The most important cities of Menorca

When you plan a trip to Menorca, you don’t usually pay too much attention to the cities and towns that you can visit there. Its greatest claim, the one that makes us want to stay at one end or another of the island, are without a doubt its beaches. However, it is worth visiting its most important cities to get an idea of ​​what the second largest island in the Balearic Islands is like.

In this article I am going to tell you about the six with the most inhabitants, so take note and do your best to visit them if you have enough days.


It is the capital and the most populated city of Menorca, a place that you have to visit yes or yes for several reasons. The highlights are the Fortaleza de la Mola, its town hall, the Museum of Menorca, the Bastion of San Roc and the Church of Santa María. In addition, you cannot miss the opportunity to stroll along the promenade, where you will find a multitude of bars and restaurants with gastronomic proposals of all kinds.


Ciudadela has a population similar to that of Mahón (about 30,000 inhabitants), so it is often difficult to say that it is the second and not the first city in Menorca in terms of population census. What is evident is that it has the necessary ingredients to attract tourists, since its old town , full of shops and restaurants, is a great attraction. The Port of Ciudadela and the Cathedral of Menorca should also be on your list of essential visits to the city.

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To speak of Alayor is to speak of a city much smaller than Mahón and Ciudadela in terms of the number of inhabitants, since it barely reaches 10,000. It is only 12 kilometers from the capital and it could be said that it is a university city , since there is an extension of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), which is based in Palma de Mallorca. The parish of Santa Eulàlia, which is the patron saint of the city, is one of the places to visit next to its historic center, where it is possible to appreciate several buildings of great architectural beauty.

saint Louis

With about 8,000 inhabitants, it could be said that San Luis is the fourth most important city in Menorca with the permission of the two that I mention below (Ferrerías and Mercadal). It was founded by the French in honor of the King of France Louis XV , something that occurred during the brief impasse in which they dominated the island (1756-1763). Its main street, called Es Cós, is the one that registers the greatest movement, while the holidays are those that are lived during the first weekend after the festival of San Luis, which is August 25.

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Its name comes from "ferrer", which means "blacksmith" in Spanish. It has about 5,000 inhabitants and in the past it was a town where they lived from jewelery and footwear, but today what is more developed is tourism. Of course, you should not forget that the famous sandals are made there, a type of traditional footwear that is exported all over the world. The color white is the one that predominates in its streets, where it is worth taking a walk after taking a bath in Cala Galdana , one of the best beaches in Menorca that is only 10 minutes away by car.


I end this compilation of important cities with a locality that is more than a city is a town. Mercadal, with just 5,000 inhabitants, is a municipality located in the heart of the island , which is why some of its lifelong neighbors have not even gotten to know the sea. It is true that it is enough kilometers away to walk, but it is also true that it is very well connected with the rest of the cities of the island. White, in this case, is also the color that predominates in its streets.

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