As the quieter Island of The Balearics, a villa holiday in Menorca is an ideal holiday choice for families who seek peace and relaxation. Based on a farming background and a designated UNESCO Biosphere Island much of Menorca is lush and green with pine covered hills although there are areas made up of ponds, lagoons, wetlands and marshes, dune systems and in the coastal areas, islets, gullies and caves. Menorca boasts over 100 beaches for swimming and many other watersport activities such as windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling.
Although nightlife in some areas is limited, there are many excellent restaurants on the island to suit all pockets. Some of the waterfront restaurants are particularly good, where locally caught fish may be on the menu 'del dia'.
Car hire in Menorca is relatively inexpensive and it is an ideal way to explore this small island with ease. The capital, Mahon, is well worth a visit with its good selection of shops, an interesting old quarter and historical harbour, which was used by Nelson on many occasions as shelter for the fleet. Boat excursions of the harbour area are well worth a trip which includes a visit to the local gin factory!
Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca situated on the eastern tip of the island is also worth a visit. It has a charming natural harbour bordered by excellent waterfront restaurants. It's a city devoted to its traditions and jealously guards its historical past from Roman, Arab, British and Spanish occupation. Close to the city are quite large stores which sell excellent value shoes and other leather goods.
Mahon and Ciutadella have markets in the town centres, selling meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Ferreries holds a special open-air-market on Saturday mornings. Open-air-markets selling clothes and crafts visit all towns and villages in the mornings from Monday to Saturday.
Mahon: Tuesdays & Saturdays
Es Castell: Mondays & Wednesdays
Es Mitjorn Gran: Wednesdays
Ferreries: Tuesdays & Fridays
Ciutadella: Fridays & Saturdays
These evening craft markets are very popular and help the visit appreciate some of the islands local handicrafts.
Alaior: Wednesday (high season only)
Es Migjorn Gran: Tuesday (high season only)
Es Castell: Every night on the Cales Fonts harbour steps (high season only)
Beaches in the South and West of Menorca to consider are:
Other beaches in the South and West of Menorca to consider are:
- Son Saura (Ciutadella): Fine sand and clear waters. Popular anchorage spot for yachts. No facilities.
- Banyul & Bellavista: Fine sand, clear waters and pine tree cover. No facilities. Popular anchorage spot for yachts.
- Cala des Talaier: Small cove with a prehistoric watch tower called Sa Talaia d'Artrutx. Fine sand, clear waters. No facilities.
- Cala Turqueta: Turquoise waters, fine sand and pine tree cover. No facilities. Car park close by.
All these beaches are reached via the Sant Joan de Missa rural road. During the summer these beaches are very popular and roads can become easily congested, so parking indication boards are used.
- Cala Macarella and Macarelleta: Accessed via the rural road of San Joan de Missa or via Cala Galdana. Macarella has a restaurant and regular cleaning. Macarelleta, is smaller and tends to be used by nudists. Both beaches have crystal waters and fine sand.
- Cala Galdana: A beautiful and popular horseshoe shaped bay. White sand, clean waters and pine trees. Attached to the summer resort of Cala Galdana it is served by a good range of restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. Pretty walks and some super viewing points.
- Cala Mitjana and Mitjaneta: Two photogenic beaches within walking distance from Cala Galdana. White sand, turquoise waters and pine tree cover. No facilities.
- Trebaluger: Protected beach reached after a 35 minute walk from Cala Mitjana. Crystal clear waters, fine sand and pine tree cover. No facilities.
- Fustam and Escorxada: Next door to Trebaluger and similar in style.
- Santo Tomas: Resort beach, narrow and long with a pretty illuminated promenade. The sand is fine and the waters clean. Parking is available and good availability of refreshment and eating facilities.
- Son Bou: Magnificent resort beach that stretches for about three kilometres which makes it the longest on Menorca.
- Binigaus: Attached to Santo Tomas, Popular beach and appreciated for its healthy rock clay. Ideal for those on the spot body wrap treatments and masks to be later washed off in the sea.
- Cala en Porter: Pretty sandy beach with all facilities, popular for its resident beach ducks. Interesting walks, good parking and busy tourist life.
- Binisafuller (Sant Llus): Sandy cove with an easy access and surrounded by pretty white washed villas. Used by local fishermen.
- Es Cal Blanc and Cal Fondo: Close to Binisafuller, these are two coves offer swimming from the rocks.
- Binibeca (Sant Llus): Golden sandy beach, clean waters and a famous beach bar.
Below are the resorts we have in Menorca. Click the image or the link to view listings in that resort.
On the south coast of the Island of Menorca is the resort of Son Bou, just twenty five minutes drive from the capital, Mahon. Son Bou, a resort in itself, is split into two areas, San Jaime and Torre Soli Nou.
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