Menorca – Guide To The Top Tourist Resorts
Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands on the Mediterranean Sea, and derives its name from being the smaller island compared to its neighbour, Majorca!
Menorca may not have the nightlife and tourist profile as Majorca, but it certainly has plenty of hidden charms for the visitor in terms of culture, history and nature!
North Menorca: The area to the north of Menorca Island has everything for a tourist – from resorts, to wonderful beaches, watersports and golf. The following are some of the popular resorts in the area:
Port Addaya This is a quiet and pretty resort with plenty of places to dine and drink. However it does not have its own beach, a downside. However Port Addaya has an attractive yacht marina with some great views. This is a perfect place for a relaxing vacation.
Son Parc This resort has a beautiful beach and is home to the only golf course in Menorca.
Arenal d’en Castell This is a popular resort with a stunning beach with great scenery. A very family friendly oriented resort.
Fornells This is a pretty fishing village resort, and you will enjoy the palm tree lined walkway promenade and the fishing boats that lie moored in the harbour. Seafood is a common delicacy to be enjoyed in this area!
Eastern Menorca: The east of the island is home to the capital city Mahon, and the spellbinding Port of Mahon. The following are the main resorts of Menorca:
Mahon Being the capital of Menorca, there is much to see and do in Mahon. Many of the streets are narrow and pedestrianised and there are wonderful designer shops, restaurants and cafes, markets, buildings of historical interest, and picturesque churches to savour. The second biggest most natural harbour in ther world is located in Mahon, and it was a centre of strategic military prominence for centuries.
As you travel around Mahon you will notice that the architecture is very British in origin; this is due to British occupation here for almost 200 years. Key historic buildings to visit are the Arch de San Roque, which was at one time the wall of defence surrounding the city. The church of Santa Maria in the city has a music organ with almost 3,000 pipes, and is well worth a visit to see recitals.
Port Mahon Climbing down the steps from Mahon centre you will come across the wonderful marina and port. This is a two-mile strip, which has two extremes – at one end a working port and at the other a yacht mooring area for the select few! Located here are great restaurants and bars, and the only casino on the island.
Es Castell Probably one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island is Es Castell. It has a fabulous harbour called Calas Fons, which is curved in shape like a horseshoe and is populated with fishing boats. You can enjoy great walks through the narrow and winding streets. The town has a proud military heritage, and the central square was once a military parade area.
Southern Menorca: The Southern Tip of the island is home to the largest and most popular beaches on the island, and has some busy and attractive resort towns!
Cala en Porter This resort caters for all holidaymakers – it has something for everyone. It is quite a large resort and is located on the eastern cliffs, which lie above a scenic beach. There is a road train that brings people up and down from the beach. The resort is famous for the Coves d’en Xoroi, an area of caves, which run from the Cliffside to the eastern part of the beach area.
Santo Tomas, S’Algar and Son Bou These are popular family resorts with beachsports, watersports and golden beaches to relax in!
Western Menorca: The old capital, Ciutadella is the hub of the western region of Menorca.
Cala en Bosc and Cala Blanca Fine beaches, and perfect for a family vacation with plenty of watersports and beachsports.
Ciutadella A trip to the ancient capital of Menorca is well worth the visit. The narrow streets of the old town are wonderful to explore, and the architecture is well worth viewing. The town has a 14th century cathedral which is stunning and took over 50 years to complete.
Mount Toro The western region of Menorca contains the stunning Mount Toro. Mount Toro offers stunning views of the island, and you can even see Majorca on a clear day. Mount Toro overshadows the charming village of Es Mercadal, which lies in the centre of Menorca, at a point halfway between the old capital Ciutadella and the new capital Mahon. Es Mercadal comes from the Latin translation of “Market”, and the local market is well worth exploring.
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Have you been to Menorca and holidayed at its tourist resorts? What did you think of them? If you have any travel advice as to what to see and do in the area please let us know – we appreciate your comments.