My Menorca Travel Guide: Europe's Best Kept Secret

The trip that made me fall in love with this amazing island.

Summer holidays at the beach is what life is all about! So when my friend and I were searching for beach vacation locations this summer, we wanted something easy and relaxed - and only a 2 hour trip from Paris! And we choose Menorca - and I am so glad we did ! Menorca was incredible - the water was so blue and the temperature of the water was refreshing! I want to share with you some of favorite tips and places when traveling to Menorca:

Tips:

  • Rent car ! The island was easy to get around via car and the island is small, so its less than an hour to get from one side to the other! Having a car on this trip offered as so much flexibility and we magically find a parking spot everytime!  

  • Airbnb is the way to go! One of the charms of menorca is there are not a lot of hotels so I highly recommend booking an Airbnb in Cala Blanca. This town was perfect as there was a local beach filled with nice bars and restaurants. Although, we didn't spend much time as this beach, it was a nice place to go on the days we wanted to chill locally!  

  • Stay on the West Side! I found the west side of the island had the nicest of beaches. We spent most of our days on the south west part of the island.

Beaches:

Cala Galdana: The pristine beach of Cala Galdana was our favorite! We stayed on the left part of the beach which felt more spread out and not too crowded! The water was absolutely perfect and the beach offered chairs and umbrellas which was a nice way to spend long hours at the beach! We usually arrived at the beach around 9h30am to get the best spot! This beach also offers water activities such as kayaing, paddle boating and stand up paddle and well as bike rentals! 

Cala Turqueta: A gorgeous natural beach filled with goats and pine trees overlooking the crystal teal water. . The catch?  You have to get their early as there are only 120 parking spaces! We arrived at 7:30am! Luckily there was a snack bar before heading to the beach where we picked up a coffee while enjoying the beautiful golden hour light from sunrise! We only spent half the day there as this is a popular beach that got crowded quickly!

Cala Blanca: This was our local beach and we were surprised how nice is was! It was less than a 5 minute walk from our Airbnb and we chilled here as soon as we arrive! We loved the bar surronding this beach! Plus, it was a five minute drive to the city Cituadella which was so beautiful and had a pink-ness to city that I just loved!

Activities:

While staying in Menorca, we paddle boarded with the company Atrium Audax Sports on the Cala Galdana and Enjoyed a cooking class in Ciutadella  with Cuk Cuk Experience!

Eating + Drinking:

Restaurant Cova-Sa-Nacar: Favorite restaurant, we went twice! It’s beautiful dining next to the water with amazing views, delicious fish and great prices!

Terrace at Cap Roig  - We traveled to the other side of the island to go this secluded restaurant with panoramic views of the rocky costs! We enjoyed an amazing paella and took in the views! It was so secluded, I thought we were lost because there were not many places around! Worth the drive!

Hola Ola - Our favorite bar to watch the sunset in Cala Blanca, we enjoyed Sangria while taking in the chill vibes and the gorgeous! My only regret was not going more often!


While I have always had a love affair with Spain - I was blown away by what this little island had to offer! This Europe’s best kept secret and highly recommend booking your next vacation this island! I loved it so much that I can’t wait to go back!

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Rebecca Gerbino