Menorca is the quietest of the Balearic Islands, although still geared mainly towards tourism. While the clubbers and cheap package tourists tend to stick to Ibiza and Majorca, Menorca attracts more families and relaxed visitors and the entertainment options available reflect this.
The main attraction of the island, and where visitors spend most of their time, is the selection of gorgeous beaches on offer. They can get very busy, especially during the summer high season, but a bit of exploration along the coast will usually reveal an equally beautiful but (marginally) less crowded beach for those who dislike the crush. As well as the more sedentary activities, most of Menorca’s major beaches will offer water sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling or slides and water play areas for children.
If you eventually get bored of lying on the beach there are some museums on the island which can provide a welcome distraction and have the added bonus of being quite interesting. The Museu de la Natura de Menorca contains, as the name suggests, exhibits relating to the natural flora and fauna of the island. A large part of the appeal of this museum is being able to picture the island as it once was, before tourist baiting facilities sprung up everywhere. There is also the perennially popular, especially with young boys and their Dad’s, Museo Militar. Menorca doesn’t have much of a military history compared to some places but what they do have is presented in an interesting way.
There are a number of day or half-day excursions available on the island. The most popular with adults is the tour of the Xoriguer gin distillery which comes complete with the requisite free samples. The town of Mahon has several options, including a decent aquarium although a simple stroll through its tangle of streets is a great way to spend some time.
There is also a theatre in Mahon, although it is used most often as a cinema these days. The building is interesting in itself from an architectural point of view as one of the oldest theatres in Spain. Check out the website for films, concerts and other events taking place during your stay.
If you decide you do want a night out on the town then there are many nightlife options. From standard bars and clubs there are also more interesting variations, such as piano and jazz bars or casinos for the risk inclined. The nightlife is mainly situated in Mahon although Ciutadella also has options. Just don’t expect anything to match the scale and ambition of neighbouring Ibiza.
Photo of a group of surfers in Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain by Maradentro_’s.