Things to see and do in Menorca
Attractions in Menorca
The finest town on the island is a delight for wandering. Don't miss its superb gothic-baroque Catedral de Menorca, its picturesque arcaded shopping street, particularly Ses Voltes, and the quaint old market area.
Cova d'en Xoroi
This beautiful cave complex (www.covadenxoroi.com) is carved into the cliffside high above Cala en Porter. Watch the sunset while sipping on a cocktail at Cova d'en Xoroi then spend the rest of the evening in its nightclub.
Menorca is nicknamed the Caribbean of the Mediterranean for its excellent diving conditions. All the dive operators offer "try dives" which will give you a good flavour of what's below.
Explore gorgeous beaches
The idyllic Caribbean-like white sand coves of Cala Mitjana, Cala Turqueta, Cala Macarella and Cala Trébaluger are all within walking distance of Cala Galdana or take a boat from here or Cala n'Bosch. Arrive early in high season.
The capital is a mish mash of architectural styles that shows its most attractive face from the harbour. Much of the old centre is pedestrianised and choc-a-bloc with attractive boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
Take a boat trip around the fjord-like harbour of Mahón. It is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and gives spectacular views of the town rising up like a fortress percged on the clifftop.
Naveta dels Tudons
This extraordinary burial chamber, near Ciutadella, resembles an upturned boat and is unique to the region. It is considered to be Europe's oldest intact construction, dated around 1,500 B.C.
Stop off in Binibèquer Vell
You won't believe that this picture-postcard "typical fishermen's village", close to Mahon, is actually a holiday apartment complex built in 1972. It forms part of a small village where you can get a bite and a drink.
S’Albufera des Grau nature reserve
Just 5 miles (8km) from Mahon, this natural reserve is a 5,000-hectare of green fields, marshlands, forests and coastal islets, making it a prime spot for walking, cycling and bird spotting. With shallow and warm water, its beach Es Grau is particularly ideal for small children.
Take a hike around Cami de Cavalls
Only recently reopened in its entirety, the Cami de Cavalls ('path of horses') encircles the whole island, taking in spectacular views of Menorca's coast and countryside. You can walk it or travel by horse as they did in medieval times - parts of the path date back to the 14th century.
Torralba d'en Salord
This is one of the most impressive remnants of the island's Talayotic (Bronze Age) period. Its monumental taula (T-shaped) stone formations are spectacular. Other prehistoric formations worth a detour to are Talatí de Dalt and Cala Morell.
Tantalise your tastebuds at the Xoriguer Distillery on Mahón harbour, famous for its gin, introduced by the British (who ruled the island from 1708-1802), and also producing a range of teeth-melting liqueurs.
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