Menorca Attractions

Menorca is the second largest of the Balearic Islands. It has as many beaches as its neighbours Majorca and Ibiza combined and you can choose between traditional resorts with family friendly amenities or find a remote sheltered cove. Menorca is not just about beaches. It has two beautiful cities-Mahon and Ciutadella situated at either end of the island. In between there are many smaller interesting towns and villages where you will find superb restaurants, traditional markets and at certain times of the year fiestas.

For lovers of water sports Fornells has a winsurfing and sailing school. Horseriding is very popular and there is a ‘Cami de Cavalls’ or road for horses around the island. Many walkers and birdwatchers come to Menorca especially through the winter months. Other sports and pastimes catered for include tennis, golf, go-karting and 10-pin bowling.

For children there is the huge water park in the west of the island with another soon to open near Arenal in the North. Menorca’s zoo is very popular with children. We always suggest you purchase a guide book and a good map before arrival.

The island thankfully avoided the overdevelopment that blighted some mediterranean destinations and has changed little over the years. In 1993 UNESCO declared Menorca Biosphere Reserve Status. It was awarded due to the diversity of the landscape, the richness of its flora and fauna and to maintain the rural landscape present over such a large part of the island and highly prized for its natural beauty. Another factor was the existence of several important archaeological sites.

Beaches

Find out more about Menorca’s majestic beaches.

 

 

Mahon (Mao)

Menorca’s modern capital, known locally as Maó, is situated on the east coast of the island. Mahon is famous for its breathtaking natural harbour (which stretches 5km inland) where you will see everything from the local fishing boats to millionaire’s yachts and navy cutters. Port de Maó is both historic and sophisticated – indeed no visit to Menorca is complete until you have spent a lazy afternoon or balmy evening on the harbour front.

The centre of Mahon is adorned with beautiful buildings and is also a major shopping centre on the island. British rule in the 18th century has left a rich Georgian architectural style – probably the only example in Spain and it is worth finding time to wander around the Ajuntament (Town Hall) or hear the organ recital each morning at the Santa Maria church (June to October).

Ciutadella

At the extreme west of the island and the original capital lies Menorca’s second city. An eighteenth century Governer once said of this city ‘Mao (Mahon) may have more people, but Ciutadella has more souls’. Many believe that these words still hold true today. Certainly the two cities are in sharp contrast. Mahon is the administrative seat of power, Ciutadella is more stylish, artistic and its people more laid back.  The British rulers moved the capital to Mahon early in the eighteenth century but the church and aristocracy defiantly remained in Ciutadella. The result is a dignified Catalan city less influenced by British and French architecture.  It posseses a maze of narrow streets leading from the central cathedral . At every turn there are Renaissance mansions, Gothic churches and palaces belonging to nobility.

There is a small but very picturesque port lined with restaurants and cafes.