Menorca is the second largest of the Balearic Islands and is significantly more laidback than its neighbours Mallorca and Ibiza. With a number of beautiful beaches and many family-orientated hotels, Menorca is the perfect destination for a family beach holiday.
While Menorca is certainly more relaxed than its neighbours, it gets quite busy in July and August when the temperatures reach their peak. In order to avoid the crowds and the heat, it is recommended that you visit Menorca just before peak season in May and June or just after high season in September or October. In addition, as the island is less busy during this time, you can often make some savings on your flights and accommodation.
Although Menorca is quite a small island, it has a large and varied collection of accommodations. From beachfront hotels to holiday villas and apartments, there is accommodation for every taste! The bulk of Menorca’s hotels can be found in the capital, Mahon.
Another popular resort is the former capital, Ciutadella. Ciutadella is a quaint town characterised by narrow, labyrinthine paths and graceful architecture.
What to do in Menorca
Without a doubt, Menorca is home to some of the Balearic Islands’ best beaches. One of the most popular beaches on the island is Son Bou. The beach is around 2 miles long and has soft sand and mild waters, which make it a good spot for those on holiday with young children. The clear waters here make Menorca an excellent spot for diving and snorkelling too.
Another popular choice with families is the Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau. This nature park is regarded as the heart of the island’s Unesco Biosphere Reserve and is home to varied wildlife. Some of the park’s most remarkable inhabitants include Hermann’s tortoises and fish eagles.
If you can draw yourself away from the beach, there are a number of landmarks and monuments which are worth a visit. Two of the island’s most famous landmarks are the Castell de Sant Nicolau and Placa Esplanada. Dating back to the 17th century, the Castell de Sant Nicolau was designed to protect the harbour and offers beautiful views of the sea, especially at sunset. Placa Esplanada is the island’s largest square and is edged by a number of interesting buildings and cafes.