What to see in Minorca in 4 days.
Minorca is one of the Balearic Islands with the most charm and places to discover. This itinerary is completed in four days and, thanks to it, you’ll be able to discover a great deal of its charm. It includes idyllic coves, natural landscapes and beautiful sunsets, as well as monuments, squares and cobbled streets, which you can travel along in a leisurely manner, as Minorca is no place to be in a hurry.
And, at sundown, you’ll be bewitched by the sunsets you’ve seen so many times on postcards. Don’t resist the temptation to jump aboard a boat to discover the most beautiful and most difficult-to-reach beaches that you could ever imagine. Take note of some of our recommendations for enjoying this wonderful island!
Itinerary day 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
To start the day at Ciutadella harbour is always a good idea. Considered one of the loveliest in the Mediterranean, it offers a particularly agreeable ambience. The generous array of terraces, shops and good restaurants is matched only by the picturesque scene created by the luxurious yachts at the quayside, the fishing boats, and a street market, which you cannot miss.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
One of the most interesting ways of getting to know a new destination is to discover what local products are available: food, fabrics, craft items, etc. Each of these tells us something about the places we visit and their people. Find out about the street markets that take place on the island, and visit the one at Ciutadella or one of the others.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Located on Ciutadella’s harbour, this restaurant specialising in seafood rice dishes, as well as shellfish and lobster stews, has become a benchmark thanks to the quality of its cooking and its strategic location. It has a terrace with views over the port.
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Have a stroll around Ciutadella’s historic centre, and be seduced by the stately charm of this small town. Unmissable spots include the lively Plaça des Born and Plaça de s’Esplanada.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ciutadella’s Gothic-style cathedral was built on the site of an ancient mosque and is now the town’s emblem. An attractive place of worship where it is well worth spending a little time.
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
To continue your enjoyment of Ciutadella’s historic quarter, you should definitely try the tapas served at this unusual restaurant-cocktail bar. In addition to the food on offer, you can also enjoy the impressive views.
Itinerary day 2
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Is there a better way of getting to know Minorca than by going for a dip in its crystal-clear waters? There is, but you need a boat to take you to the places as yet undiscovered by tourism. Treat yourself to a boat trip and discover the island’s extraordinary coastline—and have a swim in peace.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Are you already an expert in diving, or would you like to give it a try? Minorca offers you the opportunity to go diving in its amazing waters, whatever your level of expertise. Enjoy this sport in any of the island’s coves.
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Get yourself a coolbox so that you can carry everything you need to enjoy a day on the beach at Cala Galdana, Cala Turqueta, Cala Macarella or Cala Mitjana. Any of these will surpass your expectations.
20:00 PM - 9:30 PM
We suggest a gastronomic pilgrimage to this restaurant, because of its pleasant service and excellent value for money. You can choose between tasty traditional dishes, or opt for a pizza. The ideal place to go for a meal as a family!
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
After calling at your hotel, you could replenish your energy with a delicious dinner in the harbour and then go out to enjoy the island’s atmosphere. You will love the discos and terraces, and you’ll discover another side to Minorca.
Itinerary day 3
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Did you know that the island has a vast number of well-preserved prehistoric monuments? You can get a close look at age-old structures like the taulas [T-shaped stone monuments] and talayots [Bronze Age megaliths] that abound in Minorca.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Before your next stop, at the zoo, we suggest you enjoy lunch at this pleasant, friendly establishment near Mahón. Order the fish and seafood.
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Suitable for children and adults alike, Minorca zoo is another place you can include in your itinerary. Here you will find everything from native species to exotic specimens. You will also have the chance to feed the animals.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Located in the south of the island, the Son Bou tourist resort has something for everyone. Relax in its shallow waters, or take a tour of the Prat de Son Bou nature reserve. To round off the afternoon, go for a stroll around the ruins of the basilica of the same name.
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Do you love those amazing Minorcan sunsets? Now you can immortalise them on your mobile, so that you remember them forever. Make your way to Cova d’en Xoroi, on the Cala Porter clifftop, and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable evening.
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
After your visit to the cave, why not finish off the evening with a mouthwatering dinner? At the La Vela restaurant, you can choose from a huge variety of tapas, or from a menu based around traditional dishes, including garlic prawns, mussels or suckling pig in a sauce.
Itinerary day 4
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Today we are going to tackle one of the stages of the Camí de Cavalls route, a hiking trail that circles the island and allows walkers to appreciate its immense beauty. There are several trails, so everyone should choose the one that best suits their physical condition.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
This is one of the best-known lighthouses on the island. Its clifftop position affords glorious views. You will of course need to travel there by car, because this place is not accessible by public transport.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
In this restaurant you can enjoy lobster stew, the area’s star dish, as well as other traditional Minorcan dishes. This is one establishment that never disappoints.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
A stroll around this attractive town located in the north of the island will both surprise and impress you: the white houses here are typical of the local architecture. Take a stroll through its streets, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the past.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
It is well worth making your way to the highest point on the island to enjoy the finest panoramic views of Minorca. We recommend a trip, either by car or on foot, up Mount Toro, which rises to a height of 358 metres. The perfect end to the perfect day.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
After the effort of trekking to the highest point on Minorca, you deserve to recharge your batteries. This restaurant is an unpretentious place, but it offers good value menus, traditional island fare, and striking views of Mount Toro.