The Island of Menorca is one of the most popular seaside destinations for tourists who come from all over the world, especially during the summer months, to enjoy its amazing and renowned beaches.
Summer, the best time to visit Menorca
Thanks to its excellent climate and high number of hours of sunshine per year, I can happily say that summer in Menorca starts at the end of May and goes on until the end of September. There are even those who go for a swim as late as November!
As well as enjoying the wonderful beaches of Menorca, in the summer you can admire its lush nature, with its fields full of flowers, not just in spring.
You can stroll through the streets of the towns and villages, visit markets, prehistoric monuments and much, much more.
I hope I’ve convinced you. So let’s take a look at the TOP 10 things to see and do in Menorca in the summer!
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TOP 10 things to see and do in Menorca in June
There are so many things to see and do in Menorca in the summer: the island shakes off the winter blues and offers its visitors all kinds of activities, for all tastes.
Shortening the list down to 10 things is no easy task, but I’ll do my best. Here are my TOP 10 things to see and do in Menorca in the summer:
1. Macarella and Macarelleta
I’ll start with what, without doubt, is one of Menorca’s greatest claims to fame: the famous beaches of Cala Macarella and, its little sister, Cala Macarelleta.
These two stunning coves, in the south of Menorca, are among the most popular with tourists and locals, due to their unique beauty. The pure-white sand contrasting with the turquoise sea and the green pine forest surrounding the coves will truly take your breath away!
From 1 June until 30 September you won’t be able to get to Cala Macarella in your own vehicle; you will need to take the public bus that goes from the centre of Ciutadella.
But my advice would be to park your car at Cala Galdana and then walk a stretch of the Camí de Cavalls, you won’t regret it!
Macarelleta can be reached by a short scenic walk from Macarella.
Get up early, though! Both beaches get very busy in the summer.
2. Port Mahón
The Port of Mahón, the second largest natural harbour in the world, has a unique charm and is definitely worth a visit.
I’d advise you not only to stroll along the front, visit its shops and enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants, but also to see it from above: in the centre of Mahón you’ll find various viewpoints overlooking the port for simply stunning views.
3. Walking the Camí de Cavalls
The Camí de Cavalls is an ancient path, 185km long, which runs along the entire coast of Menorca.
If you’re not used to walking, don’t worry! There are some short sections of the Camí de Cavalls that are suitable for almost every level of walker. But make sure you wear comfortable footwear (preferably covering the whole of the foot) and take some water and suncream with you.
4. Sunset at the Artrutx Lighthouse
Sunset is one of the most popular times for couples, tourists and photographers wishing to watch and, why not, capture in an image, the sun disappearing and giving way to dusk.
During the summer months in Menorca, you can watch some amazing sunsets, where the sun seems to disappear into the sea. You’ll find them hard to forget!
One of the best places to watch the sun go down is Cap d’Artrutx which, along with its beautiful lighthouse, makes this natural spectacle even more special.
Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca, has a charm that few other cities can boast.
My advice is to stroll through the centre’s streets aimlessly, wandering here and there, looking at the grand old buildings. It will be like taking a journey back in time!
6. Cala Pregonda
Cala Pregonda is, to my mind, the jewel of the north coast of Menorca. You can only reach it on foot, after walking for 40 minutes or so, and you’ll feel like you’ve landed on another planet.
Its reddish sand and the islets protecting the bay from the waves make it truly unique.
There are no amenities close by at Cala Pregonda, so take with you everything you need for a lovely day on the beach.
7. Monte Toro
Menorca is a flat island, with no large promontories or mountains. The highest point, in fact, is Monte Toro, at just 358m.
From here, on the clear days typical of June, you can see across the whole island.
Also, at the top of Monte Toro there’s a sanctuary, the Santuario de la Vírgen del Toro, offering visitors a truly mystical atmosphere.
8. La Mola de Minorca
Built to defend the Port of Mahón, the fortress of Isabella II, also known as ‘la Mola’, is a must for history lovers.
Probably the most intriguing fact about this building is that it was never used, as once the work was completed, it had already become obsolete due to the rapid advancements in artillery technology.
9. Torre d’En Galmés
We’re still on the subject of history, although in this case, the ancient history of Menorca: The Talayotic period.
There are, in fact, some unique and fascinating prehistoric structures on the island. Menorca has many archaeological sites, but the one I’d recommend you visit for its excellent level of conservation is, of course, Torre d’En Galmés, situated close to the town of Alaior.
10. Cales Fonts
I’ve come to the end of this list, although it could actually be much longer.
But I wouldn’t like to sign off without telling you about Cales Fonts: the little harbour of Es Castell, near Mahón.
Its little shops, bars and restaurants overlooking the sea make it a lovely place and an absolute must to visit, especially in the evening.
Menorca is an island that really has a lot to offer its visitors, so this list could be endless. And what about you? Do you know Menorca? What’s in your TOP 10?