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. 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.
Stay in the walled capital Mahón and relax by the clear waters of the harbour, sample some gin at an eighteenth century distillery or party with the locals at a traditional summer fiesta. Saunter through the cobbled streets of Ciutadella and see its architectural delights from Baroque churches to palaces. Alternatively, stay in the southern eastern corner of Menorca at Punta Prima, a popular resort for its glamour and pretty beaches.
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.
Whether you’re horse riding or hiking, holidays in Menorca offer a range of activities for your holiday. Owing to the clear and calm waters of the Mediterranean, it’s the perfect place for diving – popular spots include Son Xoriguer Bay and Port Addaia. Climbing Mount Toro, the island’s highest point, is a must, not least because of the views and the Franciscan Church at the summit.
Sample some great seafood delicacies such as caldereta de llagosta, lobster stew, or local ensaimada cakes. There’s also a host of Hispanic gastronomy from tapas to paella. 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.
Try the Jazz Club in San Clement on a Tuesday for local live music or if a full-on fiesta is really what you’re after head to the stunning Coves of Xoroi. By day you can unwind with a drink and the sea view, by night you can expect international DJs and dancing till the sun comes upWhile the island is not renowned for its nightlife, there are bars along Mahón’s harbour open till 2am during summer weekends. See here for holidays to Mahon.
As the shining gem of the Balearics, Menorca offers a range of attractions perfect for a well-rounded holiday with plenty of opportunity to unwind. With markets, watersports, summer fiestas and the turquoise sea as backdrop, Menorca is the ideal holiday destination for couples and families alike. Book your holiday to Menorca and all of your holidays to Spain today with lastminute.com.