Get an overview of the island from its highest point, Monte Toro (350m), midway between Mahon and Ciutadella, topped by a convent and church. On your way through El Mercadel at the foot of Toro, stop off at a bakery for a delicious crespell or amargo pastry.
Seek out some of the island’s many beautiful secluded coves, and visit the picturesque and characterful fishing village of Fornells on the north coast, famous partly because King Juan Carlos yachts over from Mallorca for summer lobster feasts – the village is well known for its superb caldereta de llangosta (lobster stew). It’s also a good spot for watersports, including windsurfing, in its beautiful big bay.
See the coast from a different angle by hiring a sailing boat or a motorboat from Nautic Fun in Mahon.
Explore the dunes, wetlands, scrub and Talayotic and Roman ruins of S'Albufera des Grau, an eight-kilometre coastal nature reserve, starting from Cap de Favàritz and heading north. Stroll in the pine woods lining the lagoon and spot migrating cormorants, in addition to 100 other bird species, and learn all about the different habitats at the visitor centre, where there’s a permanent exhibition.
Wander among the well-preserved monuments of Torre d’en Gaumes to the west of the island, the Balearics’ biggest prehistoric settlement, with stone towers, a defensive wall, a taula (T-shaped stone monument) and a dolmen (burial chamber).
Make a splash at Los Delfines Aquapark (open Apr–Oct) just outside Ciutadella on the west of the island: the best of the island’s waterparks, it has an Adventure River, a giant toboggan, hydro-tubes, kids’ water chutes, a Jacuzzi, and a seafood restaurant and pizzeria.
Take advantage of the cheap bike hire (including child-seats), often available at hotels or villas, and cycle along the flat coastal road at the top of the cliffs into Ciutadella, enjoying the spectacular views.
Wonder at the equine displays of the Minorcan Equestrian Show put on by the Club Escola Menorquina. Riders dress in the traditional island style and thrill spectators on purebred black Menorcan horses trained in the local style. Another splendid spectacle and showcase for Menorca's love of horses is the equestrian show at Ganadería Son Martorellet; kids are treated to a train ride in the interval. During the day you can visit the ranch for free. You can also watch harness races at Mahon and Ciutadella racecourses.
Go on a horse-ride or pony-trek led by one of the island’s many stables. Menorca Horse Riding near Mahon is one of the best reputed, or ask at your hotel. One of the best routes is the Cami de Cavalls, an old track encircling the island, once used for defending the coast on horseback. Menorca Horse Riding also offers pony rides for children and lessons.