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Holidays in Menorca
With a vast array of beaches, from the small sandy cove at Cala Blanca to the horseshoe bay at Arenal d’en Castell, Menorca holidays are popular with families. Away from the beaches, hire a car to go further afield and visit the impressive harbour in Mahón or historic Ciutadella. The locals call Menorca the Island of Blue and Green, as sparkling seas surround gently rolling hills.
If you want long sunny days, the best time to go to Menorca is from May to August.
Menorca has one airport, which is about 5km from the capital, Mahón, on the south-eastern side of the island.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday in Menorca for lazy days swimming in quiet coves or exploring the valleys and green hills of serene countryside.
The southern coast of Menorca is ringed with the most popular resorts like Punta Prima, Cala’n Bosch and Cala’n Forcat. On the western coast is the old Moorish capital, Ciutadella, whose narrow cobbled streets wind down to the harbour. Stately Georgian architecture fills the current capital, Mahón, a legacy of British rule. Known as Maó in Catalan, this east-coast town presides over the deepest natural harbour in the Mediterranean. Head to the north coast to explore one of Menorca’s most beautiful fishing villages, Fornells, whose whitewashed houses overlook the incredibly blue waters of the harbour.
The rugged red beaches of the north contrast vividly with the long sweeps of pale sands that line much of the southern coast. Take a hike through the wetlands of the S’Albufera des Grau national park, one of the biggest natural attractions in Menorca. You’ll soon discover why the whole island is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and remains unspoilt. Drive through the green landscapes of the interior and come face to face with some of the most mysterious places to visit in Menorca. All over the island are prehistoric monuments that date back to at least 1400BC and still baffle the experts.
Tuck into a spicy caldereta de langosta, the rich lobster stew that’s one of Menorca’s most popular dishes. It’s served all over the island, but Fornells is one of the best places in Menorca to try this succulent dish. Some of the most colourful attractions in Menorca are the food markets selling distinctive Mahón cheese and the freshest seafood. Discover why Menorcans have such a sweet tooth when you sink your teeth into an ensaimada, the spiral bun that’s usually eaten for breakfast with hot chocolate. And the next time you serve mayonnaise, remember it comes from Menorca.
Miles of safe sandy beaches offer plenty of things for kids to do in Menorca, including snorkelling. Take the winding road up to the island’s highest point, Monte Toro, one of the best places in Menorca to catch fantastic views that stretch as far as Majorca. Leave the kids to play at Castillo Menorca – which includes a go-kart track, swimming pool and mini-golf – while you shop for bargains in this huge complex east of Ciutadella. For a wet and wild time, take the kids to Aquarock, one of the biggest family attractions in Menorca, with daredevil waterslides as well as more relaxing whirlpools.
Families: A full-day tour includes the picturesque Fornells and the mini horse show at Son Martorellet.
Scenery Lover: Visit Mahón, with lunch in Punta Prima and a cruise along the world’s second-deepest harbour.
Couples: Revel in the peace of the beautiful cove at Cala Galdana.
Language: The language spoken in Menorca is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used in Menorca is Euro (€).
Local time: Menorca is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Menorca has one airport, which is about 5km from the capital, Mahón, on the south-eastern side of the island.
Flight time from UK: 2.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Menorca tourist information can be found at www.illesbalears.es
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Menorca.
Temperatures: In the high 20s to 30s (°C)
Best time to visit Menorca: If you want long sunny days, the best time to go to Menorca is from May to August.
Summers in Menorca are hot and dry. Autumn weather in Menorca is still very warm, with temperatures in the 20s, although expect rains from late October to December.
By bus: A bus network connects all of the major towns and resorts, making getting around in Menorca quite straightforward. Bear in mind, though, that some of the routes will be less frequent out of season, and will often have a break in the early afternoon.
By taxi: Taxi ranks are easy to find in the main towns.
By car hire: For longer journeys, hiring a car is a more convenient way to see some of the best places in Menorca.
Easter: Many of the hotels in Menorca reopen in time for the Easter celebrations during Semana Santa – Holy Week – when parades and processions fill the island’s streets.
Summer fiestas: Summer in Menorca is non-stop fiesta time, when it’s hard to find a week when the villages and towns aren’t celebrating their patron saint in exuberant style.
Sant Joan: The festival of Sant Joan in Ciutadella kicks things off in June with three days of partying and feasting.
Sant Marti: Dancing horses are the stars of the fiesta of Sant Martí in Es Mercadal, when these elegant creatures prance through the streets every July.