Menorca or Minorca, is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, situated in the midst of the Mediterranean, just off the south coast of Spain. The island is known for its unspoiled beauty, vast number of beaches and many historical monuments and is the ideal destination for a luxury, romantic or family holiday.
You can fly non-stop from the UK in little more than two hours. Menorca Airport (MAH) is situated just three miles south-west of the capital city Mahon, also known as Mao. Getting to the city is easy with frequent buses and plenty of taxis available. You can also hire a car from the airport, giving you the freedom to explore more of the island at your own pace.
Far less built-up than the other Balearics, Menorca is a nature-lovers paradise. You'll find more beaches here than on Majorca and Ibiza combined, along with dozens of secluded coves and underwater reefs. Further inland there are pine forests, mountains and majestic plains. Declared a natural biosphere by UNESCO in 1993, the island works hard to preserve its natural wildlife, scenery and ecology for future generations, permitting only low rise developments to be built.
Populated since prehistoric times, there are hundreds of archaeological sites scattered throughout the island. In addition to ancient temples and the ruins of early villages, you'll also find towers and fortresses from the Spanish Civil War along with a naval harbour in Mahon itself.
If you don't want to hire a car, it's easy to get around Menorca by bicycle. The island has only one main hill - located in the centre with a church on top - so you won't have to worry about wearing yourself out.
Many of the beaches shelve gently into the sea with few waves and no currents, making this an ideal destination for families with young children. Some of Menorca's best beaches are part of well-developed resorts such as those at Punta Prima, Cala'n Porter and Cala Galdana. If you want to escape the crowds, it's easy to head a little further out and find more isolated beaches such as those at Cala Turqueta and Cala Mitjana.
Other major resorts include Santo Tomas, Binibeca, Son Bou and Cala'n Bosch in the south, Cala'n Blanes, Cala'n Forcat and the bay of Sa Caleta on the west coast. Heading north you will find the stunning Paya de Fornells, Cala Llonga while S'Algar is in the south east.
If you want to experience the best of the local culture, travel to Menorca during the summer month where dozens of festivals take place at village all over the island. One of the best known is the Fiesta de Sant Joan which takes place in the historic naval town of Ciutadella in June, where local riders demonstrate their skills up and down the narrow streets.
The fact that 10 per cent of the island's population is made up of expat Brits is strong evidence of just how desirable a destination it is. During the summer there are plenty of direct Menorca flights while during the winter, many travel via Barcelona. If you have time, you can use this to your advantage and spend some time in this historic mainland Spanish city as well. Whichever time of year you choose to travel, you'll always be able to find cheap flights to Menorca by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.