Menorca Holiday Guide

Menorca Travel Information

When compared with the other Balearic Islands, Menorca provides a quieter option. It is known as a windy island, great for keeping the heat down on hot summer holidays. It is full of unspoilt stunning beaches and the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. The unhurried pace of the island makes it the perfect place to relax and experience the tranquillity that Menorca has to offer.

Most tourists to Menorca are rightly attracted to the island by its world famous white sandy beaches, which are mainly situated on the south coast of the island. The most popular beaches are located near Binibeca and Cala en Porter. Here visitors will find many tourist facilities and services. Menorca's longest beach is at Son Bou-San Jaime.

As well as stunning beaches, Menorca has much to offer those interested in the history of the island. Historically dominated by the Romans, Muslims and then Christian kings from the 13th century, the island was later home an English naval base in the 18th century. Tourism rose up on the island from the beginning of the 19th century and has become the island's main source of income since.

Menorca Tourist Attractions

The town of Mahon, which has one of the world's largest natural harbours, provides visitors with the opportunity to view some of Menorca's oldest buildings, including the 17th century Town Hall and the 18th century Church of Santa Maria. Located just behind the church is the monument to King Alfonso III, liberator of the island during the Moors occupation. The beautiful port of Mahol is also popular with tourists on sailing holidays and is a great place for a night out. Here guests will be spoilt for choice by the many stylish bars and restaurants frequented by the yachting masses.

Formerly the island's capital, Ciutadella is a lovely town to discover on foot. Attractions within the town include the 600-year-old cathedral, which is located in the Plaza de Pio XII, and the Torre Saura Palace, where visitors can also enjoy lovely views of the harbour below.

Es Port de Fornells Menorca

For a royal eating experience visitors should visit Es Port de Fornells restaurant. The port is famous throughout Spain for its lobster and Mediterranean seafood. Its specialty dish is 'Caldereta de Lobster', which was enjoyed by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, who frequents port on occasion.

While the island is relatively safe for tourists, visitors should take care of their belongings, particularly at the beach, where thefts can occur. To give yourself peace of mind, it's recommended that you take out travel insurance to protect against any eventuality.