The island of Menorca or Minorca as it
is sometimes known, is the most northern and the second largest of the Balearic
Islands and the least commercialised. It is the second largest island in the
Balearics and is well known for its unspoilt beaches and provides the perfect
base for family holidays. It is approximately 35-miles long, by 9-miles wide
with about thirty main beach resorts and many other small coves, bays and
harbours dotting the coast line. Whether you prefer the rockier northern beaches
or the golden sands of the south coast beaches, there are certainly plenty to
visit during your holiday here and you will find the island is very family
Throughout the island there are many
excellent restaurants and of course bars, shops and places of interest to visit.
Whilst it is not a night club centre such as its neighbour Ibiza, there is still
plenty to do here and most of the evenings' activities centre around long
leisurely dinners overlooking the water followed by a stroll round the waterside
cafes which stay open as long as you want them to!
Menorca is charming and
sophisticated and is a cosmopolitan island attractiving visitors from all over
Europe as well as North and South America and the Antipodes. From most airports
in the UK, flying time is approximately two hours and nowhere are the holiday
villas and apartments further than say thirty minutes' drive from Mahon Airport.
Mahon airport is modern and a second terminal building is being
The island is known for its leather/footware industry, the
locally made jewelery and well as the cheese it produces which is well worth a
try and there is a local brand of Gin named Xoriguer which is distilled on the
Moll de Ponent harbor front in Mahon. There are plenty of tourism and tourist
information offices situated in the towns of Menorca, providing current
information about local Menorca tourist attractions, beaches, museums, local
events and festivals, sightseeing and general Menorca tourist information.
Largely protected from development, Menorca is not your typical package holiday
resort. The island's small towns and villages offer a fairly secluded and
relaxed holiday, even during the peak season.