Destinations / Spain / Menorca
A holiday in Menorca is the absolute perfect destination for families and couples who enjoy relaxation and a laid back, friendly and warm ambience. Menorca is a small island, part of the Balearic group belonging to Spain, nestling snugly in the balmy waters of the Mediterranean. Baby sister of close neighbours, Majorca and Ibiza, the island of Menorca has its own distinct personality and is probably best described as a sleepy backwater which translates into a truly delightful holiday venue.
Holidays in Menorca lack the brashness of other resorts, but yet have all the essential ingredients for having a wonderful time - plenty of sunshine, pristine golden sand beaches, busy ports crammed with colourful fishing vessels, local restaurants and bars (which have probably been in the same families for generations) and a way of life that is unchanged for centuries.
The coastal resorts of Menorca have embraced the visitor and the infrastructure has grown to match the demand of tourists; however Menorca holidays remain pleasantly unhurried in pace and, in fact, the island almost comes to a full stop at siesta time! Tiny inland villages have hardly been touched by time and could easily be compared to ancient rural Ireland as the landscape is very similar with plenty of green fields and dry stone walls! Cala'n Bosch, Cala Gandana, Son Bou and Cala'n Forcat are the better known resorts, but the charms of the old capital, Ciudadela, should not be overlooked.
Menorca holidays can include good sightseeing as the island has lots of archaelogical interest with its prehistoric past and megalithic stone monuments; Port Mahon is the second deepest natural harbour in the world (and has visits from many cruise ships) and, the island is renowned for a local brand of gin, so trips to the Distillery at Xoriguer are very popular. Mahon cheese is a favourite local food and, in general, delicious fresh Mediterranean produce is in abundance, so Menorca holidays can be healthy too!
A holiday in Menorca is definitely a stress reliever as this is a destination on a go slow! Filled with lazy days under turquoise blue skies, you fall into the magical trance of evenings spent al fresco at delightful seafront restaurants. This is the spell of Menorca where your holiday will simply captivate you.