Menorca is the easternmost point in Spain, making it the first spot to see the sunrise in the country. And what a sunrise it is. The Mediterranean island is a spectacular backdrop to watch the sun appear from beyond the horizon and then rise up over the sea in a spectacle of light and colour. Here at ARTIEM, we thought we’d share some of the very best spots where you can gaze at mesmerising sunrises in Menorca with your loved ones by your side. Have a scroll and feel inspired.
Faro de Cavalleria, one of the best spots to see the sunrise in Menorca
Faro de Cavalleria is one of the most unique lighthouses in Menorca. Located close to the capital, Mahón, it stands tall on a precipice that juts out into the sea, as part of a line of cliffs that are an impressive 15m high. This idyllic seascape makes it an incredible place to watch a beautiful sunrise.
To reach the spot, you can drive up along a narrow road and park just metres from the lighthouse. Make sure you get a front row seat, relax and breathe in the scenery as you wait for the sun to make its dramatic arrival.
LA MOLA FORTRESS, THE EASTERNMOST POINT IN SPAIN
La Mola fortress is one of the most spectacular sights in Menorca. Situated on La Mola peninsula, the castle sits on the easternmost point of Spain (Punta de s’Esperó); the perfect spot if you want to be the first to see the sun rise in the country. The fortress has a number of miradores or viewing points which afford boundless views over the Mediterranean, Mahón port and the stunning seascape.
To visit the fortress, you must purchase an advance ticket (standard ticket price is €8, discounts are available). Make the most of your visit by getting there early to see the sunrise, followed by a guided tour that will tell you everything you want to know about this military structure that was built in the 19th century. A morning unlike any other.
Faro de Favàritx, a wild spot to enjoy the sunrise in Menorca
Watching the sunrise from Faro de Favàritx is one of the most beautiful experiences in Menorca. The lighthouse is situated in northeastern Menorca, in the heart of Albufera des Grau, a protected natural area that creates a spectacular backdrop for the most attractive of the seven lighthouses in Menorca.
If you are thinking of driving, bear in mind that you can’t leave your car at the lighthouse from July to October. During the summer months, you will need to park in the car park and walk the remaining 2km. Don’t forget to take the time it will take you to walk to the coast into account when planning your arrival in time for sunrise. You won’t want to miss it.
Cala San Esteban: the best place to watch the sunrise in Menorca
A pretty pebbly cove located close to Mahón and Es Castell, Cala San Esteban should be at the top of your list if you are an avid chaser of sunrises. This remote spot on the eastern coast of Menorca is not only the earliest you can see the sunrise in Spain, it is a truly unique spot where a series of elements come together to create an almost mystical experience.
Cala San Esteban affords panoramic views over the horizon and vast sea waters, framed with the different tones of eroded rocks to create a one-of-a-kind visual spectacle. The perfect place to watch the sun come up with your loved one.
Fuente: Engel & Völkers
Hotel ARTIEM Carlos, watch the sunrise from your bed or a beautiful terrace
Overlooking Puerto de Mahón, Hotel ARTIEM Carlos is one of the best places to watch the sunrise on the island: the terrace and all of the guestrooms boast incredible vistas over the seascape that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own bed.
Thanks to its unique position, the hotel treats you to flickering views of the very first rays of the day reflected in the tranquil waters of the port; a sight that is made even more idyllic with the coming and going of the local boats. Could anything be more magical than awakening to this outlook from your bed? At ARTIEM Carlos you can make it happen. A truly unique experience that you won’t be able to replicate anywhere else.
Menorca is a destination like no other. A paradisiacal idyll that is no less stunning than the islands of the Caribbean. Beautiful weather, clear waters and natural landscapes combine to make it the ideal destination to really unwind.
If you want to enjoy the best sunrise in Menorca, and arguably in Spain, you will have to get up early. The effort, however, will absolutely be worth it. Now that you know the best places to enjoy the sunrise in Menorca, why not check out the best sunsets and wild coves in Menorca and start planning the holiday of a lifetime?