With a vast array of beaches, from the small sandy cove at Cala Blanca to the horseshoe bay at Arenal d’en Castell, Menorca holidays are popular with families and couples. Away from the beaches, you can hire a car to go further afield and visit the huge harbour in Mahon, historic Ciutadella or the island's most secluded coves and beaches. The locals call this the Island of Blue and Green, as sparkling seas surround gently rolling hills. One look and it’s not hard to see why this jewel of an island has such a fabulous reputation.
13-29 °C, If you want long sunny days on your holiday, the best time to visit is from around late May to the first half of September.
2.5 hours from the UK, There’s one airport on the island, which is about 5km from the capital, Mahon, on the south-eastern side of the island
The southern coast of Menorca is ringed with the most popular resorts like Punta Prima, Cala’n Bosch and Cala’n Forcat. On the western coast is the old Moorish capital, Ciutadella, whose narrow cobbled streets wind down to the harbour. Stately Georgian architecture fills the current capital, Mahón, a legacy of British rule. Known as Maó in Catalan, this east-coast town presides over the deepest natural harbour in the Mediterranean. Head to the north coast to explore one of Menorca’s most beautiful fishing villages, Fornells, whose whitewashed houses overlook the incredibly blue waters of the harbour.
In Mahon, you can visit the Mercat del Claustre del Carme market near the Carmen Church, where you'll find all kinds of food stalls selling the best local produce. The market also includes handcrafted shoes, children's clothes, jewellery and independent boutiques where you can buy some excellent souvenir items.
On the other side of the island is Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca, most noted for its well-preserved medieval quarter and cathedral. Have a walk along the picturesque port, or take a short bus ride to the beautiful coves of Cala Turqueta or Cala Es Talaier.
The island is home to some of the most photogenic beaches and coves in the Mediterranean, many of which can be reached via bus or car. The island also has what are known as 'virgin beaches', which are off the beaten track and usually much quieter than the resort beaches. Some of the best include Cala'n Turqueta, Cala Macarella and Cala Mitjana, which can be accessed via a car journey followed by a short walk, or even via a beach taxi boat.
Food and drink
A popular breakfast is ‘chocolate con churros’, a mouth-watering finger-shaped doughnut that is dipped in a thick hot chocolate sauce. For lunch or dinner, order some bondigas meatballs, fried squid calamari a la romana, delicious tapas dishes or international cuisine during your holiday. Don't forget to try a glass of Menorca's herb-infused wine, too.
Close to Mahon is the S'Albufera des Grau Natural Park, a scenic wetland with thriving marine life and birdlife. In the northwest of the island near Cala Morell, you can also visit the Necropolis Caves, a collection of 14 man-made caves that date back to the pre-Talaiotic era. You can find another striking cave on the southern coast, too, at Cova des Coloms, which is an amazing 100 metres deep and 24 metres high.
If you fancy a leisurely hike that's not too challenging during your holiday to Menorca, head to the summit of El Toro. It's the highest point on the island, measuring 342 metres above sea level, and is next to a 17th century sanctuary called the Verge del Toro.
MENORCA HOLIDAY RESORTS
HOLIDAYS IN MENORCA
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Menorca is best for...
Families: A full-day tour includes the picturesque Fornells and the mini horse show at Son Martorellet.
Scenery lovers:Visit Mahon, with lunch in Punta Prima and a cruise along the world’s second-deepest harbour.
Couples:Revel in the peace of the beautiful cove at Cala Galdana.
Language:the language spoken is Spanish and Menorquí, a dialect of Catalan. However, you'll find that a basic level of English is spoken in most hotels and other tourist attractions. Nevertheless, feel free to practice your Spanish with a phrasebook or an app. It's a fun way to impress (or amuse) the locals during your Menorca holidays.
Currency:the currency used is the Euro (€).
Local time:Menorca is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to:Mahon Airport. Transfers take between 15 minutes (Mahon) and 45 minutes (Arenal d'en Castell, Son Bou) to 1 hour and 20 minutes for Cala'n Bosch.
Flight time from UK:The Menorca flight time is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Menorca tourist information can be found at www.menorca.es.
Visa & Health:Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Menorca.
Balearics Sustainable Tourism Tax: You’ll need to pay a Sustainable Tourism Tax which has been introduced by the Balearic Government to help with environmental and tourism improvements. The charge is between €1-4 per person per night, plus 10% VAT, subject to change, and varies based on the official star rating of your accommodation. Children under 16 won’t have to pay and guests staying for more than nine nights will receive a reduction. For further information please
Weather and climate
Temperatures:in the high 20s to 30s (°C)
Best time to visit Menorca:Late May to around mid-September is the best time to book a holiday here if you're after beach weather.
Summers are hot and dry. Autumn weather in Menorca is still very warm until mid-October, with temperatures still hitting the 20s. Expect rain and much cooler weather from late October to December.
By bus:A bus network connects all of the major towns and resorts, making getting around quite straightforward. Bear in mind, though, that some of the routes will be less frequent out of season, and will often have a break in the early afternoon.
By taxi:Taxi ranks are easy to find in the main towns.
By car hire:For longer journeys, hiring a car is a more convenient way to see some of the best places in Menorca.
Easter:Many of the hotels in Menorca reopen in time for the Easter celebrations during Semana Santa Holy Week, when parades and processions fill the island’s streets.
Summer fiestas:Summer on the island is non-stop fiesta time, when it’s hard to find a week when the villages and towns aren’t celebrating their patron saint in lively style.
Sant Joan:The festival of Sant Joan in Ciutadella, kicks things off in June with three days of partying and feasting.
Sant Marti:Every July dancing horses are the stars of the fiesta of Sant Martí in Es Mercadal, when these elegant creatures prance through the streets.