Activities in Menorca

Church of Carmen
Church of Carmen, Menorca
Church of Carmen, Menorca    Hugh Llewelyn  

Tourist attractions on the island are many and varied, we have picked just a few that are worth a visit.

Mahon

The capital of Menorca and a huge natural harbour, Mahon boasts an excellent array of shops and restaurants catering to every taste, especially along the beautiful waterfront. A great way to explore is a trip in a glass bottomed boat, or just sit with a coffee at one of the many restaurants and watch the ships and yachts coming in and out, including the huge ferry from Barcelona. Located along the Mahon harbour waterfront is the 18th century Gin distillery that produces the Xoriguer gin for which Menorca is famous. Visitors can see the gin being made and but this and a wide range of other spirits, also made on site from the distillery shop.

Ciutadella

Ciutadella s the original capital of Menorca and still has a strongly Spanish feel about it. Again there is great shopping and plenty of choice for places to eat, drink, and watch the world go by. The Placa Alfons III square is on the outskirts of the old town and the old windmill is now home to the town’s tourist information office. Like Mahon, Ciutdaella also has a pretty harbour front packed with restaurants.

Naveta d’es Tudons

Naveta d’es Tudons is believed to be the oldest roofed building in Europe. This Bronza Age burial chamber is perhaps one of the best known of the prehistoric monuments in Menorca, standing alone in a field just on the road between Ferreries and Citutadella and on an open, and free site, signposted and with a nearby carpark.

Monte Toro

Monte Toro is the highest point in Menorca and clearly visible for miles around, in the centre of the island. Reaching 358m at the peak, you can drive right to the top and will be rewarded with spectacular views. There is a shrine at the peak, now with a statue of Christ and there is also a convent.

Fornells

Fornells on the north cost has an attractive harbour with some great fish restaurants, including one which is believed to be the personal favourite of the King of Spain! Fornells is also great for watersports as it has a huge sheltered bay.

Binibeca

Binibeca is home to the lovely fishermans village, Poblat de Pescadors where all the buildings are uniformly whitewashed and look completely harmonious. There are narrow alleys and small courtyards which shops, a church and marketplace. Beautiful planting of palms, orange trees and the ever present vivid bougainvillaea make it a very popular place to visit. Binibeca also has a lovely, although small sandy beach.