SUMMER IN MINORCA
Menorca is perfectly integrated with its nature, and it is the only one of the Balearics that has not bent to mass tourism like Ibiza and Palma, maintaining a strong identity. It is an island full of resources and things to do: you can walk, admire its parks of extraordinary beauty, observe a spectacular sunset in one of the panoramic bars of Ciutadella, or dine in one of its typical local seaside by the sea in Mahon. So here is all that Kanoa advises not to lose during your holiday, starting, first of all, from the main attraction: the beaches.
Cala en Turqueta
Cala en Turqueta is very famous, with the vegetation close to the sea, almost unique in its kind, and the blue of the sea that contrasts with the fine sand of the small beach. It is located about an hour away from the capital, and just over 15 minutes from Ciutadella, where many buses leave. Keep in mind that it is quite crowded, especially in August, and therefore the advice is to arrive early in the morning. There beach can be reached by a path of about 10 minutes walk from one of the two parking lots in the area. The cove is well hidden by pine trees
The beach, like the majority of the island, is not equipped, however, in the pine forest there is a small snack-bar which offers the possibility to use the toilets. We advise you to prepare yourself bringing everything you need, including water and especially umbrella: here, in fact, the shade is very little.
Cala Macarella and Macarelleta
Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta, are two beautiful coves known for their turquoise blue waters immersed in a green pine forest.
Cala Macarella, is the largest of the two, surrounded by rather high cliffs, with pine forests ideal for shelter from the sun and the heat. Located in the south of the island, it is characterized by light blue water, with green and turquoise shades, really beautiful. It is equipped with bars, showers and bathrooms. Bello also the walking path through the pines to reach it from Cala Galdana
Cala Macarelleta is the smallest, but even more beautiful than the previous one. It is not easy to reach it, but it is really worth it: from Cala Macarella you take a walking trail, uphill from which you can see a breathtaking view: a small beach with white sand bordered by sheer cliffs, and an incredible blue sea . Fabulous, absolutely heavenly. For both it is worth the usual speech: arrive early in the morning and keep in mind that in August they are super crowded!
Also in this case if you come from Mahon you have to do an hour's drive, while from Ciutadella only a quarter of an hour.
Cala en Porter
Cala en Porter is a breathtaking bay, surrounded by high cliffs with a blue sea and a fine sand, and above all, well equipped; Kanoa strongly recommends this beach, ideal especially if you are on holiday with children.
It is located near Cova d'en Xoroi, and is only 15 minutes from the capital Mahon, also reachable by scooter.
Cala Pilar is a pristine red beach on the north coast of the island; completely different from the vast majority of the coves of Menorca, to reach it, it is necessary to walk more than an hour through an uncomfortable path: before going on this strenuous walk, it is better to make sure that the sea is in decent condition, because sometimes the wind is so strong that it is impossible to swim. Cala Pilar is a marine reserve and has an incredible underwater life, ideal for snorkelling.
About 40 km (less than 50 minutes by car) separate this picturesque beach from Mahon.
Also cala Pregonda it is located in the north of the island. Made up of rocks and red sand, it is really special, very recommended especially by the inhabitants of Menorca. The sea is spectacular and the presence of the surrounding rocks and the islet opposite make this cove seem calm, well protected from the typical winds of the island. To reach it, you can enter through a path not very steep, distant 30 minutes on foot: arm yourself with patience and, above all, water, cream, cap and comfortable shoes!
Cala Pregonda is 50 minutes from Mahon and 30 minutes from Ciutadella.
Son Bou is the largest beach in Menorca: offers almost two and a half miles of golden sand where you can relax lying in the sun. With Cala Galdana, is the most touristic beach in Menorca, where you can find all the services, lots of hotels, apartments and camping, right next to a beautiful and very long beach (the longest in Menorca).
Especially recommended for children who can play in complete freedom; from Mahon, Son Bou is just 20 minutes by car.
Playa De Cavalleria
La playa de Cavalleria it is located in the north of Menorca, far from the tourist areas of the island; just over half a kilometer long, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Menorca, even if it is very crowded (especially in August!).
It is a very beautiful virgin beach, easily accessible and with ample free parking. To reach it, you must go to It is Mercadal, along the main street of Menorca, and take the road to the beaches; well signposted, it is about 20 minutes from Mahon.
In this guide we have tried to list beaches that are a bit different in terms of area, characteristics and accommodation, suitable for both couples and families; a total of seven beaches, so you can visit one a day during a week-long vacation. However, if you are a nature lover, as it is a pretty wild island, along the way you may find an inlet that is right for you and can be far from prying eyes!
In addition to the beautiful sea, Menorca offers the chance to visit some beautiful towns, including Mahon, Ciutadella, Es Fornell, where it is impossible not to take a walk during your stay.
Maò or Mahon, is the capital of Menorca; the legend that was founded by the Carthaginian general Magon, brother of Hannibal, from which also derives its name. Whether it is true or not, it is certain that the Carthaginian was only one of the peoples who conquered the island.
With one of the the largest natural ports in the world, along 5km and wide 30km, and second only to Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), the Capital boasts several attractions gathered especially in the historic center. The port is the bustling center of the town: in summer, residents and tourists stroll along the quay between quaint shops, restaurants and bars; do not miss the opportunity to taste the typical Gin Minorchino, better than the English one.
If you are passionate about art, maybe when the sun goes down, you could go to the historic center to admire and discover the Church of Santa Maria, built in the thirteenth century and remodeled in the eighteenth century; outside the church, the largest of the island, there is a small bell tower, and inside it is possible to admire a great organ of the nineteenth century with an exceptional sound quality.
Kanoa recommends a visit to the church of Carmen, located in the homonymous square, of neoclassical style built in the eighteenth century and with a beautiful Baroque cloister inside; from this part of the city you immediately get to Carrer Nou, a pedestrian street crowded with tourists to the assault of craft shops that sell local products, such as cheese, Gin, costume jewelry and shoes.
If then the curiosity pushes you to know the places frequented by Minorchini, you will have to move a little more, in the squares Colón, Bastió, Sant Francesc, Reial, Miranda and Conquesta, surrounded by large noble and bourgeois buildings.
Museum of Menorca
If you want to get to know the history of Menorca and the culture of its people, you must go to the church of Sant Francesc, in Avenida Doctor Guardia, an old Franciscan convent which today houses the Menorcan Museum.
The finds are distributed on three floors, structured as a path in the history of the island.
On the first floor there are four rooms: Pralayayotic culture, Talayotic culture up to the Roman conquest, the Roman period and the Byzantine era.
On the second floor there are 7 rooms: history of the convent, Islamic era, the eighteenth century, the painters and the port of Maó, the cartography concerning Minorca, Menorca in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the painting of the twentieth century.
The ground floor is reserved for temporary exhibitions.
Info / Schedules
Timetable: From April 1 to October 31, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 to 14 and from 17 to 20.30.
Sunday from 10 to 14. From November 1 to 31 March, Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 14.
Closed on Mondays and holidays.
Ticket price, full: 2,40 € reduced: 1,80 € (minimum 15 people). Free: for major 65 years and under 18
La Ciutadella it is located on the opposite side of the island, compared to the capital Mahon; it could be interesting during your vacation to spend an afternoon there to admire its monuments and maybe stop for dinner to see it illuminated; certainly a day here can not miss during your holiday ... it is absolutely worth it!
To admire and appreciate the beauty of Ciutadella, bring yourself to the top of the Observation tower, located above the town of Menorca: from here, you can admire the Arab and Medieval architectural influences from above, with the port at the foot of the ancient walls; the major monuments are in the center and can be reached on foot.
Es Born, the most important walking place, is located right in the center of the historic district and ends in the homonymous square: here, all the festivals and social events of the most important city take place. The square is dominated by an obelisk that recalls the period of attacks by the many peoples who tried to enter the city Ciutadella.
This is a part of the island rich in history and can be seen from its splendid buildings, among which the Town Hall, located in the Arab side of the city; built in the nineteenth century, not far away, continuing to walk, you can admire one of the most important buildings in Menorca, Palace de Vivo ', with its Neoclassical façade adorned with Minorchini motifs.
Do not miss during your visit, the religious monuments of the Ciutadella, including, the convent of Santa Clara and the Cloister of the Soccorso church, part of the old Augustinian Monastery.
Kanoa advises to visit also the five bastions that once serivivano to protect the Ciutadella, among which the Bastió de Sa Font, in the city center, home of the Municipal Museum.
In this wonderful and rich historical center of Ciutadella do not miss the Cathedral. Built in the fourteenth century by King Alfonso III, the cathedral is in Gothic-Catalan style and has a nave with six chapels, among which the beautiful Chapel of Souls, Of 1700.
The lively port of Ciutadella that rises at the foot of the ancient walls that once surrounded the city, today is full of restaurants and bars open 24 hours a day; here you can eat and drink everything from the famous "caldereta de langosta" to high-alcohol Spanish coffees. This area is perfect for spending an evening of fun!
Moored by the long quayside alternate between expensive and small yachts llaüts, typical local boats similar to our boats.
Kanoa recommends 2 restaurants:
Club Nautico, a historic site of the gastronomy of the Ciutadella.
Can Manolo, where the best crustaceans and fish of the Minorchino coast are obviously protagonists.
The port of Ciutadella it's a perfect place for a tasty dinner; most of the restaurants have beautiful terraces from which to see the quayside and river of people strolling at any time of day or night.
Fornells is a small and quiet fishing village, with low and white houses, famous for the caldereta de langosta (lobster soup).
Very picturesque, this village, manages to convey tranquility, an he During the period of massing inflow. There most important street is Calle Major, which runs through the historic center along the sea; not far from there is the Piazza della Church, where is the church of San Antonio.
The 16 July at Es Fornell is celebrated by celebrating the Virgin of Carmen, protector of fishermen; really very characteristic is to see the procession of boats that follows that with the image of the Madonna.
A small excursion is worthwhile Monte Toro of Menorca to visit the sanctuary (photo).
Monte Toro is the highest peak on the island, a perfect observation point which, thanks to its 357 meters, dominates the whole of Menorca.
Il Monte Toro it is located in the middle of the road between Mahon and Ciutadella; on the top there is a sanctuary dating from the seventeenth century, today inhabited by a Franciscan community. After enjoying the visit to the Monastery, descending to the foot of the Mount you can visit Es Mercadal, or a small and picturesque village, famous for restaurants where you can enjoy the excellent cuisine: between dishes of land and sea, there is something for all tastes.
Recall that Menorca is very famous for its Biosphere, UNESCO has declared it a World Biosphere Reserveand, for this reason, some exceptional natural parks are located on the island.
Consigliam0, above all, the Natural Park of s'Albufera des Grau, where you can admire many species of plants and trees, islets and numerous prehistoric remains
Having fun in Menorca
Menorca offers entertainment even in the evening for young people. The ports of Ciutadella and of Mahon they are the most suitable areas to spend lively evenings; in recent years there are several bars that turn into a lounge atmosphere in the evening.
If you want to have fun at night, the most beautiful and suggestive nightclub on the island is the famous one Cova d'en Xoroi a Cala'n Porter, near Alaior.
This nightclub is the queen of Minorchine nights; very particular the fact of being located inside a natural cave overlooking the sea that offers a very impressive scenery (photo below).
This place is also recommended for an aperitif after the 19, to enjoy a crazy sunset. Kanoa advises to anticipate why during high season you could find many people at the entrance.
Official Site: www.covadenxoroi.com.
Menorca is not just sea, but culture, cuisine, entertainment, suitable for all types of tourists. In our opinion, the ideal is to spend a week, so as to capture all its wonderful nuances.
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