The Balearics are an enormously popular Mediterranean holiday destination for northern Europeans. Majorca and Ibiza have a reputation for
booze and sex holidays but Menorca offers a quieter more family-oriented alternative and tends to be busiest during the summer school holidays. If
you do not have children, aim for the quieter periods in early summer and autumn when the cost is lower and there are more affordable choices for
air travel and accommodation.
Part of Spain, Menorca has its own regional culture, local specialities and a typical Mediterranean climate. The winters are mild
(average 16 degrees celsius) while summers are hot (average 24 degrees celsius). , but with a fresh sea air ebbing and flowing,
especially prominent up high - travelling up to the hills of an afternoon is a great way to cool down.
Menorca's capital, Mahon, has a fine natural harbour surrounded by a huge selection of restaurants and coffee shops taking full
advantage of the harbour views. The capital also offers a range of shops and a Saturday Bazaar, featuring clothing and arts and crafts stalls.
The highest point on the island is El Toro, or Monte Toro at 1174 ft above sea level. Well worth the drive, El Toro boasts
spectacular views, and a lovely little church at the top. A café serves refreshments - the perfect accompaniment to the warm Spanish weather
and panoramic vista.
There are plenty of things for the kids to do on Menorca, not least the
, on the outskirts of Ciutadella.
12,500 square metres of water attractions including the Black Hole, Adventure Ride - with a staggering 90 metre run - and swimming pools and
Jacuzzis make for a fun family day out. Ciutedella also boasts a number of go-karting venues, such as Carretera Genera.