The Areas of Menorca

The island of Menorca is unique for its captivating combination of beauty, nature and tranquillity. It is the most easterly of the Balearic Islands, with an area of approximately 701 km2, boasting idyllic beaches and coves, hundreds of archaeological monuments all over the island, spectacular landscapes, charming villages, natural harbours, festivals, fine cuisine, local crafts and a steep history.

Menorca has always strived to protect its natural charms, whilst at the same time allowing visitors to enjoy them, which is why in 1993 the island was designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, further promoting its outstanding natural and scenic features. It has the merit of being one of the few places where that much sought after peace and quiet can be found, within a magnificent setting. The welcoming nature of the local people, the quality of life, the beautiful scenery and the serenity which is all around are just a few of the reasons why visitors choose Menorca as the place for their second home.

It is impossible to talk about Menorca without mentioning their traditional festivals, which revolve around the Menorcan tradition of horse dressage, the most recognised festival being that of San Juan celebrated yearly in Ciutadella on 24th June.

The island is also magnet for food lovers. Traditional Menorcan cuisine typically uses fresh produce and is famous for its great variety of fish and seafood dishes, in particular caldereta de llagosta – lobster stew. Typical island produce includes handmade cured sausages carn i xua , spicy sausages sobrassada, Mahon cheese which has protected designation of origin and the locally produced gin Xoriguer.

Menorca invites you to try them yourselves!

The island is divided into two distinct areas, the north being the most rugged, graced with reddish sandy beaches and beautiful landscapes, the south having a much gentler elevation and a coastline with cliffs, pine-covered ravines and golden sandy coves. Some beaches are close to tourist resorts and all amenities, others are harder to reach, requiring longer drives along country lanes and then there are those, which are highly recommended and can only be reached by sea.

The only major developments on the south coast are Cala Galdana Menorca , Son Bou, Santo Tomas Menorca, Cala en Porter and Punta Prima. They are perfect for family holidays where you can find supermarkets, shops, hotels and other necessary amenities. In contrast to those towns and their brimming nightlife are Binibeca, Es Canutells, Binisafua, Binidalí , S'Algar etc..The absence of commercial tourism here means these spots are perfect for those seeking a quiet, peaceful life in an idyllic environment close to untouched beaches where you can forget about civilization. There are no high rise hotels here, still undiscovered by tour operators, just luxury seafront villas and charming white Menorcan style homes. The deep blue sea in this area is rich in aquatic life making it the perfect place for both professional and amateur divers, the south coast offering a good selection of diving schools.

The north coast of Menorca is undoubtedly the wildest part of the island. Most of it is unspoiled and almost undeveloped, although it is here where you can find some of the most prominent housing estates on the island, such as Addaia, Arenal d'en Castell and Playas de Fornells, all with beautiful beaches and the necessary infrastructure in place for summer tourism. Located in Urbanization Son Parc is Menorca’s only 18 hole golf course, making this area even more exclusive - if that were at all possible.

Along the rest of the north coast are some of the most rugged and breathtakingly beautiful natural enclaves of the island, like Algallarens beach, Cala Pilar and the spectacular beach of Cala Pregonda, making the north coast of Menorca paradisiacal whilst at the same time majestic due to the nature of its aggressive landscape.

Also noteworthy in this area is the S’Albufera National Park at Es Grao, a wetland and winter refuge for many migratory birds, and place of natural beauty where many kinds of flora and fauna may be observed in their environment.

Another highlight of this area is the lighthouses, popular with visitors due to their breathtaking positions on steep ledges and rugged cliffs. Caballeria, Favarix and Punta Nati lighthouses are natural viewpoints that should not be missed.

The coastline in the municipality of Ciutadella is the longest on the island covering the entire west of Menorca. With a myriad of coves and beautiful beaches, resorts such as Cala Blanca, Santandría and Cala’n Bosch, offer all the facilities required to make a holiday perfect.

It is in the southern part of the Coast of Ciutadella where we can find Menorca’s most photographed landscapes plus countless virgin beaches surrounded by lush pine forests that reach the white sands. It is these landscapes and coves such as Macarella, Macarelleta, Trebaluger, Mitjana and the endless number of beaches, each more spectacular than the last, that makes this part of Menorca’s coast one of the most admired parts of the Mediterranean. Today the island of Menorca, Biosphere Reserve, is careful to maintain its natural environment as part of its heritage, restoring in recent years the medieval costal path Camí de Cavalls so that visitors and natives alike can enjoy the natural surroundings the island has to offer in a more ecological way.

The port of Mahon, the second largest port in Europe, is a natural harbour with a length of almost six kilometres. It has very calm waters and in addition, the Mediterranean Sea has no tides, giving visitors the feeling of looking out over a majestic lake instead of a seaport. On the south bank of the port lie the city of Mahon and the village of Es Castell, both which have a waterfront walkway, a guaranteed tourist attraction. Along them are restaurants, bars, all kinds of shops and even a casino. On the north bank of the port are numerous summer homes belonging to islanders and the residences of celebrities from all over the world. These homes are located in and around the numerous coves found along the northern coast of the Port; Cala Rata, Cala Deslinde, Sano Balsa and Cala Llonga to name a few. The owners of these properties represent a healthy mix of nationalities and every year there are more people who take up permanent residency here. They enjoy splendid views and the southwest orientation guarantees sun all day long. There are several jetties dotted along this part of the coast, allowing boat owners to enjoy a mooring that is exceptionally safe and that has easy access to the harbour entrance.

The port of Ciutadella, quaint and picturesque, is filled in summer with luxury yachts with tourists of varying nationalities strolling along the quays. Undoubtedly, it is for many, the most beautiful harbour in the Mediterranean. Traditional fishing boats line the North shore, which in the summer months haul in the famous lobster and a large variety of fish. Traces of seafaring flavour of Mediterranean ports are still visible on the facades of the buildings which line the sea front.

Fornells is like a pearl embedded in the unspoilt north coast of Menorca. A beautiful natural harbour which surprises all who visit it. Thanks to shelter provided by the narrow harbour mouth and the 5 kms of depth and 2 kms of width of the bay, water sports have a unique place in Fornells. In its calm waters you can go windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and diving. The wind is usually moderate enough for surfers, the sea is full of life for divers and the virgin beaches accessible only by sea are the delight of those who practice kayaking. In their beautiful white houses, the inhabitants of Fornells always led a quiet life and respected nature. This spirit continues today. Here you are far away from built up resorts and those who visit will soon able to appreciate the love so many have for this unique and authentic place.

Menorca is an ideal place to live or to spend a beautiful holiday. In the middle of the island there are hundreds of magnificent properties, although many of them are in a state of semi-abandonment, but when renovated, regain all their former glory. Taking the main road from Mahon to Ciutadella one can admire the beautiful countryside and rolling hills that link these two towns. This beautiful journey passes by the towns of :

  • Alaior, quaint village 11 km from Mahon which is also an important industrial centre specifically dedicated to the production of dairy produce and footwear.
  • Es Mercadal, a town right in the heart of the island. Distinguished by its white buildings and windmills, some have been converted into houses and others into restaurants. The town is famed for its excellent cuisine.
  • Ferreries, picturesque village best known for the manufacture of footwear and furniture.
  • Es Migjorn, small town where it appears that time has in fact stopped. In this area which covers the interior of the island, the most beautiful farmhouses can be found, with large plots of land with boundaries of traditional dry stone walling (tanques) some of which reach the coast.