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Off the Beaten Tourist Track: Visits to Menorca's Lighthouses

Offering stunning vantage points across the island, as well as an insight into its historic past, a visit to one of Menorca’s dramatic lighthouses is a great way to see more of this enchanting holiday destination. Here’s a selection of some of the luminous spots that are worth a visit while you’re staying on the island.

Favaritix Lighthouse

Sa Farola

The pretty phare at Ciutadella protects the little port and offers breath-taking views over the bay and across the water to Mallorca. Built in 1861, the lighthouse is not open to the public but still offers a great place to walk, picnic and take in those views.

Cap de Favàritx

For those staying in one of our traditional Menorcan farmhouses at Fornells, a trip to the Cap de Favàritx on the northeast shoreline is a must. Lying beside the stunning landscape of the Parque Natural de s’Albufera des Grau, the early twentieth-century lighthouse offers dramatic views over the grey slate coast and the park beyond.

Punta Nati

Also on the north coast, but this time in the far west, is the Punta Nati. The landscape on this part of the island is flat and wild, with very few residents or tourists disturbing the natural environment. With views out across to Mallorca, this is a great place for a dramatic sunset. Lying 6km north of Ciutadella, this makes a pleasant hike or, thanks to the flat landscape, a great bike ride.

Punta Nati Lighthouse

Cavalleria

Cavalleria was completed in 1857 and is the last of the northern lighthouses, built to prevent the shipwrecks suffered in high numbers. The white tower of the lighthouse stands on the island’s most spectacular cliffs offering a view right along the northern coast. This is also the sight of an ancient Roman settlement at Sanitja.

Cavalleria Lighthouse

Illa de l’Aire

Visitors staying in our villas in Punta Prima should definitely take a boat trip out to Illa de l’Aire. The lighthouse lies on a small, uninhabited island off the southeast shoreline, home to the indigenous Black Lizard. A great spot for bird watching, the island is a nesting area for six of the seabird species which breed in the Balearic Islands, and a popular stop off for many species of migrating birds.

Artrutx

Watching over the strait between Menorca and Mallorca, Artrutx lies on the far southwest side of Menorca, in a residential area. Amazingly, when this lighthouse was first opened in 1858, it ran on olive oil.

Artrutx Lighthouse

If you want more information on interesting sights to visit around your rental villa, then please feel free to give us a call.

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