Spanish Islands — Menorca

Spanish Islands — Menorca

The dreamy Spanish Islands are definitely a “yes” when it comes to the long-awaited holiday of the year. The most visited groups of islands are the Balearic and the Canary archipelagos.

Deciding between these two major destinations might be hard, not to mention that there are several smaller islands building the archipelago, all of them having unique characteristics.

Menorca Island, also called Minorca, has a lot to offer if you are looking for a more “private” holiday. It has monuments from the 13th century and the most beaches of all the Spanish islands.

There are chances to find “your own” beach to enjoy the sun.🌞

Location

Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, Menorca is the second largest island from the Balearics. The island is close to both Mallorca and Ibiza but it is more family friendly.

The island is a mix of colonial and local architecture and there are around 46 beaches where you can enjoy your holiday.

Menorca Island

Best time to go

The weather gets hot in May, reaching a maximum in July and August. The summer season starts at the end of June and it lasts until the middle of September, when the weather winds down.

The average temperature is 25 °C (77 °F) in summer months and around 12 °C (53.6 °F) at winter.

If you are not looking for a sunny holiday, you can visit in spring, when everything starts to bloom, giving the island a very nice look.

If you go to Menorca during winter you will find most of the hotels and attractions closed, they open in April and close up at the end of October.

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Experiences on Menorca Island

Megalithic monuments

There are several megalithic monuments remaining on the island since the first inhabitants of Menorca. Get a cultural throwback in time by visiting the most important pre-historic structures such as Naveta d’es Tudons, Torre d’en Galmes, Trepuco or Torralba d’en Salord.

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Mahon

Mahon or Mao, the capital city of the island, is built on the top of a cliff where you will find beautiful 18th century Gregorian style architecture and an impressive view of the harbor.

There are several restaurants and bars where you can just relaxing on a warm day while sipping from your Pomada.

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Taste signature food

Mahon Cheese

Mahon is one of the most versatile cheese from the Spanish gastronomy. The traditional “Queso de Mahón-Menorca” is made on the island. Traditionally it is eaten sliced, sprinkled with olive oil and black pepper.

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Image source: Wikipedia

Lobster stew

Caldereta de llagosta is another signature (and delightful) dish of Menorca. It is said that sailors used to make it while they were on sea.

Note: You can taste this dish only in spring and summer when the local lobsters are allowed to be captured.

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Sip from a glass of Pomada

A traditional drink in Menorca made from local gin and lemons, served at parties and events. 🍸

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Beaches

Cala Turqueta

Popular for its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, Cala Turqueta, is considered to be one of the best beaches form Menorca. It has clear waters, great for snorkeling experience.

Cala Mitjana

Cala Mitjana is a cove on the south of the island. The beach gets very busy in high season so it is better if you access it by boat. There are no restaurants or so on the beach so make sure you bring supplies for the day.

Cala Galdana

A clean and safe resort beach. It has everything you need for a perfect day on the beach. There are beach umbrellas to rent, plenty of restaurants to enjoy a meal and numerous places where you can try out water sports.

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Water sports

The water around Menorca has a clear blue color, making it perfect for water sports. Windsurf, water ski and scuba diving are very frequented, both by locals and tourists.

Or why not, admire the island from a jetski 🌊

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Go on the Cami de cavallas

Cami de cavallas is a 8 km (125 miles) road around Menorca where you can enjoy the beautiful sights on the island by walking, by bike or car.

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Romantic activities

Rent a boat 🚣

Go sailing in the middle of the water and enjoy a romantic and relaxing day.

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