Alaior Things to do
Guide rich in photographs and useful maps
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.
Every coastal resort is part of an attractive around Menorca coastal walk - Cami de Cavalls. You will often discover swimming coves and virgin beaches. The distinctive vermillion signs will guide you.
Cala en Porter beach
reached in Summer via bus Guide to Cala en Porter
Medieval roots and lovely places to wander
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.
A small but enjoyable selection of small shops with clothes and shoe boutiques in the old town ( Carrer de Ramel ) - see maps.
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.
Crafts stalls with jewelry and other trinkets, every Wednesday evening from 19:00 - 23:00 . From July 1st to first Wednesday in September.
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
Alaior is home to the Pons Quintana shoe factory shop where you will enjoy reduced prices on beautiful shoes and boots.
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
There is riding at Taris Centre Ecuestre just along ME-1 5 min from Alaior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.