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Explore Menorca – What to See and Do

Explore Menorca – What to See and Do

Visitors to Menorca are really spoilt for choice: from beautiful beaches and sunsets, the towns and cities of Fornells, Ciudadella and Mahon, and a variety of land and sea tours, to an evening show of dancing stallions. 

Mahon City is the capital of Menorca and is a small historic port town that was a strategic military base for centuries. Mahon has plenty of interesting history resulting in an old town with numerous facinating corners to discover and wonderful buildings to visit.

Fornells, located in the centre north of the island, is a typical Mediterranean fishing village. It is a very pleasant and pretty place to visit, with beautiful houses with nicely decorated exteriors, and a walk through the town is recommended – especially to find the ‘Torre de Fornells’ from which to enjoy the views, and, of course, to taste the ‘caldereta’ (an extraordinary rice) in one of the restaurants – a not to be missed experience.

Western Menorcan Sunset: The perfect climate of Menorca offers an excellent sunset every night from the western coast. The beaches and coast path seem deserted from late afternoon to early evening, so it is easy to find a quiet place to sit back and relax and watch the sun go down.

Ciudadella is the second biggest town of Menorca and has a beautiful old town that is surrounded by the ‘Contramurada’, the walls of the old city. The town centre has a main pedestrian area and you will find the arcades, popularly known as ‘Ses Voltes’. The port of Ciudadella is very nice to visit and has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to sit and spend some time just ‘people watching’.

Naveta des Tudons: This ancestor monument is located beside the main road that goes from Ciudadella to Mahon. A ‘Naveta’ is a type of burial monument that is only found in Menorca. It was built with the cyclopean technique with medium-sized stones fitted together without the help of mortar.

Northern and Southern Beaches: Menorca has more than 80 beaches and each one has its own character. Many of the wilder beaches are absolutely untouched by man. In the south you can find long beaches of white fine sand and most of them are surrounded by pine woods with rich vegetation. On the northern coast, with higher rocky cliffs interspersed with hidden rocky coves, the beaches tend to be smaller and have red sand. Well worth a visit!

Full Day Discover Menorca Tour: From the bay and fishing port of Fornells visit Port d’Addaia for a photo stop, Es Grau Village and Beach, and the lovely resort of Son Bou with the island’s longest beach at 1.5km. After free time for lunch, see the black Menorca Fiesta Stallions, mares and foals at their breeding farm, and the Cala Galdana panoramica from the viewing point overlooking the bay.

Full Day Jeep Safari: Transfer to Es Mercadal where the jeeps will be organised and the tour starts. Follow spectacular routes along rural lanes and rough tracks, down to unspoilt coves and through charming villages. There is free time for swimming, to visit points of interest or to just enjoy the natural surroundings. There is a leisurely lunch break at the ‘Lloc de Lluriach’, a typical Menorcan farm situated towards the north coast. Take a picnic or have lunch at the farm with local specialities on offer.

Full Day Coastal Delights: The boat ‘Fiesta’ leaves from Port Ciudadella – and the excursion inclues a paella of fish or vegetarian option. The route is along the south with coastal/beach stops made as winds and sea conditions permit.

Full Day Shop and Sail: Includes a commercial stop at ‘El Indio’, free time in Mahon and a visit to the local market on main square, the Fish Market when open, a one-hour boat trip around Mahon Harbour, a visit to the Gin Xoriguer Distillery for tasting liqueurs and gin, and free time at the beach resort of Punta Prima.

¾-Day FabTour: Visit the Lloc de Menorca, the Animal Park near Alaior and enjoy free time at the lovely beach and bay of Cala Galdana, which is perhaps the most sought after resort on the island.

Dancing Horses Evening Excursion: Experience the Son Martorellet ‘Somni’ show with the black Menorcan Stallions. (Somni means ‘Dream’ in the Menorcan language.)

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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