Essential information for Menorca
When to go
Menorca enjoys sunny weather all year round with an average of 315 sunny days a year, so it’s always a good idea to have some suntan lotion handy. In the summer months and leading into autumn, temperatures on your Menorca holiday can hit anywhere from 22°C to 29°C, perfect weather for sunbathing on its many beaches. It never gets too chilly here and if you’re planning on visiting during the winter months the temperature only drops slightly to between 10°C and 20°C.
Menorca – translated into English as ‘smaller island’ – is the least touristy island of the Balearics and, as such, offers crowd-free beaches and much quieter resorts. The most popular times to visit are during the summer months to take advantage of the wonderfully warm weather and watersports around the island. When visiting off-season it’s good to remember that many restaurants, bars and shops close between November and April when the tourism season dies down, yet you’re sure to find cheap holidays in Menorca during this time.
Health and safety
As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It’s also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Spanish nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.
If you are visiting Menorca specifically to take part in sports or water sports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/health.
Passports and visas
British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Menorca as it is a Spanish, Balearic island but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
Menorca’s main airport is in its capital city of Mahon and flying here from the UK takes just over two hours. If you are heading straight to your resort most nearby hotels have their own shuttle service to and from the airport. The other way to reach Menorca is by ferry from Mainland Spain and its neighbouring island of Majorca.
Taxis are relatively inexpensive in Menorca and a great way to travel around the island and see the sights. They are available just outside the main arrivals hall of the airport. The roads in Menorca are well signed and a main road links the popular holiday cities Mahon and Ciutadella together, which also passes through the resort areas Alaior, Es Mercadal and Ferreries. Some beaches here are only accessible through small private roads that require tolls to drive on.
If you are planning to hire bicycles while you are in Menorca most of the smaller roads have cycle lanes attached to them – making this a great choice for those hoping to stay close to the hotel during All Inclusive Menorca holidays. Bus routes are also good around the island and your hotel will be able to tell you which buses run near to your accommodation.
Advice for travellers with children
Family holidays to Menorca are a great choice because of its laid-back atmosphere and uncrowded beaches. You’ll be far away from the party nightlife scene here where families can enjoy building sandcastles and swimming in the shallow waters.
Menorca is also home to five waterparks all with an array of slides including kamikazes, tube rides and black holes. These parks make for a great day out for families, especially during summer heatwaves.
Connector type: Generally round two-pin plugs
Voltage info: 220 volts AC, 50Hz
Call 112 for all emergencies and the operator will put you through to the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. The line is operated in five languages including English.
If you are a victim of crime, affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner, contact the British Consulate. The British Consulate in Majorca also covers Menorca.
Carrer Convent dels Caputxins, 4 Edificio Orisba B 4ºD 07002 Palma de Mallorca Spain
Telephone: +34 93 366 6200
Hospital Mateu Orfila, Ronda Malbuger. Telephone: +34 971 48 70 00 (general) Telephone: +34 971 48 70 30 (emergencies)
Centro de Salud Dalt Sant Joan, c/Fornells, 106-7. Telephone: +34 971 35 32 55 (Health Centre)
Clinica Juaneda Menorca, c/Canonge Moll, s/n. Telephone: +34 971 48 05 05
Centro de Salud Canal Salat, c/Antonio Maria Claret. Telephone: +34 971 48 01 11 / 48 01 12 (Health Centre)