One of the things I love the most about living in Spain, is how easy it is to access the surrounding islands. Lately I have set my sight on visiting all four major Balearic Islands. So far, I have visited Mallorca a few years ago, and more recently I spent 4 days in Menorca which is a 45 minute trip by plane from Barcelona. This trip exceeded all expectations in so many ways. This made me want to share some tips and tricks for anyone planning to visit Menorca.
When is the best time to go?
I went to Menorca at the end of September, which is definitely a time of the year I would recommend. First of all, because it’s the end of the high season it’s less crowded, accommodations are cheaper and it’s not as hot as during the summer, but nonetheless hot enough to take a swim and sunbath.
We spoke to many of the locals there, and the general consensus was that summer is usually super intense, and if you are the kind of person who doesn’t enjoy the crowd, then it’s best to come towards the end September.
This means, you won’t have to bother about booking restaurants in advance, and will have the luxury to just show up since most of them won’t be as busy as during the high season. It’s also a great time to go shopping, since most places are offering generous discount as they are getting ready to close for the winter.
What to do in Menorca during a short trip?
In my case, I only went to Menorca for 4 days but had time to do a lot of things as the island is pretty small, and I had rented a car which made it easier to get around. Here are some of the things I did:
· The hotel where I stayed was close to a beautiful creek called Cala en Porter. It is a super cute creeks surrounded by rocks. It’s the perfect place to spend a chilled afternoon relaxing, eating tapas and contemplating the amazing scenary. Every time I went there, I ate at a place called Rustic Bar Cala. The staff was super friendly and the food included a selection of tapas. I personally recommend the pulpo con cebolla and the calamar a la plancha.
· As some of of you would have seen in my previous posts, I am a big fan of hiking, so I always try to find the best routes to go to when I visit a new place. There is a really nice route around Menorca, it’s called the Cami de Cavalls, and I believe it goes across pretty much the whole island. It can also be done by bike, I have seen a lot of places offering excursions at a reasonable price.
· Menorca is known for its amazing lighthouses; I didn’t get a chance to see any of them but here are some of the ones I have been recommended: Far de Cavalleria and Far Punta Nati
· Visiting the city center is a must, it’s called Ciutadella. I absolutely loved the it. The narrow streets, the vibes, the harbor, the restaurants, bars everything was great - I highly recommend it. The best part was the evening walk by the harbor.
· Take a boat trip in Mahon to see the island from the sea.
· Stop by Binibeca for an hour or so, and walk around the narrow streets with lovely whitewashed walls. Though the village is quite small, it was a great place to kill some time on my last day before going to the airport since it’s conveniently located less than 30 minutes away from it.
· Eat, eat and eat. Menorca is well known for its pastry, so go and try an ensaimada, stop by a bar and enjoy the variety of cheeses, ham, sausages, win and of course gin.
Where to eat in Menorca?
The food in Menorca did not disappoint, I think I ordered sea food at pretty much every place I have been to. Whilst most places were great these restaurants/bar really stood out for me: Rustic Bar Cala near Cala en Porter and Taberna del Corso in Binibica and La Payesa, a restaurant right by the harbor.
Where to stay in Menorca?
I stayed in a small hotel called Sa Paissa next to Cala de Porter. The room was modest, nothing to write home about but it was clean, the staff was lovely, it was very close to the creek and the price was very competitive. I paid 30 euros per night with breakfast included.
Places to go watch the sunset?
I can safely say that the best place I have ever seen the sunset was in Menorca. Cova d’en Xoroi is a must go. It’s basically an outdoor bar hanged on a cliff, with a spectacular view. Inside of the bar is a cave-like setting, with different floor, bars, and music. It’s a great backdrop to see the sunset. The entry was 9 euros and included selected drinks, but if like me you are into gin tonic you will need to add 3 euros for it.
Things to consider before going to Menorca
Last but not least, I wouldn’t recommend going to Menorca without renting a car. Even if you plan on staying at the hotel, I would definitely recommend a car in case you want to visit the surroundings.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO MENORCA? DO YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS?