In addition to the small music bars that spill out onto the pavements the busier they become, recent years has seen an increasing number of larger, sophisticated clubs emerge with music to suit all tastes and ages for those who want to dance late into the night. These are mainly found in the bigger resorts and, in particular, the harbours of the main towns of Máo and Ciutadella. Most don’t open until around midnight and stay open well into the early hours.
Throughout the spring and summer, there is a full and varied programme of late night music with folk, jazz, flamenco, blues, classical, rock, funk and fusion concerts as well as classical and contemporary dance performances are taking place around the island, so there is bound to be something for everyone.
The season traditionally kicks off at Easter, when jazz takes to the streets of Menorca and becomes a focal point of the island’s music scene for around six weeks. Organised by Jazz Obert (Open Jazz), the annual International Jazz Festival of Menorca has now established as a firm fixture on Menorca’s cultural arts calendar, with concerts held around the island as well as public performances in the streets. Sadly, this was cancelled in 2012 due to lack of funds.
July and August welcome the annual Music Festivals of Maó and Ciutadella, when Menorca plays host to some great artistic talent with classical concerts to contemporary dance performances taking place in some fantastic settings such as the historic Teatre Principal in Maó, the atmospheric cloister gardens in Ciutadella and other open air venues. In 2011, the Maó music nights held each Tuesday in July and August also proved very popular with live music in the streets and the shops staying open until 23.00 hrs.
Of course, there is more to Menorca’s nightlife than simply eating, drinking and chatting with family and friends.
For those who are interested in taking in some culture during their holiday, a visit to the Teatre Principal in the centre of Máo cannot fail to please. Dating back nearly 200 years, the theatre attracts well known performers from all over the world to appear in concerts, operas, dance performances and shows. You could also try your luck at one of the casinos located around the island or, for something completely different, you could go and see the spectacular horse show at Son Martorellet on the road out of Ferreries to Cala Galdana.
And, for a real taste of the local culture, make sure you visit one of the island’s local fiestas which take place in the towns and villages throughout the summer. Apart from the magnificent horses which take centre show, there is a plethora of entertainment to enjoy including traditional folk dancing and singing, concerts and midnight firework displays.
So, as you can see Menorca really does offer something for everyone when it comes to night time music and entertainment. See our What’s On, Exhibitions, Concerts & shows or This Month’s Highlights sections for the latest events.