Menorca is the most westerly of the Spanish Balearic Islands. Idyllic with over 50 beautiful beaches and miles of golden sand Menorca is still so much more than simply a beach holiday.
The harbours and fishing villages show off the history of this island with their small markets, simple buildings and peaceful way of life. The mountainous regions give the landscape a wild natural rugged look.
Offering a range of sports both on an off the water Menorca not only gives you the perfect beach holiday but a holiday with a little more adventure. Golf courses and beautiful hiking trails give you an opportunity to spend time in the open air away from the busier coastal regions.
With an extensive nightlife and a good selection of restaurants and bars Menorca offers great nights out alongside it’s perfect beach culture.
Where to Stay
For the ultimate in luxury book the La Quinta Hotel and Spa, just 9kms from the old capital of Ciutadella, La Quinta is beautifully situated with a beach side position. The charming luxury is evident from the traditional building materials, blended together to give this hotel a look that is as clever as it is cool. All rooms have either a balcony or a terrace with amazing views which again make use of the clever décor and design. The spa offers many different treatment options including natural treatments, massages and beauty treatments. La Quinta is the ultimate pampering holiday experience.
At the other end of the budget scale is the Talayot apartment complex in Cala ‘n Forcat. Set out as a large white village the apartments are both clean and well maintained. With six pools, on site entertainment and children’s clubs the Talayot apartments are perfect for family holidays. Although inexpensive these apartments consistently score well in independent reviews.
Where to Eat
As expected on any island seafood is the Menorcan favourite with a long tradition.Tthe most famed seafood dish of them all is Caldareta De llagosta – lobster stew. It’s history stretching back to simpler times when fishermen would catch and prepare the lobster stew whilst on their boats.
Also known for it’s dairy products the Menorcans made use of the Fresian cows introduced by the British in the 18th century. The Mahon cheese is enjoyed throughout Spain with it’s easily identifiable square appearance. Ice cream is a popular island treat. known as ‘Menorquina’ Menorcan ice cream is rich, creamy and indulgent.
For the real taste of Menorca head to Es Mercadel with it’s range of good restaurants, try Restaurante Las Vegas for a traditional meal. Serving a daily special set three course menu they offer excellent regional quality at great prices.
It is essential that you try the fish particularly at the well known Can Bernat d’es Grau on the north coast of Maó, simply cooked on a planche (griddle) the food is simple but always perfectly cooked.
What to Do
Visit the capital of Mahon, marvel at the second deepest harbour in the world and enjoy a meal of freshly caught seafood. Take the time to see one of the spectacular dancing horse shows, black stallions highly trained and much beloved in the local Fiestas. Finally complete your day in Mahon by watching one of the firework displays that take place after the sun has set. Mahon is a day out to remember.
For a day out with a difference visit Cala en Bosch waterpark, a fun filled day out for all the family
with amazing waterslides and rides set amongst a tropical backdrop. Cala en Bosch is also well known for it’s glass bottom boats that offer trips out, the boats giving views down into the beautiful underwater world.
Sightsee across the island, Menorca’s tallest mountain Monte Toro offers unrivalled views stretching out across the landscape. Visit the village of Torre d’en Gaumes, now deserted, this village offers you a glimpse of it’s Bronze age history. The traditions and history of Menorca are diverse and well worth seeking out.
When to Visit
Menorca has a typical island climate it can be unpredictable with storms often quickly arriving, these storms generally blow over as rapidly as they arrive leaving in their wake spectacular shows of lightening at sea. After the storms the sun is generally quick to reappear giving the island a reputation of having over 300 days of sunshine per year. However during the months of November to February there are often less than four hours sun per day, making Menorca much more a summer than a winter destination.