Holidays to Menorca are all about enjoying the breathtaking scenery. Head to Cala Galdana on the south-west coast, known as ‘queen of the calas’, for one of the best beaches in Menorca – a stunning cove fringed with limestone cliffs, pine trees and shallow warm water that’s perfect for kids to bathe and 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 beach where you can try your hand at watersports including windsurfing and sailing, before sampling some of the superb local seafood at one of the harbour’s restaurants. Punta Prima is a quiet beach resort on the opposite side of Menorca’s south coast; it has a white-sand beach with clear waters and a collection of rock pools which are popular with little ones.
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; indulge in stress-free beach days and feel the warmth of the sand under your feet; head to the water and go kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming or diving; and hike or cycle along meandering coastal paths. 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.
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).
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.
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. It’s believed that mayonnaise comes from Menorca, and the island has slightly salty and aromatic Mahón cheese. 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.
Visa not required for UK passport holders.
A tourist tax applies to all hotels in Menorca and is only payable locally.