Things To Do

Things to do in Menorca:

There are so many things to do in Menorca that it’s worth tearing yourself away from the pool for at least a day or two of your stay to see some of what this beautiful island has to offer.

Here are some ideas of things you can see and do during your stay in Menorca…

Walking

Camis de Cavalls (‘Way of Horses’)  is an ancient path that encircles the whole island, covering 116 miles. It consists of numerous little roads and bridleways that have recently been reopened as a walking/cycling route. It’s well signposted and passes through most of the major coastal towns. Whether you enjoy a short stroll, or trekking across the whole island it makes for a lovely walk!

From Calan Blanes or Cala Blanca it’s a lovely walk from either resort to Ciutadella – about 40 mins from Calan Blanes and about 50 mins from Cala Blanca.

Cycling

Lots of the West coast resorts (including those that feature our villas) are mostly flat so are ideal to get around by bicycle. There are bike hire shops in all of the resorts featured. They usually have different types of bikes to hire, including some with child seats, as well as 4 & 6 seater family bikes -a fun way to  explore the resort!

You can also go off road and follow the Cami de Cavalls, as detailed in the walking information above.

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Waterparks

There are 2 water parks on the island. Situated in Cala Blanes and Calan Bosch. You can see details of the Calan Blanes park here,  and the Calan Bosch one here.

At Calan Bosch there’s also a Children’s play zone that has a couple of waterslides and splash pools etc. It’s called Goody Goody park and you can see a little more info on the Calan Bosch resort page here.

Horse riding

Horse riding in an integral part of Menorquian history, and remains a very popular activity. There are various places to ride and to arrange riding. You can see details of one of the main ones on the island here.

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Scuba diving

There are numerous diving schools around the island, generally near to each resort. My personal recommendation is to dive with Bluewater Scuba, based in Calan Bosch. They offer everything from kids ‘try dives’ in local hotel pools for 5€, right through to advanced diving courses for qualified PADI divers.  The clear, unpolluted waters in Menorca make for a divers paradise.

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Sailing

Sailing is available in Menorca and is an exciting way to spend a day or two.  A recommended company to use is Menorca Sailing, they offer charter boats, courses and lots more so feel free to contact them for more information.

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Zoos & fun parks

There’s a small zoo called Lloc de Menorca Situated on the main ME-1 road, just a little way past the signs for Alaior. It’s about half an hour drive from the West coast resorts. It’s more of a petting farm than a zoo, with a few exotic animals. It’s a nice place to pass half a day, and has a cafe bar, picnic areas, and playground.

There’s another fun park located off the ME-1, just under 20 minutes from the resorts. It’s called Castillo de Menorca. There’s a small pool with water chute plus zip wires, trampolines, and bumper boats, playground equipment, sand pits etc. The entrance fee is around 4€ per person but you can redeem your ticket for the same amount off your purchases in the cafe!  There’s a large store with leather good and gifts.  On the same site is a go-kart track that’s payable separately. You can spot it from the road by the huge teepee and castle style entrance. Another nice place to pass a few hours.

 Golf

The islands only golf course is Son Parc Golf which is around 45 minutes drive from the west coast.

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Tennis

Tennis courts are available in all of the resorts, and paddle tennis is a popular game in Menorca. Most hotels will have tennis courts and they’re usually available to use for a small charge or a deposit.

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Monte Toro

Monte Toro is the highest point on the island, standing at 358m above sea level. It’s in the centre of the island and can be accessed by a steep winding road with breathtaking views on the way up and magnificent panoramic views of the island from the top. There’s a 17th century monastery there, plus a gift shop and cafe. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to from the West coast resorts.

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Watersports

You can find windsurfing, sailing and kayaking on Son Xoriguer beach in Calan Bosch. On Calan Bosch, Calan Blanes, and Cala Blanca beaches there are pedalos to hire.

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Historical Sites

Lithica stone quarry has been likened to the set of a sci-fi film. With deep quarries and gardens themed in different ways it makes for an unusual day out. Inexpensive at 4€ and under 10’s free, and just 5km from Calan Blanes, and 3km from Cala Blanca, and 9km from Calan Bosch.

Menorca’s main historical attractions are the numerous prehistoric Talayots dotted all over the island, many of them still in tact. They date back to the bronze age, as far back as  2000-1000 BC!  It’s impossible to detail the locations of them as there are just too many,  Menorca has been described as being like an open air museum with the Navetas, Talaiots, and Taulas scattered all over the island.

Ciutadella Cathedral dates back to the 13th century and is built in Catalan Gothic style, the exterior is decorated with large gargoyles. Its in the centre of Ciutadella and is open to the public.

Shopping

The two main towns for shopping are Mahon and Ciutadella, both have numerous boutiques and independent retailers, as well as a few larger stores. There’s a market in Mahon on Tuesday and Saturday, and in Ciutadella on Friday and Saturday, plus a daily food market in Ciutadella.

The island is known for it’s production of cheese, leather goods, and gin.

All of the resorts featured have a selection of shops and supermarkets for your holiday essentials, all within walking distance of the villas.

For the brave hearted…

Watch the local teens outdo each other in cliff jumping displays, or even have a try yourself!

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