Cheap Holidays to Menorca
Menorca is one of the most untouched islands in the Balearics, set just off the coast of mainland Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. Many holidaymakers flock to Menorca every year to enjoy its warm Mediterranean climate, pristine beaches and historic architecture. Menorca has a laidback atmosphere and is the perfect destination for a low-key relaxing holiday, very different to its lively sister islands, Majorca and Ibiza.
Picture Perfect Beaches
Menorca derives from the Latin word Minorica which means ‘smaller island’, but the island is packed with more beautiful beaches and hidden coves than both Mallorca and Ibiza put together, most have been awarded with a Blue Flag. In the south of the island, beaches with soft, golden sand are in abundance whereas in the north the coastline is somewhat rugged with darker, honey-coloured sands backed by steep cliffs.
Visit Cala Galdana, known as ‘the Queen of the Calas’ and Menorca’s most attractive beach with its shallow, sapphire seas lapping the golden shores lined with limestone cliffs. This crescent shaped cove regularly draws in many tourists with its unique beauty and wide choice of ice-cream shops, water sports and restaurants on offer.
If peace and tranquillity are what you are looking for, Cala Tortuga beach is perfect for you. The beach is so quiet, the waves crashing are probably the only sound you will hear. This unspoiled beach allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of some of the busier beaches on the island and allows you to absorb the natural beauty of S'Albufera des Grau Natural Park.
Tale of Two Towns
What’s a holiday without a bit of exploring along the way? Interrupt your lazy days on the beach with a trip to Menorca’s largest towns, Mahon and Ciutadella.
Mahon is Menorca’s capital and is filled with reminders of when the town was once a British colony. Take a stroll around the place and enjoy its relaxed atmosphere, whilst enjoying the sights of the colonial-style buildings still present after the British ruling in the 18th century. Mahon’s harbour is the biggest natural port in the Mediterranean and is lined with numerous bars and restaurants where you can sit for hours and watch the world go by. The centre is filled with narrow streets, quaint shaded squares and street cafes. For history lovers, you are never too far away from a building dripping with history. Take a look at Arch de San Roque, the remains of the wall which once surrounded the city, or the Church of Santa Maria, and its spectacular organ.
Journey to Ciutadella, approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Mahon and the islands capital until the early 18th century. This town has a traditional Spanish feel when walking around its cobbled streets huddled around the scenic harbour. There are many high-class restaurants and bars, traditional tapas hangouts and open-air cafes dotted along the harbour front, where you can sit and soak up the view and watch boats come and go. Upon entering the old town, stop for a bite to eat and a drink at the pleasant square of Placa des Born, before heading out to admire the fascinating Gothic and Medieval architecture. You cannot visit Ciutadella without exploring the 13th-century cathedral, sitting on the site of an old mosque.
This city has lots to offer for those who wish to sightsee, proving that there is much more to Menorca than its gorgeous beaches.
· Time Zone – Currency – EUR
· Time Zone – GMT+1
· Travel Time – Menorca (MAH) - 2 hr 20 min (London)