Last Updated on August 9, 2022 by Helen E. White
If you plan to visit this magnificent island, you are probably wondering which is the best area to stay in Menorca. In this article, I am going to recommend the areas and beaches that in my opinion are the best for you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
To choose the place where you are going to book your hotel well, it is advisable to know a little about the island. Unlike other sun and beach destinations where you stay in the same place for almost all your holidays, in Menorca, you have to move to discover its coves and its corners.
The place where you stay is important, but I would say much less than in other places if you have a vehicle. Menorca is a small island, about 50 km from end to end, but it contains many attractions in such a small space. Ensuring your mobility will guarantee you a much richer experience.
In addition to being known for its incredible beaches, which are among the best in Spain, other attractions deserve part of your time.
Among them, are its peoples, its nature, the Talayotic culture (an autochthonous prehistoric culture) and the legacy left by those who conquered it in the past as Arabs, French or English.
On the other hand, the best beaches are virgin beaches where there is nothing or almost nothing built, and where it is not possible to stay. Keep in mind that Menorca is a Biosphere Reserve and a large part of its territory is protected and nothing is allowed to be built.
To enjoy these beaches, which after all are the great attraction of Menorca and what differentiates it from the rest of the islands, it is necessary to arrive in your vehicle.
Public transport only connects its towns and its most important beaches, as well as a few virgin beaches. To enjoy 100% of Menorca it is necessary to either have your vehicle or rent a car.
When choosing where to stay in Menorca, I would differentiate between three main possibilities: staying in Mahón or Ciutadella, staying in the interior of the island in one of its towns or in a small rural hotel, or choosing one of its beaches.
Each option has its pros and cons, but if you have a car and you plan to move around the island, it doesn’t matter where you have your hotel.
At a general level, two large areas are distinguished, the south coast and the north coast. The south coast is the most developed for tourism, while a large part of the north is protected and its accommodation possibilities are concentrated in a few points.
The southern beaches have fine, very white sand, crystal clear turquoise water like few other places you will find, and a lot of pine forests.
For its part, the north coast presents a different landscape. It is wilder and more rugged. You will find beaches very similar to those in the south but also beaches with golden, reddish-gold, and dark sand. Of course, all also with really crystal clear water.
The vast majority of the beaches in Menorca are usually coves, small secluded beaches, which have some type of accommodation, usually apartments or villas. Hotels and a few large resorts are concentrated on the largest and most touristy beaches.
Speaking of more tourist beaches in Menorca has nothing to do with those of the peninsula. Here all of them, including the most touristically developed ones, are quiet and you will never have the stress of any kind. In addition, you will enjoy the clarity of water like in a few other places in the world (and I have already been in a few to be able to affirm it).
If you have a car, you can choose to sleep in one of these quiet coves, bearing in mind that you will need to move to go out to dinner or have a drink. Don’t worry because the island is so small that everything is close.
Otherwise, or if it is the first time you visit Menorca, I think it is best to take one of the best-known beaches, with public transport, and good services as a base camp.
- 1 Where to Stay in Menorca: the Best Areas
- 1.1 1. Mahón, a Practical Area to Stay in Menorca
- 1.2 2. Ciutadella, One of the Best Options to Sleep in Menorca
- 1.3 3. Punta Prima, Where to Stay in Menorca on a Very Familiar Beach
- 1.4 4. Binibeca is One of the Most Sought-after Areas to Stay in Menorca and One of the Most Expensive
- 1.5 5. Cala en Porter, Cheap Accommodation in Menorca
- 1.6 6. Son Bou, the Longest Beach and a Lively Area
- 1.7 7. Santo Tomás, Where to Sleep in Menorca in a Very Quiet Area
- 1.8 8. Cala Galdana, Ideal to Stay in Menorca for Everyone
- 1.9 9. Arenal D´en Castell, a Very Popular Option to Stay in Menorca for Families With Children
- 1.10 10. Son Parc, Where to Stay in Menorca to Rest and Play Golf
- 1.11 11. Fornells and Beaches of Fornells, a Fishing Village With Excellent Restaurants and Water Sports
- 1.12 12. Cala en Bosch and Son Xoriguer, Where to Stay in Menorca in Lively Areas and With an Excellent Hotel Offer
- 2 Hotels in Minorca
- 3 Cheap Accommodation in Minorca
- 4 Rent an Apartment or a Villa in Menorca
Where to Stay in Menorca: the Best Areas
1. Mahón, a Practical Area to Stay in Menorca
Mahón is the administrative capital of Menorca. It is a small and pleasant city from which you can move to any point on the island.
It is the best-communicated area since the Menorca airport is located in this municipality, most of the passengers who come by boat arrive at its large port, and it is the largest public transport hub on the island. From the point of view of mobility, it is a very practical option to stay in Menorca.
This Menorcan city stands out for its English colonial architecture and because it has one of the largest and most beautiful natural harbors in the Mediterranean, which comes alive in the summer months. The port of Mahón is one of the great tourist attractions on the island.
However, its tourist attractions are not limited to its magnificent port. It is also worth visiting its charming old quarter, the Church of Santa María with its 3000-pipe organ, the Museum of Menorca, the viewpoints overlooking the port, and the great fortress of La Mola built in the 19th century to defend the port entrance.
Very close to the city there are other places of interest such as the Albufera des Grau Natural Park, and Talayotic settlements such as Talatí de Dalt or Trepucó.
And for your moments at the beach, within walking distance, there are very good beaches such as Cala Mesquida and Es Grau on the north coast, and on the south coast, others as well known and familiar as Binibeca and Punta Prima.
When it comes to shopping, it is the best option next to Ciutadella. To do this, go to the area of Calles de las Moreras, Calle Hannover and its surroundings.
At the level of restaurants and places to go out for drinks (Minorca’s nightlife is divided mainly between Mahón and Ciutadella), it is undoubtedly one of the best options. Restaurants and nightlife are spread between the city center and the port.
Mahón is ideal if you want to be close to the airport, be very well connected, and have bars, restaurants, shops, cinemas, nightlife, and in short, what a small tourist city can offer you.
The disadvantage is that it does not have an urban beach, so to enjoy the beach you will have to travel by bus, in a few minutes the bus leaves you at the beaches of the south coast or travel by car (the best option to explore the island). ).
At the level of accommodation, several hotels range from the high range to modest pensions, passing through boutique hotels.
2. Ciutadella, One of the Best Options to Sleep in Menorca
For its part, Ciutadella, located at the other end of the island, is the most beautiful city in Menorca. If I were a tourist coming to spend a few days on vacation and had to choose between Mahón and Ciutadella, I would choose the latter.
This city has a very beautiful medieval old town with narrow winding streets, small squares, and palaces such as the Torresaura and Salort, Casa Olivar, and the Squella to name a few, which once belonged to the Menorcan nobility.
Be sure to visit the Cathedral of Menorca, the Cathedral of Santa María de Ciutadella, and the castle of San Nicolás. Neither is its small natural port on which its town hall stands, a very photogenic image, and where you will find restaurants and a lot of nightlife.
The Ciutadella area is the most touristically developed on the island. I like the city as an option to stay in Menorca, but not so much some of the beaches and urbanizations around it.
In addition, it is also the liveliest area to go out at night on the entire island. As with Mahón, there are several bars and disco pubs in the historic center and even more nightlife in its small port.
These developments are located on small beaches that are among the busiest on the island. Some, like Son Xoriguer or Cala en Bosch, are frankly beautiful and have spectacular waters, but they are too small for the demand there is.
Others like Cala en Blanes have a profile that is too foreign for my taste.
Between the accommodation offer that is concentrated in the city of Ciutadella itself and that of the nearby beach developments, it can be said that it is the area with the greatest quantity and variety in Menorca.
3. Punta Prima, Where to Stay in Menorca on a Very Familiar Beach
It is the typical beach on the south coast of Menorca. Very fine white sand and turquoise waters. It is a good place to enjoy a few days of beach and tranquility.
At the level of services, there are restaurants, the occasional bar, and a shop and supermarket. little more.
In the area, do not forget to visit the Torre de Punta Prima, a defensive tower from the British era preserved in perfect condition, and the Splash Sur Menorca water park, located on the outskirts of the urbanization.
There are several hotels, some like the Insotel are fantastic, and a good number of tourist villas for rent. Being such a quiet area and close to Mahón and Sant Lluís, it is highly appreciated by families and couples seeking tranquility.
4. Binibeca is One of the Most Sought-after Areas to Stay in Menorca and One of the Most Expensive
Close to Punta Prima is a very pleasant area well known for its rustic fishing village with its white houses. The proximity of its beach to Mahón or the small town of Sant Lluís means that it is always full of both tourists and Menorcans.
It is one of my favorite areas … maybe it is because I spent my childhood summers here.
Urbanization is divided into two: Binibeca Vell and Binibeca Nou. Binibeca Vell is the part that was urbanized first. The two zones are glued and taking a short step you go from one to the other.
In Binibeca Vell is the Pueblo de Pescadores, a labyrinth of narrow streets of very photogenic whitewashed houses dating from the 1970s. It is made up of private homes and others for tourist rental.
In front of the Pueblo de Pescadores, there is a tourist complex with small shops, supermarkets, bars, cafeterias, ice cream parlors and restaurants.
For its part, Binibeca Nou is the beach area. It is a very familiar beach with calm waters. In the months with more tourists, it gets quite crowded.
From Binibeca Vell to the beach (in Binibeca Nou) there are just 10 minutes on foot.
Right next to the beach is Torret, small urbanization where you will find several restaurants with sea views. Also, Paupa is one of the recurring places to have a beer at nightfall that I go to every summer ( every summer I go to Menorca for at least a couple of weeks).
Near Binbieca there are little corners where you can take a bath such as Las Ollas, Binisafua beach, or Caló Blanc (the smallest beach in Menorca but with the clearest waters and the most vivid turquoise color on the island).
There are no big beach hotels there is only one hotel for adults in the area. Apartment complexes and rental houses predominate in this area. It is one of the most demanded areas to stay in Menorca and that makes it one of the most expensive.
5. Cala en Porter, Cheap Accommodation in Menorca
This beach, also on the south coast, is located between two cliffs. It is another beach with white sand and turquoise water with a large number of services and equipment. It is a comfortable and familiar beach.
It is not one of my favorite areas to sleep in Menorca (although in summer I often go to its excellent beach), but it is pleasant enough to spend a very good day at the beach and it does not lack anything.
Here is the Cova d’en Xoroi, a spectacular cave located on a cliff overlooking the sea, converted into a nightclub, the most famous on the island. During the day you can visit and enjoy the sunset on one of its terraces. At night it transforms into a lively nightclub.
Cala en Porter is very much to the taste of British tourism and some of its restaurants and bars are quite focused on this public. Despite being one of the urbanizations with the most leisure offer, it is still, as in all of Menorca, a quiet area.
It is also characterized by offering the cheapest prices on the island. So if you are looking to save, it is a good option to stay in Menorca because you will not miss anything and its beach will not disappoint you.
6. Son Bou, the Longest Beach and a Lively Area
Son Bou, also on the south coast, is the largest beach in Menorca and one of the most touristic. Unlike usual on the island, it is a long beach of almost 2.5 km completely open to the sea.
It is a very nice beach located in a protected wetland area. It hardly has any buildings on the seafront. There are only a few hotels right at the beginning of the beach. The rest is without building.
The urbanization borders the humid area and extends up the hill. In it, you will find everything, restaurants, supermarkets, bars, etc. There is also a small water park much appreciated by families with children.
Despite its popularity, you will have plenty of space to enjoy its beach without being overwhelmed. You just have to walk a bit from the car park to get to less crowded areas.
It is one of the best beaches to stay in Menorca. You have everything, you are in the center of the island, and it has public transport. There is also an abundant supply of accommodation. It is ideal for everyone: families, couples, groups of friends, etc.
7. Santo Tomás, Where to Sleep in Menorca in a Very Quiet Area
Santo Tomás is a beach next to Son Bou. It is much smaller and much quieter. It is a good beach with good hotels and apartments.
From here you can walk to the beaches of San Adeodato and Binigaus. The latter is one of those not to be missed in Menorca. If you go first thing in the morning or when the sea is calm, you will be amazed by the turquoise color of its waters.
I only recommend it if your vacation idea is to enjoy yourself at the hotel or on the beach in the area with total peace of mind. The urbanization has zero atmospheres beyond a few restaurants and the occasional bar.
Of course, if you have a vehicle, you can always go to other sites to look for animation whenever you want.
8. Cala Galdana, Ideal to Stay in Menorca for Everyone
Cala Galdana is one of the best-known and most spectacular beaches in Menorca. It is shaped like a shell and is flanked by ravines from which you have a fantastic view. Its waters are of a color that varies between turquoise blue and emerald bluish tones.
It is one of the best beaches for families with children since, being so secluded, its crystal clear waters are very calm and also shallow. On the other hand, on this beach, you also have a bit of everything so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Here you will not be short of bars, restaurants, shops, the possibility of practicing water sports and making several excursions on foot in the area.
Some of the most beautiful virgin beaches on the island are nearby and can be reached on foot. On one side of Cala Galdana is Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta (further away is Cala en Turqueta) and on the other Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta (and a little further Cala Trebalúger).
Personally, it seems to me one of the best options to stay in Menorca for everyone. Because in addition to its services, its fantastic beach and the nearby virgin beaches, and is well connected by bus, it offers you a wide range of accommodation.
For me, it has everything except nightlife. For that, you will have to go to Ciutadella.
9. Arenal D´en Castell, a Very Popular Option to Stay in Menorca for Families With Children
Arenal d’en Castell is very reminiscent of Cala Galdana. It has a very similar shell shape and is also a favorite among families with children.
Despite being on the north coast (where some beaches are wild and with sands of other colors) it is a beach with white sand and turquoise waters. Excellent for the bathroom. Being protected by its bay, the water is usually calm and not deep.
At the end of the day at the beach, there is not much to do beyond a few bars, some restaurants and the entertainment programs of some of the resorts in the area.
At the accommodation level, you will find typical beach hotels and some cheap apartment complexes. And how could it be otherwise also a good number of villas for tourist rental?
10. Son Parc, Where to Stay in Menorca to Rest and Play Golf
Also known as the Arenal de Son Saura, not to be confused with Son Saura on the south coast, it is an excellent secluded medium-sized beach for what is customary on the island.
It is on the north coast very close to Arenal d’en Castell in a very green area of pine forests. It is characterized by having a protected dune system.
The urbanization that extends at one of its ends has all the necessary services. It is a very quiet beach that also has a small golf course, the only one in Menorca.
It is one of the ones I like the most because even in the busiest months you never feel overwhelmed by people.
It is easy to get to and park and on the beach, you have sun loungers and umbrellas. There is also a very popular beach bar and some simple restaurants in the urbanisation.
Son Parc is a recommended option to stay in Menorca if you want to spend a quiet holiday. However, if you want some movement don’t even consider it because you will get bored.
11. Fornells and Beaches of Fornells, a Fishing Village With Excellent Restaurants and Water Sports
Fornells is one of the most charming corners of the island and without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Menorca. It is a small fishing village located in a natural bay in the north of the island.
Here are some of the best restaurants in Menorca to try lobster stew, the typical Menorcan dish par excellence, such as Es Cranc.
In addition, it is an excellent place to practice water sports such as sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing or scuba diving.
Very close to Fornells is Playas de Fornells, a development that overlooks Tirant beach. Son Parc and Arenal d´en Castell are on one side, and on the other, beyond Tirant, are some of the most beautiful virgin beaches on the island such as Cavalleria or Cala Pregonda.
12. Cala en Bosch and Son Xoriguer, Where to Stay in Menorca in Lively Areas and With an Excellent Hotel Offer
These two urbanizations are located about 10 km from Ciutadella on the south coast. They are neighboring urbanizations they are attached, where one ends and the other begins. Both have their beach and are among the most touristic on the island.
Both Cala en Bosch and Son Xoriguer beaches have white sands and very turquoise and calm waters, ideal for families with children. Being small beaches, they have a high occupancy in summer.
Cala en Bosch is the liveliest of the two and is characterized by its marina which occupies an interior lagoon that communicates with the sea through a narrow sea passageway. The liveliness of the area is concentrated around this marina. There are restaurants, bars, and a shop there.
At one end is the photogenic lighthouse of Artrutx where you can enjoy sublime sunsets and a restaurant has also been installed. In addition, the urbanization houses a small water park, the Aquarock.
At the level of accommodation, it is one of the areas where you will find more variety of accommodation. From large holiday resorts to a good number of apartment complexes and villas.
For its part, Son Xoriguer is a calmer area with fewer leisure and restaurant offerings, although it also has a small shopping center and restaurants. Nothing that a short walk to Cala en Bosch does not supply.
This area is one of the most recently urbanized, which makes its hotel facilities one of the most modern on the island. Here are some of the best holiday resorts in Menorca.
Hotels in Minorca
Menorca is a tourist island and as such has a wide range of accommodations. However, it must be taken into account that it is a Biosphere Reserve and the tourist development of the island has been done more rationally than in other sun and beach destinations. This implies that even though there is a large hotel offer, it is still much more limited than its neighboring islands.
The demand to spend the summer on the island is very high and in the high season months, it is difficult to find accommodation if you have not booked in advance. It is even more complicated to find good prices by reserving with little notice.
In winter or months with less hotel occupancy, you will find very good prices but forget about it in the months with the most tourist influx, such as July or August.
Believe me when I tell you that if you wait to book a hotel at the last minute during these months you will not find anything good, and that is if you find a free room. At the price level, Menorca is somewhat more expensive than Mallorca and Ibiza.
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Cheap Accommodation in Minorca
Cheap accommodation is not abundant in Menorca, and even less so in beach areas. There are a couple of youth hostels that charge you around 18 euros for a bed in shared dorms, and some hostels in their towns where you can get single rooms.
I recommend that you read this post about where to sleep cheaply in Menorca. You can also look at some cheap hosting possibilities at this link:
Rent an Apartment or a Villa in Menorca
One of the most popular options for staying in the Balearic Islands is renting an apartment or a villa. Menorca is also a very popular and highly recommended option. Come on I would rather stay in a villa in Menorca than in a hotel.
The advantages are many. On the one hand, if you travel in a group, it can mean good savings, and on the other, if you can afford to rent a villa with a pool and barbecue, which in many cases will be cheaper than a hotel, your vacation could not be better.