5 Experiences You Need to Have in Menorca
Menorca is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The palette of colours that can be experienced here range from deep blues to bright turquoise. This island paradise is a charming and truly peaceful place to take a relaxing holiday. With so many stunning beaches along its ancient 116-mile coastline and its rural meadows brimming with wild flowers, it’s easy to see why Menorca is a perfect getaway location.
However, Menorca is not just renowned for its beaches. There are so many things to do on this island aside from drinking in the rays in the glorious sunshine. Here are just five experiences that you need to have the next time you’re in Menorca.
The island is full of incredible snorkelling spots such as Cala Macarella, where cliffs dive into the sea. The clear waters are home to an abundance of seabed habitats and sea life that you can easily witness for yourself with one of the many diving companies that offer underwater tours and the likes of snorkelling. In fact, if you go to any beach in Menorca you will not be disappointed by the discoveries you can make underwater. However, if you want to spend hours amongst a diverse bed of sea life, you should go to the Marine Reserve to the north.
Become a wine connoisseur with a visit to Binifadet winery on the south of the island. Take home a piece of Menorca on your taste buds with a tour and exclusive tasting of their exquisite wines. The experience starts with a stroll through the vineyards, where you can feel the soil and discover the Menorcan countryside. This is followed by a visit to the winery to witness all the stages of wine production, from the harvesting to the bottling, which ends with a chance to delight your senses and palate with a wine tasting.
You will have the chance to understand the nuances of each wine through the senses of sight, smell and taste. The tasting is accompanied by cheese and wine jam and there is also a unique wine-flavoured ice-cream that you must try.
Monte Toro is the highest point on the island and is considered to be the spiritual centre of Menorca. It has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th century. With its 342-metre height, you have the chance to take in some impressive and stunning views of the island. At the summit is a church that has been a shrine to the Virgin Mary since 1287. Today it is inhabited by a group of Franciscan nuns who help run the sanctuary. A statue similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro of the Virgin Mary towers high on the peak and is an impressive sight.
There is a long-standing tradition of horse riding in Menorca. The paths used by riding schools are often by the sea so you will be able to take in the beauty of the island whilst you ride. Many remote dunes and cliffs are not accessible by car, so horse riding is one of the ways to gain access to these untouched spots of nature. You can experience barefoot horse riding, whereby the horses are not fitted with a traditional horseshoe and are cared for to maintain their natural optimum condition.
If riding horses is not your thing, but you still want to see them, every year in June, the Saint Joan Festival takes place in Ciutadella. There you can witness some truly amazing horse-riding demonstrations as riders parade around the main square.
The Old Capital
Ciutadella de Menorca is the second biggest city on the island; this historic city is located in the far west along the coast and was the capital of Menorca until the British moved it to the town of Mahon in 1722. The city captures the ancient ruins and extensive history of Menorca with its beautiful narrow streets and lively atmosphere.
With a charming port and old quarter which is a delight to explore, there are some incredible examples of Baroque and Gothic churches in Ciutadella. The port is both a fishing and leisure port with an abundance of waterside restaurants which line the quay. Home to adorable little shops, cafes and bars, Ciutadella is full of things to do whilst you explore this historic city.
Menorca truly is a fascinating island full of such beauty and an abundance of things to occupy your time. If you’re planning your next holiday to here, take a look at our luxury villas in Menorca or our villas with pools in Menorca.