Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands and is a great place to go for a family holiday. It is the least touristy of the islands, which are usually regarded as a clubbing Mecca. Instead, Menorca offers visitors the chance to relax.
There are numerous archaeological sites to discover as well as plenty of lush countryside to enjoy. In 1993 it was declared as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in order to preserve its spectacular environmental areas such as the Parc Natural S'Albufera d'es Grau wetlands. Although it is generally considered to be a summer-only island there is a great range of hotels here that can be booked at all times of the year.
Menorca hotels are generally very family-friendly and there is a good range to choose from despite the small size of the island. The best deals on both hotels and self-catering options are often available as part of a package but there are also some great rates available when you book online.
The island is reached via flights to the capital city of Mahon. There are limited hotel options available in the capital itself but the numerous resorts which are to be found throughout the island have a great range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and different types of travellers. That doesn't mean that there isn't much to do in Mahon. The capital city has a rich architectural history as well as an array of great restaurants, bars and an impressive harbour which is one of the most popular tourist draws.
It is the wide variety of different resorts which makes Menorca such a popular destination with travellers. The main areas for tourists are along the south coast and there are some spectacular resorts in which to stay. Most of these hotels are three and four-star rated and aimed towards families, which means there are plenty of kids' clubs to keep the younger ones entertained while the parents can enjoy relaxing by the pool or the evening's entertainments. There are also a few five-star hotels which offer luxury accommodation and excellent restaurants. The majority of Menorca hotels provide fantastic access to the gently shelving beaches and the wide range of water sports that can be enjoyed around the island's shores.
There are various self-catering options in Menorca, many of which are from well-known Spanish chains such as H10, Hesperia, Nunez, Riu Hoteles, Sirenis and Viva, as well as a good selection of locally owned hotels and private villas.
The variety of resorts means that there is something for everyone on this largely unspoilt island. Arenal D`en Castell is a self-catering resort which is conveniently located just 12 miles from the capital. Binibeca on the south coast is largely undiscovered and an ideal destination for those who want to get away from the traditional package holiday set-up. Son Parc features a championship-quality golf course and is surrounded by a picturesque pine forest which is perfect for exploring. In fact, despite its reputation as a tourist hotspot, Menorca really gives its visitors something a little bit different from the typical package-holiday offerings.
There is a wealth of ancient history to be discovered across the island, including Bronze Age settlements in Torre d'en Gaumés and beautiful Moorish-inspired architecture in ancient town of Ciutadella. In addition to this, you can enjoy the wonderful local food and take advantage of plenty of opportunities for adventure, whether you are hiking in the mountains or making the most of activities on the water. Menorca is the Balearic Island which offers visitors a true sense of adventure and discovery.
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