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Menorca Holidays

The calmest of all the Balearic Islands, Menorca holidays are all about Spanish flair, sandy coves and spending long sunny days sunbathing on the beach.

The gentle Spanish island

Sleepy Menorca lives life in the slow lane of the swimming pool. The most northern Balearic Island rises above the hectic partying of Majorca and the neon madness of Ibiza and is content to offer tranquil surroundings underneath the phenomenal Mediterranean sunshine.

Beach getaways are the main attraction of holidays to Menorca but there are historic resorts and towns too with centuries of stories to be told at Ciutadella, Es Castell and Mahon.

Couples fall in love with romantic breaks across many resorts on this scenic island while families enjoy coming for the beaches and fun attractions.

Quick Tips

Mahon
70,000
Roman Catholic
Catalan
Euro
GMT +1

Blue Flag beaches and Camí de Cavalls

With such a sunny Spanish climate and as many golden beaches as both Majorca and Ibiza put together, there really is no contest when it comes to sunbathing spots. Families flock to Menorca because of the safe sandy shores with gently shelving waves that are perfect for sandcastle building and fish spotting on shallow snorkelling adventures.

The island has a distinct hiking trail, the Camí de Cavalls that runs for 184km around Menorca's circumference. You can enter at several starting points and try to discover as much of the island as you can. Walking or cycling are recommended methods to see areas of rocky cliffs, pine-clad forests and even the odd secluded beach cove.

Centuries of culture

The island has plenty of resorts to choose from, from quiet fishing villages to bustling seaside towns. No matter where you choose to base your stay, resorts are well developed to cater for tourists. As Majorca is so small, hiring a car is a popular option. Why not base yourself somewhere sleepy and set out to explore the island's hidden gems each day with the window down and a cool breeze in your hair.

Port Mahon is Menorca's capital and this town, and Es Castell, is where the streets are lined with impressive Georgian townhouses from the days of British reign. The harbours are lined with cafés and restaurants, so order a drink and pull up a chair to people-watch in the glorious sunshine.

Menorca's second town Ciutadella is another with a long history that is evident in its architecture so if you're looking for authenticity, here's the place.

Menorca isn't all civilised towns and establishments though. The pre-historic settlements at Torre d'en Gaumes and the Bronze Age monuments near Ciutadella, whose original purpose is shrouded in mystery, are both interesting visits.

Family attractions

Though most tourists will be happy to frequent the beaches and harbours to enjoy a purposefully slow holiday, there are active attractions that will tempt you into speeding things up.

There are three terrific waterparks near Ciutadella, Son Xoriguer and Arenal Den Castell with each including rides and features that are great both for children and adults.

Water sports are very popular across dozens of resorts and beaches in Menorca. They can be as laidback as a kayak or pedalo ride or you can learn to scuba dive, hire a jet ski or try out water skiing. Many resorts offer ocean excursions in yachts, speed boats or glass-bottomed vessels.

The evenings in Menorca are mostly laidback with a fine selection of bars and music clubs spread across the island. More often than not you'll find a beach bar or restaurant that provides great settings to settle into at night.

Island tastes

Spanish and Mediterranean food is on most menus here. It's a theme that is consistent with all Balearic Islands and Menorca also offers plenty of seafood options across the coastal restaurants.

Some of the island's most famous tastes include Mahon cheese, which is made in the capital, Menorca-style stuffed aubergines, and lobster stew.

No matter the resort in Menorca you're more than likely to find an expat owned pub or restaurant that serves familiar meals from back home.

East or west coast shopping

Gift shops are found within most resorts and self-catering guests will be glad to hear that there are plenty of supermarkets too.

The best locations for shopping on the island are at Mahon on the east coast and Ciutadella on the west coast. Both cultural towns feature a blend of independent boutiques as well as recognisable brand names. These towns and many more hold regular weekly markets which provide fantastic opportunities to grab a unique souvenir at bargain prices.

Getting there

Total flight time from the UK to Menorca is approximately two and a half hours. Once you land at Menorca Airport in the south east of the island the transfer times to your resort are often quite short. The exception is Son Xoriguer in the south west that will take an hour to reach.

Car hire services are available from the airport and most resorts should you decide to take a drive at short notice.

There is a good bus service that runs throughout the island too. Most resorts are connected to either Ciutadella or Mahon and sometimes both.

Where to stay in Menorca

Location

Monthly Temperature

January
16°C
February
16°C
March
18°C
April
20°C
May
23°C
June
27°C
July
30°C
August
30°C
September
28°C
October
24°C
November
19°C
December
17°C

Best time of year to visit

Menorca enjoys a hot summer climate that gets milder towards the winter. July and August see an average temperature of 25C while the lowest is seen in January at 11C.

The only wet season that the island sees is during the off season when there is still only a 30 per cent chance of rain from December to February.

There is no heavy party season to contend with here but the school summer holidays will see a larger influx of families across the beaches and waterparks.

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