Positioned in the heart of Menorca, Alaior is a charming town that offers an authentic slice of Balearic Islands living and convenient access to world-famous beach resorts. It’s clustered with whitewashed buildings where artisan cheese and handicrafts are sold.
Things to do in Alaior
Stroll through the narrow streets of Alaior that centre around the town’s Baroque-inspired church. Take in the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside from atop Ihalor Hill, where Alaior was founded by King James II in 1304.
Alaior is clustered with artisan cobblers and jewellery makers where you can pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs and handcrafted gifts. Keep an eye out for Queso de Menorca, a white cheese that has a sweet and nutty taste and was created in Alaior.
Want a day at the beach? Head to the turquoise cove at Cala en Porter, which is nestled between cliffs in this lively resort town. Alternatively, relax on the longest stretch of sand in Menorca at Son Bou, where shallow waters are backed by a nature reserve protecting dunes, marshes and diverse birdlife.
Alaior’s surrounding countryside is crisscrossed with walking and cycling trails, with the route leading from the Hermitage of San Llorenç to Binixems particularly popular. The hermitage was founded in 1301 by Jaime II and it was here that the feast of Sant Llorenç was celebrated until 1832.
Getting around Alaior
Alaoir is around 20 minutes’ drive from Menorca Airport and 15 minutes from the capital, Mahon. Buses connect Alaoir with towns and villages across the island, but its narrow streets are best explored on foot.