Welcome to Menorca, Spain!
Perched in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, lies a small island packed with amazing sceneries from pristine coves to breathtaking ravines, Menorca boasts an eclectic list of things to see and do in such a small island. Along with its untouched natural wonders, worthy of a UNESCO mention, Menorca also has a fascinating culture unique only to the Balearic Islands. Much more than just a beach holiday destination, discover the city as a worldwide local to experience the beauty of the historic Menorca island. This is an insider’s guide of Menorca.
Start at the Mahon Harbor
Located in the mouth of the Mahon harbor is a historic and imposing citadel built to protect the island from the British invaders. The La Mola fortress consists of towers and walls equipped, not only with large cannons but also with viewpoints providing panoramic views of the bay and island. You can easily lose hours in the vast citadel with its ramparts and underground passageways, showing a fascinating insight into Menorca’s interesting military history.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you want a break from the beaches, but you’re still looking to enjoy the beautiful Menorca weather, visit the vineyards of Bodegas Binifadet and experience a tour of its cellars and a taste of local gourmet food. A charming countryside bodega, with a setting worthy of being in a film, offers magnificent views as you dine alfresco, partnered with wine produced in their very own cellar.
Spend an Exciting Afternoon at the Hipodrom Torre del Ram
Feel the thunderous excitement of a horse trotting race at the Hipodrom Torre del Ram. Attending the event, held every Saturday evening, is a tradition for the locals who flock to the stadium hoping to win a bet, or simply enjoy wholesome entertainment for the whole family. Hear the loud roar and the exhilarating buzz in the crowd as they cheer on their favorite rider. Feeling lucky? Why not place a bet and win extra cash for the stalls who sell wine and cheese.
Worldwide Local Tip: Grab a cocktail with a view at Cova d’en Xoroi. Check out this cliffside bar during the late afternoon to experience the golden hour with a refreshing beverage and an enchanting view of the sun fading into the horizon.
Escape the Hustle and Bustle at Binibeca
If you’re wondering where to stay in Menorca, hotels aplenty are to be found in the city center. Of course, that means that area will always be full of crowds. Away from the busy streets of the city center of Mahon and packed Menorca beaches, the charming fishing village of Binibeca is located on the southeast. Here you’ll enjoy a taste of the slow, laid back pace of village life. Wander through narrow winding alleyways of the whitewashed buildings, or take a relaxing stroll through the quaint promenade on the marina.
Worldwide Local Tip: For a more luxurious way to experience the beauty of Menorca, hop on a sailing trip along the coast of the island. Keep in mind which tour provider you choose. Most offer stops at areas otherwise inaccessible by foot, but you’ll explore hidden coves and great snorkeling spots.
Enjoy Your Stay!
The smallest island in the Balearic archipelago holds unspoiled natural beauty and alluring villages, which make it a perfect sunshine getaway. With tourism not as saturated as its neighbors, you can make the most out of your stay by immersing yourself in the culture and the relaxed way of life, as a worldwide local.