Menorca

Menorca holidays


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.

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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.

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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 Galdana

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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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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Aquarock Waterpark

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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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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Shoe shopping

Shoe shopping

Mahon, Menorca

Menorca is famous for its shoe industry and even Imelda Marcos could get overwhelmed with its offering. Pick up some abarcas (traditional Menorcan leather sandals) or if you fancy some espadrilles, head for...
Plaza Es Bon open-air market

Plaza Es Bon open-air market

Ciutadella , Menorca

On Fridays and Saturdays, the relaxed café culture of Plaça des Born comes alive with a bustling open market and people haggling for a bargain. It's the perfect opportunity to grab some souvenirs and gifts, as...

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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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...
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...
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