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Menorca

Menorca is Ibiza’s and Majorca’s calm, charming neighbour, where the focus is more on the rural environment and the mellow beaches than the nightclubs and DJs.

The island has all the soothing sunshine and tempting sand you’d expect from the Balearics, but you’ll have more of a chance to breathe and admire your surroundings here. Traditional and laid-back, Menorca is the place to visit to satisfy your hunger for authentic Mediterranean foods, picturesque cities, and an escape from mass tourism.

The turquoise waters of Cala Macarella and the soft sands of Son Saura are breath-taking, while the island’s rich biodiversity means that nature lovers will fall in love with the wildlife and natural scenery.

Great for…

Families – Families with younger children love Menorca for its cleanliness, gentle pace, and beaches.

Couples – There is romance and relaxation to be found across the island for couples wishing to get away from the rush.

Nature lovers – Menorca is a UNESCO-approved biosphere reserve, meaning that hiking, birdwatching, and fans of perfect views will be in their element.

Flight time:

2.5 hours


Average temperature:

9°C (January) – 25°C (August)


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Cala'n Forcat

As one of Menorca’s quieter resorts, Cala’n Forcat is ideal for families looking for safe waters to snorkel and bathe in. There are plenty of other activities for youngsters to relish, like the playgrounds, waterpark, mini-golf and trampolines you’ll find through town. There are also family-friendly restaurants that provide play areas and bouncy castles for children who need a constant buzz of things to do. Cala’n Forcat is also blessed by how close it is to Ciutadella, with its gorgeous cobbled streets and impressive Gothic architecture.

Cala’n Blanes

A Menorcan resort that is perfect for families and visitors who would love to cycle, walk, and pony trekking along Menorca’s many winding and beautiful cycle paths. Cala'n Blanes is another of Menorca’s resorts that offers visitors the chance to visit the former capital Ciutadella, which is just a 15-minute bus ride or a picturesque 45-minute cliff walk away. You’ll want to see Cala’n Blanes’ small cove, too, where visitors can enjoy watersports, cafes, and a beautiful background array of pine trees.

Cala’n Bosch

By day, Cala’n Bosch’s attractive marina is an oasis of chilled shopping opportunities and places to eat and drink, and fully embraces the relaxing pace of life throughout the resort. By evening, the marina becomes a livelier spot from which to enjoy the area’s low-key nightlife, where karaoke is particularly popular. The range of traditional eateries is a highlight in Cala’n Bosch, where tapas bars and restaurants offer roast suckling pig, ratatouille of aubergines, potatoes, and peppers in olive oil, and the pleasantly herbal local liqueur “herbas dulces.”

Cala Galdana

Cala Galdana has a reputation as being the “Queen of the Calas”, and while we’d never like to pick our favourite, it is certainly a strong contender! Some of Menorca’s most impressive scenery is to be found in Cala Galdana, whose crystalline horseshoe bay and needle-straight pines are almost as impressive as the floury sand beach and awesome limestone cliffs. Despite the natural beauty that stands on all sides, Cala Galdana is a purpose-built town, so there is no “old town” area. However, this means that alongside the rural scenes you’ll find convenient shops, bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy throughout the resort.

Son Bou

Son Bou lies on the south coast of Menorca, and homes a nature reserve and the longest beach on the island. Fun and family-friendly, Son Bou offers a convenient couple of shopping centres that are packed with ways to pass the time, as well as places to buy mouth-watering Spanish food and drinks. You’ll find live music and discos for the evenings, and if you’re with children there are plenty of restaurants with kids’ menus and activities to keep them entertained throughout your meal.

Arenal d’en Castell

The bay of Arenal d’en Castell is a curved stretch of sand that lies on Menorca’s rugged northern coast, perfect for calm relaxation and family holidays with the kids. The countryside around the resort is wonderful for hiking and horseriding, offering views of the mellow ocean and the Blue Flag coastline. The crags of the cliffs and the lush green trees surround a shore that allows visitors to enjoy action-packed watersports or, if you prefer, a stress-relieving day relishing the warm weather on a sun lounger. The busier area of Mahon, Menorca’s capital, is also just a miniature train ride away.

Cala’n Porter

On the south coast of Menorca, Cala’n Porter welcomes families, couples, and groups alike to enjoy the resort’s sun-trap beach, where the cliffs surround the perfect sand and offer visitors an irresistible bay in which to sunbathe and swim. British holidaymakers in particular enjoy Cala’n Porter, with its upbeat nightlife and budget-friendly accommodation, bars, and restaurants. Menorca’s capital Mahon and the twisting narrow streets of Alaior are both easy to reach from Cala’n Porter, for those times when you are hungry for boutique shops and a closer look into Menorca’s history.

Binibeca

Binibeca is one of Menorca’s prettiest resorts, and perhaps one of the quietest, too. If you are looking for a tranquil holiday, where you’ll be far away from the rush of daily life and surrounded by cobbled streets, traditional whitewashed architecture, and one of the most attractive fishing villages you have ever seen, Binibeca is the perfect choice. Snorkelling and scuba diving is popular in and around Binibeca, as the gentle waves and underwater rock formations are the perfect combination.

Mahon

Mahon is Menorca’s capital, and sits on the east coast amidst centuries of interesting history that shape the city’s architecture. Sun-soaked and atmospheric, Mahon’s gorgeous churches, Gothic cathedral, and 18th century mansions provide culture and ambience whenever you can tear yourself away from the shops, restaurants and cafes during the day, or the bars and clubs at night. There are also plenty of unspoilt beaches nearby, just a 10-minute drive away.

Ciutadella

Ciutadella is Menorca’s historic capital and offers some of the best shops and nightlife on the island. Coves scatter Ciutadella’s coast while the harbour sees yachts and boats bobbing with the gentle tide. Skirting the edges of the harbour you’ll find Ciutadella’s more upmarket restaurants, tapas bars, and glamorous outside cafes, where of an evening the island’s trendy clubbers and drinkers will come out to play and mingle.

We know that you’ll find your own exciting list of things to do when you visit Menorca, but we’ve taken our time to recommend some of our favourites below. Enjoy!

Must visit – Menorca is filled with attractive, cultural, and tasty delights. If you are visiting for the beaches, Cala Macarelleta is a 20-minute walk from Cala Galdana and is both secluded and astonishingly gorgeous, while Arenal d’en Castell is busier and more dramatic, but still soothing rather than raucous. You can enjoy watersports or relaxation across the island’s stunning coastline, explore the ancient ruins at Torre d’en Glames or see Menorca’s natural beauty during a horse ride at Menorca a Caballo.


Family fun – Families flock to Menorca for the astounding coastline, warm weather, and the chance of outdoor adventure. Many children and their parents will be content lazing on the beaches of Cala Galdana and Arenal d’en Castell, but you can also find unique experiences such as kayaking to coves and caves in Es Grau and Cala en Porter, an adventure jeep tour of the island’s archaeological heritage, and the Los Delfines Aquacenter water park, where you’ll also find go-karting, play areas, and picturesque gardens.


Natural attractions – As a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve, Menorca is packed with perfect beaches and exciting wildlife. There are over 220 bird species and 1,000 plant species across the island, and the S’Albufera National Park is a great place to seek some of them out throughout the area’s caves, ravines, pine forests, and wetlands. If you prefer coastal beauty, every inch of Menorca’s beaches and cliffs are worth seeing, whether you prefer the remote and unspoilt quiet sands of Cala Trebaluger or Playa de Binigaus, or prefer to enjoy the gorgeous coast on the busier sands of Calas Mitjana and Cala Galdana


Culture and history – Menorca’s rich cultural heritage is easy to find. From the Bronze Age burial chamber of Naveta d’es Tudons to summer’s fiesta days in many of the resorts, Menorca is a holiday destination steeped in traditions and a history still celebrated today. Walking through Ciutadella and Mahon means that you risk falling in love with Menorca’s architecture and intriguing narrow streets, while the Museum of Menorca in central Mahon houses some of the island’s best art, as well as letting you take a trip through its history, culture, and archaeology.


Food and drink – Menorca’s cuisine is packed with traditional dishes made with soft or crumbly cheeses, fresh seafood, cured sausages, and delicious peasant foods. You could start with a tapas-style dish of arroz de la tierra (rice of the land), which is ground wheat baked with sausages, before moving on to some salty white cheese rubbed with butter and paprika. Next, maybe you would enjoy some lobster stew with a side of tumbet, which is diced potatoes with aubergine, peppers, onions and garlic fried until they are crisp. Finish your Menorcan meal with some buñuelos, which are similar to profiteroles but stuffed with all kinds of splendid sweet flavours.


Night life – It’s a far less bustling and adrenaline-fuelled resort than its neighbours Ibiza and Majorca, but Menorca’s nightlife still allows for a rewarding evening on the tiles. Check out the Cova d’en Xoroi bar, set in a cave in the cliffs of Cala’n Porter for a truly unique venue, or try out the mischievous concoctions at Ciutadella’s Moonlight Cocktail Bar or Es Castell#s Tutti Bar Cockteleria. If you come with children, many of Cala’n Forcat’s bars offer free child-friendly facilities for the kids to enjoy while the parents soak up a tipple or two.



Need to know




Holidays in Menorca:

Cala'n Forcat, Cala'n Blanes, Cala'n Bosch, Cala Galdana, Son Bou, Arenal d'en Castell, Cala'n Porter, Binibeca, Mahon, Ciutadella.

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Turkey, Benidorm, Canaries, Lanzarote, Mexico, Florida, Tenerife, Orlando, Ibiza, New York,

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Family holidays, All Inclusive holidays, School holidays, Luxury

 

 

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