Menorca is the one of the Balearic Islands thats perfect for a relaxing holiday with sleepy fishing villages and sparkling coves its the quintessential Mediterranean island. Situated off the coast of Spain; it is smaller than the more developed Majorca and quieter than the clubbing island, Ibiza. Both Catalan and Spanish are spoken here, but English is very well-understood in the tourist areas. Local wine production, having experienced a decline, is enjoying something of a boom and the island’s cuisine features a lot of fresh seafood and locally-grown vegetables. There is also a Menorcan cheese, named Mahón after the area in which it is produced, which has a hard consistency and a sweet flavour; something to go with the wine, perhaps.
Why do people choose Menorca?
Menorca’s beaches are picture-perfect and, with year-round mild temperatures, they are popular even out of season. Sustainable tourism is promoted on the island, which takes the form of walking, cycling or riding holidays for which the beautiful, undulating landscape is perfect. There are many sites of archaeological and historical interest, including Cap de Cavalleria, where underwater archaeological sites can be viewed under the supervision of the local Ecomuseum. Divers can visit shipwrecks as well as searching for relics of the Roman Village that existed on the northern coast many centuries ago. The highest point on the island, at the top of Monte Toro, offers the most amazing views as well as a seventeenth century sanctuary, which is inhabited by a community of Franciscan nuns and features a café and gift shop that are well worth the trek.
Great for all types of holidaymakers
There’s a good range of hotels to suit romantic couples and families making the most of all inclusive holidays to Menorca, so Mum and Dad don’t need to worry about buying meals. One of Menorca’s best independent high-end hotels is the Saint Joan de Binissaida in Es Castell, which is not far from the airport and only ten minutes from Punta Prima Beach. With only twelve rooms and suites, this is modest compared to the vast complexes found in many of Spain’s tourist areas, but features a large swimming pool, safe play-areas for children and, as it is a working farm, there is plenty for them to see.
Whilst this is not as expensive as staying in a luxury hotel on Majorca, it isn’t for those trying to achieve a cheap holiday. More affordable options include the western resorts of Cala Blanca and Cala’n Bosch, which have access to two very family-friendly beaches and are popular with UK tourists, so the food and entertainment is very much geared towards British tastes.
Music fans with tastes that run towards the classical or jazz genres are well catered-for in Menorca, with both classical and operatic festivals during the summer season and jazz or blues music well-represented in the island’s clubs and Es Freginal Park in Mahón, as well as with a jazz festival in May. With milder winters than we are accustomed to, Menorca is a good place to book a last minute holiday between Christmas and New Year, or earlier if you’d rather avoid the turkey and egg-nog in favour of freshly-caught fish and local wine.
An island with a sunny disposition
With similar weather to its near neighbours, Menorca starts to experience a wetter season during October, with sporadic rain continuing until February. However, temperatures during the day seldom drop below 7 degrees even at the coldest times and with a high temperature of somewhere in the mid-teens during the cold season, it’s considerably warmer than the UK during the same period. At the height of summer, from June until late August or September, the climate is very warm and dry, with a breeze that makes the heat feel even more pleasant. It has just the kind of perfect holiday weather that most British travellers are hoping for.
Book your Menorca holiday with A1 Travel
When you book your Menorcan holiday through A1 Travel, whether it’s a family holiday, a winter break or even a last-minute getaway, you have the option to do it through our easily-navigated website or even via one of our friendly telephone operators, who are available until late at night for added convenience. Having been operating for over thirty years, A1 have all the expertise you want from a travel company, as well as membership of the Association of British Travel Agents and Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing. Our charter flights are bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority and your monetary transactions with us are secure, as you can see by the lock symbol on our website. The sooner you book, the sooner you’ll know what to pack, so start your holiday search now, with A1 Travel.