Since 1993, Menorca has been a Biosphere Reserve, which proves just how much natural wealth the island possesses.  The diversity of its Mediterranean habitats, including the species endemic to the island, is among its highlights.  Menorca is also committed to responsible sustainability, making it one of the world’s most eco-friendly destinations.

While many would come here for its white sandy coves with turquoise waters, you’ll find many other things to discover on the island.  Here are the top places to visit in Menorca.

1. Monte Toro

At 358 metres above sea level, Monte Toro is the highest point of Menorca. It’s more of a hill but is the go-to place for those who want to admire the island’s panoramic vistas.  Rising impassively in an area of gentle slopes, it is a perfect spot for hiking enthusiasts.

Combining nature, culture, legends, and history, Monte Toro exudes an atmosphere that is hard to resist.  It’s easily accessible for even non-hikers, taking about an hour or two to climb.  The landscape of this stunning area, which lies in the heart of Menorca, will make your hike well worth the effort.

Even before climbing Mount Toro, you will be captivated by the legend behind this mountain.  Almost every local in Menorca knows well the history behind this quaint hill.  According to legend, its name comes from the belief that several years ago, a bull protected the summit, blocking anyone from trying to reach it.

One night, some monks ascended the mountain and were surprised to find the bull there.  The bull tried to attack them but changed its course upon seeing the crosses they were carrying.  Instead of driving them away, the bull led them to a cave, where they discovered the island’s patron saint, the Virgin of the Bull.

2. Mahón

About a third of Menorca’s population lives in its capital city, Mahon.  It’s famous for its lovely harbour and main square called Plaça d’Espanya.  Strolling Plaça d’Espanya is one of the best things to do in Menorca, where you’ll find gorgeous historic buildings, such as the 18th Century Iglesia de Santa Maria, one of the city’s most important religious monuments.

Another point of interest in the Iglesia de Santa Maria is the Menorca Museum, which features exhibitions about the Menorcan people over the centuries.  Aside from its picturesque square, another fantastic place to explore and enjoy a scenic walk in the capital is the stunning Mahon Harbour, one of the world’s deepest natural harbours.

During the early times, Mahon was a military port for the entire Mediterranean, riddled with destruction and suffering.  But nowadays, Mahon has become a bustling centre for trade and tourism.  It has some of Menorca’s great restaurants, making it an ideal place to dine and unwind, especially along its harbour.

Mahon serves as the seat of Menorca’s Island Council.  The local governments have worked hard to promote tourism as the primary source of income for island residents, making it one of Spain’s wealthiest port cities.

3. Ciutadella Old Town

You will find some beautiful rental properties in Menorca that offer the perfect place to stay for those who want to explore more of the island.  Some of these properties are in Ciutadella.  It’s the island’s former capital city and is another fantastic place to visit while on the island.  It lies along the island’s westernmost section and is home to a beautiful harbour that exudes a more relaxing feel than its larger counterpart in Mahon.

A treasure trove of Balearic Island history, Ciutadella Old Town is a haven for history lovers.  As you stroll around the town, you’ll stumble upon historic churches and medieval-looking streets alongside traditional Spanish restaurants.  It is the perfect place for a lovely stroll and for those looking to feast on delectable Spanish delicacies.

The Old Town boasts archaeological heritage, home to some megalithic structures similar to the UK’s Stonehenge.  Head to Es Born, a historic area home to ancient old churches, fortresses, and medieval streets.  While walking around, you can sense the area’s rich history and unique atmosphere.

4. Cala Galdana

Lying along the seafront of Menorca, Cala Galdana is a stunning cove with crystal-clear waters and is one of the island’s most spectacular beaches.  It’s an ideal base for exploring the southern part of the island.

Cala Galdana’s biggest draw is its horse-shoe beach that looks breathtaking from certain angles, surrounded by limestone cliffs and lush pine forests, not to mention the stunning Caribbean blues and whites colouring the sea and sand.

In addition, Cala Galdana boasts calm water, making it an ideal place for families with kids.  It has a Blue Flat Status, and you can easily access it from a hotel by the beach or a short walk from the town centre.

5. Saint Lluís

If you want to enjoy an authentic and relaxing atmosphere on your holiday to Menorca, visit Sant Lluis Beach.  It’s in the stunning countryside of a residential town at the heart of Menorca.

Sant Lluis is an ideal base for exploring Menorca’s south coast beaches.  As you stroll through its picturesque streets, you’ll find quaint shops, bakeries, and restaurants, not to mention some friendly local villages.  You’ll also find Eglesia de Sant Lluis, which dominates Sant Lluis and is considered the town’s main church.

Home to locals and expats from around the world, Sant Lluis has a vibrant community with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

6. Cala Turqueta

Cala en Turqueta is one of Menorca’s most beautiful coves.  It’s hidden deep in a rocky inlet, surrounded by lush pine forests.  With fine white sands and crystal-clear waters, it’s a lovely spot to swim and relax while soaking up Menorca’s relaxing vibe.

Since Cala en Turqueta is protected from wind and waves, it has calm waters, making it an ideal spot for swimming with the kids. You can also snorkel around the cove’s rocky ledges. But it’s worth noting that there’s no lifeguard on service, so exercise caution when swimming.