Menorca is an island that I’m passionate about.
I don’t think twice about spending a part of my summer there (if I have the time) and spend hours in the incredible coves. Macarella is one of the most beautiful, as well as Macallereta.
It’s complicated to access because there’s a maximum number of visitors per day and also because the walk from the parking lot is long. But, none of this really matters, it’s well worth it.
I like to go to Macarella and walk until I reach the other smaller cove. Sometimes, I make this trip wading through the water, or even swimming, since it’s not that far. The crystal-clear water let you see the reflection of the sailboats off in the distance.
It’s an incredible feeling swimming in this pure and transparent waters, lost in nature with the city far away.
After visiting various coves and picturesque places in Menorca, we arrived at this cave carved into a spectacular cliff. From there, you have the best views of the ocean, sunset, moon, and stars.
Since the cave is currently a mix of nightclub, lounge, and viewpoint, there is something for everyone depending on what time of day you go.
If you want to relax and see the sunset, go in the afternoon. If you want a lively party scene, house music, and a little bit of craziness on this quiet island, go at night.
I recommend it to everyone visiting Menorca!
It’s the most beautiful city on the island. Its old quarters still conserves the medieval layout with narrow streets, cobblestone streets, churches, and noble houses with cute facades, small squares that open up at the end of the street.
The port is very pretty, although dining in that area can be expensive.
Cala Mitjana is a small virgin cove in the south of Menorca. Its blue waters and central location make it a recommendable and easily-accessible location for everyone. To get to Cala Mitjana, you take the same road to go to Cala Galdana.
Take the detour towards Santa Galdana just before you get to Ferrerías from Ciudadela heading towards Mahón. After a few minutes, you’ll see a sign indicating the direction to the cove.
Cala Turqueta was the first cove we visited in Menorca and it was astounding. Fine white sand and blue transparent waters; it’s like a hidden paradise away from the rest of the world.
It’s located about 10km from Ciutadella very close to Macarella. There’s a public parking area to leave your car and a walking trail through the pines that takes no more than 15min.
It’s one of the most popular coves in Menorca so the best plan is to go early. Since we went in June, though, we had no problem finding parking and the cove wasn’t packed with tourists.
You can do a route starting at Cala Galdana to Cala Turqueta and then continue towards Cala Macarella. The area is well marked with signs and there are some impressive views of the Menorcan coast.
Located on the island of Menorca, this is an urban beach that you can easily reach by car. It’s the quintessential Menorcan cove.
The large beach forms a perfect semicircle of white sand and clear water that’s protected from the wind by the large cliffs covered in pine trees. Despite the Hotel Sol Gavilanes (right on the beach, a perfect place to stay) the atmosphere is peaceful and the nearby housing development really respects the environment. When you come out of the pines and stumble upon this wonder of nature, your jaw will drop!
You can also go up to the two viewpoints. There’s a restaurant next to the cove which has a waterslide and activities for children and is a good place for a relaxing meal.
Cala Pregonda is found on the north coast of Menorca. It’s an almost virgin cove; there are only two or three homes in the area and to access the cove you need to either go by boat or a half-hour hike.
It has smooth red sand, clear water, and some island-like rock formations which keep it protected from the wind. The rock formations make it seem like you’re in some kind of lunar landscape. We arrived in a sailboat and spent the afternoon there snorkeling. It was a great experience.
We also spent some time exploring the rocks. There are large colonies of aquatic plants that are filled with winkles which, by the way, make for a tasty dinner. We also took our smaller boat to the shore to stretch our legs and see the scenery from land.
Controversial but beautiful, the village of Binibèquer is found in the east of Menorca. It’s the central tourist point of the Sant Lluís municipality and is only a few kilometers from the airport. Getting there is easy from both Mahón and Ciutadella; just go to Sant Lluís and from there take the pretty highway towards Binibèquer.
The town is made up of primarily single-family homes but there are some hotels and tourist apartments where you can stay, the best of which are in Binibèquer Vell (not to be confused with Binibèquer, which is the larger metropolitan area).
This latter place is a resort town built in 1972 which imitates the style of the old fishermen’s houses. It’s somewhat controversial because many people aren’t fans of these new buildings; they consider them artificial and a ploy for tourists to make them believe it’s a real fishing village.
Whatever you think, Binibèquer still has its own beauty, magnificent sunsets, and an extensive white sand beach. Binibèquer Vell, while it is something of a replica, is still one of the most picturesque and cool places to spend your vacation.
This is a gorgeous area that you shouldn’t miss if you visit Menorca. It’s located on the cape of Favàritx in the S'Albufera des Grau Natural Park.
The lighthouse was built in 1922 using local rock, and you can still see the quarry only a few meters away.
This wild and desolate cape is licked by the winds from the Tramontana and is one of the oldest parts of the island, geologically speaking.
At night, the moon reflecting off the rocks is gorgeous; it’s like being on the moon. To get there, take the highway that goes from Mahón to Fornells. After 8km, you’ll see an exit off to the right.
You can arrive to the lighthouse in car, which I’d sincerely recommend. You can go anytime day or night and you won’t see a soul.
Going down the stairs that leaves near Plaza des Borns, you enter into one of the most spectacular ports I’ve ever seen. All of a sudden, light floods your senses and you can see the sail and motor boats moored along the jetties on either side of the port’s entrance.
With the restaurants and small shops, you can enjoy the freshest fish of the day and get a pair of Menorca’s famous espadrilles.
Located on a bay and possessing Menorca’s only port outside of Mahón and Ciutadella, this small fishing village still maintains its traditional way of life while still being open to tourism, especially culinary tourism. Although we didn't try it, the lobster caldereta is a specialty in the area, so keep an eye out for it.
The town’s location is on a naturally-occurring port which is protected from the northern winds from the Tramontana which can get pretty intense at times.
The architecture of the streets and the white houses give the town a very relaxing vibe, although during summer the port is one of the busiest on the entire island. You’ll see boats pulling up from all around the world.
This is a privileged place to contemplate the sunset over the rocks jutting out from the cliffs.
It’s a perfect place for photos. There’s also a cave on the left-hand side which is said to open up into a window overlooking the sea. It’s short, but dark.
Menorca is known, among many other things, for having beautiful coves. The type of cove changes dramatically depending on where you’re in the north or south of the island.
All the coves are spectacular and have fine sand and clear blue water, and, miraculously, are still not over-developed.
Well, since Menorca is known for its coves, I wanted to talk about one of the most unique coves on the island: Son Bou. It’s a length of coast about 3km long that is quite different from the rest of the island.
It has some of the best sunsets I can recall. After a full day at the beach, it’s difficult to go back home, so there’s the sunset to keep you there a least a little while longer.
Son Bou is an urban beach but it’s still in harmony with its surrounding (with the exception of the Sol Hotel which leaves an ugly stamp on the area).
Nearby, you can find restaurants, shops, supermarkets, a great bowling alley, and lots of Hawaiian-themed bars serving large, fruity cocktails.
If you’re in Menorca, I strongly suggest going to Son Bou.
I’d recommend this arid landscape for lovers. It’s a place for a bottle of wine, picnic basket, candles (on days when it’s not so windy) and contemplating the sky full of stars to the gentle rhythm of the surf.
Every year, I make a point to spend a few days in Menorca and whenever I enter this port, it makes me smile: there’s always a special light and aroma in the air.
It’s one of my favorite places because it reminds me that I’ve arrived and can once again enjoy this lovely island.
After going up Monte de Toro you can see the hermitage that’s up there, but the best thing is the amazing views of Menorca’s coastline.
From the top, you can see La Illa dels Porros, Puerto de Sanitja, the lighthouse of Cavallería, the Tirant beach, and the village of Fornells.
This is one of the prettiest beaches in Spain and is formed by two smaller beaches: one 200-meter beach and another 300-meter one, divided by a rocky outcropping of 150meters. These sections comprise the bay known as Arenal de Son Saura.
The parking area is 100 meters from the beach and the capacity is limited. The image of the beach is very Caribbean, similar to the beaches in Formentera, the south of Ibiza, or the Cap de Ses Salines region of Mallorca.
In Mahón, I discovered a small paradise of peace and colors. Right on the edge of S'Albufera, this marvelous place led me to fall in love with the island.
It’s worth a visit to see the empty streets and that silence that just lets you be alone with your thoughts.