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Menorca Attractions and things to do in Menorca

The Balearic Island of Menorca is an ideal destination for adult singles and couples seeking more relaxed holiday in the sun. Menorca is a picture postcard holiday destination offering a stunning coastline backed by olive covered hillsides, quaint villages and charming old town squares with their cobbled stoned markets. The main attraction is however Minorca’s sun drenched golden sand beaches which are ideal for all ages.


Menorca (also spelt Minorca) is the low-key sister island to Majorca and as with most sisters they're so different. Menorca is only 32 miles long by nine miles wide and offers a variety of beaches ranging from rocky inlets (with some pebbles and sand) to silver-sanded gently curving bays. Development has been strictly controlled and there are parts of the island - especially in the rural parts that remain untouched.


The islands capital is Mahon which has a lovely natural harbour and not so natural airport. Mahon has some upmarket hotels but its main attraction must be its cafes and restaurants that line the harbour. The capital is also the home of the world famous Minorca Gin which is still produced today using the same age-old process it has used for centuries. Moving away from Mahon this beautiful island offers some idyllic holiday resorts like the fishing village of Fornells with its wide bay that offers some great windsurfing and watersports. Other popular beach resorts include Cala Galdana, Santo Tomas and Son Bou which has a long sandy beach with a few shops, restaurants, bars and the odd discotheque.

Shopping

Santo Tomas has a small number of shops that cater to the basic needs of the travellers. For broader shopping opportunities travellers can head to the neighbouring resorts. Markets are held in Es Castell on every Monday and Wednesday in the town square, where tourists can witness an array of articles. Most of the shops here are located along the high street. Travelers can head to Calas Fons for evening shopping, where visitors can shop for branded robes, pearls, designer jewelry and other delights.

Festivals

Menorca has a fine tradition of fiestas (festes) that run throughout the summer, opening in Ciutadella and ending the season in Mahon. The most famous event of all is Ciutadella's fiesta in honour of Sant Joan (St John) in the third week of June. Horses are part of the rich tradition and form the focal point of this very lively event - expect to see jousting, racing and spectators attempting to touch the horses heart for luck as they rear up! Other festivals celebrating famous Saints are St Martin's Day held in Es Mercadal during the third week of July. St James's Day in Es Castell - last week of July. St Anthony's Day in Fornells – last week of July. St Christopher’s Day in Es Migjorn – end of July. St Lawrence's Day in Alaior – first weekend after 10 August. St Clement's Day in Sant Climent – 3rd week of August. St Bartholomew's Day in Ferreries - 23rd - 25th August. St Louis's Day in Sant Lluis - Last weekend of August and finally Our Lady of Grace festivities in Mahon - 7th - 8th September. Dates are as a guide only and you should check locally for the exact date as dates do change from year to year.

Head to the beach

There are two popular beaches in Menorca. They are Cala’n Forcat and Cala’n Bosch. Both offer a stunning sandy beach and have a great choice of cafes to help keep you fed and watered. The beach and the natural setting are the main attraction of Santo Tomas. Es Castell is a serene resort, located just a few kilometres away from the bustling town of Mahon in Spain. Though there is no beach in Es Castell, it can be accessible in the neighbouring resort of Cala Padera.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in Menorca and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Aqua Rock Water Park Make a splash in Menorca with an action-packed say at Aqua Rock, the island’s largest water park. This is more than just a chance to cool down; it’s a roller-coaster ride of emotions that will give your holidays a wicked adrenalin rush. There is fund to be had by all the family with different levels of excitement. Attractions include the Black Hole, the legendary Kamikaze – which as the name suggests will have you bombing down the slopes at dizzying speeds – a relaxing Jacuzzi, the only wave pool in Menorca and a number of swimming pools. And in case you feel like a rest, sunloungers are located around the pool so that you can lie back and soak in some rejuvenating rays. The children are also well looked after, with their own water slides and pool as well as a kiddies play area that includes trampolines. There’s also an on-site restaurant serving a wide range of snacks, full meals, burgers and salads. Situated in Cala’n Bosch on the southwest coast, local transport to the resort is available from Ciutadella, which some 10km to the north. There’s a car park at the entrance if you’re driving here. Join is for a family fun day of frolics in the water! Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Aqua Rock Water Park


Lloc de Menorca Fancy a day away from the beach? Come and spend a day at Lloc de Menorca, a small and friendly zoo where you can find a wide range of native species as well as exotic animals from all over the world. A great place to spend a relaxing day in the company of family or friends, as you learn all about the rich flora and fauna of this beautiful island. Our facilities have been specially designed to bring visitors as close as possible to the animals without disturbing them. The zoo has been divided into areas for indigenous animals, wetlands with species from all over the world, birds including a 200m2 aviary, farm animals and wild animals where you can see everything from alligators to wallabies. Feed our friendly goats, stroke the docile Menorcan horses and laugh at the antics of the cheeky monkeys. The zoo is committed to the different conservation programmes and the welfare and quality of life of the animals living here. You will also find a snack bar, a souvenir shop, two museums, one displaying a collection of local antiquities and another covering the island's relationship with the sea, as well as shady picnic area. A great day out for all the family.


Aqua Center Come and spend an unforgettable day of wet and wild fun and the Aqua Center Los Delfines, the biggest and best water park on Menorca. You'll find a whole world of attractions for all the family: experience the thrill of a lifetime with our sensational slides and chutes of all shapes and sizes or just relax in the sun or enjoy our shady landscaped gardens while your kids have the time of their lives. You'll find over 12500m2 of fun with a wide range of water attractions including the notorious Black Hole, the 91.5m long River Adventure, the Giant Slide, the white knuckle Kamikaze, Hydrotubes for children and jacuzzis and swimming and paddling pools. You'll also find an excellent restaurant serving Menorcan specialities as well as hamburgers, pizzas and other snacks, a children's play area, a go-kart rack, a picnic area and a bar. The perfect place to spend a relaxing day with your family. Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Aqua Centre Water Park


Son Martorellet Equestrian Show A visit to the Son Martorellet stud to see the magnificent Menorcan horses dance has to be high on everyone’s list of things to do in Menorca. The stables are set out in the style of a small village where the streets and squares bear the name of famous horses from the stud. Inside the complex itself there is large marquee where you can admire the skill and beauty of the local black thoroughbred horses and their riders. The Menorcan thoroughbred is black and some believe it to be descended from Arab and Berber breeds whereas others believe it was brought to the island from central Europe by King Jaume I of Aragon. These horses are ideal for the Doma Menorquina style of riding, a central feature of the island's festivities. Somni, “dream” in Catalan is Son Martorellet's new show that is captivating locals and visitors alike. For the first time ever in Menorca, equestrian art meets magic and fantasy in an innovative extravaganza, an experience that will touch your heart and soul. Somni tells the story of a young girl's dreams, of her longing to own a horse to share her hoes, fears and adventures with. Come and spend a magical evening full of fantasy and colours in the legendary equestrian traditions of Menorca.


Catamaran trip around the Port of Mahon- Don Joan Trip around the harbour of Mao aboard the Don Joan, the largest, most modern and comfortable catamaran in Menorca. In this hour long excursion we will visit the most beautiful, interesting and historical sites around the stunning harbour of Menorca's capital. Get to know more about the largest natural harbour in the Mediterranean and find all out about its fascinating history. Learn all about the natural history of the area first hand through the vessel's large underwater viewing ports. The Port of Mao is one the largest natural harbours in the world and has enjoyed great strategic importance throughout history. Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Catalans, Spanish, French and British have all coveted this deep water harbour, straddling the main Mediterranean trade routes. The lower deck of this beautiful vessel contains four large viewing galleries fitted with 24 special windows so you can enjoy stunning views of the seabed and the marine animals that make the harbour their home.


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