Best time to visit: Menorca is a year-round destination, with particularly beautiful warm weather and excellent sailing conditions from April to October.
Key cruising areas: Menorca has over 200 coves to explore and over 200 kilometers of coastline to sail around. Its crystal clear blue waters offer excellent sailing conditions and are ideal for snorkeling and swimming. The island's capital Mahon has a large, busy port with many berths available for yachts. It's ideally located to explore the town during the day, so you can enjoy the buzz of the mainland before returning to your yacht in the evening. For a little off-the-beaten-track location, Puerto Addaya (also known as Port d'Addaia) is a natural harbour to the north of the island.
You could spend weeks discovering the joys of Menorca, but it also is an excellent place to begin a yacht charter through the Balearic Islands. Nearby Ibiza offers some of the best nightclubs and luxury beach clubs in the Mediterranean, whereas Mallorca has a thriving yachting scene, beautiful towns to discover, and many festivals and regattas throughout the year.
Don't miss: The gorgeous old town of Ciutadella was once the capital of Menorca and has stunning ancient architecture and a beautiful old port to explore. Best discovered on foot, visitors can spend hours walking the narrow streets, stopping at one of the many family-owned restaurants, and absorbing the town’s atmosphere.
Best spots for wining and dining: Balear is a very popular local restaurant (booking in advance is recommended!) with a delicious menu of fresh seafood dishes – the owners catch everything on their own fishing boat. A visit to vineyard Bodegas Binifadet is an excellent way to spend the afternoon. In addition to sampling the delicious local wines, guests can enjoy platters of Iberico ham, spiced sausage, and pastries throughout the day. The most famous bar on Menorca is Cova d’en Xoroi, which is built into cliffside caves and has unbelievable views of the sunset from its terrace. A relaxed place for lunch and dinner, local bands and DJs create a lively atmosphere once the sun sets.