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Holidays to Menorca in 2016

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Menorca holidays

Menorca holidays will leave you with so much to discover. With stunning beaches to lap up the sun, a buzzing nightlife, and a wealth of historical landmarks, it’s a fantastic holiday destination.

Spend time kicking back on the beautiful stretch of sandy coastline, delve into the rich history that covers the second largest of the Balearic Islands or find yourself dancing ’til dawn on the beach. Whether you’re on holidays to Menorca with your family, friends or as a couple, you’re sure to enjoy this Spanish paradise, only a 2 ½ hour flight from the UK.

Why not check out the modern Hotel Port Ciutadella? It's right by the beach and close to all the beautiful attractions of the old town centre.

Top resorts

If you prefer a tranquil break, there are plenty of beaches, quiet villages and coves that will easily do the trick. Cala ‘n’ Porter is famed for its fantastic cliff top position and is great for wining and dining over stunning views out to sea, while you can head to Mahon for late night bars and lively clubs. Tuck into a delicious meal with a glass of sangria, while watching the sun set across one of the world’s largest natural harbours.

For culture and family friendly resorts, Es Castell is sure to impress; home to a beautiful beach and a portfolio of top class hotels, it’s the perfect place for lazy days in the sun and laid back nights.

Stay in Playa De Fornells for easy beach access, or choose accommodation nestled inland to be in touching distance of some of the region’s highlights. Whereever you choose, you’ll find the island offers the perfect mix of action and relaxation.

Things to do in Menorca

Menorca’s exotic location showcases plenty of beautiful oceans and scenic beaches - 120 to be exact. With lots of opportunity to sit back and relax, you’re sure to find a luxurious paradise where you can unwind, embrace the sea and enjoy the sun.

On your holiday to Menorca seeking out the best beaches is a must. The beautiful Santo Tomas and the unique Cala Turqueta are great places to relax and unwind while the established Cala en Porter, offers an array of bars and restaurants for when you feel peckish. If you want to get your adrenaline going, enjoy trying out water sports, including sailing and jet skiing.

If shopping is more your thing, there are a wealth of shops to find gifts to take home for yourself and friends. You’ll find a range of markets in each area, held during the day and evening. Head to Placa Rotxina for handcrafted jewellery or take a trip to the Fornells night market to stock up on sweets.

If you’re a fan of archaeology, there’s a lot to see in Menorca. Head underwater and embark on a deep sea diving tour to explore the Sa Nitja Port; expect huge shipwrecks and ancient Roman remains. Back on dry land you’ll find Prehistoric monuments called Navetas, and one of Spain’s oldest roofed buildings, Naveta des Tudons near Ciutadella, which is a true Menorca holidays highlight. Don’t miss out on the handful of ancient village ruins throughout the area.

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Menorca Cultural Trips

Cathedrals and Churches

The medieval Cathedral Basilica de Menorca looms over the busy town of Ciutadella and is a pristine example of the island's religious sites that remains important today. Beyond this, there are various more quaint and quieter churches around Menorca whose buildings and relics preserve the tranquillity and heritage of the island.

Museums

Set in an old and ornate monastery, Museu de Menorca is a great start for learning about the island's past, with exhibitions spanning from the prehistoric to the present day giving you a feel for its heritage. Similarly, Museum Diocesa de Menorca is host to a range of interesting artefacts and arts unique to the area.

Eating Out

Whether you are searching for affordable, home-style cooking or fine dining, there is an abundance of eateries where you can explore the delights of Spanish cuisine, whatever your budget. Scoff on the sweet tasting churros by the beach or tuck into tapas in the evening, but be sure to get a flavour of the island's specialities.

Places of Interest

Torre d’en Galmes is a remarkable settlement site predating Roman times and therefore rich in history, and just one of the many archaeological sites scattered around the island; others include Torralba and Talayot de Dalt. For a wonderful exhibition of Menorca's Roman past don't miss Ecomuseum Dap de Cavalleria.

Menorca Family Holidays

Family Friendly Beaches

There is no shortage of family friendly beaches in Menorca, with the calm waters and sandy beaches just beckoning a bucket and spade. Cala Galdanais perhaps the island's most popular resort, with endless activity for all the family, but there are equally idyllic quiet beaches such as Son Parctoo.

Eating Out

In the busier resorts especially, you will not struggle to find a menu or a venue suitable for all the family. Enjoy anything from fine dining to burgers and pizza in the stretch of restaurants that line resorts such as Cala Galdana and Mahon, though be sure to sample some Spanish-style tapas typical of the island!

Attractions

Make the most of aqua fun and take a boat trip on a glass bottom boat to see the sea life of the island. Or if you’d rather splash about, head to one of Menorca’s water parks such as AquaRock Menorca. For something a bit different, explore the island on horseback by going pony trekking around the island’s sights and attractions.

Educational Trips

Step back in time with a trip to the Ecomuseum Cap de Cavalleria, an ancient Roman town that today gives in insight into the island’s past and a great way to teach the children some history. For more historic attractions, the island is home to a 19th century fortress, a castle and even prehistoric monuments.

Menorca Romantic Getaways

Quiet Spots

There are plenty of quieter, scenic spots where you can escape from the crowds to enjoy your own company, such as Cala Mesquida or Cala Macarella. For young couples wanting to enjoy the nightlife and bars however, check out Cala’n Porter for a lively scene with plenty to see and do.

Eating Out

There is little more romantic than al fresco dining at sunset overlooking the sea, and the gorgeous Spanish dishes such as fresh fish, tapas and paellas are sure to spice up an evening on a holiday to Menorca. Accompanied with classic cocktails and live entertainment, you’ll think you’ve found your island paradise here.

Things to Do

From strolls around the beaches, villages and harbour fronts to jeep and horseriding excursions, there are endless activities for couples in Menorca. For something a bit different, visit the 18th century Xoriguer Distillery or go diving in the crystal clear waters, or simply soak up the sun by the pool or beach.

Nightlife

Cala Galdana, Cala’n Porter and Mahon are the liveliest spots for nightlife, where you can find plenty of evening entertainment, jazz bars and clubs. For a fresh approach to clubbing, check out the unique Caves of Xorio, by day a tourist attraction and by night a popular disco.

Menorca Sports Holidays

Diving and Snorkeling

As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the island’s clear waters provide great diving and snorkelling opportunities, especially in beautiful locations like Cales Coves. There are 15 diving centres on the islands, so whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced diver you can be sure to make a splash.

Water Sports

Cala Galdana has the abundance of water sport facilities that you would expect from such a large resort, though wherever you stay in Menorca you are never far from a hub of activity. To catch the headland winds, head to Punta Prima, an excellent spot for sailing and windsurfing

Cycling

What better way to explore the island than by the freedom of hiring a bike. Centres such as Mahon have plenty of rental facilities with flexible terms, and from there you can go your own way in discovering the areas of the island that you miss by boat or car.

Golf

Son Parc is renowned for its popular yet uncrowded golf course, a central attraction of the resort. This luscious green expanse has 18 holes and welcomes golfers of all calibres, as well as offering lots of facilities for families.

Useful information

Language
Spanish (English widely spoken)
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour