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Recommended Car Trips on our Menorca Holidays

There’s nothing quite like the freedom of the open road if you are the kind of traveller who loves spontaneity and enjoys exploring independently. Hiring a car and getting out and about is a great way of making the best use of your holiday time, as you can be sure you are only visiting the sights you want to, you can track down hidden out of the way places and you can do it all at your own leisurely pace. 

Menorca is an island that lends itself so perfectly to exploration on four wheels. The roads are generally quiet and there are no motorways and only a few dual carriageways. Many roads weave in and out around the coastline, making every outing in the car on your Menorca holiday a spectacular one!

To help you plan your days out in the car on your Menorca holiday, we have pulled together some of our favourite places that you might want to visit. We can guarantee that once you get out exploring, one adventure will lead to the next.

Five Must Do Day Trips by Car

Ciutadella

Once the capital of Menorca, this beautiful city stands prominently on the west coast. A stunning spot to explore on foot, you can park the car and stretch the legs, taking in the grand avenues that surround the old town. Also worthy of note are the town hall, the palace of Torre Saura and the Plaza del Born. We recommend timing your visit with lunch so that you can sample some of the delicious seafood that is served at the many restaurants by the water. 

Make a day of your road trip to this city and head to Líthica, the Quarries of S’Hostal. This is one of the most fascinating cultural spots in Ciutadella. Abandoned sandstone quarries have created an impressive sight, made up of interesting striated patterns on the walls of the S’Hostal.

When you consider that the drive from Son Bou to Ciutadella takes just over 20 minutes (if you choose to take the inland road), you can look forward to a full day here with no time pressures. Alternatively you can take the coastal route, which is slightly longer but you’ll be rewarded with lovely views. For anyone choosing Cala Galdena as their holiday destination, the drive is equally as convenient. On the way home, why not make a quick pit stop at Cala Turqueta? Only a 10km drive from Ciutadella, this beach, with its crystalline calm waters is truly idyllic. 

It’s great news too for those staying in Binibeca, as the drive is still less than an hour. 

Pregonda Beach

This is a beautiful beach that lies off the Son Ametller road. The journey from the southern resorts such as Binibeca and Punta Prima takes between 30 and 50 minutes and is very pretty, culminating in a windy road that leads almost down to the shoreline. The last bit of the journey you need to do on foot, but it is definitely worth it. As this is the quieter side of the island, you are almost assured of a little tranquility. Made up of rocky outcrops and siena-coloured sands, the beach is a natural paradise and is likely to be a highlight of your Menorca holiday. You can even get here in 40 minutes from Es Castell, and if you’re travelling from this popular resort you could even make a stop at the Parque Natural de S’Albufera des Grau.

Mahón

It is worth noting that the capital of Menorca is known as Maó and this is what you will see on the signs leading to the city. Parking is really easy here, which is always good news, and the city is very easy to navigate on foot. Famous for being the city where mayonnaise and Xoriguer gin were invented, the capital is also a haven for culture loving travellers on their Menorca holiday. Many of the sights date back to the 18th century and, as you wander the streets between Castillo de San Felipe and Carme Church, you are bound to get a sense of the history that abounds. 

There is a lovely atmosphere in Mahón and whether you hang out in the old town or at the port, you’ll find the locals warm and welcoming.

Macarella Cove

Stark white sands in the main cove of Macarella and its sister cove, Macarelleta, are beautifully photogenic. Set against a backdrop of dense forest, the fine delicate sands offer a splendid contrast. This is exactly the kind of place that demonstrates the advantages of having a car. It is our favourite location when it comes to off-the-beaten track appeal, and it’s only a stone’s throw from Cala Galdana. It’s also a welcome reward after the (approximate) hour’s drive from Santo Tomas, Torre Soli Nou, Son Bou or Cala en Porter. We can’t think of anywhere better to kick back, relax and replenish before driving home to your Menorca villa.

Cami de Cavalls

This 185km track is famous on the island and is a wonderful place for mountain bikers, trail runners and trekkers. If none of these activities particularly appeal to you, we would suggest you drive out to the circular trail anyway and enjoy a short leisurely stroll and a picnic. The route connects valleys to wetlands and winds around coves taking in lighthouses and watchtowers. Wherever you join it, you’re in for a treat. You can get started at Mahón or Es Canutells, or indeed join it at Cala Macarella and head towards Cala Turqueta on foot. Another lovely stretch takes in Cala Pregonda.

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the wonderful places you can go when you have the freedom of the car on a Menorca holiday. Hopefully they have given you inspiration and some insight into the rewards that await you when you get out of the resorts and take off independently. What you can achieve in a week when you have a car will feel like a month’s worth!

For anyone considering hiring a car on their Menorca holiday, we can’t recommend it highly enough. You can enjoy these day trips and more from the comfort of your Menorca villa. [/vc_column_text]

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