Spain Guide


Menorca Nightlife

You don't come to Menorca for the world's wildest foam parties or fetish theme nights. The night time entertainment here is low key and centred around the hotels, bars and restaurants.

There are live music bars, a few clubs, traditional Spanish fiestas during the summer months and in house entertainment laid on by the tour operators.

Some of the quieter resort areas of the island shut down before midnight. So be warned: if it's all night partying you're after, you'll be much happier in Ibiza! Most of the island's nightlife takes place in and around the two main towns of Mahon (Mao) and Ciutadella. So if you're staying in other areas of Menorca, check with your tour operator before travelling to see what in house entertainment is on offer.

Some of the bigger hotels offer excellent night time entertainment with early evening games for youngsters, mini clubs for young teens, karaoke, cabaret shows and dancing.

Even if you're holidaying on an all inclusive package deal, try to eat out at least a couple of times during your visit because Menorca boasts some excellent tapas bars and fine restaurants.

Watch the sun go down from a bougainvillea clad terrace overlooking the sea while you sip your sangria. Try some of the traditional Menorcan fare local cheeses, roast baby goat, crème Catalan and some of the finest fresh fish you've ever tasted. The menus here have delicacies such as snails in garlic, squid, fresh anchovies and paella with black octopus ink.

You'll find delicious home cooked dishes in inexpensive restaurants where you can enjoy a set menu with a bottle of wine for less than the price of a gin and tonic in Covent Garden.

Try the griddled country bread rub it with cloves of garlic, sprinkle it with olive oil and a little salt and top it with pureed fresh tomatoes. Definitely the best garlic bread you've ever tasted!

If your stomach's tied up in knots by this time, worry not! There are British and Irish bars, pizza joints and Chinese restaurants for the culinary cowards amongst you.

Undoubtedly the most dramatic nightspot on the island is Cova d'en Xoroi at Cala en Porter. This has to rate as one of the world's most unusual clubs. Set high in the rocks, it's a cave bar with fantastic sea views by day. At night it's transformed into an ultra modern disco with sophisticated light and sound systems and views of the sea and sunset via a hole in the rock. Psychedelic or what?!

There's a jazz club in San Clement, near Mahon, where you can hear local musicians every Tuesday evening (and Thursdays in high season). During the summer season, professional jazz musicians holidaying on the island give the club an extra boost.

Pedro's in Cala Santandria, near Ciutadella on the west coast, is a popular tourist nightspot from June to October. If Menorca's getting too quiet for your liking, pop along to Pedro's for entertainment which ranges from flamenco and foam parties to karaoke and laser shows.

Traditional Spanish fiestas take place in Menorca's towns and villages throughout the summer. Most consist of colourful parades, fireworks and much merrymaking the streets. Ask for details at the tourist information office in Mahon's main square and the Plaza de Borne in Ciutadella.