Menorca – A true paradise for unforgettable holidays
Menorca is located in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and stands out for its natural beauty, relaxed lifestyle and sustainable tourism. With a surface area of 700 km2, there is more than enough space to show off its beautiful Mediterranean charm, virgin beaches, the natural coastline and pretty countryside. All this, just a 2-hour flight approximately from most European cities.
When it comes to ensuring you have lovely summer holidays you will be spoilt for choice. Wherever you decide to stay you will be near one of the 81 beaches or coves, of all different sizes and types the island has to offer. You can opt to rent a house near the sea, choosing between several coastal areas located between Mahón and Ciutadella, the most popular ones being Binibeca, Binisafuller, Cala en Porter, Son Bou, Santo Tomás, Arenal d'en Castell, Cala'n Bosch and Cala Morell.
Renting a farm or rustic house in the Menorcan countryside is also a wonderful option to enjoy the pleasant countryside and sunny Mediterranean weather, in the typically sleepy countryside, by the swimming pool or in the shade on a romantic terrace. And like the sea one of the pretty, authentic Menorcan towns, such as: Sant Luis, Es Mercadal, Alaior, Ferreries, etc., will be near at hand.
Activities and attractions in Menorca
Guaranteed fun during your holidays in Menorca:
The island offers all kinds of different activities. Sun and beach is very easy to combine with discovering the excellent gastronomy, local products with a long tradition, some with a designation of origin such as cheeses, wines, olive oils, but also items such as the Abarca sandals, a typical footwear made on the island, very popular to both locals and tourists.
From various points of the island you can take boat trips and visit beautiful caves such as: Cala Pregonda, Es Grau, Fornells, Cala Macarella, Cala Turqueta and Son Saura, whilst passing virgin beaches, caves and more incredible coves.
Menorca is also the perfect island for cycling or hiking and various competitions take place here throughout the year including triathlons and marathons.
Many athletes, nature lovers and hiking fans choose one or more of the beautiful trails along the “Camí de Cavalls” (Way of the Horses) to get out into nature and do what they enjoy. The Cami is a network of paths of different degrees of difficulty that encircles the entire island and was historically used as a lookout for pirates and marauders, nowadays the “Camí de Cavalls” allows you to explore the most beautiful corners of Menorca by foot, horseback or on a bike.
Another interesting point for those who come on vacation and decide to rent a house, chalet or villa in Menorca, is “Monte de Toro”. It is the highest point on the island at 358 metres and is a very popular excursion to see the 17th Century Sanctuary of the Virgin of Monte Toro and the incredible panoramic views in all directions right across Menorca.
There are so many unique places to visit should you want to take time out from relaxing by the pool! Take a day out and visit the very cool bar in the natural cave of Cova d'en Xoroi or La Mola Fortress - a former military complex, there is also La Lithica - an old quarry converted into an artistic space and the botanical gardens that have endemic Menorcan species, or discover prehistoric Menorca along the Talayotic route.
Sunsets in Menorca
Menorca is famous for its spectacular sunsets and the best places to witness this wonder are the Cova d'en Xoroi, and the Cavallería, Favaritx and Punta Nati lighthouses. But there are also many well placed restaurants, bars and beach bars to enjoy the fabulous sunsets whilst relishing the delicious Menorcan cuisine, local wines and of course the fruity Minorcan Xoriguer gin, mixed with ice cold lemon it is called a ‘pomada’ and comes highly recommended.
Gastronomy in Menorca - where to eat
The island is a real magnet for food lovers. It has around 1,800 restaurants and bars,10 are in the renowned Michelin guide and three have been awarded the Michelin star. Traditional Menorcan cuisine stands out for its abundant use of fresh produce and it is famous for the wide variety of fish and seafood dishes, in particular ‘Caldereta de langosta menorquina’ the delicious lobster stew. The typical products of the island include the refreshing locally produced Xoriguer gin, handmade sausages such as "Carn i Xua", which is the oldest one on the island, and then there are spicy sausages, fuet, sobrasada and the delicious Mahón cheese that has the protected designation of origin.
The International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism has declared Menorca as a European Region of Gastronomy for 2022, recognizing the excellent quality and diversity of the cuisine available on the island.
Menorca as a Biosphere Reserve
Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993 and today it is an internationally recognized destination, which protects its natural environment. Menorca's "measured" tourism, the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development, guarantee that the island will continue to be as beautiful and diverse as it is today, and perpetuate a traditional Mediterranean lifestyle, which has practically disappeared in other islands of the archipelago.
Infrastructure and transport in Menorca
Menorca has an international airport in the capital of Mahón, with regular connections to Mallorca, the peninsula and multiple European cities. There are also a total of 11 ports, from the smallest to the largest, including two commercial maritime ports: Mahón and Ciutadella.
The island of Menorca covers an area of 700 km2 and is easy to navigate with a rental car and public buses run regularly between Ciutadella and Mahón and several other towns around the island.
In Menorca there are 5 hospitals and clinics and around 12 public health centres, plus other private primary centres as well as an extensive network of chemists offering a 24 hour service (on rotation).