Port of Mahon
The Port of Mahon is often described as one of the most incredible shipping enclaves in the whole of the Mediterranean due to its natural beauty and unique geographical characteristics. The port is more than 6 kilometres long, with a natural shape that offers shelter to ships.
There are two islands in the centre of the port: the Island of the King and Quarantine, both of which are home to old hospital constructions.
The port is a constant hive of activity, with people constantly coming and going on ferries and cruise ships. Yet despite the continuous movement, it is easy to find peace in the beautiful examples of English architecture and summer houses.
Port Addaia is a boat lover’s dream, taking the form of a sheltered sailing port on the northeastern coast of the island, a short 25-minute drive from the airport. As the town falls in between a natural inlet, a number of boats dock here. Addaia caters to a mix of both tourists and locals with restaurants that serve more traditional cuisine. A scenic coastal footpath winds its way around the the town, with two very attractive beaches nearby.
Just 5 kilometres from Mahon, Sant Climent is a great base for exploring what the island of Menorca has to offer. It is a small but traditional Menorcan town where you can find a few cafés, shops, and restaurants.
Binibeca Vell is often regarded as an area of outstanding natural beauty, characterised by picturesque white-washed villas and buildings. The town benefits from a commercial centre that contains a large section of bars, restaurants, shops, and a nightclub.
One of the main attractions in Binibeca Vell is the Menorcan-style fisherman’s village that was designed by Antonio Sintes in 1972. As a traffic-free zone, it is a great place to browse the produce sold by local suppliers in the market. There is also a resort train that runs from the town to Cala Torret, which can be very useful after a day of walking.
Son Parc is a small resort located about 20 kilometres west of Mahon on the northern coast. The area’s main attraction is its golf course, the only one on the island. The resort also has a large beach patrolled by lifeguards, making it perfect for sun seekers. The beaches offer rental equipment to guests such as sun beds and parasols, and in the summer months they also have paddle boats and canoes for hire. Due to the geological makeup of this part of the island, some of the sand is pink.
Mahon, or Maó, is located on the east coast, approximately 15 minutes from the airport. The centre of the city has a lively atmosphere with the plentiful restaurants and pavement cafés. The buildings are designed with attractive architecture, reminding visitors of its Georgian past. The older centre of town is centred around the 6-kilometre-long port, with side streets twisting away from the waters.
The main shopping areas are pedestrianised and offer myriad stylish boutiques, bars, jewellery stores, and much more. As the largest city on the island, Maó is home to many sights and attractions, a favourite of which are boat rides around the harbour.
Cala en Porter
Cala en Porter is located about 15 minutes from the airport on the southeastern coast of the island. As one of the first tourist resorts on Menorca, the town is home to many flowering gardens, making it particularly beautiful in the summer months.
The resort offers a sheltered, sandy beach; many walking trails through unspoilt countryside; and plenty of opportunities for entertaining evenings. The town itself sits high up on the cliffs that look down into the bay, with the majority of shops and restaurants sitting in its centre. In order to reach the beach, walk down the 200 steps or board the handy road train. Sun loungers are available to rent, and there are a few bars and restaurants to enjoy along the promenade.
Punta Prima resort is made up of a mix of private villas and apartments, as well as a few hotels situated around the resort. The town centre offers a selection of restaurants that offer a range of cuisines, as well as a lively street market twice a week. The beach is perfect for families, with soft sands and shallow waters.
The town overlooks the ‘Isla Del Aire’, a small island just off of the shore that is home to a lighthouse and the famous black lizard.
S’Uestra (San Luis)
As a traditional, unspoilt Menorcan village, peace and quiet are aplenty in S’Uestra. Located in the municipality of Sant Lluis on the southeastern tip of the island, the area is mostly known for its varied coastline made up of rocky cliffs, beaches, and coves. The main town is Sant Lluis, which has been built around a large, whitewashed, and neoclassical church.
Llucmaçanes is a very pretty traditional Majorcan village, which originally consisted of just a few scattered whitewashed houses. Today it has expanded and is now home to beautiful villas and vacation rentals. There is a picturesque parish church dedicated to St. Gaieta, which stands in the village square. As a quiet village, the town still observes all the local traditions and gives visitors a chance to see the ‘real’ island life. Although very rural, it is just on the outskirts of Mahon where there is a huge choice of shops, restaurants, and attractions.
The small village of Sa Roca is located inland under the peak of El Toro, just a short drive from the airport and the numerous beaches that make up the north of Menorca.
Son Bou is located on the southern coast of Menorca in the municipality of Alaior, with the journey to the airport taking approximately 30 minutes. The area is made up of three distinct districts: central, San Jaime, and Torre Soli Nou, and each offers a little something different. Overall, it is a well-developed area with numerous bars and restaurants in the centre that will keep you entertained into the evening.
Just a short stroll away is San Jaime, which is where the town’s collection of apartments and villas are located. Torre Soli Nous is where you will find numerous private villas and holiday complexes.
The beach of Son Bou is naturally beautiful, measuring 3 kilometres in length, with a few beachside restaurants to choose from.
The bay of Fornells is part of a nature reserve, therefore it is scattered with tiny coves and beaches just waiting to be discovered. It is located on the northeastern coast of the island, about 30 minutes from the airport. The town is quiet and built around a pretty palm tree–lined harbour. Formerly a small fishing village, it has slowly begun to expand, and now is the go-to location for all sail-based water sports and specialist fish restaurants.
Alaior is located inland, but the beautiful beaches of Cala en Porter and Son Bou are just a short drive away. The town features narrow winding streets filled with white-washed buildings set with dark-shuttered windows. Rising above the town is the Baroque-inspired church, whose sandstone walls offer fantastic views of the town and beyond.
Located next to the church is the Munt de l’Angel Park, which also offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The surrounding area is full of walking and cycling routes, perfect for those who want to explore inland Menorca.