Menorca Holidays

The mood on Menorca is mellow and low-key, with a pace much slower than its livelier Balearic neighbours (but that’s part of its charm).

Feel your shoulders relax the second you step onto Menorca’s white-gold shores. This small island has some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, where mile-long sandy sweeps meet rocky bays and quiet ‘calas’ (coves) edged by pine forests. But it’s more than that. You’ll also find picturesque vineyards, fairytale market towns and centuries-old architecture dotted all over this alluring Balearic isle.

You can set your own tempo here. Spend your time basking on the beach and people watching at waterside cafés (where a breakfast order of Menorcan coffee and churros is a must), or crank it up a notch. There’s so much to explore on the island, from the ancient stone structures of its Talayotic settlements to its hiking trails and nature reserve where you can birdwatch among lapping lagoon waters, marshland and olive groves. Menorca is also a great place for dolphin-spotting, sailing, kayaking and wreck diving.

We have travelled all over Menorca, to its beaches and beyond, so we can help you find the best hotels, sights and experiences for an island escape that’s right for you.

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Menorca Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Menorca

Insotel Punta Prima Prestige Suites & Spa

Enjoy your private suite steps from the beach, with all the added extras of a full-service resort...

La Quinta Menorca By Portblue Boutique

This welcoming resort is set between two golden beaches, with excellent dining and facilities.

Melia Cala Galdana

Set on a crescent of white sand, this swish hotel is in an idyllic spot for families and beach lo...

Get to know Menorca and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


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Menorca: 2¼ hours


Christianity (majority Catholic)


Spanish (also known as Castilian)

Where is Menorca? Menorca is in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of mainland Spain. It’s the second largest of the Balearic Islands and the furthest east, slightly north-east of Majorca (around a 40-minute flight away).

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Beaches Head to Cala Galdana on the south-west coast, known as ‘queen of the calas’, for one of the best beaches in Menorca – a cove fringed with limestone cliffs, pine trees and shallow water that’s perfect for kids to play in. Cala’n Bosch is also in the south-west corner; this resort is set around a cute harbour with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. Spend a day at the beautiful small before sampling some of the superb local seafood at one of the harbour’s restaurants. Punta Prima is a quiet resort on the opposite side of the south coast; it has a white-sand beach with a collection of rock pools which are popular with little ones.

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History & heritage Like the other Balearic Islands, Menorca also has a rich heritage and is brilliant for exploring. Visit the megaliths, sprawling stone structures from at least 2000 BC which can be found dotted around the countryside. Take a day trip to the capital, Mahón and wander around white-washed clifftop buildings, or to Ciutadella, a lovely west-coast port city home to a gothic-style city hall and 19th-Century palaces.

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Getting around The easiest way to get around Menorca is by taxi or bus. If you’re taking a bus, you can get from one end of the island to the other by changing at Mahón or Ciutadella. Taxis are frequent and reliable; since the island is small, you can also see a lot by hiring your own car, stopping off to go for a wander and discovering the island on foot.

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Food & drink Menorca’s food is distinctly Mediterranean; you’ll be sure to come across bread, potatoes, fresh meat and fish, and a good range of vegetables including beans, chickpeas and lentils. Pork is popular, particularly cold cuts of meat such as spicy sobrasada sausage, while salted cod and caldereta de llagosta (lobster stew) are specialities. Ensaimadas, soft melt-in-your-mouth coils of pastry dusted with icing sugar, are a popular sweet treat. Gin distilling was introduced during British rule over the island in the 18th Century — wash down your food with a juniper-flavoured Gin de Menorca, and take a tour of the Xoriguer Distillery in Mahón.

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Menorca Weather

May - Oct