While the majority of holidaymakers flock to the more publicity-prone islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, Minorca attracts those who want the best of the Balearics, but without the crowds. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are enough of a draw by themselves, but the history, countryside and tranquillity of this quieter isle all add to its charm.
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Many immediately head east, through the flower-freckled meadowland of the interior, to the resort of Cala en Forcat, Cala en Bosch and Cala Galdana. Most only return west when it is time to trundle up the airplane steps, having never visited the capital, Mao, which is a shame. Not only does it have the second deepest natural harbour in the world (after Pearl Harbour), it also boasts a colourful and turbulent history due to the many seaborne conflicts between the Spanish, British and French to gain control of this strategically positioned naval base.
Maó

Start at Placa Colona and lose yourself in a warren of tight alleyways. Take a boat trip along the harbour for the best views of the quayside and naval base. Maó is the Catalan name for Mahón, or "Port Mahon" in English.

​Address: Maó
Fort Marlborough

Take a tour of the gloomy tunnels in this low-lying fort, built by the British in the 18th century. It was built semi-submerged with an entry by tunnel in order to conceal it in the surroundings.

​Address: Cala de Sant Esteve, Balearerna​Phone: +34 971 360 462
Ses Pedreres De S’hostal

Walk through the area of this part-quarry-part-sculpture. Take in the incredible acoustics during one of the many live concerts in summer. Ses Pedreres de S’Hostal is where they used to extract slabs of mares and there is still a magical quality to this venue.

​Address: Cami Vell, Ciutadella​Phone: +34 971 481 578
Xoriguer Gin Distillery

Sample one of the best legacies of the British occupation and grab a Menorcan memento at the Xoriguer Gin Distillery. Gin was popularized during the 18th and 19th century and in the early 20th century the brand "Xoriguer" was born on the island.

​Address: 91 Anden de Poniente, Maó​Phone: +34 971 362 197​Website: www.xoriguer.es​More info: info@xoriguer.co.uk
Ciutadella

Ciutadella de Menorca is a small town and the cultural rival of Maó with a surfeit of architectural legacies of the British era. Take a stroll along the canal-like harbour and dine on fresh lobster in one of the waterside restaurants.

​Address: Ciutadella de Menorca
Cap de Cavalleria

Minorca has many beautiful lookout points, and one of them located in north Minorca is Cap de Cavalleria. You can drive all the way up but have to leave the car at the entrance. An idea is to pack a lunch to enjoy up here.

​Address: Cap de Cavalleria​More info: North Minorca
La Mola

La Mola is an historic fort located by the harbour in Maó. There are guided tours which take about 2 hours and provide you with an interesting insight to Minorca’s history.

​Address: Maó​Phone: +34 971 364 040​Website: www.fortalesalamola.com​More info: lamola@fortalesalamola.com
Cala Morell

Cala Morell is a little hidden gem in Ciudadella. It is not your typical sandy beach, but the view here is amazing. You can discover different caves, go snorkelling or just admire the sight.

​Address: Ciudadella
Monte Toro

Monte Toro is Minorca’s highest point with a simply breath taking view. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mallorca. Bring a snack with you or enjoy a coffee or lunch at the cafe at the top.

​Address: Monte Toro, Minorca
Cathedral Ciudadella

This cathedral is a beautiful church in Ciudadella with lovely stonework and stained glass windows. It is peaceful and tranquil, a great place to spend a couple of hours.

​Address: Place de la Catedral, Ciudadella
Torre d'en Galmés

This is one of the biggest archaeological sites on the Balearic Islands. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mallorca from here but either way you can enjoy the beautiful view of Minorca’s south coast.

​Address: Torre d'en Galmés​More info: Between Alaior and Son Bou
Lithica

Lithica is a lovely garden complex with many small quarry areas built in a Medieval, Botanical and Biodiversity style. It is the perfect place for a stroll for just enjoying the beautiful colours of nature.

​Address: Cami Vell, Ciudadella​Website: www.lithica.es
Lloc de Minorca

Lloc de Minorca is the islands small zoo. Here you will find monkeys, lemurs, wallabies, kangaroos, domestic Minorcan animals and many more animals from around the world. The kids will really enjoy their time here.

​Address: Carretera General KM 7-8, Minorca​Phone: +34 971 372 403​Website: www.llocdemenorca.com​More info: info@llocdemenorca.com
Minorca a Caballo

There are many beautiful view points on the island but nothing quite like this. Enjoy the stunning scenery from a guided horseback excursion. The excursion suits beginners as well as the more experience riders.

​Address: Santa Rita, Minorca​Phone: +34 971 374 637 / +34 626 593 737​Website: www.menorcaacavall.com
Aqua Centre

Come here with your kids and let them enjoy the rides and the pool. There is a cafe and restaurant here for when you need to re-fill your energy bank.

​Address: Av Principal s/n, Cala'n Blanes, Ciutadella​Phone: +34 971 388 705​Website: www.aquacenter-menorca.com
The island’s signature dish is (unsurprisingly) seafood – caldereta de llagosta, or lobster stew, to be precise. Also, look out for pork with apples or plums and dozens of variations of oliaigues, or garlic soup. Unless you are of a robust constitution, do not be tempted by a Minorcan breakfast – neat gin!
Club Nautic Cas Quinto

Club Nautic Cas Quinto is a high-class seafood restaurant with outstanding views of the harbour, and food to match. This is the best venue in town for trying lobster stew.

​Address: 8 Cami de Baix, Ciutadella​Phone: +34 971 382 773
Restaurante Molí d´es Racó

Restaurante Molí d´es Racó invites you to traditional Minorcan dining in the confines of an old windmill. Specialities include partridge with cabbage and roast suckling pig.

​Address: 53 Calle Major, Es Mercadal​Phone: +34 971 375 392​Website: www.restaurantemolidesraco.com
Restaurante Sa Figuera

With four fishing boats and 10 waiters, the chances are that your fish will be fresh and the service attentive at Restaurante Sa Figuera. They prides themselves on the set menu of 4 or 5 starters followed by one main course. Good selection of top-class white wines.

​Address: 99 Carrer Marina, Ciutadella​Phone: +34 971 382 112
Restaurante Itake

Restaurante Itake is a restaurant in the heart of Maó harbour that likes to be different. It serves up traditional recipes with a modern twist. Expect ostrich, kangaroo and other ‘alternative’ dishes on the menu.

​Address: 317 Moll de Llevant, Maó​Phone: +34 971 354 570​Website: www.itake.restaurantesok.com
Restaurante Es Port

Having its own boat is a good sign that the fish at this Fornells restaurant is going to be fresh. Tables are available in and out, the latter providing good opportunities for watching quayside strollers.

​Address: Gumersindo Riera 5, Fornells​Phone: +34 971 376 403
Pizzeria La Caprichosa

Pizzeria La Caprichosa is famed for its Minorcan-style pizzas, but also serving a gamut of grilled meats. The terrace tables are literally four paces from the harbour. Inside seating is in a cave-like environment.

​Address: 44 Muelles Cales Fonts, Es Castell​Phone: +34 971 366 158
Haiti

Haiti is a Caribbean styled restaurant located in Ciutadella. They offer a bit of everything such as traditional Minorcan food, Spanish dishes, Indian dishes and vegetarian cuisine.

​Address: Avda. Los Delfines, Cala'n Blanes, Ciutadella​Phone: +34 971 389 265​Website: www.haiti-restaurant.com
The Cobblers Restaurant

The Cobblers serves Mediterranean in a lovely a pretty courtyard that is when the weather permits, or else they have a cosy space inside. The menu is divers with good options for children too.

​Address: San Macario 6, Alaior​Phone: +34 971 371 400
Bar Espana

Bar Espana will not let you down. Their menu is a mix of European, seafood and excellent Spanish dishes with waiters that will always great you with a smile.

​Address: Carrer Victori 48, Es Castell, Islas Baleares​Phone: +34 971 363 299
Cala Mitjana

Cala Mitjana is a fresh welcoming experience. They have a wonderful Mediterranean menu consisting of salads, paellas and different steak dishes. The restaurant has a warm atmosphere and is child friendly.

​Address: Paseo del Riu, Cala Galdana​Phone: +34 639 172 047​Website: www.calamitjana.poremp.com
Pan y Vino

Pan y Vino serves delicious French food and is a fabulous place if you have a special occasion to celebrate. Needless to say, as this is a French restaurant they have a great wine list.

​Address: Carrer del Torrent del Camí de la Coixa, Islas Baleares​Phone: +34 971 150 201​Website: www.panyvinomenorca.com​More info: reservas@panyvinomenorca.com
Can Bernat des Grau

Can Bernat des Grau specialty are fish dishes. It is a family-run restaurant serving local cuisine, they also have delicious meat and vegetarian options.

​Address: Carretera Maó - Fornells, km 3​Phone: +34 650 974 685​Website: www.canbernatdesgrau.com​More info: info@canbernatdesgrau.com
Ca Na Marga

Ca Na Marga serves typical Mediterranean barbecue in a lovely setting. Just about anything goes on the grill, meat, chicken, fish and vegetables, everything tastes equally as delicious.

​Address: Urb. Ses Salines n.1, Fornells​Phone: +34 971 376 410​Website: www.canamarga.com​More info: jordi@canamarga.com
El Castillo

El Castillo serves homemade tapas and great pizza which you can wash down with tasty cocktails. This is not only a dinner place but also a great place to go to for your Sunday coffee.

​Address: Avinguda del Port d'Addaia/Me-11, Zona Comercial​Phone: +34 971 358 555​Website: www.elcastillo.co.uk​More info: elcastillo@btconnect.com
La Perla de La Habana

La Perla de La Habana has a big terrace where you can enjoy their food. As understood by their name, the menu is Cuban inspired but they also serve snacks, pizza and salads.

​Address: Urb. Son Xoriguer, Ciutadella​Phone: +34 971 389 794 / +34 629 648 532​More info: cuba79@gmail.com
Coffee ‘time outs’ are obligatory in the Minorcan culture. Thankfully, there are plenty of venues to satisfy the craving, many with spectacular ocean views.
Bar Los Claveles Segafredo

Follow the smell of freshly made bread to this bakery, cake and coffee shop in the centre of Maó. It is very popular with locals and visitors alike.

​Address: 28 Carrer Vives Llull, Maó​Phone: +34 971 350 653​Website: www.losclaveles.com
Bar Cafeteria Es Bruc

Bar Cafeteria Es Bruc is located as close to the briny as you can get without getting salt water in your coffee, the outside terrace is mere metres from the water’s edge. Great pit stop for a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a light bite to eat.

​Address: San Adeodanto, Es Migjorn Gran​Phone: +34 971 370 488​More info: At the entrance to Urbanisation Saint Tomas Beach
Café Bar Ca Na Divina

Café Bar Ca Na Divina is a local favourite in the old quarter of Alaior. It is small and friendly with a good selection of Minorcan pastries and a summer terrace.

​Address: 9 Placa Constitucio, Alaior​Phone: +34 971 371 348
La Perla de La Habana

A great place to go for a little Cuban flavour! You can have a light snack, a cocktail or a light lunch, either way, you will enjoy yourself.

​Address: Calle Sa Rosa dels Vents s/n, Ciudadela​Phone: +34 971 389 794 / +34 629 648 532
Café de Ponent

You shouldn’t leave Menorca until you’ve tried "pintxos" - the typically Basque snack that are usually eaten together with friends or family. The Café de Ponent is a good place to try them.

​Address: Avenida de los delfines s/n, Ciudadela​Phone: +34 971 389 633
A word of advice: do not come to Minorca if you are a nocturnal neon-seeker with a penchant for high decibels. That is not to say the lights go out at bed time. Maó, Ciutadella and most resort areas have a profusion of bars and a handful of clubs – just do not expect A-list DJ’s and dancing till breakfast.
Cova de’n Xoroi

Bar by day and disco by night. Minorca’s most famous nightlife hotspot is situated in a cave halfway down a cliff that plunges into the sea. Legend has it that a pirate sheltering there met a watery death.

​Address: Urb. Cala'n Porter s/n, Cala'n Porter​Phone: +34 971 377 236​Website: www.covadenxoroi.com
Mambo Bar

Mambo Bar is a stylish nightspot located in Maó harbour with an impressive selection of cocktails, malt whiskies and rum. Also known as the ‘Café del Mar’ of Minorca due to its panoramic views and music.

​Address: 209 Moll de Llevant, Maó​Phone: +34 971 356 782
Casino Maritim Menorca

Try your luck on the casino venue of Casino Maritim Menorca. Mao’s blackjack, poker and roulette tables as well as the restaurant and bar onsite will surely keep you busy.

​Address: 287 Moll de Llevant, Maó​Phone: +34 971 364 962​Website: www.casinomaritim.es
Jazzbah

The best of the nightspots in Ciutadella’s buzzing Pla de Sant Joan. There are three different areas at Jazzbah, one with live music and DJ sessions, one chill out lounge to savour a cocktail and one private area that you can rent.

​Address: 3 Pla de Sant Joan, Ciutadella​Phone: +34 609 700 649
Assukar Salsa Nightclub

Assukar is a hot hot hot Salsa venue with passion for the dance, the vibe and the people. Apart from getting your own groove on you can enjoy dance performances and live salsa music, merengue and bachata until early in the morning.

​Address: Calle Francesc Borja Moll, Máo​Phone: +34 667 815 403
For sheer diversity of shops, you should head for Maó or Ciutadella. In Maó, the area around Carrer Ses Moreres and Carrer Nou are home to the high-street labels. For stores of more individual character you’ll need to stroll down Moll de Ponent in the port area. Ciutadella’s ground zero for shopaholics is Ses Voltes and its numerous offshoots, where you will find plenty of opportunities to replenish your wardrobe. Talking of which, you cannot visit the island and not buy a pair of avarques – Minorcan leather sandals soled with old car tires. To purchase at the point of origin, try S’Avarca de Menorca on Carrer Angel, Maó. Not only does it have the widest choice, it is also the oldest factory on the island. Xoriguer Gin and the famous Minorcan cheese should also be on the shopping list. Try the Xoriguer Distillery on Anden de Poniente in Maó for the former, La Bodega on Carrer Santissim in Ciutadella for the best wedge of cheese. Lovers of bric-a-brac have numerous artisan markets to choose from including Es Migjorn Gran on Tuesday evening, Maó on Friday evening and Ciutadella on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Menorca Airport

Menorca Airport is located four kilometres southwest of the capital, Maó. During the summer, buses link the airport with Mao every half hour. Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. Alternatively, you can hire a car at one of the many on-site rental offices. For car rental: Enterprises rent-a-car www.enterprise.es

​Phone: +34 91 321 1000 / +34 902 404 704​Website: www.menorca-airport.com
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