Visit the Biniai Nou hypogeums
The hypogeums are one of the most important prehistoric sites on the Island as the oldest human remains were found here. They are just a short walk from Casa Piedra.
Sample the Xoriguer gin and liquors
at the 18th century distillery on the port of Mahon. Although it is not possible to tour the factory, it is possible to see enormous copper stills, bubbling to produce the spirit. The gin was first distilled in Mahon to cater for the tastes of the thousands of soldiers and sailors who were stationed in Menorca when it was under British control in the 18th Century.
Take a boat trip around Mahon harbour.
This is one of the best ways to see and photograph the harbour, which is the second largest natural harbour in the world.
Visit the Museu de Menorca,
the Island`s largest Museum covering the Island`s archaeological past together with a collection of fine arts.
Visit the Fortaleza de la Mola
The fortress was constructed between 1848 and 1875 to protect Mahon. It is possible to explore at leisure with the help of an audio guide and map or there are guided tours available in English throughout the summer. La Mola is open from 10am every day except Monday - call 971 364040 for more information and to book guided tours.
Go to the zoo
The `Lloc de Menorca` is just a few minutes drive along the main road towards Alaior and is home to a curious mix of Menorca`s indigenous species and other wild and wonderful creatures. After a walk around the zoo, have a drink in the bar in the company of parrots.
Explore Es Grau
a small fishing village just north of Mahon. The sheltered beach and shallow waters make this an ideal beach for relaxing with children. Nature trails lead from the back of the beach around the fresh water lake which is home to many species of birds.
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.
Go back in time
with a visit to Talati de Dalt. Around a hundred people once lived in this medium sized prehistoric village. Step inside the ancient houses and walk under the archways that were once home to prehistoric man.
Take a stroll along the harbour in Mahon,
with its old fashioned fishing boats and modern pleasure yachts. Stop for a coffee and an ensaimada at one of the many waterside cafes. Or go by night and have dinner - fresh fish at Gregals is a good choice.
For a respite from shopping in Mahon
look for Calle Deya and the entrance to Parc Es Freginal. This green, shady park was once the garden of the pirate Redbeard, and is now a peaceful haven in the middle of the city where you can enjoy a rest, or perhaps a picnic lunch. There is also an excellent childrens playground here.
was built by the British in the Cala Sant Esteve to help protect the port of Mahon. A visit to the museum transports visitors back to the turbulent 18th Century when the fort was under seige from Spanish and French soldiers. The kids will love the sights and sounds of life in the fort. Opening times are from 9.30am to 3pm - call 902 92 90 15 for more information.
Explore Alaior on foot
on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 18.00 starting from the Tourist information point. A guide dressed as John Armstrong, an 18th century army engineer stationed in Menorca, will join in at the church to explain about the British occupation of the Island. This is only available in July and August. Another option is to sightsee on your own with the aid of an mp4 (in 6 languages) available daily from the Tourist information point between 11.00 - 13.00 and 18.00 - 20.00.
Hire a bike
and cycle into Mahon or follow some of the clearly marked cycle routes that can be seen all over Menorca. Maps can be picked up from the Tourist offices and there are routes to suit all levels. The Cami d`en Kane is a great route to take by bike as this ancient and well preserved track meanders through the picturesque heartland of the Island.
The tradition of trotting races dates back almost 100 years in the Balearics and is not practised anywhere else in Spain. An afternoon at the races is a must for any lover of equestrain sports and it is very child friendly. The Maó Municipal Hippodrome, on the Maó-Sant Luis road, holds races on Saturdays from 17.30 (May to October). Grab a table, order yourself a drink and place your bets!
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.
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 a trip to Favaritx
where the landscape takes on a spectacular lunar quality. In contrast to the rugged coastline around the lighthouse, there are 2 beautiful beaches just a short walk along the coast heading south, Presili and Tortuga. These beaches are completely `uncontaminated` by tourist installations so you would need to take all supplies and equipment with you but this also means that the area does not get busy.
is just a five minute drive from Mahon Port and is a beautiful cove offering safe, shallow bathing and a wide, sandy beach. There are no facilities at the beach but the quaint fishing village nearby offers a small supermarket, bar and restaurant.
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.
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