No matter where you go on this lush and verdant island, you’ll find that relaxation is only a few minutes away, and not just because of the vast stretches of ocean-side sunbathing spots or the calming quiet of the pine filled woodlands. The island is a paradise in itself but when coupled with the array of fantastic spas which you’ll find in every coastal region, there simply isn’t a more heavenly place to enjoy your time off.
With the sun shining down upon these seemingly blessed shores for more than 300 days a year on average, there couldn’t be a more perfect time or place to indulge in some seaside activities. Grab your flip flops and head down to the sand, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore more than 120 miles of perfectly preserved coastline. Whether you want to soak up the sun in superior style with a private lounger and staff on hand to tempt you with refreshing treats or do it the old fashioned way with buckets, spades and a snorkelling kit, you’ll love everything that this beachy haven has to offer.
Since being declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993, the environment and the importance of its preservation has become a key focus of life on the isle of Menorca. With gorgeous natural treasures such as the Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau Expect, it isn’t hard to see why this has become so important. Gaze across an exuberant abundance of exotic flora and fauna that covers the isle and soak up the panoramic views. From the glowing waters of the cerulean sea to the almost neon treetops of the surrounding landscape, Menorca is truly a destination where you can lose yourself in the natural splendour.
Fresh tastes and fine dining are all the rage on this Spanish island as chains, celebrity chefs and internationally renowned critics have flourished on its shores. Whether you’re after a taste of home with a twist, some succulent Spanish cuisine, a few island home recipes or even more exotic flavours like Japanese fusion, you’ll find that there is a menu that seems to have been created just for you within a short distance. By far the most common, and arguably the best, dishes you’ll find available are those that contain the bounty of the sea. From olive-oil infused octopus to gently steamed and spiced mussels to expertly seared fish steaks and prawns laced with generous helpings of garlic, there is nothing quite like the Menorca way of eating.
El Toro or Monte Toro is a mountain range that will blow you away with its size and beauty. The local inhabitants of Menorca believe that peak is the spiritual pinpoint of the island and it has long been a holy place for locals. Since the 13th century, pilgrimages have been made up the mountain which has undertaken the significance of a religious shrine. The myth of the mountain is that El Toro takes its name from a bull (toro meaning ‘bull’ in Spanish) which led a group of monks to a statue of the Virgin Mary in the rock face. However, for the less legend-inclined, it is suggested that the name finds its origins in the Arabic al tor meaning ‘high place’ as the area was once under Moorish rule. Neither origin story prevents this breathtaking natural feature from being one of the most impressive sights on the island.
Lloc De Menorca, or Menorca Zoo is one for those wanting to see something a little bit exotic during their Menorca travels. This first and only zoological park on the island is home to a vast collection of both native and international species of animal. Most of the park’s inhabitants are rescues from projects and rehabilitation programmes from around the world as the Lloc De Menorca is committed to environmental enrichment, conservation and support for its own and other animals all over the globe. Here, visitors will be able to learn more about exciting breeds such as lemurs and macaque monkeys including what their natural habitats are, what they like to eat and what the centre has learned from their behaviours. For a close-encounter, visitors are also able to feed the centre’s friendly goats.
This island is the birthplace of the world-renowned condiment, mayonnaise. Originally created in the island’s capital of Manhon, this most beloved of chip dips and sandwich fillers is at its very best when tasted here in its homeland. With typical Spanish generosity, you’ll find that the sauce here is loaded with fresh olive oil, heaps of garlic and only the most carefully selected eggs. However you choose to sample it, you’re sure to be delighted.
If you’re looking for warm temperatures and minimal rainfall on your Menorca getaway, the best time to visit is from June to October when the average temperature is around 22 degrees. A year-round destination, you’ll find that the coldest it gets here is a little over 13 degrees in February with waters staying a toasty 15 degrees and above throughout the seasons.
If you hold a British Citizen passport or an EU National passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Spain and are visa exempt for 90 days. For the latest information on travel regulations, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
The currency is the Euro (EUR).
The main language is Spanish.