Unwind in the beautiful setting of Menorca, the second largest of the Balearic Islands and regarded as the most tranquil in comparison to bigger sister Majorca and fun-loving cousin Ibiza.You can take advantage of the island’s exceptional ecosystem to get an introduction to the different water sports such as freediving, scuba diving or windsurfing. Many organic producers offer their products on the market: an unmissable stop in your stay. Relax on untouched beaches, climb Mount Toro or explore the rolling hills of the north. If hustle and bustle is what you’re after then head to the capital city of Mahón for a dose of culture. Get the best deals on Menorca holidays from lastminute.com. Sunny beach holidays are available at any time of year on this beautiful Balearic island.
A holiday in Menorca is right for you if:
Any holiday village in Menorca has easy access to a beautiful beach. Menorca boasts one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines which are renowned for being less crowded than those of its Balearic siblings. Son Bou is the island’s longest beach, stretching for 3km and is popular for watersports. If you want a little more Zen then zoom, there are plenty more secluded sandy coves to explore such as Cap de Favártix in the north, but be prepared to hike off the beaten track to get there. From sweeping bays with white sands to quiet, rustic tree-lined beaches, Menorca has them all. A short walk or a swim around a headland will take you to a peaceful beach away from the crowds. Cala Trebaluger is a secluded hideaway 20 minutes from Cala Mitjana.
Scenic golf courses around the island suit players of all abilities. Year-round sunny weather means you can play a round whenever you visit Menorca.
A trip out to sea is a fun way to spend some time on your Menorca family holidays. A glass-bottomed boat allows you to see the fish and other sea life below the water. You can also go swimming and snorkelling, as well as explore smaller islands.
During your holiday in Menorca, don’t forget that the island’s interior is just as interesting as the coast, and a good plan is a hike, as all the footpaths are perfectly signposted. Start with the S’Albufera d’Es Grau natural park, in the north of the island, then head back down by walking along the cliffs on the east of the island. If you are not particularly active, there are plenty of equestrian centres offering horse riding. The best places to visit If your holiday in Menorca takes you to the coast of the island, discover the Cova d’en Xoroi and Cala Galdana: in these little coves filled with the turquoise sea and lined with white stone cliffs, you can take part in many outdoor sports (hiking, mountain biking, diving, sailing, kayaking, etc.) or simply take advantage of the stunning landscapes for some chill-out time.
In Mahon, the island’s capital, you can visit most of the monuments. The walk starts with the natural port, La Mola, then continues on to the Isabel II fortress, an impressive 19th-century building, then into the typically Spanish narrow streets of the old town, and the boulevards lined with British houses from the colonial era. During your holiday in Menorca, take the time to visit the Hernandez-Mora museum – it’s definitely worth a look.
On the island, public transport networks are pretty much non-existent, so if you plan on moving around during your holiday in Menorca, we recommend you take a taxi or hire a car. You can also find many bicycles for rent, which is an appealing eco-friendly alternative. As the towns are compact, walking is your best option.
Much like the other Balearic islands, traditional food in Menorca comprises of sausage, rice, meatballs, and fish stew. Try bacalao ab burrida, cod meatballs, with a creamy garlic dip. Caldereta de langosta is a rich lobster stew with tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Sample some great seafood delicacies such as caldereta de llagosta, lobster stew, or local ensaimada cakes. If you’ve opted for self-catered, do it yourself and shop at the fresh fish market in Mahón’s Plaça Espanya. Wash it all down with fomada, a gin and bitter lemon mix popular among locals.
Like anywhere in Spain, you will have the chance to discover the tradition of tapas. On the menu: cold soups, empanadas (similar to pasties), sobrassada, butifarra (spicy blood sausage), tumbet (fried ratatouille), olives and cured ham to accompany a glass of wine or a beer. Then you can feast on caldera de llagosta, a lobster stew, or asado de lechona, a roast suckling pig. For dessert, your holidays in Menorca will introduce you to ensaimada, a flaky pastry sprinkled with sugar and filled with chocolate, pastry cream or candied fruit.
To plan your stay, you must start by deciding which activities you’d like to do on the island.
If you want to take advantage of the many water sports and outdoor activities, spring or the end of the summer are ideal periods, check out our travel recommendations and more ideas on where to go in july.
Menorca holidays in April are pleasantly warm and you'll find you have more space to yourself on the beach.
Flowers are blooming making the island very pretty to explore at this time of year. If you prefer to discover the island away from mass tourism, book your stay for winter.
July and August have the highest average temperatures of the year at 25°C. January and February are the coolest at 11°C. October and November are the rainiest months. Cheap holidays to Menorca tend to be available during the school year in autumn and winter.
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