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Menorca is the most laid-back and traditional of the major Balearic Islands. Compared to its neighbours Majorca and Ibiza, it’s been relatively unchanged by tourism, with resorts balanced by stunning natural beauty, secret beaches and historic architecture. There’s still plenty to do, with two cities and miles of coastline to explore.

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around €2.50 a bottle

3 course meal

€15 to €20

Flight times

2.5-3hrs

Unspoilt colonial cities

Menorca’s two focal points are Mahón in the east and Ciutadella, the former capital, over in the west, both with a classy, 18th century feel. They’re well connected, making exploring the little resorts of this go-slow island really simple. These hotspots are renowned for historic buildings and mouth-watering eateries.

Find your perfect beach

Menorca is ringed by beaches and, unlike some other Mediterranean destinations, they’re almost never full. The island is brimming with nature, all convenient to get around, with well-managed sands within walking distance of unspoilt coves where you might not see another soul all day. Sheer bliss.

Thrilling summer fiestas

Throughout the summer, there are traditional fiestas across the island, featuring fireworks, music, parades and most importantly jaleo – amazing displays of horsemanship featuring the famous jet-black Menorcan horses. It’s an interesting local custom to check out. The big ticket is the Sant Joan Festival in Ciutadella around midsummer’s day.

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Binidali

If you’re looking for that get-away-from-it-all feeling, Binidali is just the ticket.

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Binibeca

You can really see the fishing village appeal of Binibeca, with its horizon of whitewashed architectural gems and scattering of kayaks by the shore.

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Cala Galdana

As a calm, charming resort with a horseshoe-shaped white sand beach and family-friendly activities, Cala Galdana has plenty going on.

Beaches

There are more beaches on Menorca than on Ibiza and Majorca combined, and most of the bunch boasts gentle slopes that make them ideal for kids. Find patches great for watersports, or walk through forests to spectacular virgin sands. On the north coast, check out wowing curved bays.

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Cala Binisafuller

Cala Binisafuller

Binibeca, Menorca

Take a book and a picnic and head to Cala Binisafuller Beach for a peaceful day away from the crowds. This tiny paradisiacal cove is shaded with palm and pine trees, and apart from the fishing boats that visit...
Cala Blanca

Cala Blanca

Cala Blanca , Menorca

Set in its own cove, the shallow, unruffled waters at Cala Blanca beach resemble a swimming pool more than an ocean, making it great for families and snorkellers. It’s dotted with sun-loungers and parasols and...

Sights

It’s worth taking the time to visit both Mahón and Ciutadella – both beautiful old cities but each with bags of unique character. Think medieval towns centred on cathedrals, plus former naval ports. For a spectacular panoramic view of the island, amble up Monte Toro, or simply stick to cobbled streets.

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Artiem Audax Day Spa

Artiem Audax Day Spa

Cala Galdana, Menorca

The spa at Artiem Audax is the biggest, most complete day spa in Cala Galdana. Indulge yourself with a beauty treatment, hydro-massage or therapeutic mud treatment. You can also take advantage of thermal...
Bar del Faro

Bar del Faro

Cala'n Bosch, Menorca

For the perfect place to watch the sun setting over the island, head for the familiar black and white stripes of Cala ’n Bosch’s famous landmark – Bar del Faro. Set in a lighthouse, it’s worth the wait to get a...

Activities

Menorca is a treat for foodies, and the local wineries are earning a good reputation too. If you fancy something sporty, the clear warm seas are great for water sports – sea kayaking is particularly popular – or you can hire a mountain bike and explore the vast, epic woodland trails.

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Alaior

Alaior

Menorca

Drive for 15-minutes from Son Bou towards the centre of the island and you'll reach the pretty whitewashed village of Alaior, known as the 'cultural capital' of Menorca. The centre is steeped in charming...
Aqua Centre

Aqua Centre

Cala’n Blanes, Menorca

Aqua Centre is down the road from Cala’n Blanes and has lots of fun attractions packed into a small area. Its four main slides include the Kamikaze and Black Hole, and the whirlpool and water tunnels are great...

Eating and drinking

As you’d expect from any Mediterranean island, Menorca has fantastic fish and shellfish. The cheddar-like Mahón cheese is famous throughout Spain too, while there’s still a clear fondness for gin. Mix it with lemonade and ice for a pomada, or with soda and a lemon twist for pellofa.

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A bunch of homely restaurants

A bunch of homely restaurants

Binibeca, Menorca

Most of the handful of restaurants in both Binibeca Vell in the West and Binibeca Nou have a British slant to their menu. Enjoy a taste of home with a Sunday roast and treacle pudding or, for a change, head to...
Al fresco cafés and bars on Plaza Es Bon

Al fresco cafés and bars on Plaza Es Bon

Ciutadella , Menorca

Eat al fresco at one of the shaded outdoor cafés at Plaça des Born. Surrounded by majestic palaces and grand summer mansions, this square in the centre of the aristocratic old town is a great way to have enjoy...

Shopping

Menorca is more about markets than mega-malls. Mahón and Ciutadella both have daily fresh food markets, with clothes and local crafts sold two days a week. To stock up on basics, there are plenty of decent-sized supermarkets, especially near the bigger towns. So you’ll have every excuse for a spree.

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Artists' night market

Artists' night market

Ciutadella , Menorca

Bag yourself a local masterpiece from one of the artists at the cathedral market on a Monday night. Many of the stalls peddle hand-crafted goods such as jewellery, glass and shoes. Wicker making is one of the...
Esplanada market

Esplanada market

Mahon, Menorca

Mahón's largest travelling market, the Marcat Ambulant De S’Esplanada, sells leather goods, costume jewellery and lace tablecloths. There are also great food stalls where you can sample cheeses and gins. It...

Nightlife

Menorca isn’t a clubbing superpower like Ibiza, but if it’s a spectacular venue you want, you can’t beat the natural caves in Cala'n Porter’s cliffs. These marvels host an atmospheric bar and club – and sunset’s the prime time to be there! You’ll find various other watering holes around the smaller resorts.

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Bars on the Strip

Bars on the Strip

Cala’n Porter, Menorca

Cala’n Porter’s bars are nestled in between the restaurants on the town’s main ‘strip’. Flava claims to be the largest music bar in town and flits between eighties, house and urban music. Sa Paisa has live...
Cova d'en Xoroi

Cova d'en Xoroi

Cala’n Porter, Menorca

Embedded into the Cala'n Porter cliff face is Cova d'en Xoroi, a cave-come-bar-come-nightclub that is vibrant whatever time of day you choose to visit. Sip mojitos and look out across the Med and then enjoy a...
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