How to Have a Great Holiday in Menorca

The Balearic Island of Menorca is a great destination for a holiday; less populated and far more tranquil than its neighbour islands Ibiza and Mallorca, Menorca has many beaches and cultural attractions on offer. Here’s a rundown of the best things to do whilst on your holiday in Menorca.

Beaches

Despite its smaller size compared to other Spanish islands, the number of beaches that Menorca has equals the number of beaches that can be found in Mallorca and Ibiza combined. Two beaches in particular are worth visiting. Pregonda is a long beach with reddish gold sand and pink rocks, and is surrounded by dunes and green fields. Arguably Macarella is more breath-taking, it’s an idyllic cove where the sea is a calm pool of clear water and the sand is white.

Mahon Port

The harbour at Maó, the island capital, is the second largest natural deep water port in the world behind only Pearl Harbour. Mahon is a great place to spend a few hours doing nothing; the old town area has modern shops all the way down to the dock area. Also worth a look is the local Gin distillery where you can just walk in and sample lots and lots of different flavoured gins. The best way to experience the whole place is a train ride around the harbour, it only costs six Euros and you can stop off along the way.

Museum Hernández Sanz Hernández Mora

The small Museum Hernández Sanz Hernández Mora has Menorcan themes, illustrated by artworks, maps and decorative items dating back to the 18th century. It is situated in within the capital. The building is a 15th century Franciscan monastery and also contains the earliest history of the island, the Roman and Byzantine eras and Muslim Minorca.

Megalithic Sites

There are remnants of Talayotic settlements, dating back to at least 2000 BC on Menorca, the most significant prehistoric sites on the island are at Trepucó and Torre d’en Galmés. The t-shaped structures are known as Taulas, they are altars made up of two huge slabs of stone, Navetas are burial chambers and Talayots are thought to be watchtowers.

Flying to Menorca

Flights to Menorca are relatively cheap, and the best deals can be found by comparing the market online. Thousands of flights depart from all major European airports every day too, so you’ll have no problem finding one to suit your holidaying schedule either! No matter what time of year you book your flight, don’t pay over the odds, and always look for the best deal that matches your budget.

Where to Stay

Menorca’s holiday resorts are dotted around its 200km shoreline. The largest north coast resort is called the Arenal d’en Castell, with several large hotels around a perfect shell-shaped bay; nearby Son Parc has the island’s only golf course. In the south, the beaches are longer and made up of mainly fine white sand, Cala’ Porter, San Tomàs and Cala’ Bosch are similar purpose-built resorts, with Cala Galdana, backed by cliffs, enjoying the most beautiful  setting.

 
 

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