Menorca is one of the four major Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain which also include Formentera, Majorca, and Ibiza (travel guides for Majorca and Ibiza coming soon!). This was the last of the islands to tick off my list. Like all of the others, it offers stunning beaches, delicious Spanish food and drink, and a laid back lifestyle. As I’ve said in my Formentera Travel Guide, I can’t really decide which is my favourite island as they all have their own unique character and appeal. However, in my general opinion, I find that Ibiza tends to be the British holiday destination while Formentera is known for being the Italian counterpart. Majorca and Menorca seem to have a more Spanish feel overall.
Best Time to Visit
As Menorca is located just off the coast of mainland Spain, the best time of the year to visit is June through September. Temperatures reach an average high of 30C (86F) and low of 18C (64F) (but trust me, the lows are a rare occurrence this time of year).
You can find cheap accommodation and food everywhere on the island. Prices aren’t hiked up like they are in Formentera and the southern part of Ibiza. If you want to do it cheap, I reckon around £50/day is possible, including accommodation.
If you plan on beach hopping and visiting different parts of the island (which I strongly encourage) I would recommend renting a car. I’m going to also specifically warn you NOT to rent from OK cars. I won’t get into the full story, but my friends and I pre-booked a car here and had an awful experience (which appears to be the norm). I would strongly suggest not pre-booking at all as after our awful experience at OK cars was over, we went back to the airport and rented a car from Hertz on the spot. We were out the door and on the road with a car for the same price in about 30 min!
What to Do
Same as the other islands, the best thing to do during the day is beach hop. Here are my top 3 favourites:
This beach is gorgeous with crystal clear water and stunning views. You do have to walk about 20 minutes from the parking lot to get here, but it’s well worth it. That’s probably why it’s not that crowded and has a local feel to it. Try and get a spot to the far right when facing the water as the wind can really pick up and whip the sand around. If you’re of to the right you’ll be somewhat sheltered by the rocks and shrubs.
This is a beach for surfing. The strong tide and wind make for great waves. There’s also another beach about 10 minutes walk away but we chose to stay at this one. It didn’t seem to get very crowded which was great for sunbathing and relaxing.
This is a small family beach located next to a residential area and hotel, but what I love about this place is that it’s a small inlet from the sea. My friends and I rented a pedal boat (with a slide 🙂 ) which we took out to the deeper water. Once your further out in the inlet near the sea, you’re surrounded by small cliffs with ladders going up the side. We were able to climb up and do some (small) cliff jumping. The paddle boat was only €15 for an hour.
Where to Eat/Drink
We stumbled upon this restaurant located in Cala Blanca by accident. We wanted a nice lunch spot with a good view next to the beach. Best accident ever! The food was incredible and the staff were so nice!
This is a top rated seafood restaurant located in Ciutadella. People start queuing from 7pm to get in though, so get there early.
Menorca isn’t really known for it’s nightlife but there are a few fun spots to check out. My friends and I went to Kopa for a night out in Ciutadella. It has a rooftop where you can order yummy cocktails, a karaoke section, and a downstairs cheesy dance floor. The promoters and the staff here were really nice which isn’t usually the norm for clubs. They even played our random request of Spice Girls and Britney Spears so I highly suggest it haha!
Quite a few people suggested this place to us but we unfortunately never made it. It’s built into a cliff side and aparently the sunset parties and views are quite incredible.
Where to Stay
Will give the same advice that I gave for Formentera, I would pick your favourite beach and try to stay close to there. We stayed in Cala en Bosc which was ok but if I were to go again, I think I’d stay near one of the beaches I mentioned in the “What to Do” tab. Here is the villa we rented for the long weekend.