The beauty of sunsets in Menorca cannot be understated. The sea, and the island’s landscape perfectly complement the colours of the sky during sunset.
During the summer months, sunsets in Menorca (and most of Spain) happen between 9 to 10 PM. Which literally means that you can relax by the sea, or on a beach, as you watch those long days finally come to an end.
So, where are the best places to watch those epic sunsets in Menorca? Let’s explore some of these spots along the western coast of the island.
1. Castell de Sant Nicolau, Ciutadella
A 10 minute walk west from the centre of Ciutadella is the Castell de Sant Nicolau. This 17th-century watchtower stands guard at the southern head of the port entrance. From right next to it, one can walk along the mouth of the port, or jump into the sea. Or even better, catch the sunset.
2. Los Delfines
On the western most point of Menorca lies the small town of Los Delfines (literally The Dolphins). This tiny town (mostly occupied by vacationing families) has some great spots to catch the sunset.
If you’re a creature of comfort, or want to watch it with a beer or cocktail, head over to Sa Posta De Sol. If you’re cheap, and want the exact same view, walk a few hundred metres down to Apartamentos Cabo de Baños. Behind the holiday apartments is open area where you can catch an amazing view of the sunset. However, the ground is very sharp and rugged, so wear thick-soled, comfortable shoes.
Both these spots are located along Av. los Delfines. As the town is well connected, getting a taxi to and fro is no problem. Also, cellphone coverage is everywhere.
3. Punta Nati Lighthouse
Saved the best for last
Located in the desolate north-west corner of Menorca is Punta Nati Lighthouse (Far de Punta Nati). Constructed in 1911, Punta Nati is an active lighthouse overlooking some rugged terrain.
The best part about watching the sunset at Punta Nati was the absolute peace and quiet, and the fact there is nothing obstructing your view or around you. The glow of the setting sun against the lighthouse adds to the magic before darkness descends. It also softens the harness of the rocks on which you stand. Speaking of which, remember to wear thick-soled comfortable shoes.
There are ample spots to watch the sunset from, and there’s no entrance fee. Just hop over the gate.
To get to Punta Nati, simply follow the Carretera a Punta Nati till you see a field on your right. Park your car and walk the remaining 500 metres or so. You can also take a taxi to get to the lighthouse, however, keep in mind that there is no cellphone signal near the lighthouse. You’ll need to walk back to the parking lot to grab a signal.
If you’re in Mahon, Monte Toro is a great option to watch the sunset. It’s a short drive to the tallest hill on the island. From here, it’s possible to catch some great views of the sunset.
If you’re up for a baller time, and want to really live it up while watching the sunset, head to Cova d’en Xoroi. It’s a super cool bar located inside the rocky shores. Of course, unlike Punta Nati, this ain’t free.