of the best places in the world to escape to and to get a break from the old routines. This magical Mediterranean island offers that calm you need to reconnect with what is truly important, and it invites you to enjoy the true pleasures in life. If you have a few days off ahead of you, don't hesitate: Menorca is your destination, and these are the five things you simply have to do during your holiday on the island.
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- Visit the old town and the port of Ciutadella
- A tour of Menorca’s most beautiful coves
- Eat lobster stew
- Watching the sunset at Cova d’en Xoroi
- Hike stages of the route Camí de Cavalls
Visit the old town and the port of Ciutadella
The island's old capital, Ciutadella, is one of those essential places to visit on Menorca, no matter what. Its old town, brimming with charm and tradition, seems to have been transported straight from the past and its port is full of small boats that turn it into a postcard picture, especially at night when all their lights are reflected in the sea.
As you take a stroll through the alleys in Ciutadella’s historic centre, make sure you visit the City Hall building, on the emblematic square Plaza Es Born. Here you can also see the great obelisk – one of the classic meeting points in this city.
A tour of Menorca's most beautiful coves
If you like sand and sea, one of the most interesting things Menorca offers you is taking a tour of the most beautiful coves on the island. It's too difficult to choose just one of them, as there are so many spectacular beaches and coves everywhere... So, our recommendation is that you rent a car and drive along the north and the south coast, stopping at some of the locations listed below.
The north coast is where you’ll find several of Menorca's untouched coves. Among the most well-known ones are Cala Presili, Cala Pregonda and Cala Cavalleria. On the south coast, you have Son Saura and Cala Turqueta. In the south-west – and very near our hotel Zafiro Menorca – you can enjoy Cala n'Bosch, Cala Macarella, Cala Macarelleta and Cala Galdana.
Eat lobster stew
Lobster stew is, along with Mahon cheese, the most typical food on Menorca. There are plenty of places where you can sample this tasty lobster stew, of course, but Fornells is an island village where several of the most famous restaurants specialising in this dish are located, showcasing Menorca's traditional cuisine. One of those well-known places is Es Pla, right in front of the small port in Fornells. The restaurant also has a terrace on the seafront.
In Ciutadella you can also enjoy this typical, delicious Menorcan dish, as well as other tasty fish and seafood offers next to the port, at the Café Balear. This is a restaurant that has been around for more than 30 years, and it’s still a point of reference when it comes to eating Mediterranean food and above all: fresh fish.
Watching the sunset at Cova d'en Xoroi
Any sunset on Menorca has potential to be magical. There are dozens of unique places where you can have a rest, sit down, and enjoy the island’s calm as the sun melts down into the Mediterranean Sea... But if we're talking about essential places for sunset viewings, we have to mention the lookout point Cova d'en Xoroi.
Because of its beauty and the great atmosphere in the bar that’s located in this famous cave these days, the Cova d'en Xoroi has become something of a pilgrimage point for all those who visit the island. The experience is worth it, because apart from the incredible views you can also enjoy a cocktail and chill-out music being played here during sunset.
Hike stages of the route Camí de Cavalls
The Camí de Cavalls route circles the entire island of Menorca, all around the coast, and is one of Europe's great hiking trails. This path was used for defence and communication, but now offers up 185 km of unspoilt nature where you can enjoy the authentic essence of this Mediterranean island, as well as its incomparable beauty.
The route is divided into several stages: some of them are very easy and suitable for all levels. One example is the stage Cala Blanca to Cap d'Artrutx: a 3 km long beach along the sea inviting you on a pleasant walk that takes an hour and a half.
These five essentials are perfect options when you visit Menorca for three or four days, but you should ideally have at least a week to discover the island in the calm manner it deserves. Check dates and availability on our website and remember to visit the section with hotel offers on Menorca, to get the best prices available.