But while this tiny island is quiet and tranquil compared to its hedonistic Balearic neighbours - the party islands of Ibiza and Majorca - Menorca is no shrinking violet when it comes to having a good time. A wealth of activities lies in wait for those who can tear themselves away from their sun loungers.
Menorca holidays start at Mahon Airport (MAH), which is easily reached from many UK airports in about two and a half hours. And once you get there, you can do exactly what you want at the pace that suits you.
Most people choose Menorca for the simple pleasure of its leisurely pace of life. But if you need a break from the miles of perfect beaches and the crystal waters that lap gently upon them, why not take one of the excellent walks throughout the island, which has been classified as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Almost 20 sections of the dramatic coastal trail, El Cami de Cavalls, have been rejuvenated in recent years. And you may even catch a glimpse of some local wildlife, such as Egyptian vultures, osprey or even a booted eagle.
Alternatively, head out to sea on a reasonably priced fishing trip and or take advantage of the wide range of water sports activities on tap. Or discover the island independently via one of Menorca's inexpensive car hire companies - the treats on offer include two water parks and a host of museums just for starters.
Accommodation in Menorca is as varied as its attractions, with a host of hotels, private villas and apartments spread across the main resorts of Binibeca, Cala Blanca, Cala'n Porter, Cala'n Blanes, Cala'n Bosch, Cala n'Forcat, Es Castell, Playa de Fornells, S'Algar, Son Bou, Son Parc, and Arenal d'en Castell.
You will also get a warm welcome from the large number of restaurants located across the island, where the little ones in family groups often receive extra consideration from the friendly locals.
Just remember that as the main holiday season runs from April to October, few direct flights can be found outside this peak time.
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Summer offers almost guaranteed sunshine as daytime temperatures hit 30C during July and August. At either side of the peak season, meanwhile, you can expect averages of between 20 and 24C.
Carnival; February/March: The start of Lent is the trigger for most of Spain's carnivals as they look to indulge in spectacular fashion before giving up some of their guilty pleasures. Head to Mahon to see Menorca's main event where parades and street parties are the order of the day.
Mahon Music Festival; July and August: Classical and jazz music form the main thrust of this event, but there's music for all tastes on offer throughout the town. The event attracts a host of internationally acclaimed artists.
Festa de Sant Llorenc; August: Streets are blocked off and businesses are closed as the locals come out to play. Local traditions are celebrated and a parade of horses and riders lead the party to the plentiful food and drink.
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Relaxing: You can chill out surrounded by pine forests on one of the many secluded beaches. A drive and a short walk will take you to Cala en Turqueta or Cala Mitjana - two of the quietest spots you'll find on the island.
Shopping: A Saturday farmers' market in Ciutadella is a bargain hunter's dream, while the streets of Mahon offer many unusual souvenirs.
Youngsters: For sheer fun head for the Aqua Center in Cala'n Blanes where giant slides, water tunnels and a host of other watery attractions will create lasting smiles.
Adventure: Rent a sea kayak and head over azure water from Es Grau beach to the deserted beaches of Colom Island.
Nightlife: It's no Ibiza, but Menorca has some party places for those keen for after-hours fun. The Cova d'en Xoroi club is perched halfway down a cliff face in Cala'n Porter, and is a great place to shake your stuff on the dance floor or enjoy a cocktail on the terrace.