Ibiza may get all the fame and glory, but the other Balearic Islands – namely Majorca, Menorca and Formentera – are also worth a visit. Less about clubs and more about culture, Menorca is a must-see Mediterranean gem, thanks to its natural beauty, untouched beaches and protected wildlife.
At the quietest and least developed of the Balearics, travellers will be able to enjoy a remote and relaxing holiday, as opposed to the all-night parties in Ibiza or Majorca. Given its tranquil atmosphere, Menorca is a great destination for families, low-key couples or those who just want a bit of peace and quiet at the beach. Even though Menorca is smaller in size to the other islands, it has more beaches than Majorca and Ibiza combined – meaning you could score yourself a private area all to yourself. Now that’s what we call VIP service.
Menorca Holiday Factfile
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Top Resorts & Hotels
The Paradise Club & Spa in Cala’n Bosch is perfect for families looking to get away. Kids will love the array of sports courts, entertainment and the Thomas Cook Kids’ Club, while mums and dads can put their feet up in the spa or adults-only pool.
If it’s location you’re after, the Blanc Palace Resort has one of the best spots on the island – it’s just 100m to the sheltered sandy cove of Sa Caleta and 1.5km to the harbour at Ciutadella with a bus stop right outside the hotel. Active holidaymakers can also make the most of the scuba diving, kayak, waterpolo and bicycle facilities to really get out and see the sights. On the east coast is the Barcelo Pueblo Menorca Hotel, located on Punta Prima beach and just 10km to the capital of Mahon. There are a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars nearby, while Mahon itself is always popular thanks to its British naval history and natural harbour. Discover what more this city has to offer in our Mahon destination guide.
Attractions & Things To Do
Menorca is easy to get around – it takes less than an hour to drive from one side to the other. The island is world-famous for its wildlife, so keep an eye out for rare orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and migratory birds. Outdoorsy types should also ride, hike or cycle across the Cami de Cavalls, otherwise known as The Path of Horses. This medieval track encircles the whole island, giving you exclusive access to some of the most remote beaches.
Spend a day in Port Mahon, picking up souvenirs, indulging in fresh food and admiring the 5.5km-long harbour, the second largest in the world. And you definitely can’t go to Menorca without trying the island’s very own aromatic gin. Take a tour of the Xoriguer Gin Distillery in Mahon. Constructed in the 18th century, it still uses copper stills over 100 years old.
Annual Temperature & Rainfall
Menorca enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, much like that of mainland Spain. Summer peaks in August with temperatures well into the 30s and hardly any rain. However, it is the wettest out of all the Balearic Islands, particularly in October.