What to see in Menorca in 5 days: Guide to making the most of your visit to the island
If you love nature, culture, gastronomy and heritage all in one, Menorca is for you. Plan your trip and get to know each corner of the island; you’ll have more than 200 kilometres of coast to enjoy the Mediterranean and the good weather. In addition, you’ll be able to taste delicious, typical dishes based on seafood products and charming villages where you can disconnect and live in the present. Renting a car is the best way to trace the island from beginning to end and not miss a single thing. Write down our suggestions!
WHAT TO DO DURING 5 DAYS IN MENORCA
A stroll through Mahón’s historic centre and port
A stroll through Mahón’s city centre is the best way to get to know the city and discover some of its most hidden wonders. Walk through streets until you reach the Plaza del Príncipe and the Plaza de la Conquista, where you’ll find:
- La Iglesia de Santa María: Discover this church, famous for being home to a 19th century organ. If you happen to see a concert there, stay until the end!
- El Mercado de Pescados: Much more than a market: in addition to fish and fresh, local seafood, you’ll be able to try tapas, wines and local products from Menorca.
Going down the Costa de Ses Voltes, you’ll reach Puerto de Mahón, the second largest port in Europe. The boardwork connects the port to the city; stroll along it to enjoy a panoramic view of the Mediterranean.
Visita la Cala Galdana
30 minutes by car from Ciutadella and Mahón is Cala Galdana, a beach with clear water, perfect for spending the morning in the sun with family. Cala Galdana is also one of the best places to practise water sports; you can rent kayaks or a paddleboard and visit the nearby Calas Mitjana, Macarella and Macarelleta. These are two calm coves with less action, visit them if you’re looking to relax. You can also access Macarella and Macarelleta on foot in 40 minutes and discover a beautiful paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Sunset and Dinner in Ciutadella
There’s nothing more beautiful than going to the Mirador del Pont d’en Gil to watch the sunset. It’s a natural rock arch that enters the water; you can also swim around it and watch the incredible sunset. At night, go down to the Puerto de Ciutadella to have dinner at S’Amarador or El Balear. You’ll be able to enjoy seafood at an unbeatable location with sea views and the Mediterranean breeze.
Es Mercadal: Discover a Charming Village
If you ask a Mallorca native what the prettiest city there is, you’ll definitely hear about El Mercadal. Located in the centre of the island at the feet of Monte Toro, its white houses are the perfect place to walk around for hours. On Thursday evenings in summer, you’ll find the Mercado de Verano, a popular, artisanal fair with food that leaves neighbours and visitors alike pleased. And if you love a good view, you can head to the top of Monte Toro on bicycle, on foot or by car from Es Mercadal; if you’re lucky and it’s a clear day, you’ll be able to see Mallorca.
Brunch in One of Ciutadella’s Best Places
To start the day off on a good foot, head to Ciutadella and have breakfast at Imperi, a staple of Plaza del Born, central and famous for its ‘llonguets’ (artisanal bread). If you prefer a vegan option, Nibs is a place that specialises in brunch with a varied and healthy menu. For those that seek a more unique atmosphere, Ulisses is located in the Plaza del Mercado and offers fresh seafood from the area. No matter what you choose, it will be delicious. And once you’re done, you can head to the Sala del Roser or the Museo Municipal, with exhibit halls where you can surround yourself with ethnology and contemporary culture.