Things to See and Do in Alaior

Our photo tour will show many of these attractions and their locations.

Alaior has a charming medieval historical centre on an ancient hill dominated by its beautiful Church of Santa Eulalia. The old town is a maze of narrow streets. If you get lost just go up hill and you'll reach Santa Eulalia. There are pretty relaxing squares ( Placa Nova, Placa Ramal ). Placa Ramal is in the centre with inviting Cafes and home made ice cream shops. The main shopping area extends from here 'down and up the hill' (Carrer des Ramal). As you wander around don't be surprised to see a rider on a magnificent horse winding through the streets. Alaior is a traditional Menorcan town grown around dairy farming and shoe making. There are an assortment of working farms still producing the local Mahon cheese which you can visit and taste their products.

Bad Weather days

On cloudier or rainy days you could look at the following or visit Mahon on bus ( ten pin bowling at OCI centre,Museums,Shopping ). If you have a hire car there is much more.

Shopping

A small but enjoyable selection of small shops with clothes and shoe boutiques in the old town ( Carrer de Ramel ) - see maps.

Morning Market

Travelling stall holders with shoes, leather good and assorted "tourist" goods, every Thursday Carrer Reverendo Huguest ( old town) 09:00 to 14:00 From June to September.

Evening Market

Crafts stalls with jewelry and other trinkets, every Wednesday evening from 19:00 - 23:00 . From July 1st to first Wednesday in September.

Pons Quintana

Produce very feminine luxury women's footwear right here on the island. A name that might be unfamiliar in UK as a lot of the production is sold in fashionable shops in France and Germany. Renowed for their handmade woven leather designs that are very comfortable yet sylish. Pons Quintana have shops in Mahon (S'Arravaleta 21) and Ciutadella (Sabaters 5 - Poligno) www.ponsquintana.com

Menorca Tips

Alaior is home to the Pons Quintana shoe factory shop where you will enjoy reduced prices on beautiful shoes and boots.


Children's Attractions

Lloc de Menorca Zoo

Has grown into a delightful place for young and old to get close to an expanding range of native and more exotic ( smaller ) animals in very pleasant surroundings. Features several walk through landscaped enclosures where animals roam free and small children can see easily. Enough to entertain children and adult animal lovers alike.

Open daily from 10:00-20:00

Located on the main road ME-1 9 km from Mahon

Menorca's Zoo - full guide

Cute Monkeys
Horses & Ponies
Goats to pet
Cheeky Lemurs

Action Activities

Riding

There is riding at Taris Centre Ecuestre just along ME-1 5 min from Alaior.

Walks

Alaior is surrounded by unspoilt, diverse countryisde with hidden valleys and woodlands stretching to the coastline north and south. Springtime ( mid march onwards ) is a fantatsic time to visit Menorca and stay in/close to an authentic town such as Alaior.

Family Walks around Alaior

Longer Walks around Alaior

Cycling

The local area is criss crossed with "Camis" ( original rustic bridleways ) ideal for cycling in scenic countryside. These single track roads offer several bike rides, such as the route that leads from the Ermita de San Llorenc to Binixems. Spring 2014 sees the opening of a new cycle way along Cami de Torralbes between Alaior and the Cala Porter Road ( Me-12 ). Where you can join up with othe country cycle route or onto Cala en Porter for the lovely Cami de Cavalls tracks.

Mountain Bike routes around Alaior

Cycle routes around Alaior

Nearby to Alaior

Calas Coves ( Calas Covas)

A beautiful picturesque spot, favoured by visiting yachts and dreamers. Best visited early mornings and evenings, where the light brings out the scenery. An exciting place for youngsters, dreamy of pirates as the local burial caves up in the limestone walls and rambling cove walks let their imaginations run free. Believed to be an ancient burial ground and was in fact the very first recognised port of Menorca as used by the Romans when they occupied the island. Can be reached on foot from Cala en Porter along various paths or park and walk at Son Vitamina (approx. 30 mins). Road down is NOT suitable for hire cars unless you want to pay for suspension damage! On the Cami di Cavalls route.

One of the 3 bays
Calas Covas
view to second bay
Cales Coves
From Coastal Mouth
Cales Coves
Burial Caves
Cales Coves

Torre d'en Gaumes

Open Air history: Torre d'en Gaumes is a pre-historic settlement just outside of Son Bou signposted on the road from Alaior (carrer de son bou). Access is controlled to preserve this extensive site. This is known to be the largest pre-historic town in the Balearic Islands. The village is surrounded by attractive countryside and features many interesting ancient ruins including, a defensive wall guarding three talaiots (stone watch towers), a temple made of stone and pillared naves. It survived from the pre-talayotic period to Roman times.

Open Tues. to Sat. 0915-2045 hrs., Sun. 0915-1500 hrs., Mon. 0900-1500 hrs. Entrance 3 euros, free on Sun.

Torre d'en Gaumes
Torre d'en Gaumes
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A 'Taula'
Torre d'en Gaumes
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Torre d'en Gaumes
A 'Taula'
imma pieres
Burial Caves
Burial caves
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Club Sant Jaime - Waterpark, Amusements and Entertainment

A play and relaxation centre in the Son Bou Gardens area and open to all. Attractions include water chutes, various pools including baby/toddler pool. Use of the pools is for anyone who makes use of the bar & restaurant. The two water chutes are on a pay as you go basis (10 slides for 6 Eur). Large shaded bar area with restaurant factilities, inside games room (suitable for older children) and Internet access. Features live acts (music tribute acts-a drink is entrance fee) and other events starting at 21:30 most evenings.

There are grassed gardens area with loungers for parents to sun bath and relax.

Pools are open 10:00-19:00,Waterslides 11:00-19:00,Restaurants 10:00-01:00

Menorca Holiday Tips

Club Sant Jaime often runs events for children in the evenings-see locally for details.

Baby and toddler pool
Water chutes
Terrace Bar and Cafe

Ferreries

Is a traditional island town occupying a beautiful location and providing a dramatic moment for all drivers as the main island road ME-1 meanders through a very picturesque and narrow gap in the hills. Ferreries is surrounded by beautiful hills and countryside and spectacular valleys and history. A great start point for scenic walks,cycling and horse riding.

Menorca Holiday Tips

Every Saturday 9-1pm there is an attractive farmers and craft market in Placa Espanya ( main town square ) with fresh farm produce, fruit and handicrafts including ceramics. At the Poligno there is a Jaime Mascaro factory outlet offering high quality leathers goods at reduced prices. Jaime is sold mostly in French, Italien and German boutiques.

Ferreries

Son Bou

Son Bou is a holiday resort of mixed private/commercial holiday homes and a handful of hotels(4) built behind a nature reserve along the island's longest beach. The resort is more correctly called Sant Jaime(Jaume) but Son Bou, Sant Jaime and Torre Soli Nou blend into each other, though Torre Soli nou extends further inland if you are looking for a quieter location. Most of the resort sits on a hillside which offers spectacular views. Offers a full set of factilities for a beachside tourist resort.

Son Bou

Bannana Boat

Beachside Fun
LARUTA

Bowling Alley complex

Bowling Alley complex
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Long sunset beach strolls

Long sunset beach strolls
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Es Mercadal

Es Mercadal is a small town in the centre of the island, with rustic whitewashed houses lining pretty narrow streets. It lies at the base to Monte Toro, Menorcas' highest 'mountain' (357 m). On top there are viewing areas and a small pleasant cafeteria with small outside terrace. From up here there are excellent views of the whole island - upto the bay at Fornells ,the northern coast and the rolling hills of the island's centre.

Menorca Tips

Es Mercadal is also a Gastronomy and Restaurant oasis, with a range from simple to fine dining but the quality in every price range is very good. "Centre Artesanal de Menorca" is located here too and is the crafts center of Menorca showcasing traditional and comtemporary crafts.

Es Mercadal

Windmill & Restaurant 'Moli des Reco'
Santa Marti Church
Sweet Delights in the pastry shops
Typical Es Mercadal

Son Parc Golf and Tennis

Son Parc offers the island's only 18 hole golf course set in wooded countryside complete with putting green and (floodlit) driving range. There are also tennis courts available for hire (raquets and balls can be hired at golf shop ) and Bar-Restaurant Es Bruc GOLF with outside terrace overlooking the course . Tee times can be booked in advance as can the tennis courts. Website

Son Parc
Son Parc Golf
18 hole course
Son Parc Golf
Driving Range
Son Parc Golf
Terrace
Son Parc Golf

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