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Menorca Beyond the Beach – What to See + Do

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This June I visited the Balearic island of Menorca. I visited over 20 years ago I remember it being a quiet family beach destination. Yet on my recent trip I discovered much more on the island than I expected. With ancient Tayolitic remains, an interesting food sceneCharming towns and friendly locals. Menorca has more to offer than just a beach holiday.

Seen above: Cala N Porter

The island of Menorca has over 200 kilometres of coastline with 70 beaches or coves. Enjoying the beach or hotel pool is a given on Menorca. Yet I wanted to share other aspects of the island that perhaps arent so well known…..

Cami de Cavalls

Literally meaning the Horse Path, the Cami de Cavalls dates back to the 14th Century. A route linking up the military fortresses and watchtowers around the island. With 185 kms to explore, this route is a joy for hikers as it is divided up into 20 segments. As this route skirts around the Menorcan coastline you are always close to one of the stunning coves or beaches.

The level of difficulty, distance and time to complete each segment varies, so choose wisely according to you plan for the day. Some sections can be done on bike or horse but not all. So check with the map of the GR 233 which you can get from Tourist Information or online.

I walked a part of it on my visit. We could access the trail head by car and then walk along the route to a stunning bay.

After a morning hiking around the Cami de Cavalls, we had planned to see the sunset at the popular cave bar. The Cova den Xoroi is very well known on Menorca to see the sun go down over the sea.

Cave of Xoroi

Located close to the village of Cala N Porter, this natural cave has been transformed into a chill out spot. Set alongside the rocky cliffside are several bar areas on different levels. With its southern facing orientation, the sunset on the sea is a stunning way to end the day.

Although people flock to it early evening for the sunset, the venue is actually open all day. (Check times) I would highly recommend booking tickets ahead of your visit for the sunset hour . You can reserve and it does get busy.

History of Menorca

In more recent history 1700-1800´s the French and British military were present on the island as they ruled and fought for control. So its unsurprising to see forts and statues around the island. There is even a Gin Distillery Xoringuer in the Port of Mahon. Some villages and street names are British or French (e.g Cala N Porter) In Es Castell which was a key location under British rule, visit Fort Marlborough (b. 1710) for an impressive example of this time period.

  • 1708 to 1756 British Rule
  • 1756 to 1763 French Rule
  • 1763 to 1782 British Rule
  • 1782 to 1798 Spanish Rule
  • 1798 to 1802 British Rule
  • 1802 to present Spanish Rule

Biosphere Reserve

Pictured here is the Mediterranean Tortoise that you can find in different places dotted around the island. It´s thoat they have been on the island some 3000 years. Allthough it was in the 18th century it is when the population really increased. Currently the estimation about 10 – 50 tortoises per hectare on Menorca.

UNESCO´s 50th World Heritage Site in Spain

In September 2023 Menorca Tayolitic Sites were declared UNESCO World Heritage. Making it the 50th site in Spain to have this distinction. Of course Menorca as an island is already protected by the UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve since 1993. This recognition to the Menorcan inhabitants was granted for their management of natural resources and surroundings.

Prehistoric Talaiotic Sites

Talaiotic culture will fascinate budding archaeologists. But any visitor will be impressed to learn about this period between the bronze and iron ages. Still visible on the island for you to see and travel back in time. Find most of the sites on the south and west of the island.

I visited the Torres d´En Galmez and was amazed to see how intact those constructions. Despite their age of over 4000 years old. Houses and building from 1700 to 1400 BC. Thats over 4,000 years old.

En Galmes Tower

  • 5 hectares
  • Hilltop Village
  • Three Talayots (dwellings)
  • One Taula (ceremonial table)
  • Two Caves
  • Megalithic Tomb Roques Lises
  • Water Collecting System

There are many Talaiotic sites to visit on Menorca. One of the most impressive tombs is Naveta des Tudons built from huge stones and without mortar. It dates back to the end of the 2nd millennium BC. It´s a nice stop off between beaches or before lunch to visit and learn a little about these fascinating prehistoric constructions.

Port of Mahon

I stayed in the Seth Port Mahon a fabulous 4 star hotel with views over Mahon´s port. With an outdoor pool, friendly staff and varied breakfast buffet, I couldn´t fault this accommodation.

With 82 rooms its big enough to have all the facilities but small enough for it to be cosy, welcoming and not overwhelming in the high season.

Main Cities on Menorca

Mahon and Ciutadella are on different extremes of the island, it only takes 45 minutes by car from one to the other. It is very easy to get around Menorca. Whether you rent a car, get a taxi or have a bike. If you are really lucky you could explore the island by yacht.

  • Mahon is the capital of Menorca. The islands airport is located in Mahon.
  • Ciutadella is the second largest city on the island and it was the previous capital.

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