Things to do in Menorca

Things to do in Menorca

After enjoying glamourous Mallorca or hedonistic Ibiza, refuel and re-energise in Menorca, the tamest natural beauty of the Balearics. A Unesco Biosphere Reserve since the 1990s, this lovely lady is a nature lover’s wet dream of unspoilt coastal coves, crystalline beaches and rural pathways leading to white-washed villages and dramatic cliff climbs. Beyond the call of outdoor adventures lie two contrasting cities—the low-key seductive portside capital Mahón and the labyrinthine charm of Ciudadella—each offering a wealth of cultural places to visit in Menorca. Whether partaking in romantic treks to secluded parts unknown or sipping a spritzy pomada on ancient squares or stealing a few winks on sable sand beaches, leave the party at home and embrace the scenic serenity.

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Eagle-eye gents will appreciate a collection of vintage erotica photos and gay-friendly objets d’art strewn about the property

The best hotels in Menorca

Located in the historic heart of Mahón, Casa Telmo offers a quirky hodge-podge of rare antiques, flea market finds and retro memorabilia atop the exposed walls, woods and etchings of a onetime residential townhouse. With each room boasting its own vibe and vigour, this 5-room guesthouse is the whimsical brainchild of couple Benito Escat and Pol Castells—young interior designers with a flair for kitschy detail. Standout sights include the life-like opera guests painting in the foyer and the smart tartan lounger in room “M”. Eagle-eye gents will also appreciate a collection of vintage erotica photos and gay-friendly objets d’art strewn about the property. Though short on space and services, this eclectic stay makes the cut with an ample breakfast featuring fresh local ingredients and a divine plant-filled courtyard patio.

Casa Telmo

Casa Telmo

Casa Telmo

Casa Telmo

Turn the volume way down at Cugó Gran Menorca, a sprawling 12-room countryside villa featuring a private vineyard, vegetable and spice gardens and Asian-inspired infinity pool area. Rooms are bathed in neutral tones and taupe accents and adorned with matte wood furnishings. As an added spoil, all feature quality bedding, fresh cut flowers and deluxe toiletries from The White Company. In the kitchen, the Mediterranean meals are prepared with produce, protein and other harvested ingredients from the private grounds and served anywhere on the 250-acre estate. For a wander about, grab a handy GPS tablet, free of charge during your stay, and venture past horse farms and pastoral lands to prehistoric ruins with the indigenous foliage surrounding you in every direction.

Back in the city, Hotel Hevresac suits the independent traveller who likes his coffee with a side of a character. More guesthouse than hotel, this 8-room stay accommodates by way of convivial public spaces made warmer with plush sofas, retro lamps, pottery, curated art pieces, piles of books and, occasionally, conversation piece oddities. Once the grand home of an 18thcentury maritime merchant, the tilework and wall stencil designs combine harmoniously with the modish minimalism of the distressed walls, intricate stencil designs and raw-wood detailing of the bedrooms. Breakfast is a family affair of regional baked goods, cheese and spreads served in the cave-like cellar that doubles as a self-serve guest kitchen.

Cugó Gran Menorca

Cugó Gran Menorca

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Where to eat in Menorca

Situated on a central avenue in Ciudadella, Smoix serves Mediterranean meals prepared with seasonal products and a smidge of Mexican flavourings. The space itself pays tribute to the former faux jewellery factory it housed through low-hanging industrial lighting, exposed natural wood beams, a tiled bar front and painted plank tables. In contrast, the white-washed terrace enjoys a more typical island vibe with stone flooring and bucolic corners.

Despite a retro-fab look made up of soft-hues, floral motifs, vintage maps and the feel of grandma’s 1950’s kitchen, Pipet and Co is serious about good-quality eats. A hearty selection of bio soups, salads and bowls are always on offer but it’s the homemade cakes, cookies and treats paired with generous cups of joe or mismatched pots of herbal teas that keeps the place hopping day in and day out.

Photo: Sven

Photo: Sven

Where to drink in Menorca

Famed for its immaculate landscape and laidback vibe, Menorca visitors don’t expect too many surprises. But for those that need an occasional break from this oasis of tranquillity, Cova d’en Xoroi, offers the best of all worlds. Dramatically perched atop a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, this luxe bar and nightclub has the best views in town. Drinks are classic, DJ’s play thematic sets all day long but it’s those views that will ultimately seduce the senses.

Timid, unassuming Ciudadella has a wild side too. For after-hours fun in kooky art surrounds, pull up a chair and enjoy a potent creative concoction— you can’t go wrong with the gin varieties on offer—at Cafe des Museu, a lively bar in the thick of the old town. When conversation wanes, take the party downstairs to the cellar where rotating live performers or DJ’s keep the beat going throughout the night.

Photo: Louis Hansel

Photo: Louis Hansel

Photo: James Perez

Photo: James Perez

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Menorca’s second city, Ciudadella, is a stunner; an old world beauty virtually unchanged since the mid-1700s

Things to do in Menorca

Menorca’s second city, Ciudadella, is a stunner; an old world beauty virtually unchanged since the mid-1700s. Her delights are plentiful; cobble-stone streets lined with artisan shops and open-air cafes, arched passageways leading to a storied port, a pedestrian centre filled with majestic squares and quaint crayon-coloured houses. Day or night, this little town inspires romance—with your fella or with nature herself.

When wondering what to do in Menorca once the sightseeing is done, try exploring the insta-perfect trails of the famed Cami de Cavalls. From rustic pathways covered with pines, to sleepy white-washed towns dotted with free-roaming livestock to transparent teal waters peeking out from hidden coves, it’s hard to believe it’s been this pristine since medieval times. It features twenty well-marked paths to discover, each with its own natural splendour, distinct landscapes and varying degrees of difficulty. If you only have time for one route, go for Cala en Turqueta to Cala Galdana and visit the most jaw-dropping beaches on the island.

A pleasant walk down from the historic capital city, the Mahón Port takes visitors on a nostalgic promenade through yesteryear; ancient edifices with chiselled corners and sea-worn faces stand proud alongside bars, restaurant terraces and rows of moored boats. Across the way, the second largest natural harbour delivers views of traditional terracotta-tiled houses with verdant surrounds. For the best views of land and sea, make your way down the long stone steps overlooking a manicured mini-park.

Photo: Joel Bengs

Photo: Joel Bengs

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