Although this island is less popular, it doesn’t say anything about the quality.
Get ready for beautiful beaches, fabulous food, and endless nature. Well, okay, not endless, the island is tiny.
This is our list of the best things to do in Menorca – that still remain secrets.
Update: We went again to the Island, and added a few more cool activities for families!
It is not your typical “best things to do in Menorca” list.
We thought it would be interesting to have a closer look and unbox the hidden gems.
We have been to Menorca, and thanks to our local friends we enjoyed some incredible food we still dream about, we had ice-cold cocktails in a cave, and we were sunbathing at some paradise beaches.
Furthermore, we added a small introduction and 3 basic recommendations, because we think it is important to be properly prepared for the Balearic island.
Introduction to Menorca
Get ready for beautiful beaches, nature and culture. This is what you can expect.
I added handy links to accommodation, flights and car rentals I always use:
- best hostels in Menorca
- Airbnb’s in Menorca (read my guide how to use Airbnb + 35€ Discount Code)
- Car Rental with Discover Car Hire
- tours and trips in Menorca with Get Your Guide
The travel guide to Menorca is completely for free and you can download the guide directly to your email. This way you have it directly in your pocket, just a fingertip away.
Ready for the secret tips?
Usually, we only share this guide via email. We made an exception and made these things to do in Menorca public.
Top (and secret) Things to do in Menorca
We are keen to share with you our best-kept secrets for Menorca + plus some important recommendations!
Make sure you check our map at the end of the article. I added all tips on it; it is just easier to plan.
Let us start with the super cool things to do in Menorca:
- 3 awesome Beaches
- Boat Trip with Paella Lunch
- my favorite two beaches
- Cova d’en Xoroi
- Snorkeling with sea scooter
- best restaurant on a cliff
- Binibeca Village
- Sunset Spot
- Mud beach “Playa de Cavalleria”
1. Three Paradise Beaches
These 3 beaches are the most popular beaches at Menorca. And the best thing: they are all next to each other.
You can drive here by car, but take care as the narrowed streets are tricky.
It’s not dangerous if you don’t drive too fast, so no worries. Bring some sun cream with you and especially drinks and snacks.
There is one restaurants at Cala Macarella though.
It is a good restaurant, but obviously quite touristy! Save your money for Matt’s favorite Restaurant in the world!
Stay hydrated, especially when it’s hot otherwise you will feel terrible at the end of the day – we do not want to sound parents-like, we just highly recommend it!
#1 Macarelleta and #2 Macarella
Macarelleta and Macarella are right next to each other, and you can walk from one the other in about 5 minutes.
There is a parking spot around a 10-15 min walk away.
Also, there is a paid parking. Then it is only a 2 minute walk to the beach. Up to you!
#3 Cala Turqueta
If you love hiking along the coast you can also walk from Macarelleta to Cala Turqueta, it takes you around 30-45 minutes.
However, you can also park closer to Cala Turqueta. Please note that there may be some fees for the parking spot. As this changes almost every year we cannot give you a final recommendation here. In any case it won’t be a high fee anyway.
Address Cala Turqueta, Menorca
2. Sailing Trip with Paella Lunch
The perfect day in Menorca comes with a sailing trip and paella.
I did this in Sardinia, Italy and had an incredible time. And so I did it again in Menorca.
The tour we joined lasted 7 hours, including stops at beautiful beaches, snorkeling, and the yummy Paella Lunch.
Here you can find the tour we joined with Menorca Blava.
Make sure you bring your sun cream and bring water. There is no drinks included in the trip, but you can purchase them extra. Anyways, I always bring 2l of water per person; that was enough!
Good Beach Tip: I always freeze a whole 1.5l water bottle in the freezer over night. I then bring it to the beach or trip in this case; this way you have cold water for a very long time during the day.
3. Two of my favorite beaches: Playa de la Tortuga and Cala Presili
Those two beaches are up in the North-Easter corner, next to Favàritx Lighthouse (also very picturesque). There is a parking lot, and it takes you around 15 min walking to get to beaches.
First there is Cala Preslili, and 10 more minutes south is the Platja d’en Tortuga.
The water is crystal clear and super flat. Very recommended therefore as well for families with little kids.
Important: There are no beach bars, not even shadow. Take this into consideration!
Address: Platja d’en Tortuga, Menorca
4. Cocktail in a Cave with a View: Cova d’en Xoroi
These Caves are quite popular, and yes, we think you should come here as this place is unique!
During the day there is an entrance fee and you will have one drink included. You can sit right above the sea or inside the caves, and enjoy the horizon.
At the night you can come here as well as this place is actually a night club where locals also enjoy the night.
This place is actually a club/ disco for the people looking for nightlife in Menorca.
Whatever you do, we think it’s worth it to come here and have a look.
5. Snorkeling (with Sea Scooter)
Personally, I am a big fan of Snorkeling and scuba diving.
In Menorca I found this fun activity of snorkeling with a sea scooter.
I am really not a tech pro with water-gear, but the scooter is a “RS2/GTI/Aqua Ranger sea scooter” – FUN!
Have a look at the video below.
Besides the scooter you will get a video camera to capture your whole experience.
This is a great thing to do in Menorca for teenagers!
6. Matt’s favorite restaurant: A Cap Roig
Recommended food: arroz ciego/ arroz caldoso
Located next to Mahon, Cap Roig is a specialized fish restaurant, sitting on the top of the cliffs!
During the sunset you have a romantic view from the terrace and you can see the sun saying good bye.
Get a wine, get some „Arroz Caldoso“, or „Paella“, and enjoy the best Mediterranean food.
This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Spain; no kidding!
Address: Carretera Sa Mesquida, 13, Menorca
7. Nice village to visit: Binibeca
The beautiful village of Binibeca is an old fishermen’s village with only white houses. There are many cafés in the tiny „city center“, and it is located directly at the sea.
Have a swim, and walk around this beauty in the south-east of the island.
Address: Binibeca, Menorca
8. A Sunset just for you – Cala Morell
We love “Punta Nati” and the lighthouse.
But, here is the thing: It is a quite common spot to go for the sunset!
What do we do as a smart traveler? We seek a different spot.
And we found one. In fact, this is the most beautiful sun set spot we have discovered on the Balearic islands.
Cala Morell is the Menorcian-Answer to Santorini!
White houses, climbing up from the beach to the cliffs. BEAUTIFUL! There are some platforms downstairs. You can come here, bring some snacks and watch the sun falling into the water.
We actually made a video of the sunset in Cala Morell.
Address: Cala Morell, Menorca, Spain
9. Mud beach “Playa de Cavalleria”
Menorca is loaded with stunning beaches all over the island, and most of them are amazing.
If you would like to find another special one, check out „Playa de Cavalleria“.
Here you cover yourself in mud. However, watch out with your swimsuit/ Bikini, as it is hard to get rid of it afterwards.
Once you reach the parking you should go to the right (in the direction of the lighthouse).
There is a gate you have open and close again – no worries, everybody does it, just make sure you are at the right parking spot (see address below).
Address: Playa de Cavalleria, Menorca
Further Introduction to Menorca
1) Menorca is a small island, and to get the most out of it plus to reach the best beaches across Menorca, we highly recommend to rent a car.
A motorbike might not be enough as you may be packed with your beach luggage.
Important: We recommend NOT TO TAKE the first cheap rental service you can find. They WILL take your money one way or the other. We had some bad experience here.
We tested SIXT rental car with Discover Car Hire for renting our car in Menorca.
A very professional service with fantastic cars to choose from.
2) Whenever you leave your accommodation for the beach, make sure you bring an
- sun cream, and
- enough water.
Again, we do not want to sound parents-like, however, it’s indeed dangerous for your body not stay hydrated, especially when the sun is burning down.
The small beaches usually do not have any beach bars!
3) Last but not least: All our recommendations are beautiful spots, but they might not be easy to access. There are usually no signs for the beaches for instance.
Therefore: Make sure you check out the Google Maps beforehand so you won’t get lost somewhere on the island.
One of our favorite apps is Fog of world, this could help you a lot!
Short Video from Menorca
We made also a short video.
It is really just a short video capturing the magic of Menorca in one moment, as we like to think.
This video by Girls vs Globe Blogger is also a great insight to the island. Enjoy!
Map with Things to do in Menorca and Beaches
Let’s make life easier!
I added all my favorite places and things to do in Menorca on this map.
In my other article on 30 photos from Menorca I also share more beaches and spots. Added as well to the map!
Flights to Menorca?
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Over to you: questions?
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Is there anything you would like to ask?
Then please please bother us and leave a comment below. We want to make this guide as useful as possible.
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Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries