1 week in Minorca : what to do?

In this article, I offer you a detailed guide to the best things to do in Menorca in 1 week.
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Explore Menorca in a week with my guide to the best activities. Visit Mahón and Ciutadella, take a boat trip in the bay of Cala Galdana, scuba dive in Cala Galdana, hike in the S’Albufera des Grau nature park and walk the Cami de Cavalls. Don’t miss the villages of Binibeca and Fornells, the beaches of Cala Macarella and Cala Mitjana, and the emblematic lighthouses.

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Unspoilt landscapes, water sports, hiking and heavenly beaches… Menorca has it all. In this article, I offer you a detailed guide to the best things to do in a week in Menorca.

Minorca: an unspoilt Balearic gem

With its UNESCO-preserved biosphere, the island is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers in search of new discoveries. Whether you’re attracted by the wild landscapes, the immaculate beaches or the outdoor activities, Menorca is sure to fill you with wonder. Whether you’re a couple or a family, there’s sure to be a programme that suits you.

You can also read : 1 week in Majorca : what to do?

Minorca in a week: the must-sees

Discovering Mahón

Start your week with a visit to Mahón, the island’s capital. If you’re arriving by plane, this is also where the airport is located.

The best thing to do in Mahón is to wander through the narrow streets of the town, discovering historic buildings such as the church of Santa Maria and strolling around the port of Mahon to admire the magnificent yachts and fishing boats.

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Discovering Ciutadella

At the other end of the island, the town of Ciutadella is also not to be missed. Narrow streets, a picturesque port, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of terraces. It’s easy to spend a few hours here! Just outside Ciutadella is the historic site of Lithica, another of Menorca’s must-sees. This is a former sand quarry complex that has been transformed into a garden and mazes.

Boat trip in the bay of Cala Galdana

During your week in Menorca, you absolutely must treat yourself to a moment of relaxation… on a boat!
 Embark on a boat trip to the bay of Cala Galdana (one of the prettiest on the island). You’ll sail (or at least the captain will take you) along Menorca’s unspoilt coastline to discover secluded coves and enjoy a refreshing swim in the turquoise waters.

There is also a stop-off for swimming and snorkelling.

Price: €34/person for 2 hours at sea

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Scuba diving at Cala Galdana

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If you’re passionate about the underwater world, Cala Galdana is the ideal place to discover scuba diving in Menorca.

Cala Galdana’s dive centres offer excursions to suit all levels of diver, from first dives for beginners to more advanced explorations for certified divers. You’ll be accompanied by experienced instructors.

I advise you to book your excursion to ensure you have a place.

Price: €70/person for 2? hours of activity

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Hiking in the S'Albufera des Grau Natural Park

The S’Albufera des Grau nature park is a protected nature reserve in the North-East of the island. With its marshes, lagoons and diversity of plant and animal species, it’s a real paradise for nature lovers. There are a number of signposted footpaths (I advise you to visit the park information centre first). Here you can watch migratory birds and discover the island’s rich ecosystem.

Visit to the picturesque villages of Binibeca and Fornells

Two of my favourite villages in Menorca to discover during your week on the island: Binibeca and Fornells!

Binibeca (also known as Binibèquer) is a small fishing village with white houses and narrow streets, offering a typically Mediterranean atmosphere. Stroll through the quiet streets, discover the charming cafés and enjoy the breathtaking sea views.

The history of this village is a little unusual. In fact, it was built in the 60s … for tourists as a reconstruction of an old fishing village in Minorca. There’s no denying it, it’s really well done and the atmosphere today is authentic. Ultimately, it’s also a testament to the importance of preserving Menorca’s heritage and cultural identity.

 Fornells, meanwhile, is a village on the North coast of the island, renowned for its picturesque bay and delicious seafood. Stop at one of the local restaurants for an authentic caldereta de langosta (a traditional lobster soup) and soak up the maritime atmosphere of this charming village.

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Dreamy beaches: Cala Macarella and Cala Mitjana

It’s impossible to talk about Menorca without mentioning its heavenly beaches. Among the most beautiful, don’t miss Cala Macarella and Cala Mitjana. These two coves, located on the island’s Southern coast, offer crystal-clear waters and fine sandy beaches surrounded by rocky cliffs.

Discover Menorca's lighthouses

Menorca’s lighthouses are really something! Not only do they offer breathtaking views, they are also steeped in history. Here are some of the most famous lighthouses to discover on your visit to Menorca.

  • Favaritx lighthouse: Located at the North-Eastern tip of the island, the Favaritx lighthouse is a true architectural gem. Its unique design, characterised by black and white stripes, contrasts with the surrounding landscape of rocks and wild vegetation (this is the lighthouse featured in the cover photo of this article). The mysterious and isolated atmosphere of this lighthouse makes it an ideal place for a walk.
  • Cavalleria lighthouse: Located at the Northern tip of the island, the Cavalleria lighthouse is one of Menorca’s oldest and most impressive lighthouses. Perched on a steep cliff, it offers spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Walking the Cami de Cavalls (or GR 223)

If you’re a keen hiker, you must walk part of the Cami de Cavalls during your week in Menorca. Originally, it was a defence path used to keep watch over Menorca’s coastline. Today, it has been rehabilitated and turned into a signposted hiking trail. The Cami de Cavalls trail stretches for around 185 kilometres, encircling the entire island. It is divided into different stages, allowing you to choose the part that best suits your preferences and level of hiking.
 It’s important to note that some parts of the trail can be more demanding than others, with rugged terrain and steep gradients.

Here’s the official website to help you prepare your route along the Cami de Cavalls.

Complete tour of the island with an English-speaking guide

Finally, if you want to visit Menorca in a week, a good option is to book a guided tour with an English-speaking guide for a day!

This 8-10 hour excursion will allow you to discover the different attractions of Menorca in a single day.

The itinerary of the excursion will take you first to Ciudadela, where you will enjoy a guided tour of this charming city. You’ll stroll through its picturesque streets, discover its fascinating history and admire the exterior of Santa María de Menorca Cathedral, a jewel of Catalan Gothic architecture. You’ll also have free time to wander and shop around the city.

The next stop on the tour is Fornells, one of Menorca’s most famous villages. Fornells is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly for its speciality, caldereta de langosta, a delicious lobster stew. You’ll have around two hours free in Fornells to enjoy lunch and taste this emblematic island dish.

After lunch, you’ll head inland to climb Monte Toro, Menorca’s highest point. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views of the coast and also visit the sanctuary at the top.

Finally, you will visit the archaeological site of Torralba d’en Salord, where you will discover the remains of Menorca’s Talayotic culture. Stroll around the various cave monuments and learn more about this ancient civilisation.

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Archaeology

Here’s a little bonus activity for you! For history and archaeology buffs, Menorca is famous for its many well-preserved archaeological sites, bearing witness to human presence dating back to ancient times. The Talayots, stone structures characteristic of Menorca’s prehistoric culture, are among the most emblematic sites to discover. These stone towers, dating back more than 3,000 years, were both dwellings and fortifications, bearing witness to the social organisation and advanced civilisation of the time.

The two best-known sites are : Naveta des Tudons and Torre d’en Galmés.

Where to stay in Menorca for a week?

To make the most of your week’s stay in Menorca, we recommend staying in different parts of the island to explore its different facets. Here are some popular accommodation options:

Mahón: The island’s capital offers a range of accommodation, from modern hotels to comfortable flats. You’ll be ideally located to explore the surrounding area and enjoy the vibrant city life.

Ciutadella: Situated on the West coast, Ciutadella is a town with a medieval atmosphere. Here you’ll find historic hotels and holiday rentals for an authentic stay.

Fornells: This fishing village on the North coast is renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty. Opt for seaside accommodation to enjoy the magnificent views and water sports.

Cala Galdana: Located on the South coast, Cala Galdana is a popular seaside resort offering a superb beach and crystal-clear waters. Here you’ll find a variety of accommodation, from hotel complexes to beachfront flats.

Transport in Menorca

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If you want to get around Menorca, renting a car is the best way to explore the island at your own pace and discover its hidden corners. You can rent a car for around €10 a day. That’s still very reasonable! I particularly recommend Record90, available from Discover Cars. They offer great value for money.

However, there are also bus routes serving the island’s main towns and tourist attractions.

And, if you prefer not to drive, you can also opt for organised excursions that will take you to the island’s most popular sites.

Book your guided tour of Menorca

Don’t forget to book this excursion in advance to guarantee your place and make the most of your week in Menorca.

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Q&A: Minorca in a week

Menorca is renowned for its UNESCO-preserved biosphere, offering wild landscapes, pristine beaches and a variety of outdoor activities.

The must-sees are Mahón, the capital, and Ciutadella. Each has its own unique atmosphere and rich history.

A boat trip to the bay of Cala Galdana and scuba diving at Cala Galdana are highly recommended.

The S’Albufera des Grau nature park is ideal for nature lovers. What’s more, the Cami de Cavalls is a hiking trail that encircles the entire island.

Talayots, Naveta des Tudons and Torre d’en Galmés are among the island’s most emblematic archaeological sites.

Mahón, Ciutadella, Fornells and Cala Galdana are popular options for accommodation, each offering a unique experience.

Renting a car is recommended if you want to explore the island at your own pace. However, there are also bus services to the main towns and attractions.

Yes, there are guided excursions, such as a complete tour of the island with an English-speaking guide, which cover Menorca’s main attractions.

Caldereta de langosta, a delicious lobster stew, is one of the island’s signature dishes.

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