Menorca holidays

Menorca holidays are all about sun-soaked days along the coast, from the small sandy coves of Cala Blanca to the horseshoe bay of Arenal d'en Castell. And with five of its sand spots boasting Blue Flag awards, it's the ultimate beach getaway. When you’re not building sandcastles, visit the chic capital, Mahon. Here jazz bars and seafood joints decorate the marina, while the Old Town contains timeless churches and archaeological treasures. 

Don’t be fooled by Menorca’s laid-back vibe either - although days are made up of siestas in the sun you can still get your party fix in Cala’n Porter. Home to Cova d’en Xoroi, a hidden cave bar with sweeping sea vistas, this disco-come-cocktail spot will see you dancing on a cliff edge. For entertainment of another kind, catch one of the island’s famous horse-trotting shows! 

Things to do

Head into Mahon to browse bustling stalls full of local produce including fresh fruit, Mao cheese and spicy sobrasada sausage. Oh and don’t forget to purchase a jar of homemade mayonnaise - after all, Menorca is the birthplace of this delicious sauce. If you’re looking for a souvenir, you’ve come to the right place as this farmers’ market is not only a haven for foodies but is jam-packed with independent boutiques specialising in jewellery and clothing.

On the other side of the island is Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca and most noted for its well-preserved medieval quarter and cathedral. Wander along its picturesque port ice cream in hand, or take a short bus ride to the beautiful coves of Cala Turqueta or Cala Es Talaier, two of the most sought-after beaches in the Balearics. 

Places to stay

Holidays to Menorca come in all shapes and sizes. From the larger, more popular resorts of Punta Prima, Cala’n Bosch and Cala’n Forcat along the southern coast to the Moorish city of Ciutadella in the west.  

Over in the east, you'll find Mahon. Known as Maó in Catalan, it's home to the deepest natural harbour in the Mediterranean. Head further north to explore one of Menorca’s most beautiful fishing villages, Fornells, whose whitewashed houses overlook the marina’s incredibly blue waters.

Beautiful coastline

Let’s be honest, you’re probably drawn to Menorca because of its famous coastline. And who can blame you with beaches that rival the Caribbean so close to home? Stretching three kilometres, Son Bou is one of the island’s longest sand spots. Its gently sloping shoreline makes it a great choice for paddling tots, but note that as you move along the coast, away from the main resort, it's increasingly popular with nudist sunbathers. 

When you want to admire this Balearic Island’s natural beauty, check out Cala Macarella. Picture alluring limestone cliffs that overlook a strip of white sand and turquoise-tinted waters. A further slice of paradise can be found at Cala Pregonda, where rose gold grains and pink cliffs are daring you to whip out your camera. 

Must-see sights

When it comes to attractions you’ve hit the jackpot. Whether you’re exploring charming cobbled lanes, getting your history fix at a museum or admiring the old-world architecture of Ciutadella, there’s more to Menorca than lazy sunbathing stints. And first on your list should be Cova d’en Xoroi. This cave bar suspends you high above the Mediterranean at the edge of a cliff (the sunset viewings here are unbeatable). 

For wine tasting sessions paired with cheese sampling, head over to S’Hort de Sant Patrici Winery. You’ll learn all about its production heritage while sipping Merlot, so it’s a win-win. For heritage of another kind, visit Naveta des Tudons. These megalithic chambers date back 3,000 years. 

Local life

You can’t come to Menorca without experiencing the local life. From its jam-packed calendar of fiestas to its great restaurants whipping up seafood stuffed paella and sprawling tapas spreads. Simply walk its timeless alleyways and you’ll get a feel for the culture. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for street parades and live music - you may even spot the island’s famous dancing horses! 

More Travel Guides

We also have travel guides available for top Menorca destinations, including: Arenal Den Castell | Cala’n Bosch | Cala’n Forcat | Cala Galdana | Mahon | Punta Prima | Santo Tomas | Son Bou

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For long sun-soaked days, the best time to visit is between May and September.

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2.5 hours from the UK

There’s one airport on the island, which is around 5km from the capital, Mahon

Menorca is best for...

Families: With more than 70 beaches featuring watersports, calm Mediterranean waters and hidden coves perfect for treasure hunts, the whole clan is catered for. Grab an ice lolly as you wander the restaurant-packed promenade of San Bou, before taking a horse riding adventure at sunset - now that’s what we call the ultimate family getaway! 

Scenery lovers: Make the most of Menorca’s picture-perfect landscapes with a cruise along the world’s second-deepest harbour. Stop off at Cales Cove for a swim in its idyllic waters and have your camera on standby for the pine-covered Cala Macarella bay. 

Couples: When you really need to get away from it all, there’s nothing quite like this peaceful Balearic Island. Relax with a cocktail by the pool at one of its lavish beachfront properties, dine al fresco along the port of Mahon or check out the clubbing scene over in Cala’n Porter.

Fast facts for Menorca

Language: The languages spoken are Spanish and Menorquí, a dialect of Catalan. However, you'll find that a basic level of English is used in most hotels and other tourist attractions. Nevertheless, feel free to practice your Spanish with a phrasebook or an app. It's a fun way to impress (or amuse) the locals during your Menorca holidays.

Currency: The currency is Euro (€).

Local time: Menorca is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Mahon Airport. Transfers take between 15 minutes (Mahon) and 45 minutes (Arenal d'en Castell, Son Bou) to 1 hour and 20 minutes for Cala'n Bosch.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Menorca is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at the official website for tourism in Menorca

Visa / Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Balearics Sustainable Tourism Tax: You’ll need to pay a Sustainable Tourism Tax which has been introduced by the Balearic Government to help with environmental and tourism improvements. The charge is between €1 and €4 per person, per night, plus 10% VAT. This is subject to change and varies based on the official star rating of your accommodation. Children under 16 won’t have to pay and the charge is reduced if you’re staying for more than nine nights.

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Getting around Menorca

By bus: You’ll have easy access to all the major towns and resorts using the bus network. However, if you travel out of season, you may find they’re less frequent and are usually out of service at lunchtime. 

By taxi: This is one of the most reliable ways of getting around Menorca. Fare prices are based on distance, though journeys crossing a boundary into another operating area may incur an extra charge. We recommend agreeing on a price before you set off. 

By hire car: If you want the flexibility to come and go as you please, then a hire car is the most convenient option. It’s also a great way to check out those off-the-beaten-path hotspots. Trust us, you’ll want to get lost in Menorca to discover its most hidden gems!

Events in Menorca

Easter: Many of the Menorca hotels that close for winter reopen in time for the Easter celebrations during Semana Santa (Holy Week). You can expect parades and processions to fill the streets with fancy dress, live music and food stalls. 

Summer fiestas: Summer on the island is a non-stop party! It’s hard to find a week when resorts and villages aren’t celebrating their patron saint in a lively style including firework displays as well as fair rides for the kids. And it's a chance for locals to show off their stunning native horses at the fiesta of Sant Martí.

Menorca weather

Temperature: Summer highs of between 20 and 30°C

The weather in Menorca is at its hottest in July and August with little to no rain. Although most of the year is blessed with sunshine thanks to its Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn see temperatures of around 18°C, leaving plenty of tanning opportunities until mid-October. You can expect cool and wet days in December and March, but you can still take advantage of 15°C heat.

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