Less famous than Ibiza and Mallorca, Menorca is a fascinating island which atmosphere is untouched by the mass tourism.
Over time it has been inhabited by the Romans, the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the English and even the Arabs. Each people has left its mark. This is why the island is rich not only in beautiful landscapes but also in archaeological sites and enchanting towns.
Are you planning a trip to the Balearic Islands and are curious about what to see in Menorca? Here are some suggestions.
Most people come to Menorca to enjoy its beaches.
The north coast of Menorca is wild and rugged.
Most of the beaches have dark sand and sparse vegetation.
One of these is Cala Morell. The crystal clear and deep waters and some caves make this beach ideal for scuba diving lovers. But also those who appreciate culture and history may find it particularly interesting, since one of the largest necropolis on the island and the rest of a prehistoric settlement are just nearby. A peculiarity of Cala Morell is the fact that it is where the two geological substrates that make up Menorca meet. This is visible by looking at the rocks around.
The south coast is delicate, with coves of white sand surrounded by maritime pine trees.
Son Saura is one of the most beautiful beaches in Menorca, with the fine sand and the turquoise sea. However, the most popular is that of Son Bou which offers more services to the visitors.
The towns of Menorca are naturally the ideal place to explore the daily life of the islanders.
Mahon (or Maò) is the capital of Menorca. It seems to have been founded by General Magon, Hannibal’s brother.
It is a small town with a large natural harbor, and a nice historic center where all the main monuments are located. Among these it is worth mentioning the Gothic Church of Santa Maria, the Church of Carmen and the noble palaces that surround the various squares.
Ciutadella is the ancient capital of Menorca. While walking through the streets of this town you will feel a peculiar atmosphere, due to the architecture of its buildings that mixes Arab and medieval styles.
Es Born is the boardwalk in Ciutadela. It ends in the homonymous square where most of the events and parties that animate Minorcan life take place throughout the year.
Toros Mountain is the highest peak in Menorca and is located right in the center of the island. This is why it is the perfect spot to observe the whole island in a single glance.
On its top there is a 17th century sanctuary, now inhabited by a Franciscan community.
At the foot of the mountain there is the small and picturesque village of Es Mercadal. It is worth a visit especially because it is famous for its restaurants where you can taste the excellent typical cuisine.
Menorca has a decent archaeological heritage.
The island is considered a sort of open-air museum thanks to several ruins scattered everywhere. Among these, are 500 prehistoric megaliths.
The most important archaeological site in Menorca is Naveta de Tudons, a collective tomb that is also the largest prehistoric funerary monument on the island. Another one that is worth a visit is Torre d’En Galmes, a prehistoric citadel by the sea near Alaior. Even today its temples, houses, warehouses, stables and passages are perfectly preserved.