Lying to the north east of Mallorca and approximately one third of its size is no lesser island but one with an identity entirely of its own.
The way of life is slower and even in high season Menorca is considerably calmer and quieter than its bigger neighbour. Taking no more than 45 mins to drive the length of the island between Mahon the major harbour town and Cuitadella, the ancient one, the only highway passes by the three inland towns of any note. From this highway roads lead off like the bones of a fish to idyllically beautiful beaches or resorts strung around sandy bays. In 1993 UNESCO declared Menorca a Biosphere Reserve and nearly three quarters of its coastline is now protected. The result of this is soft silver sand beaches in utterly natural settings, where shallow aquamarine waters have a backdrop of soft green pines or sand dunes rather than hotels.
A further truly valuable asset of this protection has been the renovation of the ancient Cami de Cavalls completed in 2011 and it’s now possible to walk, cycle or ride the 186 kms around the whole island in manageable sections.
The wonderful coastline facilitates all seaside pursuits so whether you just like to swim (or paddle), snorkel, underwater dive, sail, kayak, hire a small boat and discover hidden coves, or join an excursion by boat you will find it here on the island.more +
A trip to the picturesque fishing harbour of Fornells in the north has to include a lobster stew (Calderetta de Llagosta) as it is here that the dish, now seen on menus across the island, was originated. There are many other wonderful restaurants; eat in a cave restaurant overlooking the tiny harbour at Cala Morell, in a windmill at Es Mercadal or on harbour sides in Mahon and Cuitadella. There is a livelier side to the island too with water slide parks and a unique nightclub in the cliffs at Cala en Porter and an 18 hole golf course.
For historians, there are Talayotic settlements, necropolis Caves, sites of ancient Basilica, Cathedrals, forts and the list goes on. The British colonised the island for much of the 19th century and there remains an architectural heritage still evident today.
Overall this is a gentle island, well suited to families with its gently shelving beaches and quieter way of life and of tremendous appeal to all those who appreciate the beauty of nature.
The south east of Menorca, conveniently close to the airport and the lovely harbour town of Mahon has a string of beautiful coves of varying size. The lovely cove of Binibequer is central to this south eastern corner of the coastline and reflects the predominantly quiet and laid back personality of the area in general. The sandy shoreline shelves gently into an aquamarine sea, making it ideal for families. On the rocks is a pleasant cafe serving cooling drinks and snacks throughout the day. To the west of the beach the shoreline is made up of flat rocks, which never become crowded and wonderful swimming and snorkelling can be had from the swimming platforms that have been erected making for easy entry into the crystalline water. ...More about Binibequer >>
Menorca, villas with pools and apartments around pools often with sea views, for the best selection available ...More about Mahon >>
Menorcas longest beach with in excess of 3 kms of soft sand shelving gently into the shallow sea makes this resort ideal for families. Backed by a substantial area of protected dunes, through which a footpath leads beachgoers to various points of access via arched wooden walkways, the beach remains relatively natural and undisturbed, the further west you walk. Arriving through a formidable rock tunnel, the resort facilities greet you with restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes, open air bars and shops in appealing precincted plazas ...More about Son Bou >>