The perfect road trip does exist – especially in Menorca. If you’re a keen explorer and have to squeeze everything into a getaway, then nothing beats car hire. You can tick off all the main sights, track down hidden gems easily and generally get about at your own pace. If that’s not freedom, we don’t know what is!
To help you plan your routes, we’ve put together a few favourite spots we think you’ll enjoy on your travels. So, get set to bundle into the car, pop the local radio or your favourite playlist on and take on the ultimate road trip in Menorca.
Cami de Cavalls
The 185km Cami de Cavalls track is geared up for trekkers, mountain bikers and trail runners. It’s well worth a leisurely wander around too. The circular trail runs along the GR 223, a super-old stretch that’s become famed over the years for being a favourite for walkers. It connects to valleys, wetlands and various coves, passing time-honoured lighthouses and watchtowers on the way. Like what you hear? Starting points often include the city of Mahón or Es Canutells, so find somewhere to park the car and don your comfy shoes.
Tucked-away Pregonda Beach can be found via Son Ametller road. It winds all the way down to the coastline, but you’ll have to hop out of the car and do the rest on foot. Red-tinged sands and rocky outcrops stand out there. It’s on a quiet side of the island, so expect to have some sand to yourself.
Ciutadella and its surroundings
Menorca’s former capital enjoys a privileged spot on the western coast. Thinking of setting the satnav in that direction? There are certainly worse pit stops than stunning Ciutadella, that’s for sure. Potter around its ancient remnants, including the striking cathedral, then why not opt for a seafood lunch by the water’s edge? En route back to your base, making a detour to Cala Turqueta. The effortlessly clear waters glow in their turquoise hues here and lie just 10km from the city.
First and foremost, don’t miss any signs for Maó. The capital city of Mahón
is known as the origin of mayonnaise and Xoriguer gin, but it’s got bags more to offer. Plus, with it being such an urban area, parking up is easy. Some of the best cultural sites date back to the 18th century, so it’s a place primed for culture seekers. Between Castillo de San Felipe and Carme Church, you’ll feel yourself turning back the clocks. The old town and port are both teeming with shops, eateries and bubbly locals, so get yourself into the mix.
The main cove of Macarella and the smaller Macarelleta show off fine sands in an eye-catching ivory-white hue. The contrast between these grains and the lush forest behind and azure waters ahead make this one of Menorca’s best choices for off-the-beaten-track beauty. Spend time completely unwinding and taking in your surroundings. It’s certainly a huge reward for doing the drive!
Think you know where to begin? Sounds like it’s time to get the engine going. But to make sure you’re totally prepared, we’ve got some handy pro tips for driving in Menorca:
- Watch out for signs that say ‘Camino cerrado’ – that means the road’s closed.
- Likewise, ‘Salida’ will direct you to the exit, so is worth keeping an eye on.
- There’s only one backbone road, the ME-1.
Petrol stations can be hard to come by, which means planning ahead is essential.
Posted: 18th Sept 2023.