Smaller and quieter than its neighbour Majorca, Menorca is the second largest of the Baleric Islands situated just 34km/21 miles from Majorca. The island has many family friendly resorts and almost as many beaches as Majorca and Ibiza combined. Peacefull holiday resorts line the south coast of Menorca and a string of quiet fishing villages lie along the island's rougher nothern shore.
Currently the island’s capital, Mahón is inhabited by around 20,000 people. This place is the largest town in Menorca, a very busy port located at the end of a vast natural harbor. Menorca was once a part of the British domain, and the remarkable structures in Mahon make this evident.
The beautiful town of Ciutadella was the capital of Menorca from the Moorish era until the 18th century. Declared a National Monument by the Spanish state, the town of Ciutadella consists of vibrant, zigzagging streets and aged structures, including several baroque churches.
Sant Luis is located in the southern part of Menorca. This tiny township was first founded and established by the French people, who took control over Menorca for a short period of time during 18th century. This village boasts marvellous beaches such as the Cala Alcaufar, Cala d'es Rafalet, and Punta Prima.
The lovely town of Torret distinguishes itself with its low-rise, unsophisticated yet charming white abodes that truly show the emblematic architecture of Menorca. In this town, there are also a handful of interesting shops, bars and restaurants to go explore.
Fornells, which is a fishing village, is situated on the west area of the Fornells Bay. Its natural wharf is more or less the same size as the port of Mahon. Many tourists and locals take pleasure in just walking through the quayside due to its relaxing setting and romantic ambiance. You can also sample the fresh seafoods and other gastronomic specialties served in the restaurants that line the area.
Nightlife in Menorca surely offers a different feel. The mainstream of nightlife is in the region of the local bars and nightclubs. A wide array of nightspots, ranging from small to large establishments, scattered all over the island resorts, are waiting to be discovered by you.
There are piano bars to go to if you opt for a more subdued atmosphere. The English-run nightclubs tend to be larger and more contemporary. Bars are open the whole day serving coffee and tea as well as other munchies to satisfy your craving. They cater to a general clientele and people of all ages. These establishments usually wait for the last customer to leave, and then that is the only time that they will close. Discos meanwhile don't usually open until at least 11:00 pm.
There is also the option of doing something completely new on your Menorcan holiday too - amongst the island’s exciting hotspots are a selection of glamorous casinos. Here you can enjoy Spain’s juegos de casino, having the opportunity to win some more holiday spends - maybe even enough for another trip or some island hopping!
The island of Menorca has a typical Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers. It is oftentimes called the ’windy city’ most probably for its widespread, northerly winds termed as the tramontana. Many tourists may not notice this particular breeze as they come and leave the island. Nonetheless, the locals feel the strongest presence of the tramontana in the month of March. Actually, the locals have given names to the several strong winds that come Menorca’s way, and are distinguished by their directions. During the summer months of July and August, Menorca experiences up to 11 hours of sunlight everyday, and this is when a lot of tourist flock the island to bask in its warm, golden glory. A lesser number of sunny days are enjoyed during the months of November, December, and January. The highest amount of rainfall is experienced during October and onto the winter months, resulting in a more quiet and subdued ambience.
Approximatly 2 hours from the UK.