2017 Menorca holidays will leave you with so much to discover. With stunning beaches to lap up the sun, a buzzing nightlife, and a wealth of historical landmarks, it’s a fantastic holiday destination. Easily rivaling its big sister, Majorca, Menorca has a fresh range of treats for your summer holidays. We recommend Son Bou, Menorca's longest beach - it's a taste of something different in the Balearics.
Spend time kicking back on the beautiful stretch of sandy coastline, from Cala Galdana, or Binibeca, Cala'n Forcat...the list goes on! Delve into the rich history that covers the second largest of the Balearic Islands or find yourself dancing ’til dawn on the beach. Whether you’re on holidays to Menorca with your family, friends or as a couple staying in all inclusive luxury, you’re sure to enjoy this Spanish paradise, with 2 ½ hour flights from the UK.
Top hotels in Menorca
Paradise Club & Spa Aparthotel
Cala'n Bosch, Menorca
Las Brisas I & II
Cala'n Bosch, Menorca
IBB Paradis Blau
Cala'n Porter, Menorca
Son Bou Gardens Apartments
Son Bou, Menorca
Los Lentiscos Apartments
Cala'n Blanes, Menorca
Cala Blanca, Menorca
Sea Club Aparthotel
Cala'n Forcat, Menorca
Arenal d'en Castell, Menorca
Gloriously beautiful and as sunny as you want it: Menorca is the one to charm you with its quiet beauty. What to do once you find yourself on that gorgeous Balearic Island? Here are 10 things to get you going……
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 15m
When to go
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Menorca is considered the gem of the Balearic Islands. Menorca’s attractions are much the same as neighbouring island Majorca, but here the beautiful Mediterranean scenery can be enjoyed in more refined and tranquil surroundings. Book an all inclusive and experience the peace and quiet of Menorca every second of your 2017 holiday. Pristine beaches and diverse history makes Menorca a great choice of destination for those who want to experience sun, sand and rustic Catalan charm. Featuring a mix of colonial and local architecture, the island is a unique blend of old and new, featuring a variety of fortresses, castles, and even prehistoric monuments, ensuring that there are more things to do in Menorca than lazing on a sandy beach. For those who want a peaceful getaway laced with stunning Mediterranean beaches and engaging local heritage, Menorca is the ideal choice.
Wine and Dine
Located next to the capital Mahon is Cap Roig, a seafood-themed restaurant with an outdoor terrace boasting panoramic views over the nearby cliffs; grab the fish paella for a traditional culinary insight. Further along the coast in Cuitadella there are a multitude of different eateries to choose from. The laid-back vibe of Aurora is a great place to relax whilst you sample home cooked food and grab a cold bottle of beer. Also, located in Cuitadella is the popular Café Balear, which serves a variety of dishes based on fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients. Although the food is of a high quality, the prices are very reasonable. If you fancy wetting your whistle, the island’s famous gin is a famous Menorca attraction. Visit a distillery or just work your way through a glass or two at a seafront bar. Even better: lounge by the pool at an all inclusive, cocktails on tap.
Families can enjoy the many beaches dotted along the island’s coastline. The shallow waters of Es Grau, which is situated on the north of the island, is ideal for families seeking safe options for their children. Cala Macarella and Macarelleta are two picturesque coves lined with pine trees and offer the most scenic beaches on the island. Binibeca and Cala Galdana really are perfect family day-trip destinations. Plenty of the all inclusive hotels on the island are family friendly – and they highlight the typical Balearic hospitality!
Sea kayaking is also readily available on the island, giving you the opportunity for a more personal spell of exploration. Other water sports are available in abundance throughout the island. The Diving Centre in Cuitadella offers a range of diving courses and programmes to suit all levels, from beginner level to those who are more experienced.
If shopping is more your thing, there are a wealth of shops in Ciutadella to find gifts to take home for yourself and friends. You’ll find a range of markets in each area, held during the day and evening. Head to Placa Rotxina for handcrafted jewellery or take a trip to the Fornells night market to stock up on sweets.
Action and Adventure
There are a great range of adventurous things to do in Menorca for the intrepid traveller. There are plenty of boat trips available that will transport you deep into the Mediterranean waters, exposing you to the expansive and beautiful coastline, from Cala to Cala. Take a ferry out of Mahon Harbour and explore the other Balearic Islands, if you're visiting for a while. Some of Menorca’s attractions can be enjoyed away from the water, so why not don your walking boots and hike the ancient Cami de Cavalls trail that encircles the island? If your feet are too sore you can swap the boots for a bike and cycle the trail. Both options provide a great overall impression of the island’s geography. Remember, the concierge at your all inclusive hotel will be able to pick the right activities for your holiday!
Life's a Beach
Menorca’s exotic location showcases plenty of beautiful oceans and scenic beaches - 120 to be exact. With lots of opportunity to sit back and relax, you’re sure to find a luxurious paradise where you can unwind, embrace the sea and enjoy the sun.
The beautiful Santo Tomas and the unique Cala Turqueta are wonderful places to relax, along with the historic settings of the Old Cuitadella. Cala en Porter is a stretch of white sand which is surrounded by a lush nature reserve. This quiet and peaceful area provides a tranquil setting for beach lovers who want to get away from the hustle of busy towns. There are even secluded pools, for those pining for a private dip. Cala en Brut is a secluded inlet of water which resembles a natural pool, and provides the perfect setting for a relaxing swim. Although there is no beach here, the secluded pool is a popular spot for those who want to recharge their batteries. Family-friendly Binibeca or Cala Galdana are great for a day-trip, and you should visit Cala'n Forcat or Son Bou, beaches that rival any on Majorca. Some all inclusive resorts and hotels will have their own private beachfront, where you can enjoy the Menorcan sun in peace.
Menorca is a hub for all things entertaining and this is especially the case in the evenings. If you’re a fan of home comforts while being away then there are many British pubs for you to choose from around the resort, fully equipped with pool tables and dart boards. But if you’re after something a little different, then there are also cocktail bars and clubs which serve exotic drinks long into night.
The two areas for nightlife are Máo and Ciutadella and between them there are countless offerings for fun and mischief. Whilst not as heaving as Ibiza, or as youthful as Majorca, Menorca holds its own in the battle of the Balearics. If a more laidback vibe is what you’re after then there are some stylish piano bars which partner their cocktails with some equally potent jazz. If rhythm is what the doctor ordered then the best place to fill your prescription would be one of the many salsa bars that adorn the streets. Watch closely, feel the music and you’ll be able to go back home and show off some of your newly acquired moves.
Alternatively, you could also try your hand at one of Menorca’s many casinos located on Menorca Harbour. And if you strike it lucky, the previously mentioned bars are open until the early hours of the morning so you’ll know exactly where to go and spend your winnings.
Remember, there’s no pressure on holiday. Your all inclusive hotel will have its own entertainment if you just want a chilled night!
Alternatively you could also try your hand at one of Menorca’s many casinos located on Menorca Harbour. And if you strike it lucky, the previously mentioned bars are open until the early hours of the morning so you’ll know exactly where to go and spend your winnings.
Couples will enjoy the range of water sports on offer, as well as the many boat excursions which are available throughout the island. Of course, there’s nothing more romantic than an evening meal by the ocean at an all inclusive resort as the sun sets, something the island of Menorca specialises in.
Historical and heritage sites are among the more curious of Menorca’s attractions. Old Ciutadella is an ideal place to take a step back in time. Ciutadella features charming, whitewashed buildings and is lined with cobbled streets. The rustic beauty of the area is worth a visit for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the unique Catalan culture which features throughout the island. The island is home to castles and fortresses, the most famous being La Mola Fortress. Set over Mahon Harbour, this fortress is an example of nineteenth century Spanish military architecture.
For art lovers, the Noble Mansions are unique and decadent buildings, which host temporary art exhibitions featuring a wide range of local and national talent. The unusual T-shaped stone formations are amongst various prehistoric monuments found on the island, all shrouded in mystery. If you fancy a nighttime ramble, the Fornells night market is a great way to spend an evening. Binibeach Beach is where you should head if you're looking for peace, and for tranquil scenery try Cala Galdana. Menorca is a peaceful alternative to the bustle of Majorca or Ibiza.
The culture in Menorca is a vibrant mix of Spanish traditions and Mediterranean customs which culminates in a truly unforgettable environment. A motto of the island and deep-set cultural ethos is ‘work to live, not live to work’ and although this doesn’t result in lacklustre service standards the relaxed vibe is easy to spot and entirely infectious.
Holidays are a huge point of celebration in Menorca and there are numerous fiestas dotted around throughout the year. If you are lucky to be visiting during the time that one of these fiestas is on then you will be witness to a feast of succulent food, delicious home-made sangria and other alcohols as well as a general party atmosphere that takes over the whole island. The concierge at the all inclusive hotel will be able to let you know the details!
Renowned internationally for its making of gin, the city still has remnants of its British ruled past and this makes for a visually striking town in terms of its architecture. Aside from the interesting buildings, Menorca’s natural scenery is just as striking. Horses also play a special part in the island’s history and they play a huge part in many of the island’s fiestas. There are equestrian pursuits dotted around the island and they prove to be an amazing way of witnessing the natural beauty of the island.