Alaior is the third highest population on the island given its number of residents. Located on a hill, we can recognise the historic past of the town in every corner, with the Talayotic footprint present in prehistoric villages like Torralba den Salord, Torre den Galmés or So na Caçana, and in landmark complexes like the necropolis of Cales Coves.
With its whitewashed houses and small streets, the village, is crowned with the church of Santa Eulalia situated at the heart of the city centre.
The village of Alaior has majestic buildings, interior patios, the convent of San Diego and some examples of Modernist façades. The City Hall and Can Salord –which houses the University of the Balearic Islands’ headquarters in Menorca– are worthy of notice among the town’s buildings.
The island’s dairy cheese production is concentrated in this village nowadays, as well as an important part of the footwear industry. Nonetheless, it must be remembered that, as in the rest of the island, tourism has become the main financial engine of the village.
Featured areas in Alaior
Calan Porter was one of the first beaches in Menorca to experience the touristic urban development. This beautiful site can boast of having a wonderful beach surrounded by sharp cliffs, presenting a landscape of fruit trees in its ravines. In this community, we can find all types of services, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, stores… even a kayak rental place to explore the area. But besides that, Calan Porter houses one of Menorca’s main sightseeing places: La Cova den Xoroi – an impressive natural cove turned nightclub.
La Cova den Xoroi
La Cova den Xoroi is possibly one of the most visited spots by tourists in Menorca. It is an open balcony towards the Mediterranean sea.
From the moment you cross its door, you notice the magic that befalls the place. Apart from enjoying a drink here, you can also take in the best sunsets on the island from this spot. A staircase carved into the cliff’s rock takes you to different rooms set with chill-out music and throws you into perfect decor and lighting.
It is worth trying the typical Menorcan drink here, La Pomada, a cocktail blending Menorcan gin with lemonade. It is a very popular drink in villages’ traditional fairs too.
Located 8 km away from Alaior, Son Bou beach is the largest sandy area in Menorca, more than 2 km long. It is a spectacular beach with white , fine-grain sand and clean, transparent water.
The community of Son Bou is one of the main communities in Menorca, and comes equipped with all types of services, stores, restaurants, supermarkets, water slides… and if you are a “chiringuito” lover, three of these on the beach. It also has a massage centre to have you enjoy complete relaxation.
Menorca’s capital, Mahón, is only 12 km away from the centre of the village, as well as the marina and airport. Ciutadella is 30 km away, which is why its location makes it the perfect spot to enjoy holidays in Menorca. You can reach any spot on the island in less than 30 minutes from any point in the village.
The two main touristic hubs of the village (Calan Porter and Son Bou) are connected by bus to both Alaior and Mahón, from where all buses lines in Menorca leave.