Minorca

Minorca

Alcaufar Vell, the owner of Alcaufar Vell looks forward to welcome you to Minorca

Description

Minorca is a small island in the Mediterranean that seems made for holidays: The slightly more than 50 km distance between one point and the other, helps you to enjoy and discover its territory in a short space of time.

More than 200 kms of varied coastline – from the rugged shores and reddish beaches of the north, to the gentle relief of the south, with golden sandy coves -, almost 100 beaches with clean, crystal clear waters and numerous romantic spots and small coves surrounded by pine groves turn Minorca into a gem of the Mediterranean sea.

The island transmits a sense of calm, largely on account of its valuable countryside: Minorca has the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation and a wealth of flora, fauna and landscapes. Outings on foot, by bike or on horseback, on the marked trails and routes, are a good way to get to know these beautiful surroundings.

Another of Minorca’s attractions is its archaeological and cultural heritage. Discover interesting monumental sites such as the historic old town of Ciudadela, prehistoric remains like the Naveta des Tudons Megalithic site, other prehistoric sites such as those at Mahón, and even small fishing villages that still conserve their ancient traditions.

Minorca is a real paradise, washed by the Mediterranean Sea, that will seduce you with its harmony and diversity.

Travel guide

How to Get There

There are two ways to get to Minorca: Either by air or by sea.

The airport of Minorca (MAH) offers daily flights to Spanish and international destinations.

Regular ferries connect the island every day with mainland Spain and other Balearic islands. Arriving by sea is spectacular, especially if you do so via the port of Maó (regarded as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’) or Ciutadella

Minorca: Plan your journey by public transport

The airport is located approximately 5 kms from the town of Mahon in Menorca. Serves flights to Spanish and international destinations.

The port of Mao / Mahon in Menorca is regarded as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’, due to its geography and beauty. Serves connections with the other Balearic islands and the mainland.

The Port of Ciutadella is one of the historical ports of the Balearic Islands. Initially a fishing traffic and commercial port it has experienced in recent decades an intense increase in recreational boats.

Minorca weather forecast

May 21, 2019 - Tue
Ciudadela de Menorca, España
few clouds
72°F few clouds
Wind 9 mph, SSE
Humidity 40%
Pressure 762.07 mmHg
tue05/21 wed05/22 thu05/23 fri05/24 sat05/25
scattered clouds
72/64°F
sky is clear
66/65°F
sky is clear
69/65°F
light rain
64/63°F
broken clouds
63/64°F

Places to go

Fornell

The bay of Fornell, a charming fishing village on the northern coast of Minorca, is an excellent area for sailing.

TO SEE: Fornells, located on the northern coast of Minorca, is a peaceful village with a bay where its fishermen can take shelter from the fierce tramontana wind. Being five kilometres long and two wide, this is one of the biggest natural harbours on Minorca. A charming fishing-village which feels very Mediterranean with its narrow winding streets and white-washed houses, and its lovely quayside teeming with restaurants.

TO DO: Being part of a natural shelter area, the bay of Fornells is also an ideal place for sailing. In order to know Menorca’s Marine Reserve, the town offers all sorts of facilities – diving, sailing and kayaking.

RECOMMEND: Don’t leave the village without trying one of Minorca’s gastronomic specialities: The delicious traditional lobster casserole (“caldereta de langosta”). If you happen to be in Minorca by the end of July, don’t miss the San Antonio fiestas that take place with the traditional “jaleo” – horses jumping up and down to the sound of music.

Maó/Mahon

Menorca’s capital Mahon is the silent witness to the presence of many diverse cultures that populated the town throughout history.

TO SEE: Mahón (or Maó in Catalan) is what it is and Menorca is what it is, mainly due to possessing something that has been the envy of all the civilizations and empires that have crossed the Mediterranean over the centuries: One of the best and largest natural ports in the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of Minorca still preserves a number of churches, ancestral buildings and palaces, lining streets of deep Mediterranean flavour.

TO DO: Along the streets that make up the historic quarter of Mahón, a good number of bourgeois houses can be observed, as well as historic buildings, specially around the squares of Colón, Sant Francesc, Conquesta and Miranda. One of them, the central Plaza de España, gathers important monuments. The Gothic church of Santa María, for example, built in the 13th century and remodelled in the 18th century. In the exterior of the temple, the largest in the whole island, there is a slender belltower. Inside, you can admire a great nineteen-century organ, or enormous acoustic quality.

RECOMMEND: A pleasant way of seeing just how the city is connected to its port is to wander through the pretty square by the fish market and the cloisters of Carmen which house the market. And don’t forget to eat! The most internationally famous sauce of all of Minorcan cuisine is, well, mayonnaise, made with egg, garlic and olive oil. Some of the most typical island dishes get their ingredients from the sea, like for example the lobster casserole and the cuttlefish baked casserole. For dessert, have a delicious cheese with the label Designation of Origin – Mahón.

Sant Lluis and its beaches

The Sant Lluis area, in southern Menorca, is close to some of island’s most beautiful seaside villages and beaches.

TO SEE: Although it was only a period of 7 years, from 1756 to 1763, the French occupation left its mark in the form of a small white village which was called Sant Lluis in honour of their king Louis XV. Around this time the emblematic windmill was built, leading into streets lined with squat white-washed houses. In the centre of this little white village is the Sa Creu square with its simple tiled patio. It is surrounded by the local church and Town Hall, and is where market-days, concerts and other events take place.

TO DO: There are capes and islets, and medieval defensive towers all along the coast, very characteristic of the island. You will also find old rural farmsteads, typical examples of Minorca architecture, and remains of prehistoric “talaiots” (Megalithic constructions) such as at Es Pujol. Then there are old windmills, like Molí de Dalt, home to the Ethnological Museum.

Many country tracks and trails run through the village, ideal to explore on foot or by bike.

RECOMMEND: Without doubt, one of the main attractions of the Sant Lluis area is its varied coastline with cliffs, fine sand beaches and turquoise water. Here you will find the beautiful coves of Binissafúller, Biniancolla and Binibequer, with their typical whitewashed fishermen’s houses.

S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park

S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park is not only a paradise for birds but also for bird-watchers and one of the favourite places of visitors to the island.

TO SEE: In a stunning beautiful setting, to the north of the city of Mahón, stands Cap de Favaritx and, opposite, a short way away, l’Illa d’en Colomi. The ensemble shapes a coastline of gentle beaches, with several low rocky sections. Bird watching and the area’s tourist attraction, make it one of the favourite places of visitors to the island.

TO DO: Wild olive groves inhabit all of the Park’s inland areas, except for the wetlands and the coastal strip. The Park also stands out for its diverse bird population. You can watch aquatic birds such as ducks, coots and shags, birds of prey such as the osprey, the red kite and the booted eagle. Among the reptiles and amphibians that live in the Park, mention must be made of the Balearic wall lizard (Podarcis lilfordi), which is endemic to both Majorca and Minorca and found exclusively on the islets.

RECOMMEND: Not only is the park exceptional because it has become an excellent habitat for many bird species, but also its morphology means visitors can observe them.

Routes

Cala Tirant – Benimel·là

Linear hiking route along the northern coast of the island of Minorca.

This route runs along one of the best preserved sections of the island’s coast. The entire area has been declared a SCI (Site of Community Importance) by the EC, as well as being awarded an SPA (Special Protection Area) distinction for birds. This section is of great geological value, as there are many different natural environments where biodiversity is concentrated. Socarells are one type of vegetation resent on this section that is worth a special mention. One key characteristic of these endemic bushes is their ability to adapt to extreme weather conditions, provoked by the strong north wind.

Distance/Time: Linear route
Distance: 9,60 km
Difficulty: Medium
Points:
Cala Tirant – Camí de Cavalls – Cala Roja – Cala Mica – Binimel·là

Es Grau – Favàritx

Hiking route through the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park in Minorca.

Minorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. This section crosses the core zone of this reserve: Albufera des Grau Natural Park (lagoon).

The wide variety of ecosystems and landscapes in this area are an indication of its great natural value. Leaving the beach at Es Grau behind, the beach connects directly with the Albufera wetlands, which incorporate many different ecosytems and there is a high level of biodiversity. Among these is Cala de sa Torreta and La Morella, both have dune systems and attached marshes. The Morella lagoon is the largest, and is home to many tamarinds. Continuing along the coast, the path leads to Cap Favàrtix, where a type of vegetation living among the rocks has adapted to the effect of the sea.

The prehistoric settlement at Sa Torreta is close to this section, the remains include architectonical elements of great beauty.

Distance/Time: Linear route
Distance: 8,6 km
Difficulty level: Medium
Points:
S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park

Punta Prima – Cala de San Esteve

Linear route along the southern coast of Minorca.

The first half of this section runs across some of the flattest land on the island. The second half of the path at the island’s most easterly point diverts inland. Only the occasional small gorge interrupts
the flat relief. Patches of wild olive trees and bushes alternate with farmland and fields where livestock graze to create a mosaic scenary, although this landscape changes dramatically at the gorges.

Distance/Time: Linear route
Distance: 7,30 km
Difficulty: Low
Points:
Punta Prima – Alcalfar – Cala de Sant Esteve

Cycling Route Ciutadella N-4

Circular cycling route which covers part of the north coast of the island of Minorca.

Circular route of about 43 km which covers most of the north coast of Ciutadella. Although quite even (650 meters gradient) there are some physical and technical challenges. You start and finish by the old cemetery of Ciutadella, leaving the city on the camino de Sant Jordi for the first 15 km section which is mostly surfaced road. You then take the camino de la Reina, “Camí Vell”, Me-1 and camino del Pilar until you get to the car-park at Alforí de Dalt. This is where the route and landscape change radically. You go into a beautiful wood set over fossil dunes to a path (with no cars) that takes you the coast and the Camí de Cavalls (GR 223), which you follow for more than 20km through amazing and varied landscape and natural habitats. The track passes by the sea where you have to cut inland in places, going through woods, shrubland and marshes.

Distance/Time: Distance: 43,10 km
Difficulty level: High
Gradient: 652,25
Points:
Ciutadella – Cala Morell – Cala D’Algaiarens – Ciutadella

Festivals and Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

These are the upcoming fiestas, events and festivals in Minorca. The given dates may vary, so please contact the local tourist office if you wish to take part in or attend a specific event.

August

12th King’s Cup for vintage boats 2016
Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands, is hosting this regatta once again, as part of the prestigious international Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

Minorca is especially attractive, and the competition is even more spectacular thanks to its crystal-clear turquoise waters. What’s more, there are many different winds in the island and this makes the competition very interesting and exciting.

The most beautiful sailing ships of the world participate in this regatta which is part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

When: 25-29 August
Where: Mao, Minorca

September

Mare de Déu de Gràcia de Mahón Fiestas 2016
The fiestas of Mahón in Minorca, which honour the Virgen de Gràcia, take place from 6 to 9 September.

The Mahón fiestas date back to 1890, when the Town Hall decided to combine the religious ceremonies that honoured the city’s with the horse parades that used to be celebrated around the San Juan fiestas in June and had stopped in the X1X century.

When: 6-9 September 2015
Where: Maó/Mahón

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