Minorca Island Things To Do
While in Spain, make sure to plan a trip to scenic Minorca Island. This historic island boasts ancient ruins and lively nightclubs; adventurous caving expeditions; and serious shopping.
Explore the coastal footpath that encircles the island, the Cami de Cavalls. Whether you hike it or walk it, this 115-mile jaunt provides varied terrain, spectacular cliff views, and provides access to many of Minorca’s unspoiled beaches. If you’re adventurous, try mountain biking it.
Visitors to the Sant Tomas resort will find Binigaus Beach, just a five-minute walk away via Cami de Cavalls. This undeveloped, sandy beach offers a few rocky outcrops, so wear good shoes getting there. You’ll discover numerous little coves for swimming and sunbathing. Bring food and water with you as there are no vendors. There are also no bathrooms.
Minorca’s Cala Turqueta beach features a horseshoe-shaped sand cove. Pine trees line the back of the beach. The water here is shallow, clear, and turquoise. It’s a very popular destination, even crowded on a Monday. Weekends are busier. If you’re traveling there by bus, buy your tickets early in the day. The buses are 22-seat mini-buses.
The seaside resort, Cala Galdana, is nestled on a sandy beach surrounded by rocks. It provides great snorkeling opportunities and crystal clear water. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s also on the coastal footpath and near the Algendar gorge. The bus runs from here to Maó, Ciutadella, and Ferreries. You can also rent a car.
Visit the former capital, Ciutadella, known for its traditional Mediterranean feel. It’s an old town with small streets lined with historical homes and plenty of shops. Don’t miss the cathedral, the Diocesan Museum, and Ciutadella Harbor.
The quaint and quirky village of Binibèquer Vell boasts a church steeple, but no church. Part of the Sant Lluís community, it was designed as a fishing village, but is actually a holiday village. Some of the island tour buses stop here. You can shop, eat at one of the picturesque restaurants, explore the harbor, or swim. This village is very near the airport.
Explore the artificial caves used as a necropolis near Cala Morell. You’ll find the entrance on the coastal footpath.
Admire the talaiots (watch towers) and taula (two stone table monument). Popular talaiot ensembles to visit include:
- Trepucó, near Mahón
- Trebaluger, near San Luis
- Talatí de Dalt
- Torre d’en Galmés.
Some of these watchtowers still boast the remains of once attached homes.
Everywhere on Minorca you’ll see stone walls. The island residents merely put to work the abundant stones of the rocky island for building. The natives joke is, “We are growing stones here.” They erect dry stone walls, piling the rocks tightly together without mortar or cement to bind them. In some spots, plants grow over and through the spaces between the rocks making it look like a hedge. The oldest of these dry stone walls were monuments and burial chambers built before the time of Christ. The oldest of these dates back more than 3,500 years.
The artificial cave, Cova d’en Xoroi, about 82 feet above the sea, provides a beautiful view from its cliffs. Walk down into its depths, about 100 steps, and find your day’s or night’s entertainment in two bars and a disco. Admission includes your first drink.
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