The second largest and yet the most tranquil of the Balearic Islands, Menorca boats beautiful scenery and is home to many protected and Unesco sites preserving the environment. Menorca is home to more beaches than any other island in the Balearics and offers a peaceful setting with very few crowds owing to island not being over-developed for tourists. You’ll discover miles of untouched shoreline and hidden coves as well as lush rolling fields and hills. This diverse island has plenty on offer for all type of holiday makers. The capital of Mahon boasts plenty of bars and restaurants, whereas the south side of the island is perfect for families with great beaches, play areas and water parks. Summer is the festival season in Menorca with many festivals lasting up to three days, where you’ll see processions and parade through the street, parties, live music and, of course, great food. There’s a blend of Spanish and Catalan cultures here, so you can expect locals to speak Menorqui Catalan and Spanish as second language. The island is prone to wetter weather and cool winds blowing from the north, however, the summer temperatures reach well into the mid-twenties.
Menorca is not a particularly large island, so an economy car is usually sufficient for getting from A to B without much expense.
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Important things to note
Many places are closed during the low season between November and March such as restaurants and tourist attractions. The peak season in Menorca is from Mid-July to mid-September.
Remember not to leave valuables in your car when parking at the beach.
It is the law to carry your passport with you at all times in Spain. However, many people have had their passports stolen when passing through airports, so take extra care keeping all of your personal belongings, valuables and travel documents safe and secure at all times. It’s advisable to take a few photocopies of your passport with you.
Highlights & Hotspots
The pride of Menorca is the wide range of stunning beaches. The protected bay of Cala Gladana is well worth a visit as many consider it be one of the most beautiful bays in the world. There are also a range of fantastic restaurants around the bay area, making it the perfect place to spend a day or two.
For those wanting to do a little underwater exploration, Cala’n Forcat is an excellent beach to snorkel and discover the fascinating sea life. Stay around in the evening for fabulous night out. Home to a whole host of restaurants and lively bars, the town truly comes alive at night.
Take a trip to the impressive Fort Marlborough, built during the British occupation of Menorca to protect Castell San Filipe. This huge fortress has been built into the rock face and looks out on to Cala de San Esteve. You’ll discover the secrets of this fantastic historic site, as well as take in majestic views of the island.
Explore the life below the surface from the comfort of a glass bottom boat. There are a range of tour operators offering glass bottom boat cruise of up to an hour around the harbour.