Where to stay in Menorca

Which are the best places to stay in Menorca?

If you are thinking of visiting Menorca in the western Mediterranean it might help to know there are several different areas to consider: Mahón, Ciutadella, Arenal d’en Castell or Son Bou and Binibeca. They all have their own attractions ranging from historical buildings and culture to crescent-shaped beaches fringed with palm trees.


The capital city of Mahón with its natural deep water harbour offers daytime cruises, spectacular scenery and trips to the Xoriguer Gin distillery. A selection of high quality hotels perched above the port makes this a great choice for couples. If you prefer history, culture and music then Ciutadella has all you need. There are superb musical events, traditional Menorcan gastronomy to sample and around the port area some lively nightlife. Ciutadella is a great location for couples or groups of friends looking for a more low-key holiday.


Arenal d’en Castell or Son Bou are a superb choice for families who want safe golden sand, shallow seas and child-friendly amenities. The option of self-catering accommodation in these resorts gives families flexibility on mealtimes and well-stocked shops cater for everyday needs. In the south east of Menorca the pretty crescent-shaped beach at Binibeca is recommended for independent travellers.  There are exclusive villas for rental and the restaurants serve top class international cuisine to discerning visitors who want something special.

Hotel   Avg price
Apartamentos Lentiscos by MIJ
Cala en Blanes
132€ - 141$
Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Platja Gran
133€ - 142$
Menorca Binibeca by Pierre & Vacances Premium
Sant Lluís
141€ - 151$
Catalonia Mirador des Port
144€ - 154$
Hotel   Avg price
Grupotel Macarella Suites & Spa
Son Xoriguer
149€ - 159$
153€ - 164$
Valentin Star Menorca- Adults Only
Cala'n Bosch
156€ - 167$
Valentin Son Bou
Son Bou
160€ - 171$


If you are interested in where to stay in Menorca, you may also be interested in where to stay in Mallorca, where to stay in Ibiza and where to stay in Barcelona.

Best towns and beaches to stay in Menorca




Best area to stay in Menorca for a weekend


CiutadellaThe approach to the town is signified by the magnificent rearing stallion statue that pays homage to the Festival of San Juan held every June when the town comes alive with a carnival atmosphere. From July to August the Summer Music Festival showcases classical concert artists along with the Capella Davidica folk group. The history of the town can be traced back to Roman times and the "Contrast" wall still rings the town where the original city walls would have once been. Ciutadella is great for a daytime visit for studying the history of Minorca and maybe having lunch in one of the many restaurants by the port. A good accompaniment to your lunch would be a Pomada; a long refreshing drink made from the island's own cult drink, Gin Xoriguer, mixed with lemonade.


Ciutadella is the religious capital of Menorca and there is a small but pretty cathedral in the Plaza de Pio XII. The best way to see the cathedral and the other sights in the town is definitely on foot. Just wander through the narrow streets and mingle in with the locals as they go about their daily business. The wider Avenida Negrete is lined with palm trees and is pleasant to stroll along before heading through Plaza de los Pinos and finishing up in Plaza Borne Ciudadela by the town hall. The town hall building is impressive and there is a walkway that affords excellent views of the marina below.


The narrow harbor in Ciutadella is one of the smallest in the Mediterranean and on a clear day it is possible to see across to Mallorca. There is a daily ferry across to Mallorca if you fancy a change of scenery. Night life in Ciutadella centers round the harbor area but do not go out until at least midnight or you might be the only person in the town. If you choose to stay in Ciutadella, remember it is not a beach resort. Accommodation varies from private villa rentals to hostels and a selection of hotels.



Hotels in Ciutadella






Best area to stay in Menorca for nightlife


MahonWith one of the largest natural harbors in the world Mahon, or Mao as it is more often called, became the capital of the island in 1721, displacing Ciutadella for the honor. The port area is vibrant, buzzing through the day but at night it really comes to life when the bars and small clubs get going. For music lovers there are jazz and music concerts throughout the year in Es Freginald Park and the summer festival from May to December has regular opera weeks. The church of Santa Maria is in the main square and is worth to visit just to see the organ with over 3000 pipes. The town is mainly traffic free and there are cake shops, swishy boutiques, leather and pottery shops and plenty of places to buy fresh food and fish if you are on a self-catering holiday. There is a weekly market in the old convent building which also plays host to some of the numerous musical events.


La Mola de Menorca is a fortress on the north side of the Mahón harbor and well worth taking time to visit. With long tunnels to explore, the huge Vickers Gun and many outstanding photos of this is a must-do when visiting Menorca. Water taxis carry passengers between Mahon port and La Mola and you can get a great view of the harbor from a different perspective. The choice of accommodation in Mahon from family owned hostels tucked away in the myriad of backstreets to four star hotels with stunning views across the harbor and beyond.



Hotels in Mahón




Arenal d'en Castell


Best area to stay in Menorca for families


Arenal-den-CastellThis is probably the best known place in Minorca and it is a purpose built family resort. The almost circular beach is classed as one of the finest on the island and the gently shelving sands and shallow sea are great for young children. The beach is surrounded by picturesque cliffs and for anyone staying at the back of the resort the views are spectacular.


The Coves Noves commercial center has plenty of bars and restaurants and a few well-stocked supermarkets for anyone that is on a self-catering holiday. The shops have the essentials for a beach holiday but if it is designer shops and brand names you are after you will need to go further afield. A lot of the accommodation in Arenal d'en Castell is in low-rise apartments and villas with evening entertainment to be found in the few hotels in the area. Families love the Goody Goody bar on the beach where there are trampolines and bouncy castles to play on as well as plenty of music and tribute bands.



Hotels in Arenal d'en Castell




Son Bou


Best area to stay in Menorca for beaches

son-bouHalfway along the southern side of Menorca is Son Bou where a two kilometer stretch of golden sand is ideal for sun worshipers, water sports enthusiasts and families with small children. There are several beach bars and cafes to be found along the beach as well as sunbeds and umbrellas for rental.


A commercial center at the eastern end provides all the day to day necessities and there is a decent choice of places to eat and drink to suit all budgets. Two big hotels can be found in Son Bou as well as many villa rentals and a selection of apartments. During the summer season there is live entertainment, with karaoke nights and bands playing at the bars that overlook the beach.


Son Bou is only a short distance from the prehistoric village of Torre d'en Gaumes which is worth visiting. This large Talayotic settlement was in use for over 1000 years and the small entrance fee helps with the preservation of Menorca's history.



Hotels in Son Bou






Best area to stay in Menorca for couples


BinibecaOn the south east corner of Menorca the rocky coves and beaches to the east and west of Binibeca have yet to be discovered by the package holiday companies. Most of the villas here are privately owned but discerning tourists are renting directly from owners to get high quality holidays in beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Car hire is recommended as public transport is not great in the area but a mini-train does run to the most commercialized Punta Prima every day.


The picturesque beach at Binibeca is a short walk from the main road through trees and sand dunes. The shallow waters and golden sands coupled with plenty of amenities and watersports equipment and pedalos for hire make this an idyllic location. Cala Torret is slightly to the east of Binibeca where there is a traffic free development of low rise apartments, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars. It is only a few minutes from Binibeca beach and there are also supermarkets carrying English branded items. To the west Binibeca Vell has been designed to recreate a typical Mediterranean fishing village.



Hotels in Binibeca