Menorca is the capital of Menorca on the Balearic Islands
Menorca is considered a bit of a mecca for sun-worshipers and beach-lovers in search of a slower-paced more relaxing sunshine holiday. With less of the hustle and bustle of the more lively Islands of Majorca and Ibiza, it boasts glorious weather, stunning coves, golden sandy beaches, and warm, clear waters. Add to that the unrivaled array of beach holiday deals available for families and it's easy to see why the island is such a favored holiday destination.
The beaches are Menorca’s main attraction and what draws so many holidaymakers to the island each year, there are around 50 quality beaches and stunning coves scattered around the Menorcan coastline. Some of the top Menorcan beaches include, Son Bou, Cala en Porter, Cala Galdana, Cala en Bosc, Cala Morell, Fornells, Es Grau. Sa Mesquida, S'Algar and Binnesafuller.
The climate on Menorca is comfortable all year round with summer temperatures of around 28C with the cooler winters nearer to 16C which is still very pleasant when you think that most of northern Europe is well below that. Menorca enjoys around 300 days of sunshine which makes it a popular all year holiday destination.
August is the busy month but try May, June and early September and you will find the beaches and resorts are less hectic and holiday travel less expensive.
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5 Interesting facts about Menorca
- Mayonnaise was invented in Mahon in Menorca by a Frenchman, the Duke of de Richelieu who adapted the famous egg based dish with garlic called Aioli.
- Menorqui is the islands first language which is a variation on Catalan.
- During the civil war Menorca stayed faithful to the republicans whilst all the other Balearic Islands sided with the Nationalists.
- Menorca international airport is located around 4 miles from the centre of Mahon and handles around 2.7 Million passengers a year.
- As afforded to many of the Spanish Islands, Menorca was recognised by Unesco as a Bio Reserve in 1993.
Discover the Calas and Caves of Menorca
The islands of Menorca is blesses with numerous picturesque Calas, coves and tranquil beaches with there sheltered warm clear waters perfect for bathing and snorkeling.
There are around 100 caves nestled into the cliffs around many of the Cales mostly located on the south eastern coastline, many with cave paintings and carvings which make them fascinating and exciting.
Cala Santa Galdana – Lively and Active
This horseshoe-shaped cove of Cala Santa Galdana is one of Menorca’s most spectacular and busy beaches, but does offer ample space for visitors. The beach is great for families as the waters are shallow and there is a range of facilities available, including a great choice of water sports. What makes this beach really special is its beautiful natural surroundings. Cala Galdana enjoys natural park status, and is perfect for relaxed rambling and cliff-top walks, or for mountain biking and sea kayaking if you’re feeling more energetic.
Son Bou, with its 2km stretch of sand, is the longest beach in Menorca, and is the ideal spot for families. The beach is lined with a great selection of child-friendly restaurants, conveniently-placed shops for emergency (and luxury!) supplies, it boasts a good selection of water-sports and offers sunbeds and umbrellas, ultimately catering for the needs of your whole family.
Son Bou sits aside a nature reserve and is only 15 minutes from the historic old town of Alaior, so there’s always an option to take time out from beach activities and explore authentic Menorca.
Lying on the north coast, Cala Pregonda differs from some of the other beaches on the island as it is an unspoilt, quiet spot ideal for those looking for a less busy, more relaxing day at the beach. Its clear waters provide a brilliant opportunity for snorkeling, and its quirky coloured cliffs make it a picturesque spot of natural beauty. Persevere with the half hour walk from the car park, and plan ahead for the lack of amenities, however the prize is a day of peace and solitude.
Those traditional Spanish towns dominated by an imposing church just keep on coming, and Alaior is by far one of the prettiest on the island, white washed houses against the deep blue sky, absolutely picture perfect.
The village of Fornells is set in a bay on the north coast of Menorca and could be the epitome of all those villages you have ever seen in travel program's, pictures and films. Colourful cottages, boats bobbing in the harbour, quaint cafes and bars, this is the tranquil side of life of the Island everyone should enjoy.
Eating out in Menorca
Tips on eating out in Menorca.
Where ever your staying in Menorca always search for those hidden gems where the locals hangout, you will end up with the best food ans the lowest prices.
Stroll around the area and look at the menus which are normally conveniently located for viewing displayed, this way you get to choose without entering the restaurant.
Ask the waiter for the house specialties, in most cases you will be recommended the try their most popular dishes.
Most menus are in English and Spanish so why not have a go at ordering your food in Spanish, don’t worry about the pronunciation, the locals are used to all the accents and appreciate when visitors try to engage them in their native tongue, it is also great fun and fulfilling speaking another language.
Remember, in Spain you only need to leave a tip if you are happy with the service and food received, if so a tip between 5 and 10% is the norm and will be much appreciated.
Recommended restaurants in Menorca
Restaurant Cap Roig ( Urbanización Cala Mesquida ) to the north of Mahon. Enjoy the views over the rocky coastline as you dine out on tasty Spanish fish dishes. Speciality dishes of the house include fish carpaccio, spiny lobster stew, Menorquin flat lobster with rice, sea anemone and paella.
Restaurant Can Vermut (Moll de Llevant 178) Overlooking the sea the Can Vermut serves a fine selection of tapas dishes, great place for informal dining and enjoying a wide variety of typical Spanish cooking. Signature plates include home made meat balls, sausages in vermouth, octopus Galician style and a large selection of Iberian cured hams and sausages.
Restaurant Smoix ( Avenida Juanme Conqueridor, 38 in Ciutadella ) The Restaurant Smoix offers fine dining at very reasonable prices, they serve a mixture of traditional Spanish and International cooking, the food is exquisite and super fresh. Dishes of note include Beluga lentils with prawns, leeks and lemon, scampi ravioli and braised pigs trotters with a prawn carpaccio and liquorice salad.
Restaurant Ca Na Marga (Parc Num 1 - Fornells on the north coast of Menorca) The restaurant is a typical Mediterranean style barbecue in a warm and homely atmosphere. evening. The restaurant is divided into different areas, the main dining room is especially attractive created in Menorcan. Sumptuous steaks and grilled fish are he house specialties. They also offer a large variety of wines to wash down the excellent food.
Mon Restaurant (Paseo Sant Nicolau 4, Ciutadella). A popular restaurant is a 10 minute drive from the lovely beach of Son Bou and offers a nice mixture of local and international cuisine at very reasonable prices.
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Recommended accommodation in Menorca
The Cugi Gran is an exceptional small boutique hotel located just a 10 minuted drive from Menorca's international airport. The hotel offers 14 large modern luxurious rooms, an on site restaurant and a personal 5 star touch to ensure a perfect stay. Reviewer Rating: 10.0
The 4 star Hotel Ca Na Xini located in Ferreries in the center of the Menorca. This charming small hotel is situated within a country mansion, there are 8 well appointed bright modern rooms overlooking the pretty gardens which surround the property. The on site restaurant is open for breakfast whilst packed lunches can be ordered for your day trips out exploring the Island. Reviewer Rating: 9.3
La Isla Hostel is a charming guest house located in the heart of the Mahon, there are 22 recently refurbished rooms and an outdoor terrace provides a nice spot to relax.
The guest house also offers free wifi, private bathroom, an on-site restaurant and a cosy lounge bar. La Isla Hostal is close to Mahon's popular attractions, with Mahon Port just a 10-minute walk away and just a short car ride from Es Castell and Sant Lluis. Reviewer Rating: 8.8