Visit a traditional town house in Alaior
and see how the local people lived in the past. The house is on Carrer Ample, number 12 and it is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 1.30pm and from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Head into Alaior ....walking
enjoy a pleasant stroll along the unmade track which leads from the house into town - it's not lit up though so get back before dark!
Laze on the beach
in nearby Son Bou which has more than 3 kms of delightful white sand. There are good facilities here too so it's ideal for children. Grab them one of the excellent ice creams on the way home!
Take a stroll along the length of Mahon harbour,
with its fishing boats and modern pleasure yachts, perhaps stopping for coffee and a croissant at one of the many waterside cafes. Or go by night and have dinner - Il Porto 225 is a good choice of restaurant.
Lloc de Menorca
For a curious mix of Menorca's indigenous species such as its emblematic red cow and other wild and wonderful creatures, pop along to this working farm/zoo in Alaior, Carretera General.
On the main road, just east of Es Mercadal, stop for coffee at Sa Farinera.
There is a restaurant and gift shop, but more interesting is the old flour mill which gives the centre its name. It was the first motor driven mill on Menorca, and supplied flour to much of the island. It could well have been designed by Heath Robinson!
Buy local dairy produce
Coinga, on the industrial estate in Alaior, makes delicious cheese from milk collected from the farms in the area. The shop is open to the public and although there are no tours of the factory, its possible to see the cheese being made from the viewing area.
Take the old road,
instead of the main road by taking the drive from the "steamroller" roundabout at Es Mercadal down to Mahon harbour by way of the "Cami den Kane" - Kane's road. Following the route of the original road across the island, constructed by order of the British governor Sir Richard Kane in the 18th century, it is a very pretty and quiet alternative route.
Son Martorellet near Ferreries
'Somni' is an amazing equestrian show where you'll have a chance to see Menorca's famous black horses. Yet it's not only for horse lovers, it also has acrobats, dancers and music blended together with innovative visual effects to create a stunning performance. You can also visit the stables or watch the horses being trained. Shows are on 2 evenings per week. Son Martorellet is on the road to Cala Galdana from Ferreries. Booking recommended.
Drive out to Es Grau,
a small fishing village on the north coast not far from Mahon. The sheltered sandy beach and the warm shallow sea are ideal for relaxing. The nearby nature trail winds around the back of the sand dunes, through the woods, and skirts part of the fresh water lake, the Albufera, which is a bird sanctuary.
Head north from Es Mercadal to the fishing port of Fornells,
the only town on the north coast. This is the home of the traditional "caldereta" - a delicious (but expensive) lobster stew, which has been enjoyed by King Juan Carlos himself at the restaurant Es Pla, right on the water's edge.
The diving centre on Fornells waterfront
offers scuba diving lessons for beginners, and boat dives for the more experienced - don't forget to bring your certification with you. Or you could hire a kayak to explore the bay.
There are tours of the Mahon Theatre every Tuesday at 10.30am. They only last around half an hour but it is worth having a look at this charming and beautiful builiding, which is on Calle Deia (look out for the statue of a lady outside). Have a look at what`s on while you are there as the theatre has a varied programme.
Step into Menorca`s past
with a visit to Torre d'en Galmés, just a few minutes drive along the road. Walk under the stone archways and explore the buildings that were once home to prehistoric man.
Go shopping for gifts at the night market
Every Wednesday in July and August the streets of Alaior are transformed into a craft market. On offer are all sorts of handcrafted products and the stall holders give demonstrations of how they are made.
Go out for `tapas`
at Bar Gemini on the market place in Alaior.
Explore the sand dunes and wetlands
at the back of Son Bou beach. Many birds flock to the area during the migration season, including Egyptian Vultures and Booted Eagles.
Starting opposite the Hotel Audax at Cala Galdana,
is a walk through the woods and across fields to the unspoilt beaches of Macarella and Macarelleta, where you can enjoy a swim and sunbathe without cars and hotels.
Definitely not to be missed is a drive to the top of Monte Toro,
the highest point of the island, and right in the centre. From the summit you can pick out every town on the island and enjoy beautiful views across the countryside. The monastery here is no longer used as such, but the lovely church, tended by nuns, is very special to all Menorcans
Once your Monte Toro photocall is completed make your way to the cafe bar and enjoy the delicious pastissets (traditional shortbread biscuits coated in icing sugar) with a coffee.
Explore Alaior on foot
on Wednesday evenings at 18.30 starting from the Tourist information office. Learn about the history of Alaior whilst seeing the sites and see the Alaior tunnels that were excavated during the Spanish Civil war and used as air raid shelters for the people of the town.
Explore the caves at Son Bou.
Drive towards Son Bou and take the last turn on the right before you enter the resort. Follow the road round, over the bridge, and park at the end. From here you can follow a variety of paths that meander through the countryside and alongside the caves, some of which appear to be occupied and have walled gardens and front doors. Don`t forget your camera as the views over the beach at Son Bou and the remains of the paleo-Christian basilica are stunning from here.
Take your camera and a torch
and wander around the old Santa Ponça quarry. It's very easy to get there on foot from the villa - just walk along the road towards Alaior and you come to an unsigned road on your left about 1.5 km from Alaior. Take this road and spend a little time exploring the disused military buildings where there are huge ammunition storage caves bored into the hillside before following the road around to the quarry.
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