The Balearic Islands are a totally stunning place for a holiday in the Mediterranean that’s perfect for any type of traveller. Though, it can be hard to pinpoint just one island to visit. This is exactly why I wanted to share some of the best things to do in Menorca as it’s one of my favourite Balearic Islands.
You see, each of the islands has their own charm, history and stunning coastlines that are incredible to explore. From the best things to do in Ibiza to all the stunning history in Ciutadella, Menorca.
Now, although Menorca might be quieter than its neighbouring islands of Majorca and Ibiza, the quietness is all part of its charm.
Over the years, we’ve visited quite a few times and always love grabbing a car, renting a villa and exploring the island.
Now, if you’re planning a trip to explore some of the best things to do in Menorca, make sure to have a little gander below. I’ve included quite a few spots that are dotted all across the island. This all means that you’ll find lots to see and do across Menorca, regardless of where you’re staying.
With that in mind, take a little look at some of the best things to do in Menorca when you visit. Have the best trip!
1.) Head to the cliff and cave bar
Nestled within the dramatic cliffs of Menorca is the most epic Cave Bar with views across the Mediterranean.
Now, the bars name is Cova d’en Xoroi and totally worth visiting if you want to grab a tipple and some views. For us, this was actually the last place we visited on the island and easily one of my favourites.
This is without a doubt one of the best spots to watch the sunset, too. Complete with your Pomada cocktail in hand, you’ll have the best time.
One thing to note is that there are a few steps and it isn’t accessible to everyone if you have mobility issues.
Just be aware of this and you’ll be totally fine. It really is one of the best things to do in Menorca if you fancy a tipple (or two).
It’s such a stunning view.
2.) Stroll through Binibeca
Perched on the south coast of Menorca, Binibeca is a totally stunning and historic fishing village that’s well worth exploring.
It’s the most beautiful fishing village on the island and well worth escaping to Binibeca for an afternoon wander and a bite to eat.
Oh, and grab a table at Bambu Menorca that’s a perfect place for a few glasses of wine, sunsets and dinner.
We loved it here.
It’s just so pretty that you can’t miss it.
3.) Sail the Menorcan shoreline
Being surrounded by a sea of, sailing is easily up there as one of the best things to do in Menorca.
The best way to do this, of course, is to take a sailing tour around Cala Galdana or, even better still, hire your very own catamaran for an hour or so to discover the most amazing views of the islands. We booked the latter sailing and yacht tour and totally loved our time heading around the coast here.
Just make sure to book in advance of when you want to head out to sea. Oh, and be prepared that plans can change with the weather conditions.
We loved it and got to practice some sailing skills, too!
4.) Visit the Menorcan vineyards
No visit to Menorca is complete without sampling some of its specialities; wine and cheese!
Whilst discovering the island, take a pit stop in S’Hort de Sant Patrici Winery and Cheese Farm where you’ll learn all about its heritage production.
Oh, and of course, the best bit; sample all the delicious wine and cheese. Just make sure you have a designated driver.
Honestly, it’s one of the best things to do in Menorca, especially if you love wines. Oh, and the Mahon cheese is so good.
5.) Gorge on the best seafood at Café Balear
Lobster is one of Menorca’s most prized dishes which dates back many centuries when locals would scour the shores for this tasty crustacean.
Interesting, back in the day, it was peasant food and the chicken was food for rich folk. Funny how this has changed now, eh?
If it’s some tasty seafood, book a table at Café Balear in Ciutadella. The seafood is so fresh and the dishes are typically Menorcan.
Just remember, in the summer months, queues stretch down the street to sample its tasty seafood. It really is one of the best things to do in Menorca if you love good seafood.
6.) Visit Naveta d’es Tudons
No one really knows why these megalithic chamber tombs exist in Menorca but they are perfect examples of the historical heritage that dates back to almost 3,000 years ago.
Yeah, you read that correctly; 3,000 years!
Now, these chambers are dotted across the island and can be seen nowhere else in the world, which easily makes it one of the best things to do in Menorca.
Oh, and if you’re driving, check out the Google Maps pin-drop of its location.
There’s something so special about history that dates back this long. Plus, make sure to check out the Taulas of Menorca that’s well worth seeing if you’re into historical artefacts.
7.) Kayaking in Es Grau
Honestly, if you love stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, then Es Rau is one place you have to visit. Not only that, but it’s also an epic place to go kayaking across the shoreline.
Book yourself onto a guided expedition through the caves and the Mediterranean coast, that lasts about 2-hours.
Plus, you’ll even get to stop at the historic cliff caves and might even spot wild tortoise or two. They’re so cute.
8.) Visit Monte Toro
Being the tallest point on the island, seeing the views from Monte Toro is easily one of the best things to do in Menorca when you’re driving.
Honestly, it’s a great place to see all across the island from above and to get one of the best aerial shots of Menorca itself.
Thankfully, there’s no need to hike (though you can if you like) to the summit and you can drive up to the top and park up to explore the views.
Oh, and don’t forget to visit the sanctuary of the Verge del Toro, that’s at the top.
Afterwards, drive over to Bodegas Binifadet Vineyard that we found on our last visit.
They serve food in the vine-covered courtyard right in the countryside. It’s so stunning! It’s easily one of our favourite places for food on the whole island.
9.) Explore the historic capital, Ciutadella
The old capital, Ciutadella is a picturesque place to discover some of the best little bars, restaurants and shops in Menorca.
For me, it’s a must-visit when on the island and it’s great to spend a lazy afternoon and evening wandering the historic streets and popping into the different bars that take your fancy.
Whilst there, don’t forget to head north to the Punta Nati Lighthouse or eat at one of the harbour-front restaurants that serve local, fresh produce with a great view of the sunset.
Oh, and for a tasty bite to eat, pop into Moriarty that has a intimidate and totally pretty courtyard to eat in. We loved it here and the food was delicious, too.
Afterwards, drive about 10-km north to the Punta Nati Faro Lighthouse that’s pretty epic to see when you’re already in the area.
10.) Explore Mahón
Home to one of the largest natural harbours in the world, Mahon is a great place to learn all about the city and the wider island itself.
It’s a great place to wander around on foot or on a tour if you prefer. Plus, whilst doing the latter you can learn all about its development and the Battle of Menorca that took place a few miles away.
Also, you can easily partner up a trip to Mahon with visiting the Mola Fortress that’s just a few kilometres away from the centre itself.
Fret not though, if being a history buff isn’t your thing, with almost 30,000 residents, there are many quaint bars, art galleries, mercados and quirky shops, too.
Exploring Mahon is easily one of the best things to do in Menorca if you fancy a larger town to discover.