Spain’s Balearic island of Menorca has been left untouched by the package-tourism you find along the country’s Mediterranean coastline. Leaving Menorca the “Gem of the Balearics” without the party scene of Ibiza or the shopping mania of Majorca, Menorca has retained its natural beauty being declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. The island has more beaches than the other islands combined and they are all open to the public. Menorca is a great place for someone who is looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun with many families’ renting Menorca villas. The Island has changed hands many times between the Spanish, and the French with the British controlling the island off and on for nearly 100 years. The legacy of the British occupation is seen in the architecture of the capital Mahon. A great day out is to take one of the glass bottom boat tours of Mahon Harbour the second deepest natural harbour in the world after Sydney in Australia. After the tour walk across the harbour to Xoriguer gin factory and try a free sample of the islands gin. For dinner try Pan y Vino hidden away in the village of Torret near to Manhon French chef Patrik and his Spanish wife Noelia serve an excellent three course dinner for 35€.
When to visit Menorca
The best time to visit Menorca is between May and October with the peak season being June through September. A great time to visit Menorca is during the Fiestas for Saint Joan on the 23rd of June which lasts for four days in Ciutadella, where the star of the party is the Minorcan horse.
Where to stay in Menorca
With a lack of mass tourism in Menorca there are only a few beach resorts with most people opting to rent an apartment in Menorca or a quality self catering villa with swimming pool. When it comes to holiday rentals in Menorca, HouseTrip.com has a number of options to suit all budgets. You can find Menorca accommodation is as little as six clicks.
How to get to Menorca
Served by many low-cost airlines from the U.K. and the Spanish mainland Menorca is a popular summer destination. The airport is 4.5 kilometres southwest of the capital Mahon. Flight time from the U.K. is about two hours. From the Airport there is a bus service to all the towns, and resorts. With taxis available outside the single terminal. The best option on Menorca especially if you are going self-catering and renting a Villa in Menorca for your holidays you would be to hire a car, as public transport is limited to the towns.