Menorca is much more than just a beach destination; leave the coast behind and explore its interior to discover all the places that the island hides.
Where are we going? Menorca in a round trip
Menorca, due to its size and high density of charm per kilometer, is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. These are some of the many possible suggestions for a quick trip to the island. You have 48 hours to enjoy Menorca in a round trip. A pleasant challenge!
Many are, in effect, the attractions of an island like Menorca can offer. To start off, it is good to recommend a series of paradisiacal places where it is necessary to stop at least a good few times.
If something characterizes Menorca, it is its Coves of crystal clear water and white sand. Being able to choose only one, you have to stay with Cala Macarella. Located in the south of the island, it offers turquoise water, small limestone cliffs and a dense pine forest next to it. Hot on your heels are Cala Turqueta, Cala Morell, Cala Pregonda or Cala Galdana.
Its seven lighthouses are also emblems of Menorca, the most spectacular is undoubtedly the one of Favaritx. Built in 1922 in the middle of a remote, incredibly photogenic lunar landscape where the Tramuntana flogs, it is characterized by a black strip that runs along the entire lighthouse. The lighthouses of Cavalleira and Punta Nati to mention just two, are famous for the beauty of their sunsets.
From the sea to the mountain. It is essential to book a couple of hours to go up highest point on the island: Monte Toro. From the top (358 meters) you can see the entire perimeter of Menorca and even, on clear days, you can reach Mallorca. In addition there is the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro, the Menorcan patron saint. Not to mention one of the most stunning sunsets on the island. Very close, is a charming town: Mercadal.
Since we are talking about sunsets, we must mention the Cova d’en Xoroi, located in Cala en Porter, Alaior. If you want to visit Menorca in a roundtrip, it is essential to get close to this disco-bar dug out of the rock, where you can have an aperitif, watch the sun go down, or enjoy a drink and a concert at night with the best views of the city. Mediterranean of the Balearic Islands.
If you have to choose a single location to stop in, this should definitely be Binibeca Vell: a labyrinth of streets and houses of immaculate white built in the 60s in the image and likeness of a small fishing village. But beware, that it is not, far from it, the only pretty town on the island.
Finally, it is necessary to approach the natural park of S’albufera des Grau . A key point of that Biosphere Reserve that is Menorca. 5000 hectares of wetlands, dunes, forests of wild olive trees, ponds or coastal islets.
Apart from the most idyllic places, we cannot stop visiting its two main locations. Starting with Ciutadella (or Citadel): the castle of San Nicolau or the Cathedral of Santa María to please the view; the Mercat des Peix and restaurants like Mon or S’amarador to give a gastronomic tribute. It also deserves a good walk the capital of Menorca, Mahón, which treasures one of the largest natural harbors on the planet and charms such as the fortress of Isabel II, the castle of San Felipe or the Museum of Menorca. In addition to two international delicacies: the mayonnaise and the delicious cheese that bears his name.
Speaking of eating, it is absolutely unforgivable to leave Menorca without tasting A lobster stew in the best tradition on the island. A deliciously Mediterranean dish that reaches here heights of authentic delicacy. Especially in the town of Fornells, promised land of the Menorcan stew that also deserves a visit for its charm. Especially tasty seem the lobster stew from Sa Llagosta, marine house with views of the sea that is run by David Coca. The most traditional one is in Es Cranc, one of the iconic restaurants on the island. Third option in Fornells, with its own nursery and small and charming terrace in the port: Es Port . If you want deepen Menorcan cuisine, you should try the partridge with cabbage, the oliaigua, the Minorcan perol, the “arroz de la tierra, the baked ray … or traditional sweets such as pastissets, crespells or cuscussós.
To rest of all the hustle and bustle, Ferrer Hotels offers in Ciutadella the Aparthotel Ferrer Skyline. A tourist complex on the edge of the sea that serves as a perfect starting point to discover Menorca in a roundtrip… or more calmly, in more days, of course.