Binibeca - Excursions and Places of interest
Information updated 30 Jan 2015
If you fancy enjoying a glass of vino from you villa terrace, Menorca has many delicious local vintages for you to choose from, and what better way to take your pick then to see them in the making and sample them first. Vineyards – or bodegas – throughout the island offer guided tours and tastings. Closest to Binibeca is Viñas Binifadet near Sant Lluís, where you can find the island’s first ‘champagne’ - a pink sparkling wine produced from merlot and syrah grapes. Also on the island are Bodega Vi de S'Illa in Alaior, Sant Patrici near Ferreries, Ferrer de Muntpalau at Es Mercadal and Vine Sa Cudía at S'Albufera des Grau Nature Park. Menorcan whites are fruity and fresh, while reds are full bodied, fruity and aromatic, so whatever your palate craves, you’ll find it on villa holidays in Menorca.
Distillery / Brewery
Finding that their beloved gin was unavailable, British sailors occupying Menorca in the 18th Century decided to teach the local islanders how to produce it. To this day the enormous copper stills bubble away at the Xoriguer distillery at Mahon harbour, producing this aromatic tipple using traditional methods. Guided tours to this attraction run daily and Gin Xoriguer and other local liqueurs can be sampled and bought. Whether you drink it straight up as a night cap, or mix it with bitter lemon to create the local fiesta drink of choice – Pomada – you’re sure to get in the Menorca spirit.
With over 100 glorious beaches on the island, the coastline of Menorca simply must be enjoyed from a different perspective – the deck of a boat! There is no shortage of boat trips on the island, from short leisure cruises to full day trips. Mahon harbour is an easy distance by car from Binibeca where catamarans and glass bottom boats operate provide a historical commentary on the port, as well as fantastic underwater views. To the north at Fornells harbour and Addaya Port you will find trips to discover more of Menorca’s coastline, coves and caverns, as well as great swimming, snorkelling and kayaking spots to relax and cool off from the warm Spanish sun. From Ciutadella in the west you can also enjoy a day cruise around some of the island’s beautiful yet isolated southern beaches, which are difficult or impossible to visit by land. For something a little out of the ordinary, guided kayak tours are also available, along with yachts and boats to charter yourself, with or without a skipper.
Natural areas of beauty
The celebrated coastline is one of this island’s great treasures waiting to be explored from our villas in Menorca, with beautiful white sand beaches, quiet coves and picturesque horseshoe bays backed by rugged and beautiful scenery throughout the island. To the north of the island you can discover many unspoiled beaches off the tourist trail, as well as the Parc Natural S'Albufera des Grau to the northeast. This beautiful nature reserve is a haven for bird life at its expansive freshwater lagoon, while the lush green landscape rolls down to the untouched coastline.
Lloc de Menorca is a small yet wonderful zoo near to Alaior and home to a wealth of exciting creatures, both native to the island and more exotic! A wonderfully interactive experience, there are animals you can feed and even pet as you get up close to nature.
A brand new water park opened for 2015 can be found in Biniancolla, just on the outskirts of Binibeca and Punta Prima. The park has bright green slides, and has lifeguards on watch during the peak season.
Regions to visit
Hop in the car and drive to Menorca’s old capital of Ciutadella to discover its many ancient treasures. The medieval cobbled streets of the historic quarter – Es Born – are dotted with antiquities, including a gothic cathedral built from a 14th century mosque and Sant Nicolau Castle, an ancient fortress whose watchtower still stands proud in a defensive position over Ciutadella port. The new capital of Menorca - the bustling port of Mahon - also has its share of fascinating historic treasures.
No holiday to Menorca is complete without a trip to the capital, Mahon. One of the world’s largest natural harbours is the heart and hub of this town, where bars and restaurants provide a pleasant spot to watch the boats sail by or enjoy the Spanish hospitality with a glass of sangria and some tapas. A wonderfully cosmopolitan town, the shopping experience here ranges from the bustling twice weekly market to chic designer stores, while Mahon’s fascinating past still shines through in the narrow cobbled streets, shady plazas and interesting architecture, representing the various eras of occupation throughout its history.