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.
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.
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.
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.
In the historic district surrounding the iconic Plaza des Borns, you’ll find the Cathedral of Santa María, a Catalan Gothic temple and seat of the diocese of Menorca.
It was built on the ruins of a mosque and you can still see the original archways which are now used as the base of the bell tower. The history of the cathedral of Ciutadella began during the reign of Jaime II in the year 1300 and ended in 1362.
Throughout the years, the cathedral underwent various changes, the most import of which was the pillaging and burning at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in the 17th century. Another important sacking took place during the Spanish Civil War.
For this reason, the cathedral is somewhat of a reconstruction. For example, the western wall is in the Neoclassical style and was built in 1813 under the orders of Archbishop Pedro Antonio Juano in order to replace the Gothic entryway.
It was officially declared a Basilica in 1953 by Pope Pius XII.
This has become one of the icons of Menorca. The structure is a collective tomb where they've found the remains of hundreds of inhabitants as well as funerary objects and offerings.
Legend has it that there was a princess on the island and there were two giants competing for her hand in marriage. They decided that the first to complete a building would be the suitor. One chose to build a well and the other a tomb. Right when the giant was at the point of completing the tomb, he heard the other giant yell “water,” an indication that he’d finished the well. In a bout of fury, the giant took the last stone he was about the place (the one missing on top) and used it to exact his revenge on his winning opponent.
Regretting his decision, he threw himself into the sea and the princess died alone and ended up being buried in the tomb. This is why, as Menorcan legend has it, there are no more giants on the island.
I've only felt fear a few times, and this was one of them. Honestly, it’s pretty intense to walk through this terrifying wonder of nature at night.
I wouldn't recommend going with children because it’d be impossible to get them to sleep afterwards. If you like excitement, though, it’s highly recommended.
One of the most popular urban coves near Ciudadela, this beach is located 10km to the south of the city in the Cala en Bosc housing development.
The cove is located near a sports marina and is a blue-flag beach with fine white sand and crystal-blue waters. Cala en Bosch is around 80-meters long and is one of the most frequented beaches in the area during summer months.
Hotels have begun to spring up around the beach and offer everything a tourist could want, primarily water activities and sports. Only a few meters away, you’ll find the marina which is full of restaurants and shops.
This quarry where they extracted Marés rock was active until 25 years ago, and is now one of the most fun places I’ve visited. It’s an ideal place to get lost among the marvelous trails, nooks, and viewpoints carved into the rocks.
Whether you go for the architecture, the plant life, or the hiking trails, you’ll find some grotto, local species, or hidden garden (in this case, the medieval garden) that’ll leave you speechless.
All of this is thanks to the Lithyca Association, which managed to recapture the magical atmosphere and limit the number of visitors so that you’ll scarcely cross paths with another visitor during an entire hour and a half hike!
A tip for couples: this is the perfect place for a romantic walk around sunset.
This is a prehistoric town from the pre-Talaiotic era whose splendor ended with the arrival of Roman dominance. It stands out for being the only settlement in the Balearic island whose outer defensive walls remain perfectly intact. Inside, you can see the remains of the “taulas” (burial chambers) and the five talaiots.
A perfect cove to learn about the history of the Mediterranean and, afterwards, you can explore the caves and go diving with your snorkel and chase the little fish through the clear waters.
Don’t forget to bring flip-flops or water shoes because you don’t want to step on a sea urchin!
If you're looking for a place with nice beaches but few crowds, then Ciudadela is the place for you. Ciudadela is located on the west coast of Menorca, the most natural and, according to many, beautiful of the Balearic Islands. As you'd expect in such a setting, beaches and coves are the most popular things to see in Ciudadela. The beaches of Son Xoriguer, Cala Blanca, and Cala En Forcat all offer crystal-blue waters and definitely rank among the most important attractions in Ciudadela for both locals and tourists.
While summer is the high season, the mild Mediterranean climate means that you can visit Ciudadela year round, a particularly attractive option since hotel prices drop in the off-season and there are noticeably less crowds at most of the most popular places to visit in Ciudadela.
Of course, your list of what to do in Ciudadela should just end with beaches. The whole area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and mysterious stone talaiots (stone structures) dot the island. A tour of the most famous sites like Naveta dels Tudons, Torre Llafuda, or Torre Trencada is definitely among the most interesting things to do in Ciudadela.
Of course, there are also plenty of attractions in Ciudadela proper. The Plaza del Born is the beating heart of the city and a good starting point to visit the best Ciudadela attractions like the Cathedral, the Palacio Salort, or the Town Hall. For more on stuff to do in Ciudadela, have a look at the tips and recommendations from our community of travelers and discover all Ciudadela activities that no traveler can miss!