Menorca is considered by many to be one of the few remaining, authentic and accessible paradises left in the Mediterranean. The island ranges from rolling farmland to magnificent cliffs and exquisite golden sands.
A small island (about 50 by 20 kilometres) which allows for easy exploration on relatively traffic free roads, Menorca also offers a host of Bronze Age structures providing a glimpse of its ancient history. In this respect, Menorca has been compared to an open air museum with entrance to these structures usually being free and uncontrolled. In 1993 the Island was declared a Biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Mahon is the capital of the Island and is found in the east. It boasts one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Menorca is famous for good quality leather-ware and hosts a trade market each year to promote its pretty but inexpensive jewellery.
The original and ancient capital was Ciutadella in the west. While under British rule Mahon was declared the capital based on it having a larger and more suitable harbour. An evening in Ciutadella should include a visit to one of the open air markets and a stroll round the harbour where you can choose to dine at one of the many restaurants lining the quay-side.
Fornells is a famous and picturesque fishing village on the north of the Island. Here you will find one of the largest water sports schools in the Balearic Islands where you can learn the basics or improve your technique to RYA standards.
There are Water Parks (in the West) an 18 hole Golf Course (in the North), a zoo, museums, several diving schools, Monte Toro (in the middle) with it’s spectacular panoramic views, The famous Trotting races, several Equestrian Centres, and the S’Albufera Nature Reserve. During the season Fiestas take place in one village or another and some hotels host evening entertainments that are open to everyone.
In all, Menorca is a beautiful and largely unspoiled island which has now been declared a "biosphere". You will enjoy your holiday in Menorca no matter what your interests are since it offers something for everyone.
Attractions and Events
Menorca is home to many attractions, historic locations and beautiful vistas. For the more active there is horse riding, kayaking, Jeep tours, diving, snorkeling and more. If you enjoy cultural influences, there is the Cuitedella, guided tours of the old Naval Forts and many archaeological sites to explore. In the evening, head into Mahon's port and enjoy an evening of food and drink in any number of the restaurants lining the water's edge. Head deeper into the town for the quieter, Menorcian restaurants. If you enjoy a little drink, make sure to visit the Xoriger Gin Distellery and enjoy some tasters, a tour of the factory and make sure to pick up a bottle to bring home!
Menorca is home to many festivals, most renowned of which is the "Menorcan Horse Festival" this is an enormous party that takes place all day and most of the night across the Island. Riders display their locally bred Horses and dance them through the streets, all the bars and restaurants open their fronts to allow you in and the atmosphere is electric. Once you've seen a Horse walking down a street reared up on its hind legs to the cheers of thousands of people you will want to see it again! In the evening fireworks are on display and people celebrate late into the night.