Menorca holidays

GENERAL

The quiet Balearic Island...

Menorca is the most tranquil and least developed of the three major Balearic Islands, although it's said to have more beaches than the rest put together.

In keeping with the quiet nature of the island, this has plenty of benefits for holidaymakers. For instance, you'll always find your own little beachy corner where you can soak up the Mediterranean sunshine, even in peak season. If you're looking to party, however, best head to Majorca or Ibiza, as Menorca holidays are all about relaxation.

Holidays to Menorca are well suited to families looking for a refreshing beach break and couples looking for a romantic escape in a beautiful setting. In some of the busier resorts there are lively bars at night, but generally things are pretty low-key.

Where to stay...

Cala 'n Bosch, in the sunny southwest, is one of the most popular resorts for family holidays in Menorca. A modern resort, it has lots of activities and entertainment for all ages and several glorious golden beaches that complement the aquamarine Mediterranean waters.

Farther up the west coast, Cala 'n Forcat is another family favourite thanks to its calm beaches and waterpark. As one of the larger resorts, it does have more nightlife than most of its neighbouring towns. Although it's still relatively relaxed in comparison to Ibiza and Majorca.

The south coast is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Menorca. It's an area characterised bylush rolling forests, craggy cliffs and seclude pirate coves. The resorts of Cala Galdana and Cala 'n Porter have two of the finest beaches in the whole Balearics.

Meanwhile, the rugged north of the island is to home a beautiful national park that's popular with birdwatchers. The slow-paced resort of Arenal D'en Castell is ideal for couples and families planning to chill-out, away from the stresses back home. It sits on the edge of a stunning Blue Flag awarded crescent-shaped beach.

Historic Mahon...

The historic capital, Mahon, overlooks an impressive natural harbour. It blends history and colourful Spanish culture, offering plenty of tapas bars, pavement cafés and leafy squares, which are the town's social hubs.

Menorca was a colonial outpost of the Britain. An interesting leftover from those days is that Mahon produces excellent gin - best enjoyed with tonic overlooking the harbour!

If you like the sound of Menorca...

...take a look at our guides to holidays in Costa Brava here or holidays to Sardinia here.

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