Menorca Facts File
The Balearic Island of Menorca is an ideal destination for families 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.
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.
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.
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
Vaccinations and health
There are no certificates required for vaccinations. UK tourists should take a European Health Insurance Card to avail themselves of free health checks at State hospitals in case of emergency. An all-inclusive Health Insurance is recommended. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
The climate in Menorca is hot and humid. Always drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. Remember that alcohol has a stronger affect in hot temperatures. A more detailed average climate guide for Menorca can be seen here .
220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
The currency in Menorca is the Euro. Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted at most establishments. ATMs, which are found almost everywhere, are generally the easiest and most economical way of obtaining money. Though money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, it is advised to get them exchanged at banks, as they offer the best rates.
The international access code for Spain is +34.
Local time is GMT +1 hour. During summer (between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October), local time is GMT +2 hour.
The official language is Spanish, but English is widely understood in main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Menorca
There are flights from many of UK’’s regional and International airports to Menorca. Smaller UK airport may only offer weekly flights so do set the “Give or Take” box (in the search box) to plus or minus 3 days as this will then give you better results. Low-cost and charter flights mainly fly from late April until the end of October.
Menorca Tourist Tax
From July the first 2016 visitors to any of the Balearic Islands will have to pay a local tax when checking in to their holiday accommodation. Adults will have to pay around €1.5 per day but children under 16 will be exempt. More details and charges can be seen here .