Where to stay for Young Couples
If you love beautiful landscapes, dream of remote natural sandy beaches, love to dine well and sip drinks under dreamy stars then Menorca is worth a second look. Most guides extoll the virtues of Menorca for young families much less is written about it's attraction for twenty/thirty something couples. The island definitely does not attract the get drunk quick visitor.
Menorca is unexpected, compact but incredibly diverse, which means picking somewhere to stay unless you've experienced it all often means you miss some memorable moments. So if you are looking for one spot or hotel hopping, beach bliss or are culture vultures we've got a lots of ideas about couple perfect places to stay.
The best tip for Menorca is to treat the whole island as your resort. Absolutely nothing is more than a hour's road trip away. Getting mobile with a hire car will allow you to experience so much more. Reserve in advance as hire on the island is generally more (much more) expensive. The island has a modern bus network that uses four hubs along the spine road of the island (ME-1) so most places are accessible but given the small size of the island and regulated fixed fare pricing a Taxi trip won't break the bank either.
Menorca is not a budget destination, never has been and never will be. So you are left with relaxed quality and if you are in the know then like us you can eat very well for a lot less.
There are picture postcard villages of Torret, Llucmacanes and Trebaluger to visit and lovely countryside drives through stone walled lanes.
Where not to stay?
Beach Life and Sun Worshipers
There are arguably few, if any, destinations in the Med. that can offer so many pristine quality resort beaches, but the real jewells are the abundance of undeveloped natural beaches - Virgin beaches.
In fact anywhere on Menorca you are never more than 5 miles from a beach! If you wanted to find fine white sands beaches then normally you'd have to fly much longer than the two hours to Menorca. The resort beaches are free from annoying beach traders and while the beach rats might make sand castle obstacle courses at the waters edge due to the restricted tourist numbers the beaches are never over full so that you can't find a good spot away from the little darlings.
Beach visitor numbers to the island's trademark virgin beaches are restricted either by access point for those reachable by car and by a half hour hikes for those only reachable on foot. Once experienced, never forgotten. I never tire of these beaches.
While Menorca is definitely no Ibiza or even Majorca Palma, there are still plenty of places where you can dance the night away, none more spectacular so than Covas den Xoroi set in natural caves 25m above the bay in Cala en Porter with guest DJs from UK and Ibiza. Most of the dance clubs can be found in the harbour areas with smaller music and "chill out" bars in the side streets of of Mahon and Ciutadella as well as in Es Castell. There is a water taxi between Mahons' and Es Castells' attractive harbours that is an especially delightful way ' to arrive' on summer evenings.
Where to stay - Beach with activities
Two places stand out that scream Menorca, beach and action - Cala Galdana and Cala en Porter. Both are set in impressive bays, both surrounded by beautiful countryside with coastal, valley and countryside walks / cycle ways and offer water sports. Cala Galdana is more developed touristically , but is somewhat remoter . Cala en Porter lies at the heart of things with so much to see and do all within a few miles including the capital Mahon. If you are looking for a bigger , modern resort with more of a buzz check out Cala'n den Bosch with the beautiful old city of Ciutadella a 25 min bus ride away. Plenty of water based activities , boat excursions and virgin beaches
Binibeca Beach is a white silky soft sandy beach set in a protective bay which makes the water very shallow and warm. Locally called Platja Binibèquer
Beach lies in a spectacular picturesque location backing onto a nature reserve. Deep , soft fine white sand.
Beach has very soft white sand, shallow falls into the sea with sandy bottom. The beach lies in an imposing horseshoe bay.
Where to stay for Rural Nature Lovers
Rural Bliss & Sea Views
Farms stays? , well hardly more like Rural chic with olive and vines views, out to the coast or picturesque wooded hills. On Menorca you are never more than 5 miles from a beach, even in the middle. Most of the latest rural stays on Menorca are upmarket - tasteful modern embellishmebts to former Fincas
Where to stay - City chic, Indulgence and Authentic Menorca
If like us your idea of a good place to stay includes mixing with the locals, people watching Cafe spots and listening to live music then head to Mahon and Ciutadella. Two old cities whose inner city streets are both heavily influenced by Menorca's invaders! . Ciutadella, the older, has perhaps spain's prettiest square ( Place des Born ) and the architectire of the moors and Rich palaces build with the natural Mares stone. Mahon refelects the british Colonial with it's famous balconies "boinders" and Art Nouveau dotted facades .... it even had a prirate encampment! ( Parc des Freginal ) now a lovely city park.
In recent years there has been an explosion of little Boutique and Design hotels. Small , personal and very individual and all right in the heart of each city's charms. Places to stay range from budget to budget busting pamper palaces ( litterally! )
Where NOT to stay
...reading quite a few articles places get heavily romanticised but we know they are probably not the places to stay you could be led to think.
Binibequer Vell 'town ' as often misquoted. The "Fisherman's village"" apartments have everal Bar's next door, very loud, high heels on stone for hours on end. Er No thankyou.
Menorca is so compact you can easily visit and enjoy places without having to stay there!
We fell in love with Menorca so much we bought a second home there and have spent literally months of holiday time on Menorca over the years. We know all Menorca's various vibes and corners intimately.
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