Menorca’s capital, Mahon, lies on the east coast of the island. It’s freckled with elegant 18th-century mansions, which sit alongside quaint churches and a Gothic cathedral. Check out the underwater mussel farms as you sail into the world’s second deepest natural harbour and, once ashore, head for Place Esplanada, the city’s biggest square.
• When you’re not sipping wine on the waterfront of Mahon, weave your way through gorgeous scenery to the fishing village of Fornells. It’s renowned for its lobster dishes and King Juan Carlos of Spain regularly pops over from his summer palace in Majorca.
• Get a bird’s eye view of the island when you head up its highest peak, Monte Toro, the spiritual centre of the island.
• Explore the island's country tracks, flowery meadows and oak forests on horseback. It's a great way to get off the beaten track and take in Majorca's standout scenery.
• Head to Menorca's old capital, Ciutadella, where you'll find hidden plazas and centuries-old churches. There's a stylish waterfront these days, too.
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All palm-lined streets, sandstone buildings and hidden plazas, Menorca’s old capital is one of the prettiest towns in the Med. It’s got plenty of history to its name, too, having been ruled by the Byzantines, the French and the Brits over the years. This half-day tour will show you all the old treasures, as well as introducing you to the town’s modern face. Topping the list of sights is Ciutadella’s 14th-century cathedral, and impressive Gothic number that was originally a mosque. Also on the agenda are a trio of neoclassic palaces and the town’s fortress-like town hall. Later, you’ll head down to the marina, where a huddle of canopied restaurants and open-air bars await. Stop for a bite to eat or simply stroll along the waterfront. Then you’ll have a bit of free time to explore the town on your own. Browse the little boutiques or nosy round the squares before heading back to the ship.
If you don’t really feel like you’ve been to a place unless you’ve ticked off all the must-see sights, then this is the tour for you. It’s packed with the best bits of Menorca, and we’ll cover it all in around six hours. We’ll start off at one of the most unusual spots on the island, the Favaritx Lighthouse. It’s set in an area surrounded by dark slate rocks, so it’s got a dramatic lunar-like feel. Then it’s time to head along the coast to the quiet beach resort of Arenal d’en Castell, whose standout feature is a pretty horseshoe bay. After that, it’s on to the old fishing village of Fornells - a favourite haunt of the King of Spain. This place is dotted with whitewashed houses and a church that dates back to the 17th century. Next up is the island’s spiritual centre - the sanctuary of the Mother of God of Toro, which stands at the top of Monte Toro – Menorca’s highest peak. We’ll stop for about half an hour before heading on to Cala Galdana – the ‘Queen of Bays’. It’s a gorgeous cove and a great photo spot. Then it’s time for lunch at Binisues restaurant, which is in an 18th-century manor house.
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What better way to spend a few hours than to laze in the sun at Son Bou Beach, the longest on the island? Nothing quite compares to a dip in the cool, refreshing sea on a hot day. Once here you’ll have around a few hours to top up your tan, swim or simply relax.