Spring, Summer, Autumn
June – August
LCY → MAH
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 10 £GBP (15 min)
Bus: 1 £GBP (15 min)
It is known as the ‘Jewel of the Balearics’ and Menorca’s reputation is thoroughly deserved. It features a wealth of unspoilt beaches, in fact Menorca has more beaches than Ibiza and Majorca combined. Add to this a unique and rich cultural heritage all waiting to be discovered on Menorca holidays.
Offering much more laid-back alternative to its rowdier neighbours, Menorca is the perfect holiday escape. Most of the island has been protected and preserved under UNESCO status – from the picture postcard-like towns that seem frozen in time to the ancient megaliths that are spread across the island. Visit the capital, Mahon, and walk the honey-hued streets that lead to the main square, Placa d'es Born, browse the busy markets and head down to the lively harbour.
The climate of Menorca is typically Mediterranean with mild temperatures that range from 11 degrees Celsius (51.8 Fahrenheit) in winter to 24 degrees Celsius (75.2 Fahrenheit) in the summer. So the most suitable time for Menorca holidays is summer.
Menorca might be the second largest of the Balearic islands, but it falls behind Ibiza and Mallorca in terms of development. This has worked in its favour; the island is bypassed by the party crowd and the ravers and is more of a family-orientated holiday destination. The accommodation options are plenty but finding a good hotel for holidays in Menorca among the abundance of mediocre ones, and the wealth of self catering apartments and villas is slightly harder.
The unspoiled beaches are a big draw-card think postcard-like images of swathes of snow-white sand and clear blue waters. Menorca has more beaches than both Ibiza and Mallorca combined, while many have seen development with good infrastructure, you can still find some free of hotels, apartments, cafes and bars to spend your holidays to Menorca.
If you want the perfect beach with all the facilities head to Arenall d'en Castell, but for something more remote and intriguing try Cales Coves, which features Bronze Age caves, some of which are lived in by would-be hippies.
Menorca is extremely popular with sailors due to the fact it gets more wind than its Balearic neighbours and features many sheltered coves to drop anchor in. Of course there is also plenty on offer in terms of diving, surfing, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking and more to have a good time on Menorca holidays.
If you enjoy hiking there’s the Cami de Cavells, an ancient coastal pathway which runs right around the island.