If you’re searching for a destination that offers countless things to do and timeless tranquility all at once, you’ve come to the right place. Stroll along the white sands and calm, intense blue waters of Menorca’s pristine beaches. Wade into coves sheltered by towering pines. Travel on horseback to 19th-century fishing villages that still observe time-honored traditions. Escape to the reverent hush of a Gothic cathedral that has stood for 800 years. You won’t find sprawling resort complexes or crowded, mediocre tourist traps here. Lose yourself in Menorca, and take a serene trip back in time.
Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands belonging to Spain. For nature lovers seduced by the splendor of the Mediterranean, Menorca’s diversity is unmatched. Here are some of the features that make it a unique destination for explorers:
- 120 separate beaches
- Caves Wetlands, lagoons and marshes
- Sand dunes Forests
- More than 1,000 species of plants and 220 species of birds
The island is a protected biosphere. You needn’t worry about high-rise hotels blocking your view of the sunset or noisy construction workers disturbing your nap on the beach.
Explore a Variety of Activities
Whether you like dawdling along trails lined with flowers or hiking rocky seaside cliffs, Menorca is calling your name:
- Slip into warm, crystal-clear waters for a day of swimming or snorkeling.
- Go sailing, waterskiing or windsurfing.
- Take in the wildness of the landscape on horseback.
- Let the heady scents of lavender, rosemary and thyme both relax and rejuvenate you.
- Visit the spectacular Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau to see rare aquatic and migratory birds up close.
- Spend some family time geocaching.
- Take to the ancient Camí de Cavalls trail that encircles the island.
- Twenty separate marked adventures await you on foot, bicycle or horseback.
- Let your spirits soar on a morning paraglide.
- Cycle or ride a mountain bike along coastal trails or open farmland. There are plenty of rough tracks for more adventurous types.
- Take in majestic mountain views while you play a round of golf on a championship-quality course.
- Round up the kids for an afternoon of flyboarding, paddleboarding or kayaking.
The only drawback to visiting Menorca is having to return home.
Explore History, Architecture and Ancient Archaeology
Menorca has a very long, rich history. Megalithic monuments attest to prehistoric human activity on the island. Because of its strategic location, Menorca was battled over and invaded many times. The Romans took it in 121 B.C., and it was subsequently under the rule of the Vandals, the Moors, the British, the French and the Spanish. All of this adds up to some splendid sightseeing. Menorca’s history and architecture is as diverse as its geography. Here are just a few of the attractions worth exploring:
- The ancient, cobblestoned town of Ciutadella
- Port of Mao
- Fortresses of Marlborough and La Mola
- Favaritx Lighthouse
- The Naveta d’Es Tudons
- Megalithic sites
- Placa Esplanada and the Teatre Principal, the first opera house in Spain
- Castell de Sant Nicolau
- Cales Coves
- Ciutadella’s Museu Municipal
- Xoriguer Gin Distillery
- Monte Tore
- Ciutadella Cathedral
Explore Local Cuisine
You’d be hard-pressed to find fresher, more delicious food. Everything is grown and harvested or hauled from the sea right here on the island. Fruits and vegetables are ripened in the sun and picked for that day’s enjoyment. The bread served with olive oil and wine is freshly baked. Here’s what you can look forward to:
- Breakfast pastries like churros con chocolate and ensaimada
- Hot baguettes with local tomato, pork or chicken fillings
- Organic, locally brewed espresso
- Highly prized, aged Mahon cheese
- Cured meats and sausages
- Sobrassada, a spicy minced pork
- La sauce al la Mayonnaise, invented in Mahon in 1756
- Caldereta de llagosta, Menorca’s famous lobster stew
- An endless variety of fresh seafood
- Diverse regional wines and world-famous Xoriguer gin
For a romantic getaway, family vacation or personal retreat for quiet reflection, Menorca has something for everyone. You’ll appreciate the privacy of our exquisite luxury rental properties. If you can imagine yourself strolling the narrow streets of Ciutadella, hiking to a remote lighthouse or exploring mysteries under the sea, contact us today.