Stunning natural parks, beautiful historic architecture and heavenly beaches make Menorca a supreme all-round travel destination for families, couples and friends alike.

The Balearic island has a culturally compelling history. It was first under the control of the Romans in 121 BC before going through turbulent times, where power moved between Vandals, Moors and Christians. Menorca also has a close relationship with Britain, which comes from 100 years of British rule, starting in 1708. While it became part of Spain after the Treaty of Amiens in 1802, the different eras of its history are immortalised in its breathtaking architecture and monuments such as Monte Tero and Naveta d’es Tudons.

With so much to look forward to, putting together an itinerary to suit your party can be a challenge, but we’re here to help with a seven day plan for couples, families and friends. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a fun-filled break with the kids or a relaxing holiday with friends, here are some ideas to help you make the most of a seven- day visit to the Balearic island.

Day 1

Couples: Beautiful surroundings and thrilling watersports await in Es Grau

Ever tried kayaking? Es Grau provides excellent watersports services, with the cove’s majestic surroundings providing the perfect backdrop. Crystal clear waters, ethereal caves and the glorious sunshine make this activity a fantastic introduction to Menorca.

Once your tour is over, take some time to soak up the sun on the beach before heading to one of the many restaurants in the area. You can enjoy deliciously authentic Spanish cuisine such as fresh shellfish paella, before taking in the awe-inspiring Mediterranean sunset. Many eateries have their own carefully selected wine lists, so be sure to ask your waiter about them.
Price: Depends on the activity chosen. A six-hour kayak tour of the Natural Park of s’Albufera de Es Grau costs €58 (£50) per adult/€35 per child, while a visit to nearby Colom Island is €35 per adult/€25 per child. Other excursions are also available.

What about groups of friends?
Kayaking can be just as much fun for friends, though they may wish to swap a romantic meal for a hike around the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park. Expect wetlands, cliffs, beaches and forests in this wonderfully diverse green area.
Price: Access to the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park is free.

Is it ideal for families?
While kayaking may be risky for smaller children, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy on Es Grau beach. Take the kids for a paddle or a game of football between sun lounging. The water is shallow for around 30-40 metres, making it perfect for kids and adults alike.
Price: Beach access is free.

Day two

Couples: Delve into Menorca’s history and see the ancient Naveta d’es Tudons chamber!

Naveta d’es Tudons is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Menorca and is a must-see for visitors. The megalithic chamber tomb dates back to 1200BC and served as an ossuary (a final resting place for skeletons), with bronze bracelets and bones among the items found during an excavation in 1960.

After exploring this monumental site, take a look at the beautiful Ciutadella Cathedral (just four miles away); an outstanding example of Gothic and Neoclassical architecture.

The shops and restaurants of Puerto de Ciutadella are only 800m away, allowing you to end your day with a relaxing meal. Sepia a la plancha, a grilled cuttlefish with garlic dish, is one Spanish delicacy we wholeheartedly recommend and is served at several eateries.
Price: A visit to Naveta d’es Tudons costs around €5, though prices can change. Restaurants in Puerto de Ciutadella cater for both budget travellers and those with extra cash to spend.

What about groups of friends?
Naveta d’es Tudons is a fantastic option for friends, but those who are not history buffs may want to spend less time there and instead visit Ciutadella’s Old Town. This district features a host of boutique cafes and shops.
Price: Expect to find some bargains in Ciutadella’s Old Town, with independent sellers offering some unique food and gifts, including Menorca’s fantastic range of ceramics. These are made using traditional techniques dating back over 100 years.

Is it ideal for families?
Unless your young ones are keen on history, it is advisable to give this attraction a miss and instead enjoy a day on the gorgeous white sand of Cala Turqueta beach.
Price: Access to Cala Turqueta beach is free of charge.

Day 3

Couples: A few hours at the breathtaking Cala d’Algaiarens provides a charming mix of relaxation and exploration. With golden sands, azure water and a wonderfully quaint atmosphere, it’s ideal for a day of sunbathing, watersports or even both!

You could then take a trip back into Ciutadella for a meal at one of the many fine restaurants available, ending the day at Puerto de Ciutadella watching the mesmerising sunset while enjoying a glass of wine.
Price: Small car parking fee.

What about groups of friends?
Instead of enjoying a full day of relaxation, a group of friends may wish to split their day in two. After a few hours of sunbathing, wander around the sand dunes close to the beach, or take a walk through the jaw-dropping pine forests in the area before venturing to Ciutadella for some Spanish cuisine.
Price: Small car parking fee.

Is it ideal for families?
Though this beach is recommended for families, it’s recommended to mix things up and enjoy a trip to the Aquarock water park in Cala’n Bosch. With wave pools, sun beds and plenty of slides, there are plenty of options here to keep both the kids and adults busy!
Price: €20 for adults and €11 for children.

Day 4

Couples: Mahon, the capital city of Menorca since the 18th century, offers an excellent array of shops and restaurants to explore. Spend the day picking up some bargains from local and international retailers before enjoying a caldereta de llagosta – a delectable lobster stew and one of the island’s most famous dishes – in one of the harbour’s many restaurants. Be sure to buy some local cheese, too. Mahon Cow Cheese is perhaps the most popular and its unique taste is owed to the salty sea breezes on the island.

You can then end your day in style by hopping on a romantic boat trip. These sail past the English Arsenal to the inlet of the port, where an exceptional view of the Mediterranean awaits.
Price: The boat trips are around €12-15 per adult, though a cheaper fee is available for advance online bookings.

What about groups of friends?
As well as its wide variety of retailers, Mahon boasts a thriving food and drink scene. Enjoy a trip to the Old Town, visit one of its many bars and cafes and take a look at the historic Iglesia de Santa Maria cathedral. Make sure you snap some Instagrammable photos of the area’s unique UK-inspired architecture, especially the astounding Governor’s Residence – former home of British governor Richard Kane.
Price: Entry to the cathedral is around €2-5 per adult, with a higher fee applying for recitals.

Is it ideal for families?
Mahon’s assortment of shops makes it the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs for your little ones and any friends back home. Before ending the day with a meal on the harbour, perhaps take a family trip on a glass-bottom boat for your kids to enjoy a closer look at the area’s marine life.
Price: A glass-bottom boat trip is €12 per adult and €6 per child when booked online.

Day 5

After a day of exploring the delights of Mahon, today is the perfect time to enjoy a taste of authentic Spain at the exceptional Bay of Fornells. Have a relaxing walk around the beautiful harbour and enjoy scrumptious fresh seafood before travelling by boat to one of the resplendent virgin coves nearby.

With plenty of watersports facilities available, you can have a day of both relaxation and action. Fornells Town also has a selection of charming independent shops to peruse if you’re looking for unique souvenirs – Menorca’s traditional Avarca sandals in particular are super comfy!
Price: Boat trips range from €25-40, with numerous providers available.

What about groups of friends?
Despite its romantic atmosphere, Fornells remains a great option for friends. The authentic nature of the town is a far cry from the more tourist-centric areas and it’s great fun to explore. After exploring the area’s charming shops and cafes, a catamaran trip up the coast of Menorca is recommended, taking travellers through a Mediterranean paradise.
Price: Several companies offer boat trips at a variety of prices, but a full coastal tour comes in at around €65.

Is it ideal for families?
Take a boat trip up the Menorca coast to wow you and your and children alike before you end the day with some delicious seafood at the harbour. If you have the time, Cala Tirant beach is also just ten minutes away by car and its pedal boats are sure to be a hit with the kids!
Price: A half-day catamaran trip is €65 for adults and €40 for children at the Bay of Fornells. Pedalboat prices vary, but don’t expect to pay more than €10.

Day 6

Couples: As the holiday starts to wind down, it’s time to take a deeper look at the spirituality of Menorca at Monte Toro. As the highest summit of the island, this mountain offers jaw-dropping views to make friends at home jealous. On the summit, the Sanctuary of the Virgin of El Toro simply has to be explored. It includes five vaulted chambers and the wooden statue of La Virgen de la Mare de Deu del Toro – the patroness saint of the island.

Once you have taken in the views and seen all the monuments, it’s time to travel back to Fornells for a delicious meal on its breathtaking seafront. Perhaps try albóndigas de cabracho y gamba – a unique mix of scorpion fish and prawn croquettes.

What about groups of friends?
As well as couples, El Toro is a must see for friends travelling together. The views from the top are truly sublime, while the sanctuary offers an insight into the island’s history.
Price: Access and car parking at Monte Toro is completely free.

Is it ideal for families?
Though teenagers are sure to enjoy the Instagrammable views from the summit, the climb to the top may be too much for smaller children. Instead, take them back to Cala Turqueta beach for a relaxing penultimate day.
Price: Access to Cala Turqueta beach is free of charge.

Day 7

Couples: For the final day, take a trip to the St Patrici Vineyard and Cheese Factory outside Ferreries. You can marvel at the elaborate techniques used to ensure the island’s world-renowned cheese is produced to the highest quality and enjoy delicious free samples. Menorca is one of the top cheese producers in the world and this tour will highlight the longstanding traditions that go into making the products so tasty. It will also provide an inside look at how delicious wines are produced.

Make sure you end your break with a visit to one of your favourite restaurants, too, as Balearic cuisine simply isn’t as authentic – or as tasty – away from Spain. To close out the night, take in the spectacular cliffside sunset views at Cova d’en Xoroi while enjoying a pomada – a local gin and lemonade tipple.
Price: Entrance to Cova d’en Xoroi is €9 and includes a drink while St Patrici Vineyard and Cheese Factory can be booked in advance for a small fee.

What about groups of friends?
It’s easy to forget to pick up some souvenirs, so revisit Mahon on your final day to find some quirky gifts for yourself, friends and family. Perhaps purchase some Xoriguer Gin, which has a delightfully aromatic taste and has been produced on the island since the 1800s.

Take some time to explore areas of the capital you may have missed first time around, too. The Menorca Museum is particularly worth a look, showcasing fascinating artefacts from the island’s long and varied history, including pieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Price: The Menorca Museum is completely free of charge.

Is it ideal for families?
A visit to St Patrici Vineyard and Cheese Factory will be great for both the kids and adults before closing out the holiday with a few hours at your favourite beach and a final mouth-watering taste of Spanish cuisine at your preferred eatery. If you haven’t yet tried some of the island’s tapas, now is the time!

 

We currently have 100’s of summer seats to Menorca at £30 flying from all of our bases ( London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Luton and Leeds Bradford)^

Going away as a couple? Be inspired by our great range of holiday offers

Sagitario Playa Hotel 7 nights at £339pp*
Well-established and popular with our guests – many whom return year after year – the Hotel Sagitario Playa is set in a beautiful pine-clad boulevard which is situated in a tourist area located only 200 metres from the stunning white sandy beach of Cala Blanca fringed with tasty seafood restaurants and beach bars. Ideally suitable for guests who like walking and cycling, the Hotel Sagitario Playa is a small and friendly hotel full of hospitality sure to leave you with fond holiday memories. With a good range of amenities for all ages including a swimming pool which is surrounded by sunbeds and parasols, a tennis court for when you feel like getting active, plus a soothing Spa too, the Sagitario Playa is a great choice!

Valentin Son Bou 7 nights at £525pp*
Combining a get-away-from-it-all vibe with a pretty hilltop setting, this Spanish complex set in two story apartments dotted in the grounds is a superb choice for families. Nestled in gardens dotted with swaying palms and flowers, the best spot for enjoying the chilled out atmosphere is around the inviting pool terrace. Surrounded by sunloungers and parasols, it’s the perfect place for topping up your tan in between dipping in and out of the sparkling waters. Doing nothing can sometimes take all day, but if you can drag yourself away from your sunbed, there are activities to try out such as tennis, volleyball and football, plus activities for the little ones including a kids’ club, a mini-disco and evening entertainment. The resort centre with its cafés, bars and restaurants is a downhill walk away, as is the beach should you fancy a day on the sands. Alternatively hop on the complimentary shuttle bus and you can be there even quicker.

Vistamar Apartments for 7 nights at  £325pp*


On the seafront and fantastically close to the resort centre that includes a few shops, bars, and a restaurant and a supermarket, this well-equipped complex is perfect when it comes to relaxing holidays. If you want to stay in a quiet resort, the Vistamar is ideal. The swimming pools form the hub of action here. The main one is set in the heart of the grounds – overlooking the beach – and is surrounded by sunloungers and parasols. Capping things off are a kids’ pool, a pool table and a restaurant complete with bar and TV area.

In need of family holiday hotels?

HYB Sea Club Menorca 7 nights for £499pp*
If you’re looking for somewhere with a fun and lively atmosphere within easy reach of Cala’n Forcat’s attractions, the HYB Sea Club Menorca Aparthotel (formerly known as the Menorca Sea Club Aparthotel) will oblige. This welcoming complex sits a short distance away from the resort centre with its shops, bars, restaurants and evening attractions. The golden sands of Cala’n Forcat are equally close too. That’s if you can pull yourself away from what’s on offer at the complex itself! Sitting in palm-fringed gardens, it has all the amenities you’d expect, like sunbeds and parasols, plus two pools and a poolside bar. On the sports side you’ve got a tennis court, table tennis, as well as minigolf and billiards. The kids will be kept busy too with two pools and a splash park. Add a buffet restaurant, occasional evening entertainment and you’ve the perfect base for a fun-filled holiday. If you feel like exploring, you’re a handy 300 metres away from the nearest bus route, which will whisk you into Ciutadella.

Paradise Club & Spa Aparthotel 7 nights at £685pp*

Holidays to the Paradise Club & Spa Aparthotel are all about having fun and relaxing. The hotel enjoys a pleasant location set on a gentle sloping hillside, 500 metres away from the beach and easily accessible to Cala’n Bosch harbour and centre with its shops, bars and restaurants. The pools here are a great spot for adults and children alike. The main pool twinkles an invitation to cool off, whilst the children’s splash pool is sure to keep the little ones entertained with waterslides and giant turtle. The apartments offer comfortable, spacious accommodation and together with an enticing range of facilities and a good line up of children’s facilities including a mini-disco and kiddie club it’s sure to appeal to those seeking a fun-filled holiday.

Los Lentiscos Apartments 7 nights at £369pp*

If you’re looking for a friendly – lively – yet easy-going kind of holiday, then look no further than the Los Lentiscos. Located 250 metres from Cala’n Forcat Beach – where you’ll find plenty in the way of watersports – the Los Lentiscos offers its guests comfortable accommodation arranged over two levels. Couples and friends will love the resort’s easy access, whilst families will appreciate the beach location. With a friendly bar and superb swimming pool, this is a great value-for-money getaway.

^*Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to avalibility per person. Prices are correct as of 19/06/17

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