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Guide of the Island of Menorca (Balearic Islands)

If there is an area of ​​Spain where you want to go especially, in the summer months, those are the islands. On this occasion, we are going to enter the Balearic Islands to take a beautiful tour of all its magical and full of life. Shall we start?

First of all we will start by making a guide that tells us and reveals everything about the island of Menorca. Menorca, the furthest Balearic island from the Peninsula, has many particular features. Preserved from the great tourist avalanches, the coastline is very well preserved, and in the fields, still green, a group of cows graze placidly throughout the year.

The territory of Menorca is divided into two distinct areas: The Tramuntana y The Migjorn.

Apart from its incredible beaches and the beautiful Menorca sea, it stands out for the old quarters of Maó which is the capital of the island and Ciutadella which are surrounded by noble houses and a very pleasant population that dazzles both tourists and those who decide go live for a while in the area.

Menorca also contains numerous stone constructions of the bronze age what makes fans of this time in history have more than one reason to visit the island. The buildings are in perfect condition and are very easy to identify. A luxury of Prehistory.

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How to get to the island of Menorca

By plane

The airport of the island is located southeast of the island, very close to the capital of the island, Mahón (about 4,5 km from it). It's an airport quite small consisting of two terminals. The airport it has a small parking (500 seats) where you can leave the car.

Our recommendation is that use a good flight comparator to locate the flight that best suits your needs.

As for the how to get from the airport to the rest of the island's destinationsKeep in mind that Menorca is quite a small island and that public transport may not be as good as in a big city (although it covers most of the routes), therefore, it is best to rent a vehicle to get around. Anyway, here we leave you all the existing possibilities.

Using the bus to get to your destination

VERY IMPORTANT: there are no direct buses from the airport to any town, beach or urbanization, only towards the bus station of Mahón. The airport communicates with regular buses every half hour with the Mahón bus station, and from there, all buses depart to the rest of the towns and urbanizations of the island.

By bus you can reach Mahón in less than 10 minutes (4,5 km). The company that is responsible for making the route airport - Mahón is Autobuses Torres. Since the hours change in summer and winter, it is best to check their website: www.e-torres.net

By boat (ferry)

The island of Menorca is very well communicated by sea both with the rest of the islands of the Balearic archipelago and with the peninsula. It can become the best option in case you want to spend a season on the island and bring your own car. Keep in mind that normally during the journey on the ferry, you can not access the car.

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citadel port entrance menorca @ Quintanilla / shutterstock

Keep in mind that Menorca It has two ports, one in the capital, Mahon, and another in Citadel. Not all companies dock at both ports. Here we leave you a list of companies and ports where they dock. When the sea ​​is very choppy and its destination is Ciudadela, the boat can be diverted to Mahón. In this case, passengers have a free Mahón-Ciudadela bus when they arrive at the port.

Normally you will not need to book the ferry tickets in advance but eye if you travel in high season, the number of tourists is high and these months if you have to be attentive with the ferry tickets and book them in advance.

Many people have doubts about this how to look for tickets, see the routes, how to make reservations, etc ... We advise you to use a ferry ticket comparator like the one we leave below, you can search from here if you want the route you need most.

It offers you the price of ferry tickets on all possible ferry lines: Blue Star, Hellenic Seaways, Sea Jets, Aegean Speed ​​Lines, fast Ferries, etc ... So then you just have to buy the one that comes at the best price.

How can we move around the island of Menorca?

As in the rest of the islands of the world, There are some accounts car rental agencies on the same island where you can rent a car to go to your destination: Atesa, Avis, Betacar, Centauro, Europcar, Hertz, Solmar, Tui and Ultramar.

Bear in mind that the island is small, and that To go from Ciudadela (west of the island) to Mahón (east of the island) it can take an hour approximately. The island has a main road that crosses it from side to side, and from here, the rest of the roads are rather secondary.

As a tip, and especially if you go in high season, is that previously rent the carEither by phone, or online, in order to avoid reaching the island and being surprised that there are no cars at your disposal to rent.

Anyway, if your intention is get more out of the trip and enjoy all the hidden corners, rent a vehicle. We leave you below a car rental comparator so you can see the best offer on the island.

Another more expensive option although more direct are taxis. Here you go some recommendations what to keep in mind when taking a taxi on the island of Menorca:

  1. The taxi service is one of the cheapest Spain.
  2. During the summer the service is insufficient for the large number of tourists who visit the island.
  3. Ensure you a Taxi by early booking especially on occasions such as arrival or departure from the port and the airport.

What is essential to see in Menorca?

 

The Citadel

Located at west of the island, Ciudadela is the second most important city that you will find after the capital, Mahon. With one of the best natural harbors in the world, It is a city that does not leave the traveler who visits it indifferent. It is still easy to see the remains of the stately era in which it was held walking through its streets.

Do not hesitate to spend an afternoon touring its historic center, enjoying its streets and squares, strolling through its port or visiting the spectacular Cathedral or the magnificent Castle of San Nicolás. Here we indicate some of the visits that you should see on your tour of Ciudadela:

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town hall menorca @ Pakmor / shutterstock
La Cathedral of Santa María: This church is the most important Gothic building on the island and was founded in honor of Santa María by Alfonso II after the conquest of Menorca in 1287.

Plaza is Born: it is the main square of the city, and in it you can find buildings as diverse as the Town Hall, the 22-meter-high Obelisk located in the center of the square and the Teatro d'Es Born.

El Port from Ciudadela: one of the best jewels that nature has created on the island of Menorca. Do not miss the opportunity to walk through this area, dine in one of its restaurants or go sailing from here on one of the many excursions that are offered along the coast.

municipal Museum de Ciudadela: it is a XNUMXth century building with a permanent exhibition on the history of Ciutadela, from prehistoric times to Muslim times.

La Naveta des Tudons: it is an archaeological site where you can see the prehistoric origins of the city.

Mahon

 

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puerto mahon menorca https://pixabay.com/es/puerto-de-mahon-menorca-isla-espa%C3%B1a-2166863/
Located east of the island, Mahón is the capital and the most important city. Its port is considered one of the best natural harbors in the world, which is why it has long been desired by foreign armies. As a detail to take into account, the capital, together with the Cova d'en Xoroi, is the best area to party at night.

Do not hesitate to spend an afternoon touring its historic centero, enjoying its streets and squares, strolling through its port or visiting the spectacular Fortress of La Mola. Here we indicate some of the visits that you should see on your tour of Mahón:

Fort Mola: also known as the Isabel II fortress, it is a military monument built in the XNUMXth century to protect the entrance to the port of Mahón. As you can deduce from these lines, it is located at the entrance to the port of Mahón.

Menorca Museum: located in a former Franciscan convent of Baroque inspiration, it houses part of the most important archaeological and artistic collections on the island of Menorca.

Church of Santa María: located in the Plaza de la Constitución, in front of the Consistory, it is one of the most important religious monuments in the City.

Town of Binibeca

Al southeast of the island, 8 kilometers south of the capital of the island (Mahón), in the municipality of San Luis, you will find this fishing village full of enormous charm. Built in 1972 as an imitation of the old fishermen's houses, it is completely restored. Lots of white houses surrounded by narrow alleys make up this nice town worth visiting whenever one approaches the island.

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settlement binibeca menorca @Anibal Trejo / shutterstock
La best way to get there to Binibeca is to go to San Luis from Mahón and from there follow the signs to Binibeca (Binibequer). To get to the fishing village you will have to take the detour towards Binibequer Vell.

It's worth it especially to go for a walk in the afternoon through its streets and as dusk enters, stay for dinner in the restaurants that are right at the entrance of the town. It is advisable to visit the town in summer, since if you go in winter you will find everything closed.

Close to the village some small coves, such as: the beach of the town of Binibeca, Biniancolla, Binisafuller, Biniparratx and Binidalí.

Cova d'en Xoroi

Xoroi is one of the most visited places on the whole island. It is a natural grotto located on a cliff in Cala en Porter, in the southern part of the island. From day is a bar that has terraces and viewpoints at different heights, while by the Night becomes disco.

During the day you can enjoy this incredible place and the views offered by its location at the top of the cliff above the sea. Inside the cave there are several spaces connected by corridors. You We advise visiting the cave at sunset, when the sun is going down.

At night it becomes one of the most famous clubs in Menorca. With its different spaces perfectly equipped and decorated in a spectacular way, the nights in the cave are a classic of the island. It is very famous foam party, which are held once a week in summer.

The best beaches on the island of Menorca

Try to indicate what the best beaches on this island is almost impossible, There are so many and so good that we leave you with some examples, but really, if you have time, do not settle for just these, enjoy the whole island because its coves and beaches are an authentic past. Although if there is one area that stands out above the others, that is the south west part of the island, here we leave you some of its wonders:

Cala Turqueta

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cala turqueta menorca @ Quintanilla / shutterstock
Located in the southwest of the island, this beach is another one that you have to include in the top 5 of beaches that you don't have to miss one when visiting the island of Menorca. Its name comes from the color of the water, which is reminiscent of the clearest and most crystalline turquoise, so you can already get an idea of ​​what the beach is like.

It is easy to get to the beach, you have to take the Camí de Sant Joan de Missa from Ciudadela and follow the signs. You can not get to the beach with the car, but there is a parking lot before it, and then you have to walk 10 minutes to get to the beach. In case you need it, in the car park there is a beach bar with bathrooms where they sell sandwiches and drinks.

Some data to take into account on this beach:

    • It has a lifeguard.
    • The sun sets quite early in the afternoon, so take advantage of the morning.
    • The parking lot is not very big and fills up quickly, so it is advisable to go first thing in the morning.
    • The beach does not have any type of service, so bring enough water and food in case you stay several hours.

Cala Macarella

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cala macarella menorca @Cristian Santinon / shutterstock
Located in the southwest of the island, this beach is another one that you have to include in the top 5 of beaches that you don't have to miss one when visiting the island of Menorca. It rivals the spectacular Cala Turqueta in the color of its water and in the fine white sand, so there is no doubt that it is a beach that you have to visit.

It is easy to get to the beach, you have to take the Camí de Sant Joan de Missa from Ciudadela and follow the signs. You can not get to the beach with the car, but there are two parking spaces before it, and then you have to walk 15 minutes from the first, or five from the second to get to the beach.

Some data to take into account on this beach:

    • It has a lifeguard and a snack bar where you can eat and buy some things.
    • The path from either of the two parking lots to the beach is not exactly very comfortable, but it is accessible.
    • The closest car park costs € 5 at certain times of the day.
    • You can get from this beach to Macarelleta on foot in 10 minutes.
    • You can get from this beach to Cala Galdana on foot in 30 minutes.

Cala Galdana

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cala galdana menorca @Cristian Santinon / shutterstock
Located in the southwest of the island, in Ferreries, Galdana is one of the largest beaches on the island, specially prepared for families and where you can find all the usual is a beach prepared for tourism: shops, kiosks, deckchairs, showers and bars. Like other spectacular beaches on the island, it has crystal clear green waters. The only pity is that it is usually totally overcrowded.

On the beach there are a lot of options when it comes to doing all kinds of activities: ride the pencil, go paragliding, rent pedal boats, rent deck chairs and umbrellas, rent a motor boat (they are for four people and cost about € 60/2 hours), etc ...

Some data to keep in mind on this beach:

    • It is located 23 kilometers from Ciudadela and 36 from Mahón, so calculate that it will take you half an hour to arrive from either of the two cities.
    • It has a lifeguard and lots of bars where we can buy what we need.
    • You can get to Macarella from this beach in 30 minutes.
    • It has the blue flag that gives the EC to the best beaches.

Cala Macarelleta

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cala macarelleta menorca @ nito / shutterstock
Located in the southwest of the island, this beach is the Macarella's little sister. It is just as spectacular as Macarella, with fine white sand and turquoise waters, although its access is much more complicated. It is a very good option if you have a boat that allows you to approach it without difficulties.

To get to Macarelleta from Macarella, you must take a path that leaves to the right of it. In ten minutes and after a road not suitable for strollers or people with physical problems, you will arrive at the cove.

Some data to keep in mind on this beach:

    • There is no parking.
    • To get to the beach, you have to walk a “complicated” path from Macarella (10 minutes)
    • The beach does not have any type of service, so bring enough water and food in case you stay several hours.

Cala Mitjana

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cala mitjana menorca @ Quintanilla / shutterstock
Located in the southwest of the island, this beach is another one that must be included in the 5 top of beaches You do not have to miss one when visiting the island of Menorca. Their blue waters and its location in the center of the islanda, next to Cala Galdana, they make it recommendable and accessible to everyone.

The beach has parking located very close to the beach, the opposite happens with some other beaches on the island. Near this cove, you will find Cala Mitjaneta, much smaller but just as charming.

Some data to keep in mindon this beach:

    • The parking is next to the beach.
    • Galdana can be reached from this beach on foot in 20 minutes.
    • If there are too many people, in 10 minutes you can walk to the Mitjaneta cove, smaller but just as charming.
    • The beach does not have any type of service, so bring enough water and food in case you stay several hours.

 

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