Cruise & Stay
Welcome to Menorca
Cruise Nation are delighted to bring you our great range of Menorca Cruise & Stay Holidays. These packages all feature a cruise sailing from Barcelona which is one of the biggest cruise ports in the Mediterranean. This means that Cruise Nation bring you massive choice on cruise lines to sail with throughout the year. Our Menorca Smart Packages feature FREE stays in one of many handpicked hotels which are all centrally located in Majorca providing you with the ideal base from which to explore all that this exciting destination has to offer.
With our Menorca Cruise & Stay packages, your flights will always be included. We also offer flights from a number of regional airports throughout the UK giving you much greater flexibility and making your holiday experience as smooth as possible.
If you do find yourself planning a visit during the summer months, keep an eye on the events calendar and make sure not to miss one of the traditional celebrations featuring disciplined riders and their dancing horses performing in the streets and town squares.
A visit to Menorca is all about enjoying the outdoors, with plenty of walking trails and the Cami de Cavalls bridle path which stretches for 125 miles around the island, there’s a treasure trove of scenic views to see and appreciate. Scattered around the island you’ll also discover historic points of interest, some of which date back over 2,000 years BC.
A holiday in Menorca encourages you to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life and the multitude of perfectly placed beachside bars and restaurants is a great reflection of this. If you’re planning a cruise and stay holiday to Menorca, take a look at our travel guide below to find out the points of interest and amazing bars and restaurants which await you.
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Things to do in Menorca
Scattered across the island of Menorca, you can discover historic sites which date back 2,000 BC…
Some of the most interesting and impressive are Talatí de Dalt, Torralba d’en Salort and Naveta d’es Tudons.
Cami de Cavalls
Stretching for 125 miles around the island, Cami de Cavalls is a medieval bridle path which has been recently restored…
Cami de Cavalls
It’s a great way to discover some hidden beaches around the island and you can explore the trail by foot, bike or horse.
Xoriguer Gin Distillery
During the 18th century, when Menorca was ruled by the British, gin distilleries were introduced including Xoriguer Gin Distillery…
Xoriguer Gin Distillery
It’s the only traditional distillery left on the island and to this day it still uses the same copper sills which are over 100 years old.
Splash Sur Menorca
Splash is the biggest waterpark in Menorca and is just around the corner from Punta Prima, on the south east coast…
Splash Sur Menorca
Built in 2015, it covers every family member’s needs. For the toddlers there is a play area with a shallow activity pool, there’s a lazy river for the non-adventurous type, and for the water slide fans there’s the black hole, a rubber ring ride with many twists and turns. The restaurant in the park offers plenty of affordable options for all the family. This waterpark is a must do if you’re staying in the south east of Menorca.
Built in the early 1700s, this imposing structure sits on southern side of Mahon harbour…
You can walk through the majestic military building, admiring the beautiful grounds and its ghostly underground tunnels. Taking approximately 2 hours to fully appreciate the fort, it includes many reconstructions of original rooms and interactive experiences.
Menorca is a popular holiday choice for its array of stunning beaches…
Whilst there is a significant amount of choice, some are far more popular than others so you need to get there early to claim your space. Some of the more popular beaches include Cala Turqerta which could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean destination with its clear waters and white sand, Cala Macareletta which is a small beach with rocky cliffs either side and backed by a dense forest and Playa de Son Bou which offers a larger stretch of sand with shops, restaurants and facilities nearby making it a popular choice for families.
Originally used by the Romans as the first port in Menorca, Cala Coves is the perfect location for snorkelling and diving…
Located just east of Cova d'en Xoroi, it is a hidden gem. Dating back to the Iron Age, hundreds of burial caves are cut into the limestone. Due to it being in such a secluded area bring plenty of water and a picnic as facilities are limited.
Restaurants in Menorca
Located on the harbour in Mahón, this is the perfect place to share tapas with friends on one of the alfresco pavement tables. Make sure to try Mahón cheese on a thick slice of toast!
The speciality of Menorca is Caldreta de Langosta (lobster cooked in a rich stock) and Café Balear is one of the best places on the island to try it.
Perched on a cliff top, Cap Roig has some of the best views of any restaurant in the Mediterranean. They say that if the locals like it, it’s a good indication of how good a restaurant is and Cap Roig still welcomes many locals after 30 years in the business. It’s a seafood restaurant which has quality, fresh dishes including many classics which they have perfected.
Listed in the Michelin Food Guide as one of the most exceptional restaurants on the island, Smoix features a pretty garden courtyard which is a great spot for a romantic meal for two. Smoix has an outstanding gourmet menu which is created from fresh local ingredients. One of their signature dishes is a hamburger wrapped in deliciously light filo pastry.
Meson El Gallo
Located in the small town of Ferrerias, in the centre of Menorca, Meson El Gallo’s unassuming façade means a surprise awaits instore. It delivers great home-style cooking using the best quality local meats and its house specialities are known throughout the island. Its vine covered courtyard provides a perfect backdrop for a romantic meal.
Cova D’en Xoroi
This is certainly a unique and memorable place for a cocktail! Cova D’en Xoroi is located in the cliffs at Cala en Porter with indoor and outdoor bars for a dramatic setting. Later in the evening it becomes a nightclub where the beats of the music compete with the roar of the waves breaking below.
Once a collection of fisherman’s huts Los Bucaneros has now been a bar for over 50 years. It’s located in Binbeca vell on the Southeast coast of Menorca. It’s right on a pristine, white sandy beach in one of Menorca’s most beautiful beach villa neighbourhoods. It’s a relaxing place to go at any time of day and if you do visit, make sure to sample one of the local drinks on offer such as the Menorcan gin!
This bar has a prime location that gives you excellent access to Binigaus and Cala Escorxada beaches. As well as offering an array of drinks, Es Brucs serves up delicious seafood dishes and tapas.
Located on the port in Ciutadella. Jazzbah is a live music venue aimed at the younger generation. The bar has a lovely roof top terrace which is ideal for relaxing after a long day sunning yourself whilst listening to some great live local music. They also hold annual parties such as Glam Party and Flower Power, if you’re around when these Menorca famous events are being held, why not pop in.
Akelarre Jazz and Dance Club
Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Mahon, Akelarre provides its guests with live music and great beer. Its kitchen is also open until one am throughout the year so you can have a bite to eat whilst listening to summer songs on the harbour.
Events in Menorca
Sant Martí Festival in Es Mercadal
Horses are the highlight of this festival held in Es Mercadal, which is located at the centre of Menorca. Riders and their mounts are dressed in traditional medieval dress and perform a parade through the streets before congregating in the main square where the horses display a dance to traditional folk music.
Sant Jaume Festival in Es Castell
This is a great festival for adults and kids alike as it’s one of the biggest summer festivals on the island with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. The celebrations take place in the town square and harbours of Es Castell with live music, dancing horses, parades and fireworks.
Gràcia Festival in Mahón
Gràcia Festival celebrates Our Lady of Grace – the patron of Mahón – with a pilgrimage to the chapel which has been dedicated to her. There are horse races in the streets and people gather in Plaça de la Conquesta for a chance to catch a commemorative bottle of wine which is thrown from the town hall.
Sant Joan Festival in Ciutadella
This annual event takes place in Ciutadella around midsummer’s eve and involves processions, displays on horseback such as jousting, mock battles involving hazelnut shells as ammunition and an enormous firework display.