Top 10 Menorca

March 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For a relatively small island, Menorca offers bags of choice and variety when it comes to finding things to do. Whether you plan to relax and revive, spend your time taking in the culture of the island or indulge in some exciting sporting pastimes, Menorca offers ample opportunity to do what you like best.

 Whatever you are doing on the island, you should take a day or two to see some of the cultural and historical tourist attractions dotted around the landscape.

Cala en Porter beach

Cala en Porter beach

Here are 10 of the best and most popular attractions that you shouldn’t miss on your trip.

1.       Fort Marlborough: An old English fort which was built in the early 16th century

2.       Ciutadella: The former capital city of the island and bursting with a rich history, the old city is well worth a walk around on a sunny day. Highlight of the trip will be the Cathedral which was built in 1362 as well as the ancient windmill that now houses tourist information.

3.       Monte Toro: Whether you opt to sweat it out on a hike to the top, or take one of the easier options available, Monte Toro is a must see in Menorca. As well as panoramic views from the top of the islands highest mountain, you’ll also be welcomed by the Franciscan nuns who live on the peak and who often provide refreshments for visitors.

4.       Xoriguer Distillery: Famed for making delicious gin, this boutique distillery has been in business since the 18th century and provides a break from the norm, as well as some tasty samples.

5.       Son Bou: The largest beach on the island, Son Bou is also one of the cleanest in the world. Take a glass bottomed boat trip out into the harbour for a break from the sand.

6.       Placa Alfons III: A stunning plaza surrounded by excellent cafes and bars that will have you spoiled for choice come dinner time.

7.       Club Escola Menorquina: See traditional Spanish riders performing on Andalucian horses, undertaking breath taking feats to prove the connection between man and beast.

8.       Port de Mao: The Mahon port is one of the most beautiful and impressive natural harbours in the Med. Stretching for around 5 kilometres inland, the harbour is lined on both sides with top quality restaurants, busy bars and fashionable boutiques. A great place to relax in the sun and admire the expensive yachts.

9.       Trotting races: In both Mahon and Ciutadella, traditional trotting races take place every Saturday night in the summer, keeping up a tradition that has taken place on the island for over 200 years.

10.   Necropolis caves: A great alternative for when the weather is not on your side, the necropolis caves at Cala Morall are manmade caves that have been in existence since the 2nd century.

Getting there

There are busses serving the beaches around the island from most of the hotel and shopping districts, although for some of the attractions you might be better off choosing one of the inexpensive taxis or car hire companies on the island. If you are staying at one of the popular hotels such as Sol Milanos Pinguinos, there is a good chance there will be organised tours going out daily to some of the islands main sights.

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