One of the beautiful Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Menorca measures 436 miles2 in circumference and around 40 miles at its maximum length. Despite its size, Menorca packs a lot into its coastline. Book a Menorca hotel with us and enjoy the sun-kissed shores and mellow vibe of this enchanting location.
Menorca's second town, Ciutadella is located in the west of the island. Once Menorca's capital city, Ciutadella has what is considered by many to be one of Spain's best squares, Plaça d'es Born and delightful cobbled lanes. Look for Església del Socors, an ornate 17th-century church, and walk through its doors to discover a splendid little museum. As well as the Gothic and Neoclassical grandeur of Menorca Cathedral, you'll find beautiful old palaces and a lovely harbour.
At the opposite end of the island lies Mahón, Menorca's capital, which has the world's second deepest natural harbour. There are four squares in Mahón. Plaça Carma has an 18th-century church and within its cloisters you'll find a market selling fresh produce. Plaça d'Espanya affords tremendous views of the bay and a terrific fish market. Mahón's main church, the Santa Maria houses a massive wooden organ with 3,000 pipes and can be found on Plaça Constitucio. The city's library can be found within an 18th-century mansion located on the Plaça de la Conquesta. The Arch de San Roque is Mahón's oldest building and is all that is left of the walls that once protected the city.
Wherever you are in Menorca, you're never far from the sea, and the island's coastline provides a wealth of differences, from the limestone ravines of the south to the ragged and rocky northern seaboard dotted with pine trees. There are several beautiful beaches such as Cala Pregonda in the north whose golden-sanded shore lies within the curve of the bay. In the south is Cala Macarella, where the pale-sanded beach lies within a picturesque cove overlooked by holly oak and pine trees. Here the ocean is akin to a tranquil pool.
Eating, drinking and nightlife
Menorca has its share of restaurants offering Spanish cuisine but you'll also find Irish and English bars. Unlike its near neighbours, Menorca is not renowned for its hedonistic nightlife but it does have a good mixture of bars and clubs that offer a range of venues to suit all tastes. Jazz aficionados will find their fix at Akelarre in Mahón which offers live music. And there's Jazzbah in Ciutadella where you can here rare grooves and funky jazz sounds. If Latin and salsa music is your thing, Tse Tse in Mahón makes for an enjoyable night. And if you prefer something a little quieter but still with bags of atmosphere, Nou Bar is a traditional haunt of locals who enjoys its congenial and unassuming atmosphere, perfect for chats.
Shopping in and around Menorca
The island offers a range of shops from supermarkets and high street outlets, resort stores to local markets selling fresh fruit, fish, meat and cheese, as well as gifts and souvenirs.
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