Menorca — Things to Do
The year-round nice weather makes for a number of things to do in Menorca. The water is always warm and clear, and busy enough with marine life to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling, while the coastline is stunning when viewed from the deck of a sailboat charter.
Partaking in these activities is easy as all the main beaches have operators renting equipment and providing lessons. Most beaches are good for swimming, but are typically not very long and therefore not great for walks along the shoreline. There is, however, some pretty hiking terrain in northern Menorca.
Laying back and enjoying the beaches and sunbathing are the main pastimes in Menorca. The south coast has some great spots, while the north is rockier, less developed, and less explored. Favorite beaches like Cala en Porter have hotels, family facilities, and snorkel rental, while less built-up beaches are usually within easy reach. Cala Galdana is a good option for those in Mahon, or Cala Macarella for those based in Ciutadella.
Warm water and good weather means water sports—waterskiing, windsurfing, and sailing—are wildly popular here. Pedalos are available at most big beaches, along with snorkel and kayak rental in some spots. The swimming is typically great though some of the exposed beaches in the south have strong currents so children and weak swimmers should stay near the sand bar. The best non-hotel pool is at Cala en Brut, near Ciudadella, with its sheltered, natural water and sunbathing platforms.
The stiff Mediterranean breeze makes sailing the single most popular thing to do around Menorca’s coast. Glass-bottomed boat tours are all the rage, while large cruisers leave from both Mahon and Ciudadella, including the Don Joan and Barco Rojo, respectively. Trips are typically one-hour, with longer tours running less frequently. Beaches also offer private sail charters for a couple hours or full day tours.
The waters are warm and clear for scuba diving. Son Bou Scuba offers trips to subterranean caves, wrecks, and the north coast’s marine reserve. It also offers snorkel trips, or you could go on your own off any beach.
Menorca has some striking terrain for hiking and much of it in the north is quite remote, untamed, and within protected boundaries. You can trek alone or take a guided tour around the likes of Cape de Cavalleria or Cape de Favaritx. The Path of Horses (Cami de Cavalls) encircles the island and can be done on foot or on horseback.
There is just one golf course on Menorca, with nearby Mallorca offering the best golfing in the Balearics. The 18-hole Son Parc is set amongst wooded hills in the north of the island and has fabulous sea views. It is open to non-members and comes with club rental and caddies. In the summer, get a morning tee time if you can as it can get very hot in the afternoon.