What to do in Menorca: the four best activities
Menorca is an idyllic island that is spoilt with a wealth of unbeatable nature. The Menorcan coast is still an undiscovered treasure for many and the best way to explore it is by leaving dry land behind and setting out to sea. You’ll see unique spots, hidden coves, little cliffs, caves and a wealth of marine fauna. There are plenty of activities to do on the island, but here we’ve chosen four of the best for your trip to Menorca.
One of the best activities to do in Menorca is a kayak trip to discover the island’s secret spots that cannot be seen from land. The Menorcan coastline has plenty of options, so grab your oars and hit the water to explore the coast from countless coves in the north and south of the island.
A kayak trip will take you to hidden, peaceful coves that are straight off a postcard. You can even combine kayaking with snorkelling to enjoy the treasures of the Menorcan sea to the full. If you’re not confident going alone, book a tour with a guide so that your first time is even more unforgettable.
If you’d prefer to sail in peace aboard a boat, with a skipper and minimum effort, Menorca has plenty of options to choose from. There are endless possibilities with something for every budget: speedboats, small catamarans and even sailing boats. For example, for tighter budgets, you could do a half day trip to the North Menorca Marine Reserve, where you’ll discover unspoilt beaches, incredible spots along the coast and the clearest waters in the western Mediterranean.
Another top activity in Menorca is scuba diving. It’s one of the best places in the western Mediterranean to go diving because the waters are very calm, warm and clear so you can easily see the seabed. You can dive at different spots depending on your level, and the clear Menorcan water has everything from reefs, caves and the North Menorca Marine Reserve, a marine space that is protected due to its rich ecosystem.
For example, you could leave from Fornells and combine snorkelling and kayaking in the Marine Reserve , or go diving in the south of the island to see marine caves and shipwrecks with your own eyes. If it’s your first time, get ready for your scuba diving ‘baptism’! You’ll learn how to dive in a unique place!
Jet ski trip
More of a daredevil and boats or kayaks are too tame for you? Track down one of the many places in Menorca that let you explore the coastline by jet ski.
Alone or with your partner, get your adrenaline pumping as you race across the Menorcan water at top speed while discovering the island’s magical coastline. Leave from Fornells and you can also visit the cliffs in the nearby area.
Where to eat in Menorca
After all that excitement on the water, there’s nothing better than heading back to dry land and enjoying Menorca’s wonderful food at one of the places we recommend below.
If you’re still in Fornells after your sea adventure, try the lobster stew at Es Cranc, a popular restaurant on the island. You can also find it at Sa Llagosta and Es Port, another two classic restaurants in the town.
If you’re in Ciutadella, stop at Café Balear and try the fish or one of the famous rice dishes. You can also go to Es Tast de na Silvia, the only accredited slow food restaurant in the Balearic Islands, which exclusively uses local ingredients.
Another cheap and popular option in Ciutadella is the market, where you’ll find several bars and restaurants such as S’Aguait and Ulises.
Finally, if you’re in Mahón, the following two restaurants never fail to delight: El Rais and Ses Forquilles.
Find out more places to eat in our blog post on where to eat in Menorca.
Where to stay in Menorca
Menorca has lots of accommodation options with something for everyone. We recommend the Barceló hotels on the island because they’re modern, comfortable and in great locations. In Sant Lluis, in the south of Menorca, you’ll find the Barceló Nura, a spectacular five-star hotel with 128 rooms with semi-private pools and a garden. Enjoy total luxury in Menorca!
Sant Lluis is also home to the Occidental Menorca, a four-star hotel with pools and spa that’s perfect for families and is very close to Punta Prima Beach.
If you prefer the peace and exclusivity of an adults-only hotel, then try the Barceló Hamilton Menorca, a four-star hotel with 160 rooms with the B-Room concept for total comfort and a unique experience. The hotel is opposite the sea in Es Castell, just outside Mahón.
- Excellent location by the sea
- Ideal for enjoying as a couple and family
- U-Spa Centre
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Barceló Hamilton Menorca - Adults Only
- On the bay at Mahón port
- Spectacular terrace with spa pool
- Recommended by The Times
- The ideal place to celebrate rheuions and events
- Exclusive rooms
- Wellness area with spa and fitness studio
- Semi-private pools
- B-Heaven Terrace with sea views
Frequently Asked Questions
What is there to do in Menorca?
In Menorca you can do anything to do with the sea: peaceful boat trips, kayaking, scuba diving ‘baptisms’, snorkelling, and even thrilling activities like speed boat rides and jet skiing.
Which trips are essential to do in Menorca?
You can’t leave Menorca without travelling along the coast by boat or kayak to discover its coves and do an exciting activity like snorkelling or diving.
Which are the best beaches in Menorca?
The best beaches in Menorca are Macarella and Macarelleta, Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta, and Cala Escorxada in the south, and Cala Pregonda, Cala Morell and Cala Tortuga in the north.