Holidays in Santo Tomas
Imagine yourself diving into crystal-clear water on a sultry summer afternoon. Or chilling out with a new book on a secluded white sandy beach in the early morning. Those are just two ways you can relax and unwind in the tranquil resort of Santo Tomas. On the southern coast of the island of Menorca, this family-friendly resort is the perfect destination for nature lovers. That's because you'll have access to two glorious beaches, and miles of scenic walking and cycling routes, best explored during the soft morning or evening light. It's no wonder families and couples book Santo Tomas holidays time and time again!
Quieter than Menorca's larger resorts, here nightlife is centred on a disco pub, bar, and hotel evening entertainment. Treat yourself to long, lazy Mediterranean lunches at one of the excellent restaurants, then head out to the water for a lazy swim. Whenever you want a bit more variety on the nightlife front, you can walk along the beautiful coast to Son Bou before dark. Later, just hop in a taxi and you'll be back in your accommodation in no time.
14°C - 30°C °C
Summers, like the rest of the Balearic Islands, are long, hot, and mainly dry. The warmest period is around mid-June to mid-September, when average daytime temperatures are around 26 to 30°C. The coolest months are January and February, when temperatures rise to around 14°C, although this is still generally much milder than northern Europe. There is more rainfall from September to May, although even in the least sunny month, December, there is an average of just over four hours of sunshine a day, which is pretty impressive for mid-winter!
2 hours and 30 minutes
Flights from London to Menorca are approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes and arrive at Menorca Airport. Fly from London Stansted, Birmingham, and Manchester.
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What is included ?
There are plenty of great places you can explore during your Santo Tomas holidays. Go on a day trip to Mahón and see its charming Georgian architecture. Buy some souvenirs at the outdoor market on Placa Esplanada or the town's elegant boutiques, then spend some time at the Museum of Menorca to learn more about the island's history.
On the eastern fringe of Menorca, above the beautiful cove of Cala de Sant Esteve, you can also visit the impressive castle of Fort Marlborough. Built by British colonialists in the early 18th century, this huge fort has underground tunnels and interactive exhibits, and you can explore it in around two or three hours.
Or take part in the Catamaran Sunset tour for an unforgettable 2-hour and 45-minute boat journey. Swim and snorkel in the clear water before relaxing on the deck to admire the Mediterranean sunset. The boat departs from Fornells harbour on Menorca's northern coast, less than a 30-minute drive from Santo Tomas.
The beaches here also have gently shelving sands, making them particularly suitable for families with young children and timid toe dippers. You can also walk a little further east to the larger beach of Playa de Binigaus, which is even more secluded and is overlooked by dense woodland. Or, take a short drive to the breathtaking cove of Cala Macarella near Serpentona, or head west to the picturesque sheltered beach next to the resort of Cala en Porter.
Menorca's cuisine is typically Mediterranean, with most fruits and vegetables sourced locally. However, whenever you book your holidays to Santo Tomas, you'll find restaurants serve all kinds of cuisines here, from British to Chinese. A traditional breakfast dish is Churros con chocolate, a finger doughnut pastry which is dipped in a thick hot chocolate sauce. You'll also find plenty of delicious tapas dishes to choose from, such as the fried squid rings dish known as 'calamares a la romana', and the Spanish omelette known as 'tortilla'. Menorca is also noted for its fruity, sweet, mature Cow's milk cheese Mahón, which gets its distinctive flavour from paprika and olive oil
Couples: Whether you're booking holidays to Santo Tomas for a weekend break or a honeymoon, you'll find the resort's beautiful scenery and relaxing atmosphere romantic and perfect for loving couples.
Families: Because most venues close before midnight, this resort is an ideal choice for families preferring a quieter holiday away from noisy bars and clubs.
Language: Spanish and Menorquí, a variety of the Catalan language, are the official languages of Menorca. However, you'll find English is spoken in most hotels and tourist attractions. Many people working in restaurants, shops and nightlife venues will also have a basic command of English, although you can always practice your Spanish by carrying a phrasebook or downloading an app for your Santo Tomas holidays.
Local time: Santo Tomas is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Mahon Aiport. The transfer time to Santo Tomas is 50 minutes.
Flight time from the UK: The Santo Tomas flight time is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: You can find additional tourist information here.
Visa and Health: Check here to find advice and recommendations for health and visas for your holiday in Santo Tomas.
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 €1-4 per person per night, plus 10% VAT, subject to change, and varies based on the official star rating of your accommodation. Children under 16 won’t have to pay and guests staying for more than nine nights will receive a reduction. For further information please click here.
If you're keen to soak up the sun, have a splash, and relax in the outdoors until after dark, the best time to book holidays to Santo Tomas is between mid-June and mid-September, when night-time temperatures often remain above 20°C by the coast. It's normally comfortable enough to swim in the sea from about June until October, with the water temperature typically peaking at around 26°C in August. Even in October, the sea temperature is normally in the low 20s. As a comparison, this is still much warmer than the average sea temperature along the England's South Coast in July.
By Bus: There are buses every half an hour between the airport and Mahón, and regular services between Mahón and Menorca's main resorts. However, you'll find it more difficult to reach the island's isolated resorts and coves without a car.
By Taxi: You can also hire a taxi to take you to and from the airport, or from Santo Tomas to Mahón and Menorca's other resorts. Always agree the fare before you set off.
By car: Hiring a car from the airport gives you more independence and flexibility for your Santo Tomas holidays. Like in the rest of Spain, always drive on the right-hand side of the road in Menorca.
One of the biggest events of the year is Tour of Menorca, a two-day cycling tour covering 166km all across the island. From June to September, Menorca also holds local festivals called 'Jaleo', which have been celebrated for well over 600 years and include magnificent parades, live music, fireworks, fairgrounds and more family-themed festivities.