The best hotspots & hotels in Menorca

April 09, 2024

Written by Mila



While most people opt for Ibiza or Mallorca, Menorca is the choice for lovers of peace and space. The island is less crowded than Mallorca. Here you'll find beautiful bays, calm and often secluded beaches with shallow turquoise water, making it an excellent choice for families with young children. Menorca doesn't offer the nightlife scene like Ibiza or Mallorca. Instead, you can visit local fish restaurants, hike along the coast, or rent a boat to enjoy the rugged coastline from the water. Snorkeling, swimming, boating, sunbathing, strolling, relaxing. That's what Menorca is all about.

An island with a rich history

Menorca has a rich history. As an island, it often played a central role in the past due to its strategic location and therefore had to be defended regularly. This led to the creation of an almost 200km long path around the entire island, known as the Cami de Cavalls. The name literally means the path of the horses. Because on horseback, the island was protected by the people. The Menorcans still have a special bond with horses. There is even a native Menorcan horse breed, and in the summer, various traditional festivals are organized in honor of the horse. The 'Jaleo' involves riders parading through the narrow streets on their horses, where the art is to make the horses rear. Touching the horse's belly by bystanders is believed to bring luck. The path itself is now very popular among hikers who don't want to miss a hike along the coast, rocks, cliffs, hills, forests, and viewpoints. The hiking route consists of different sections, and starting points can be found all over the island.

Beach clubs on Menorca

If you're looking for the perfect sunset spot, you can visit Bambu Menorca, a beach club renowned as one of the best spots in Menorca. A slightly fancier option is the Cova d'en Xoroi bar, located in a cave and on a cliff. The restaurant offers a charming atmosphere and spectacular views of the sea and the best sunsets. Enjoy good cocktails, ice-cold pomada, and live music. For fresh seafood dishes, head to Es Pins. The restaurant is located directly on the white sandy beach of Santo Tomás, on the coast. In the summer of 2023, Purobeach Menorca opened. This stylish place by the sea is also worth a visit on a lovely summer day.

Cova d'en Xoroi bar

Peace and space on Menorca

Untouched beaches and coves surrounded by fragrant pine trees and rugged nature. For example, visit Cala Mitjana or Cala Trebalúger in the south of the island. Cala Turqueta is also a must on your list. The fine white sand and the boats bobbing in the distance give an instant holiday feeling. It's one of the most beloved beaches on the island. A place with few facilities or crowds, making it one of the most serene beaches of Menorca.

The best restaurants in Menorca

For example, combine a coastal hiking route with lunch or a wine tasting at Bodegas Binifadet Menorca, a vineyard with accompanying hospitality where you'll be warmly welcomed by the owner, who is also the largest wine supplier on the island. You'll find charming seating areas with rattan lamps, cushions with floral prints, and planters full of lavender. Relax with a good glass of wine, the best tapas, or an extensive summer lunch overlooking the vineyards. Another great place for lunch or dinner is the restaurant Torralbenc, where you can enjoy the local and organic cuisine with Basque influences at a star level. It's delightful to relax amidst lush gardens and with a sea view. Must-order dishes include grilled meats and artisanal cheeses from local producers. You can also enjoy luxury accommodation at Torralbenc. This hotel is part of small luxury hotels and offers a charming stay.

Torralbenc's restaurant

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Discover the cities of Ciutadella and Mahon

There are two major cities you must visit on Menorca. The oldest and most historic city, Ciutadella, is located on the west coast of the island. Here, you can stroll through the old streets, admire the cathedral, and settle down in the harbor at one of the many charming waterfront terraces. One of the best restaurants in Ciutadella is Es Tast de na Sílvia, where pure and lovingly prepared dishes are served in a small homey restaurant. Another recommendation is Restaurante S’Amarador, where you'll find a variety of fish dishes prepared in the Menorcan style on the menu. The dessert menu is also extensive and surprising. From the harbor, you can easily walk into the old town and discover authentic Menorca. A nice souvenir to take home are the typical handmade sandals you see everywhere in Menorca; the Avarca sandals or Menorquinas.

Ciutadella, Menorca

The capital of Menorca is Mahon, also known as Mao. This lively city offers squares, monasteries, museums, and plenty of other cultural attractions. For lunch or dinner, visit Es Jardí Restaurant, located in the romantic garden of boutique hotel Jardí de Ses Bruixes, which is recommended for its atmosphere, taste, and hospitality. If you visit Mahon's harbor, be sure to stop by La Casa del Gelato, where they artisanally craft the most delicious Italian ice cream. You'll find plenty of restaurants and cozy terraces around the harbor. In the downtown area of Mahon, you'll find Sa Sucreria, a local bakery where traditional pastries and other sweet treats are handmade. This place is also a must-visit.

Staying at the best hotels in Menorca

Menorca epitomizes tranquility and nature, qualities reflected in the many luxury and boutique hotels it boasts. The authentic settings, refined interiors, exceptional service, and numerous amenities make these hotels the ultimate hideaway for luxury travel enthusiasts.

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Fontenille Menorca - Santa Ponsa en Torre Vella

Fontenille Menorca - Santa Ponsa and Torre Vella are two separate hotels, but located on the same estate and complement each other. One boutique hotel is housed in a 17th-century palace surrounded by lush gardens and terraces, featuring a more bohemian interior. The building was restored in the mid-19th century and is situated in the middle of an eight-hectare estate. The colorful flowers, plants, and green vegetation immediately evoke a sense of tranquility and calmness. From palm trees to fig trees and exotic flowers, you'll find it all here. The other hotel, Fontenille Menorca - Torre Vella, offers 17 rooms and suites spread across the main building, old barns, and standalone cottages on the estate. Most have large private terraces, and some of the suites even feature their own private pool. Wood, white walls, raw materials, and the wild landscape all contribute to an experience where you fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the island. Both hotels offer extensive culinary experiences, a spa, swimming pools, and high-quality services.


Vestige Son Vell

On a 200-hectare estate and about a 10-minute walk from the sea, you'll find the luxurious boutique hotel Vestige Son Vell. The property has been fully restored and beautifully preserved, featuring around 34 tastefully decorated rooms. Additionally, there are two restaurants, a swimming pool, a cozy bar, massage rooms, and a yoga deck. All nestled amidst lemon trees, olive groves, and vegetable gardens. It's a place where tranquility, nature, and architecture blend seamlessly.

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Amagatay Menorca

At Amagatay in Menorca, you retreat to the countryside with all the necessary luxury and comfort. This luxurious farmscape is located near the idyllic town of Alaior and is the ultimate escape for couples looking to unwind completely. You can swim and relax by the pool, have your stiff muscles massaged in the garden, and participate in a relaxing yoga session. There are also plenty of fun activities to enjoy, such as taking a beautiful bike ride or hike in the surrounding area. The hotel and grounds have been lovingly restored with incredible attention to detail. The fact that it was once an old farmhouse is now evident in the stone walls, vaulted portico, wooden beam ceilings, and stone floors in the rooms and suites. The green, rural surroundings and beautiful views create an oasis of tranquility.


Villa Le Blanc

If you're looking to experience a holiday directly by the sea or combine a stay inland with one by the coast, Villa Le Blanc is the perfect choice. Here, you'll enjoy a five-star service and a relaxed stay with fantastic sea views. The luxury hotel offers spacious accommodations, providing all the comforts you could wish for. There are multiple pools to choose from, including an outdoor pool, rooftop pool, and indoor pool. Opt for a room with a private pool for added privacy while enjoying a refreshing swim. Additionally, Villa Le Blanc features a Thai Room Spa, a fitness center, a kids' club, and a charming boutique. If you'd like to bring your faithful pet along on vacation, they are warmly welcomed here too. For culinary delights, head to the highly acclaimed restaurant S'Amarador, where you can taste typical Menorcan dishes. The biggest plus, of course, is the location directly by the sea, perfect for unwinding and relaxation!

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Hotel Rural Morvedra Nou

This adults-only, luxury farmscape opened its doors in 2023 on the island of Menorca. It's a place that exudes tranquility and where nature takes center stage. Hotel Rural Morvedra Nou is located just outside Ciutadella, the second-largest city in Menorca, amidst vineyards and fruit trees. It's perfect for couples seeking a combination of luxury, serenity, and nature. Sink into one of the signature green-and-white-striped loungers by the pool or on your private terrace, overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens, with a good book in hand. In the evening, you can enjoy al-fresco dining among romantically illuminated trees. Every detail has been meticulously considered here.


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