There are numerous archaeological sites to discover, as well as plenty of lush countryside to enjoy...
In 1993, Menorca 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.
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 the 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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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 that 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 that 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 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.
Enhance your relaxing break in Menorca by visiting one of the island's many highlights...
Consider hiring a car in Menorca to make the most of your holiday; the road network is relatively simple and car rental can be great value.
Top five attractions
El Cami de Cavalls
This ancient path circles Menorca and was formed to link the fortresses and watchtowers of the island. It has been restored in recent years and makes reaching inaccessible beaches easier than ever. Walking the route is a wonderful way to spend a few hours.
Take the family to this waterpark in Cala'n Blanes for a fun day of hurtling down water slides and splashing about in pools. The park is open between May and October.
While not exactly a giant peak, Monte Toro, or El Toro, is a pleasant place to visit. Drive to the top and drink in the far-reaching views.
This lovely city features cafes, restaurants, bars and even a distillery where some of the finest tastes of the island can be sampled. Hop aboard a boat to see the island from the waves.
Located just a couple of hundred metres from Menorca is this tiny inhabited island. You can hire kayaks to explore the craggy coastline and pristine beaches or take a boat trip.
Holidays in Menorca are even better when you visit during these annual events...
Islanders celebrate a range of events throughout the year and the welcome extended to visitors is always warm.
Carnival; February/March: The typical ingredients of carnival time are all here in Mahon, when parades and parties take over the city streets.
Mahon Music Festival; July and August: Music drifts along the streets of Mahon during this event, which showcases a number of top acts from the worlds of classical and jazz music.
San Luis Equine Fiesta; August: Horses are the real stars of this popular annual event. Races take place, though it's the “jaleo” - the horses rearing up onto their hind legs - that amazes the crowds. There are also parades and fireworks during this summer event.