How to Visit Menorca Island, Spain: A Travel Guide
Menorca is a beautiful island located in the Mediterranean Sea, part of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is known for its crystal-clear waters, stunning beaches, and rich cultural history. In this guide, we will explore what a trip to this beautiful island can look like, how to plan it, and share some of the top things to do and see while visiting Menorca.
How to Get There
Menorca is easily accessible by plane or ferry from mainland Spain. During the summer months (high season), there are many international flights coming into the island. If you can’t find a direct flight from your city, you’ll probably need to do a stop-over in Madrid or Barcelona, before heading to Menorca.
If you’re taking the ferry, you can choose from several different ports on the mainland, including Barcelona, Valencia, and Palma de Mallorca.
Tips for Visiting
- Menorca is busiest during the summer months (July & August) as this is when the best weather (hot) allows to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the island.
- You may want to consider visiting in the shoulder season (May-June or September-October) if you’d like to avoid crowds. Although the weather may not be the best for enjoying the beach! June can be a great month to enjoy the beginning of the hot weather without seeing too many crowds.
- Wear comfortable shoes, as the island has rugged terrain and rocky beaches.
- Be prepared for warm weather, especially in the summer months. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
- The public transport is limited in the island, so renting a car is the best way to get around.
- If you’re planning to rent a car, be aware that the roads can be narrow and winding in some areas.
Where to Stay
Menorca offers a variety of accommodations to suit all budgets and preferences. If you’re looking for luxury, consider staying at the Hotel Torralbenc, a five-star hotel that offers stunning views of the island. For a more budget-friendly option, check out the Hotel Artiem Audax, a charming hotel located just a short walk from the beach.
You can read more here about the different areas of Menorca where to stay.
Exploring the Island
Menorca is a relatively small island, making it easy to explore by car or bike. One of the best ways to explore the island is by taking a road trip along the coastline, where you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beaches of Cala Macarella and Cala en Turqueta are some of the most popular, but there are plenty of other hidden gems to discover.
We share our favourite beaches in Menorca in this other post.
In addition to the beaches, Menorca is home to many historic landmarks and cultural attractions. Visit the town of Ciutadella, which is filled with narrow streets, beautiful squares, and historic buildings. The town of Mahon is another must-visit destination, with its stunning harbor and old town.
Enjoying the Beaches
Menorca is famous for its stunning beaches, and there are plenty to choose from. Some of the most popular beaches include Cala Macarella, Cala en Turqueta, and Son Bou. These beaches are characterized by their crystal-clear waters, soft white sand, and rocky cliffs.
If you prefer a more secluded beach experience, head to the beaches of Cala Pregonda or Cala Mitjana. These beaches are located on the northern coast of the island and offer a more untouched and rugged beauty. But that means you’ll need to do some trekking to get to them!
Below you can watch our video, where to take you with us to do the trek of Camí de Cavalls in the south of Menorca, discovering incredible beaches along the way.
Trying the Local Cuisine
Menorca is a food lover’s paradise, with a rich culinary tradition that includes fresh seafood, local cheese, and delicious desserts. One of the most famous dishes in Menorca is the lobster stew, which is made with fresh lobster, tomatoes, and peppers. Another popular dish is the Mahon cheese, which is a local cheese that is used in many different dishes.
For dessert or breakfast, try the ensaimada, a sweet pastry that is filled with cream or chocolate. And don’t forget to try the local gin, which is made with juniper berries in the island, and can be used to make the popular drink, gin and tonic.
A trip to Menorca is the perfect way to experience the beauty and charm of the Balearic Islands. From exploring the island to enjoying the beaches and trying the local cuisine, there’s something for everyone in this picturesque destination.
So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable getaway in Menorca!
If you want to learn more about the island, you can watch our Menorca YouTube Series here.