Monte Toro (El Toro)
A road winds to the top of Monte Toro, climbing to great views and an important Menorcan church. Since Monte Toro is a key landmark on the island, it’s an included stop on many tours of Menorca. Independent travelers can come by car or follow a hiking trail to the top. At the Mare de Deu del Toro sanctuary, pay your respects to the Toro Virgin, who is the patron saint of Menorcans.
Things to know before you go
- El Toro is a must-visit for photographers wanting to capture views of the city.
- A small souvenir shop and café are located by the church.
- Hairpin curves on the access road require careful driving.
How to get there
Monte Toro is located near Es Mercadal in the center of Menorca, near the intersection of the Me-1 and Me-15 roads. From Mahón, it’s a 15-mile (24-kilometer) drive that takes roughly 25 minutes. From Ciutadella de Menorca, it’s a 19-mile (31-kilometer) drive that takes roughly 30 minutes. The road to the top of Monte Toro is the Me-13.
When to get there
With wonderful views across the island of Menorca, it’s no surprise that Monte Toro is a favorite destination for sunsets. Plan to arrive early to enjoy the show, but bring layered clothing since it’s frequently windy here. If you come in the evening, the Mare de Deu del Toro sanctuary may be closed.
Where to Watch the Sunset in Menorca
There are plenty of great places to watch the Menorca sunset. Favorites include the Cavalleria Lighthouse on the northern coast, Castell de Sant Nicolau, and the Torre de Fornells. For sweeping sea views and a quiet spot that’s near Ciutadella de Menorca, head to the cliffs of Torre des Castellar.