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Minorca

Minorca

Menorca was named after the Spanish word 'menor' which means smaller. As the name already suggests Menorca is smaller than its neigbouring islands. While the majority of holidaymakers flock to the more publicity-prone islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca attracts those who want the best of the Balearics, but without the crowds. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are enough of a draw by themselves, but the historic remains of the Brisith occupation, the countryside and tranquillity of this quieter isle all add to its charm.

Just 48 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide, Menorca, the most eastern of Spain’s Balearic Islands, manages to pack in over 100 beaches along its coastline – more than Ibiza and Mallorca combined. Consequently, unfurling a towel and soaking up the rays are the most prevalent thoughts of the thousands of holidaymakers who touch down at Mahón Airport during the six-month season. Menorca is a perfect place to go snorkelling and discover hidden caves. Get spectacular views of the stunning coastline and explore the island's marvelous nature by either hiking on Monte Toro, its highest peak, or a going on a horseback excursion. The reward is a breathtaking view and on a clear day you can see all the way to Mallorca.

However, Menorca has a lot more to offer than just sandy beaches, amazing landscape and coastline. Take a stroll to historic cities to see the architectural heritage of the British occupation or the medieval era. Fort Marlborough with its gloomy tunnels, La Mola or Cathedral Ciudadella, a beautiful church with lovely stonework and stained glass windows, the possibilities to delve into local history are endless. On top of that, you can sample one of the best legacies of the British ruling: locally distilled gin.

Many immediately head east, through the flower-freckled meadowland of the interior, to the resort of Cala en Forcat, Cala en Bosch and Cala Galdana. Most only return west when it is time to trundle up the airplane steps, having never visited the capital, Mao, which is a shame. Not only does it have the second deepest natural harbour in the world (after Pearl Harbour), it also boasts a colourful and turbulent history due to the many seaborne conflicts between the Spanish, British and French to gain control of this strategically positioned naval base.

With so many coves to choose from you are spoilt for choice. Some are only accessible by private road where a small toll is often charged during the summer months.

The island’s signature dish is (unsurprisingly) seafood – caldereta de llagosta, or lobster stew, to be precise. Also, look out for pork with apples or plums and dozens of variations of oliaigues, or garlic soup. Unless you are of a robust constitution, do not be tempted by a Minorcan breakfast – neat gin!

Coffee ‘time outs’ are obligatory in the Minorcan culture. Thankfully, there are plenty of venues to satisfy the craving, many with spectacular ocean views.

A word of advice: do not come to Minorca if you are a nocturnal neon-seeker with a penchant for high decibels. That is not to say the lights go out at bed time. Maó, Ciutadella and most resort areas have a profusion of bars and a handful of clubs – just do not expect A-list DJ’s and dancing till breakfast.

For sheer diversity of shops, you should head for Maó or Ciutadella. In Maó, the area around Carrer Ses Moreres and Carrer Nou are home to the high-street labels. For stores of more individual character you’ll need to stroll down Moll de Ponent in the port area.

Ciutadella’s ground zero for shopaholics is Ses Voltes and its numerous offshoots, where you will find plenty of opportunities to replenish your wardrobe.

Talking of which, you cannot visit the island and not buy a pair of avarques – Minorcan leather sandals soled with old car tires. To purchase at the point of origin, try S’Avarca de Menorca on Carrer Angel, Maó. Not only does it have the widest choice, it is also the oldest factory on the island.

Xoriguer Gin and the famous Minorcan cheese should also be on the shopping list. Try the Xoriguer Distillery on Anden de Poniente in Maó for the former, La Bodega on Carrer Santissim in Ciutadella for the best wedge of cheese.

Lovers of bric-a-brac have numerous artisan markets to choose from including Es Migjorn Gran on Tuesday evening, Maó on Friday evening and Ciutadella on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

 

This apartment hotel is located approximately 200 m from Binibeca Beach within a few minutes walk of the town centre where guests will discover a diverse selection of shops, restaurants and bars. It is also just 300 m to links to the public transport..
When you have in mind a great climate, relaxed atmosphere and value for money holiday (code for 'broke'), think Jeni Hostel. The Spanish Balearic Island of Menorca soothes the soul with lovely beaches, pretty coves and welcoming towns. The Jeni Hostel,..
This hostel is ideally situated in the historical and commercial centre of Mahon, the capital of the lovely island of Menorca. The beautiful port with a large variety of bars and restaurants is just steps away, attractions such as Santa María Church..
This hostel is ideally situated in the historical and commercial centre of Mahon, the capital of the lovely island of Menorca. The beautiful port with a large variety of bars and restaurants is just steps away, attractions such as Santa Maria Church or..
Hostal La Isla is a 5-minute walk from the historic centre of Menorca’s capital, Mahon, and 700 metres from the Port. It offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception. Featuring tiled floors and wooden furniture, air-conditioned rooms have cable TV and a..
The apartment complex of menorquín style is distributed over two floors and comprises a total of 36 apartments. Within a few minutes walk there are a selection of shops- bars and local restaurants- with the nearest beach approx 600m away. The apartments..
Apartments Style Bungalow 2 bedrooms (1 double bed - air conditioning and terrace - and 1 twin ) .- On the ground floor you will find toilet- kitchen with dining room and exit to furnished terrace. Air Conditioning also available on the ground floor and..
Las Pérgolas welcoming you to Menorca and its beauties. The apartments are just a minute walk from the beach, shops, restaurants and bars, so you can combine relaxation and fun. Located 250 m from the beach, 1 km from Son Parc center, 2 km from a..
This cosy aparthotel is set on Reverend Pare Huguet street in Ferreries, a small town in the centre of the island of Menorca, only a 15-minute drive from Ciutadella This cosy aparthotel is set on Reverend Pare Huguet street in Ferreries, a small town..
This hotel underwent extensive renovation work in 2003 and comprises 2 floors. Facilities include an in-house restaurant offering a range of culinary delights and a hotel bar.Animals not permitted. Room cleaning and towel changing is every day and sheet..
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