A secret paradise is what some call Menorca. While Ibiza it’s noisy neighbour shouts about her beauty Menorca quietly goes about its business. With dozens of glistening golden sand beaches, surrounded by a sea of endless shades of blue and scattered with delightful towns rich in history it really is a magical place. With a short flight time from the UK, cheap Car Hire available, and a great variety of Accommodation from Family-friendly hotels to secluded Villas it’s a perfect spot for a Summer break. Ciudadela is the old capital of island. It has a weekly market and a wonderful harbour inlet with restaurants all along. Hire a car to explore the island – there is one main road from one end at Mahon to other end at Ciudadela with roads leading to all the resorts along the way. Monte Toro is the highest point on island with a monastery and fantastic views of island.
Son Bou is a great resort for families as it is a peaceful place with a wide stretch of fine, soft sands and low-key nightlife. Son Bou is situated on the south-west coast of Menorca's south-west coast and has gently been developing with small clusters of accommodation and shops. There is a good range of restaurants and even a disco and so if your holiday wish list includes little more than 'good beach, nice food, comfortable accommodation, a show from a local singer and the chance to unwind then you'll love it here. Out and about delightful Mahon is just half an hour away, and the stylish town of Ciudadela a little further, both are worth planning an excursion or two to. Son Bou is a fantastic choice for family beach holidays.
Punta Prima is a great resort with a clean sandy beach, attractive beach front bars and excellent evening entertainment provided by a local musician or dance school. The neighbouring resorts of S'Algar or Biniancola are close enough you ca take a nice leisurely stroll to both. Punta Prima is still developing, and you get the sense that even better is yet to come. In Punta Prima you can wander and feel totally at peace in your surroundings.
Cala’n Forcat holidays are a good choice for families as the resort provides a lovely holiday experience for those who seek peace relaxation and fun days on the beach. The resort of Cala’n Forcat is joined to nearby Cala n’ Blanes and also a short drive from the old Moorish stronghold of Ciudadela. Ciudadela is a pretty town with interesting architecture, lively restaurants and a smattering of stylish shops. Cala’n Forcat has fine beaches and warm waters with many supermarkets and souvenirs in the resort, offering those on a budget the chance to enjoy a cheap holiday in Cala’n Forcat. Nightlife is not overly busy but there is a relatively lively range of bars and shows on offer. A last minute holiday in Cala’n Forcat means you can enjoy plenty of sun, sand and sociable nights, and the best, in short that Menorca can offer.
Cala'n Bosch in Menorca boasts piercingly turquoise waters and pale silky sands. The resort is laid-back resort and everything about Cala'n Bosch gets you take things easy. It has a marina crowded with shiny yachts and open-air cafes, and there are two exquisite beaches, both with watersports. Although they're small, they're achingly pretty, with ultra-clear shallows great for children too.
The best beach on the Island is either Cala Macarelleta or Cala Mitjana – the latter is very near to Cala Galdana Cala Galdana is a Family friendly resort with a stunning beach that is very shallow for a way out so great for kiddies! It’s also a great resort if you want to stay in a Villa with a Private Pool but don’t want to have a Car – Speak to your Personal Travel Agent about Villas where Car Hire is optional. The Xoriguer Gin Distillery near Mahon (At the far end of the Port - Moll de Ponent, 07701 Mahon Tel 971 362197) makes for an interesting afternoon. There are lots of varieties of local gin and plenty of sampling opportunities and you can also try local cheeses which complement the flavour of the Gin. While you are in Menorca you should try a Pomada – Menorcan gin with lemonade and lots of ice.
Events and festivals
The summer fiestas (June to September) are genuine traditional events much loved by the islanders and visitors. The locals love their festivals and especially the chance to show off their horses. Look out for the "Cargols", when riders circle and the "Jaleos", where riders bring their horse onto their rear legs.
Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences
Menorca is all about getting out on the water, whether swimming, diving, kayaking, or sailing – if all that sounds a bit energetic then get yourself on one of the many boat trips and relax while someone else does the work. Most include drinks and maybe even Lunch so they make a fantastic relaxing day out.
Typical Mediterranean with summer temperatures from 20 to 30 degrees on average
- Best time of year to travel: The Main season is May to October but more and more people are visiting in early spring
- Currency: Euro
- Flight time from UK: 2-3 Hours
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Getting out and about
Take this relaxing boat trip and spend a day at sea with lunch included and served on board. we will sail along the south coast of the island, visiting various unspoilt beaches, such as Son Saura, Cala Turqueta, Cala Macarella - Macarelleta where in one of them we will stop for lunch on board.
Enjoy an exciting sightseeing trip to the fascinating town of Mahon, capital city of Menorca. On this full day excursion, you'll see some of the major tourist sights in and around the city of Mahon