Where to stay in Menorca without a car: 8 Best areas

I love to explore places without a car, and on my website, I cover many topics for car-free travelers. In this article, we will visit Menorca and help you find the best places to stay in Menorca without a car

I will share my recommendations for the top areas to stay in Menorca without a car, along with a helpful map. I’ll also tell you where I stayed in Menorca and suggest the best hotels in Menorca for all budgets.

Menorca is the second-largest of the Balearic Islands, after Mallorca. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, including pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters, and a diverse landscape of hills and valleys. 

The capital of Menorca is Mahón (also known as Maó in the local Catalan dialect). Mahón is a picturesque port city with a deep natural harbor.

Menorca was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993 due to its commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable development. The island’s ecosystem is well-preserved, and it is home to several endemic species.

Menorcan cuisine is influenced by Mediterranean and Spanish flavors. Some notable dishes include caldereta de langosta (lobster stew), Mahón cheese, and ensaimada (a sweet pastry).

Menorca is accessible by air and sea. The island has an international airport, Mahón Airport, which serves as the primary gateway for visitors. It has two ports, located in Mahón and Ciutadella. 

Menorca is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean, and while having a car can be convenient for exploring more remote areas, it’s possible to enjoy the island without one. Some ways to navigate the island without a car include public bus, taxi, walking, biking, ferry, and guided tour.

Menorca has a public bus network that connects many towns and tourist destinations on the island. Bus services can be a cost-effective way to travel between different areas of Menorca.

You can check Torres bus company for buses in the west coast towns such as Ciutadella, Cala en Blanes, Cala en Bosch, and Son Xoriguer. For the buses in the north east coast such as Fornells, Son Parc, Arenal d’en Castell, and Es Grau, you can check Autos Fornells

For the buses between Mahon/Ciutadella, and east coast towns such as Cala Galdana, Son Bou, and Santo Tomas, you can check their schedule at TMSA. There’s only one bus between the airport and Mahon’s bus station, from where you can take another bus to other towns on the island.

Mahon and Ciutadella are the transport hubs of the island, offering buses to most towns and resorts. Other transport hubs are at Alaior, Ferreries and Es Mercadal.

If you’re staying in a town or resort area, walking can be a great way to explore the immediate surroundings. Many attractions, beaches, and restaurants are within walking distance of popular tourist areas.

The island also has a network of hiking trails that allow you to explore the island’s beautiful landscapes on foot. Some popular trails include the Cami de Cavalls, a coastal path that circles the entire island.

You can use a taxi but they can be more expensive than other options, so it’s a good idea to have an idea of the fares and availability. Popular companies are Taxis Mahon in Mahon, and Parada de Taxis in Ciutadella. 

Since Menorca is an island, you can take advantage of boats and ferries to visit different coastal areas. This can be a unique way to explore the coastline.

Many tour companies offer guided excursions that cover various parts of the island. These can be a convenient way to see Menorca’s attractions without having to worry about transportation.

Where to stay in Menorca without a car?

The best areas to stay in Menorca without a car are Mahón, Ciutadella de Menorca, Es Castell, Punta Prima, Cala Blanca, Cala en Porter, Arenal d’en Castell, and Son Bou. These areas are accessible by bus/taxi, and offer easy access to attractions, amenities, and beaches on foot.

Mahón and Ciutadella are the most popular areas to stay in Menorca without a car because they are the main towns and transport hubs of the island. The town itself is pedestrian-friendly, and you can explore its attractions on foot. Additionally, you can take day trips to nearby beaches and towns by bus.

On my trip to Menorca, I stayed in Mahón at the Hotel Hevresac Singular & Small, a good value for money hotel with exceptional breakfast. It has a central location close to lots of sights, bars and eateries. Also only a 10 mins walk to the central bus station, where you can get a bus to the rest of the island.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Menorca for car-free travelers. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Menorca without a car
Map of the best areas to stay in Menorca without a car

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Menorca, especially for travelers without a car. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Menorca have been carefully selected by me, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

8 Best areas to stay in Menorca without a car:

1. Mahón (Maó)

Mahón is one of the best areas to stay in Menorca, especially for travelers without a car. It is easily accessible from the airport by a short taxi or bus ride, and it features a walkable town center and harbor area, allowing you to explore on foot.

Mahón is a picturesque city with a historic center, beautiful architecture and a harbor. You can spend your days wandering through its streets, visiting historical sites, and enjoying the local culture. Key attractions include the Santa María Church, Town Hall, and Xoriguer Gin Distillery.

Mahón has a wide range of restaurants and cafes where you can savor Menorcan cuisine. Don’t forget to try the island’s famous Mahón cheese. The city also offers excellent shopping opportunities, from boutique stores to local markets.

You can take a stroll along the waterfront promenade and enjoy the views of the harbor, boats, and the numerous cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating.

Mahón also has a ferry port, which offers boat trips to other parts of the island and even to Mallorca. This is a great way to see more of the coastline and explore neighboring islands.

Mahón has a vibrant nightlife scene with various bars and clubs, especially in the summer months. You can enjoy a lively evening in the city.

Best places to stay in Menorca in Mahón without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Cristine Bedfor, 5-star hotel, located at the center of Mahon, great base to explore the old town and the marina area. It has a paid airport shuttle, outdoor swimming pool, and fabulous breakfast. 
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel Hevresac Singular & Small, great 4-star good value for money hotel located in the quiet location of the historic center of Mahón, within a short distance from Mahon Port, with lots of sights, bars and eateries. It has family rooms and exceptional breakfast according to guests’ reviews. 
  • Budget ($): Hostal Jume – Urban Rooms, great guest house centrally located within 10 mins walk from the bus station, 2 mins walk from the docks and the center of Mahon. Easy access to Santa María Church and Plaza de Conquista.

2. Ciutadella de Menorca

Ciutadella de Menorca is a historic and picturesque town located on the western side of Menorca. It’s a fantastic place to stay without a car, as the town itself is quite walkable, and you can easily explore its many attractions on foot.

You can wander through the narrow, winding streets of the historic center. You’ll find charming buildings, historic churches, and local shops. Don’t miss the beautiful Plaça des Born, a central square surrounded by elegant buildings.

Be sure to visit the stunning Cathedral of Santa Maria, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. It’s located in the heart of the old town and is a must-see attraction.

Stroll along the picturesque Port of Ciutadella, where you can watch boats come and go. There are also numerous restaurants and cafes with sea views where you can enjoy a meal or a coffee.

If you’re in Ciutadella on a market day (usually Fridays and Saturdays), explore the local markets to find fresh produce, artisanal goods, and souvenirs.

Ciutadella offers a wide variety of restaurants serving traditional Menorcan cuisine, seafood, and international dishes. You can try some of the island’s specialties, such as caldereta de langosta (lobster stew) and ensaimadas (sweet pastries).

While Ciutadella itself has a small beach (Platja Gran), you can take a short bus ride to other nearby beaches, such as Cala Blanca, Cala en Blanes, and Cala en Bosch.

Ciutadella is known for its traditional festivals, such as Sant Joan, which includes lively horseback parades.

Best places to stay in Ciutadella de Menorca without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Faustino Gran Relais & Chateaux, 5-star hotel, located in front of the port of Ciutadella, within walking distance from Menorca Cathedral, restaurants and bars. It features 2 swimming pools, Good breakfast, and a paid airport shuttle. 
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel Boutique Can Sastre, 4-star historic hotel located in Ciutadella old town, within walking distance from Cathedral of Minorca. Short distance from Naveta des Tudons and Punta Nati Lighthouse.
  • Budget ($): Mon hotel, great accommodation located in Ciutadella, in the middle of the city center, within a short distance from the port, easy access to the bus.

3. Punta Prima

Punta Prima is a lovely resort area located on the southeastern coast of Menorca. It’s known for its beautiful sandy beach and relatively quiet, family-friendly atmosphere.

The main attraction in Punta Prima is its lovely beach. Spend your days sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying water sports. The shallow waters make it ideal for families with children. The family-friendly Splash Sur Menorca Waterpark is also a short ride away.

You can take a leisurely stroll along the coastal path that connects Punta Prima with nearby coves and beaches, such as Cala Alcaufar and Cala Sant Esteve.

Best places to stay in Menorca in Punta Prima without a car:

  • Budget ($): Comitas Isla del Aire, 3-star hotel located in Punta Prima, just a few mins from the beach, restaurants and shops. It has an outdoor swimming pool and a children’s playground.
  • Mid-range ($$): Occidental Menorca, 4-star hotel located within a short walk from Punta Prima Beach in southeast Menorca. It has 5 outdoor pools, a water park, 15 mins taxi ride from the airport, easy access to a bus stop and  Binibeca.
  • Budget ($): Hotel Xaloc Playa, 3-star beachfront hotel, just a few steps from Punta Prima Beach in the South of the island, close to the beach and the town center.

4. Cala Blanca

Cala Blanca is a popular resort area on the western coast of Menorca, known for its sandy coves, clear waters, and beautiful sunsets. While it’s a quieter and more relaxed option compared to larger towns on the island, it’s a great place to stay for a peaceful vacation without a car.

The main attraction is Cala Blanca Beach itself. It’s a charming cove with calm waters, making it suitable for swimming and sunbathing. Relax on the sandy shore and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine.

Nearby Cala Santandria is another beach that you can visit by taking a short walk along the coastal path. It’s a bit larger than Cala Blanca and offers additional opportunities for water activities.

The western location of Cala Blanca makes it a fantastic spot for enjoying stunning sunsets over the sea. Find a cozy seaside restaurant or a spot on the coast to watch the sun go down.

While Cala Blanca is not a major transportation hub, it’s still possible to explore the island using the local bus service. Buses can take you to Ciutadella and other areas of interest.

Best places to stay in Menorca in Cala Blanca without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Gran Sagitario, 4-star hotel located within a short walk from Cala Santandria Beach and walking distance to plenty of restaurants. Only 5 mins from a bus stop where you can catch the bus to Ciutadella (only 10 mins away). It has 2 swimming pools, private parking, and superb breakfast.
  • Mid-range ($$): Prinsotel La Caleta, 4-star popular beachfront hotel, located on Cala Santandría, offering views of the Mediterranean sea. It is just a few mins from the beach and a scuba diving center. It is also only 10 min by bus to Ciutadella City Center.
  • Budget ($): Apartaments Cales de Ponent, great accommodation located within walking distance from Santandria Beach and the center of Cala Blanca. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, free parking, family rooms, and fabulous breakfast.

5. Cala en Porter

Cala en Porter is a charming resort town located on the southern coast of Menorca, known for its beautiful beach and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great place to stay without a car, as the town is relatively compact and has a range of amenities and activities to enjoy.

The main attraction is the sandy beach at Cala en Porter. Spend your days sunbathing, swimming in the clear waters, and enjoying water sports like snorkeling and paddleboarding. The beach is sheltered by cliffs and is great for families.

Cova d’en Xoroi, a famous cave bar, is perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea and offers breathtaking views. You can visit during the day to admire the scenery or in the evening for a unique cocktail experience.

Cala en Porter has a modest nightlife scene with bars and restaurants that often have live music or entertainment in the evenings.

Best places to stay in Cala en Porter without a car:

  • Budget ($): Osprey Menorca Hotel, 3-star beachfront hotel located in Cala’n Porter, a short walk from Cala en Porter Beach and easy access to a hiking trail. It has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free parking, restaurant and bar.  
  • Budget ($): Hotel Sa Barrera – Adults Only, 3-star hotel located in a quiet street, close to Cala En Porter Beach, bars, restaurants and shops, and the famous Cova d’en Xoroi nightclub. You can enjoy outdoor activities such as diving, hiking or horse riding in the surrounding area.
  • Budget ($): Seth Playa Azul, 3-star beachfront hotel, located on a cliff above Menorca’s Cala’n Porter Beach, within a short walk/ taxi ride from Cova d’en Xoroi Nightclub and Menorca Airport. You can find a bus stop nearby  for a bus to Mahón.

6. Es Castell

Es Castell is a charming town located on the eastern coast of Menorca, not far from the island’s capital, Mahón. It’s a peaceful and historic town known for its maritime heritage and relaxed atmosphere. 

Cales Fonts is a picturesque harbor area in the heart of Es Castell. It’s filled with a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops that offer a delightful setting to enjoy a meal or drink. It’s particularly beautiful in the evening when the lights are reflected in the water.

You can visit the Fort Marlborough (Fortaleza de la Mola, an impressive 18th-century British fort, which offers panoramic views of the harbor and surrounding areas. 

Es Castell is well-connected to Mahón by regular bus services, and from Mahón, you can access the rest of the island by bus or boat.

Best places to stay in Es Castell without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Seth Agamenon, 4-star hotel located in Es Castell just by the south of Mahon harbor, easy access to Menorca’s beaches. It has free parking, an outdoor swimming pool, and very good breakfast.
  • Mid-range ($$):  Barceló Hamilton Menorca – Adults Only, 4-star modern hotel located in a quiet area, just a few mins car ride from the shops and restaurants of Mahon Port and Cales Fonts.
  • Budget ($):  Pardela Menorca, great accommodation, central location, near harbor and taxis.

7. Arenal d’en Castell

Arenal d’en Castell is a family-friendly resort located on the northern coast of Menorca. It’s known for its beautiful beach and calm, shallow waters, making it a great base for a relaxing family vacation.

While Arenal d’en Castell may not be a major transportation hub, it’s possible to explore the island using the local bus system. Buses can take you to nearby towns and attractions such as Mahón or Fornells.

Best places to stay in Arenal d’en Castell without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): White Sands Beach Club, 4-star beachfront hotel, offering a paid airport shuttle, located in Arenal d’en Castell, on the north coast, a short walk from  the beach.
  • Mid-range ($$): Palladium Hotel Menorca, great 3-star beachfront hotel, 10 mins walk from the beach. Easy access to a supermarket, bus stop, cafe and bars.

8. Son Bou

Son Bou is a popular resort area located on the southern coast of Menorca, and it’s home to one of the island’s longest beaches. It offers a range of amenities, beautiful natural surroundings, and a family-friendly atmosphere. 

The main attraction is the stunning Son Bou Beach, which stretches for more than 2.5 kilometers. It offers soft, golden sands and clear, shallow waters, making it well-suited for families with children.

Consider taking day trips to other parts of Menorca, including the Talayotic site of Torre d’en Galmés.

Best places to stay in Menorca in Son Bou:

  • Mid-range ($$): Royal Son Bou Family Club, 4-star  children-friendly hotel, located within a short walk from Playa de Son Bou, featuring 2 swimming pools, free airport shuttle, and superb breakfast. 
  • Mid-range ($$): Valentin Son Bou, 4-star hotel located on the south coast of Son Bou on the hill offering views of the beautiful Son Bou Beach. They have a shuttle bus that takes you to the beach every 30 mins. It is best to have a car to explore the rest of the island though.

In conclusion, Mahón, Ciutadella de Menorca, Punta Prima, Cala Blanca, Cala en Porter, and Son Bou are the best places to stay in Menorca without a car. These towns are accessible by public buses, so you can reach them without a car. Once you are in town, you can explore on foot.

There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas that you can stay during your car-free trip to Menorca. I hope you found my article helpful and enjoy your holiday!

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