Menorca

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Menorca Travel Information

Possibly Spain’s most relaxing island. Kick back on golden sands, dip into turquoise waters or simply explore dramatic cliffs, old fishing villages and elegant marinas. Then tuck into a delicious lobster supper on the waterfront.

A wonderful destination for family fun in unspoilt resorts, picturesque coves scattered along the beautiful coast, and an unhurried atmosphere. The island’s coastline has been declared a protected area so you’ll find long white beaches like Cala Galdana and Son Bou, and deserted beaches all along the north coast for complete relaxation. Many of the beaches have sheltered coves and shallows which are ideal for the whole family. An added bonus is that Menorca is so flat, so there are almost always gentle breezes to refresh hot summer days.

In fact nothing gets too hectic on Menorca and the nightlife, apart from the annual fiestas, is more discreet than that of its bigger neighbours. Most of the bars and discos are low key and individual - there’s even one, Cova d’en Xoroi, in a cave. One thing that’s always easy to find here is fine food and a friendly welcome. There are great seafood restaurants particularly around Mahon, the capital city of Ciutadella and the old port of Fornells. Garlic prawns, lobster stews, local wines, cheeses and the Gin Xoriguer - distilled locally - are also much sought after. Mahon is also the place that brought the world mayonnaise.

Exploring
Head for the island’s highest peak – Mont Toro, to view the whole of the island.

Enjoy the spectacular scenery inland – gentle and pretty, draped with vineyards, figs, olive groves, small farmsteads and white-washed villages. Stop from time to time to explore the ancient monuments, pre-historic burial grounds or Talayots and Taulas, balancing stones, some reaching 12 feet high.

Much of the island is untouched by tourism and farming and leatherwork are still the island’s staple industries.

Spend some time at Cuidadela, which dates back to 450BC. Explore the hidden palaces within the old town and wander along narrow, cobbled streets, pausing in the sun-filled squares. Enjoy the rich Moorish and Colonial architecture and visit the magnificent cathedral. Some of the restaurants on the waterfront are actually carved out of the rock face overlooking the sea. Or visit Mahon, the island’s capital, where the bay curls gracefully around the deep harbour and the Georgian architecture provides the perfect backdrop for near legendary waterfront restaurants.

Each town has its own fiesta during the summer months. The most famous is San Juan in Ciutadella in June where horses rear up on to their back legs while the local rush to touch the horse’s stomach.

As well as souvenir shops and boutiques, Menorca has a number of markets well worth exploring. Things to look out for include leather, suede, sweets and biscuits.

Activities
Sail, canoe, water-ski, scuba dive or snorkel. Or relax and enjoy fishing, walking, fish-spotting trips in glass-bottomed boats, excursions and a water theme park.