Menorca, the most eastern isle of Spain’s Balearic Islands, is only 48 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide but it still manages to pack in over 100 beaches along its coastline – more than Ibiza and Mallorca combined. Consequently, unfurling a towel and soaking up the rays are the most prevalent thoughts of the thousands of holidaymakers who touch down at Mahón Airport during the six-month season. And indeed, Menorca is a perfect place to go snorkelling and to discover hidden caves. You can also get spectacular views of the stunning coastline, and the island's marvellous nature by either hiking on Monte Toro, its highest peak, or by a going on a horseback excursion. The reward of any activity is always a breathtaking view, and on a clear day, you can even see all the way to Mallorca.
However, Menorca has a lot more to offer than just sandy beaches, amazing landscapes and its beautiful coastline. Take a stroll to the historic cities to see the architectural heritage of the British occupation or the medieval era: to Fort Marlborough with its gloomy tunnels, to La Mola or to Cathedral Ciudadella, a beautiful church with lovely stonework and stained glass windows. On top of that, you can sample one of the best legacies of the British ruling: locally distilled gin.
Menorca's capital Mahón (or Maó, the Catalan name for Mahón) boasts terrific sights and a colourful history that can both be explored during a boat trip along the harbour for the best views of the quayside and naval base. Do also stroll around, starting at Placa Colona, and lose yourself in a warren of tight alleyways.
The low-lying Fort Marlborough was built by the British in the 18th century, and in order to conceal it within its surroundings, the entrance is hidden, as a tunnel deep down. Do take a tour through the fort's gloomy tunnels, and prepare yourself for getting interesting insights.
Cova de’n Xoroi
Menorca’s most famous hot spot, Cova de’n Xoroi, is located in a cave halfway down a cliff, and the legend has it that a famous pirate here met a watery death. While this venue is a bar by day, it transfers into a disco by night, as soon as the lights turn down, and the music turns up.
Good to know
The bus company TMSA covers a variety of routes on the island but cars, motorbikes or bicycles are also suitable means of transport, with roads that are generally well signposted – there are also cycle lanes on some of the minor roads. Keep in mind that several of the more popular coves are only accessible by private roads, and a small toll may be charged.
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