When you are talking about the beaches in Menorca just about every tourist brochure line is actually true. They are idyllic and unspoilt with turquoise water and glistening sand. Truly a paradise on earth!
Scattered across the countryside are stone monuments dating back thousands of years. They are just perfect for a hiking holiday.
For the perfectionists a visit to the tiny Cala Binidali is a must. Its natural beauty is breathtaking. Families will enjoy Cala Binibequer in the south coast.
The best time to visit Menorca
Though the tourist season starts in May and ends in October, the islands are beautiful in early spring. You can also see the beautiful almond blossoms if you visit the place in spring. The place receives a lot of sunlight. But if you visit in late autumn be prepared for some rains.
Activities you should not miss
Menorca’s beaches are famous. You can go for swimming, kayaking, diving, sailing, or paddleboarding. On the land you can go for cycling on the countryside or hiking. Also, you can just stroll around the well-designed towns of Mahón and Ciutadella at opposite ends of the island, and then relax at a harbourside table to devour a seafood platter.
Know before you go
During the winter months — from November to March — a lot of places are closed. Mid-July to mid-September is the peak season, but it will be expensive. The prices will drop either before or after these dates.
For exploring the island cycling is a good option as Menorca is largely flat.
A drink you should not miss
The Menorcan gin with lots of ice and lemonade called pomade is truly refreshing. Do try it out.
When making phone calls…
Local prefixes must be used when making phone calls throughout Spain. Wherever you are in the islands you have to dial the Balearics prefix 971.
Airport: Arrivals hall; 00 34 971 157115
Ciutadella Harbour: 00 34 971 380927
Mahón: Plaça Constitució 22; 00 34 971 363790
Tourism websites: illesbalears.es; menorca.es; balearsculturaltour.es
Ciutadella: Plaça des Born (town hall); 00 34 971 484155
Emergency services: 112
Phone code: 0034
Local laws and etiquette
- Carry your passport, and show your passport when paying by credit or debit card
- You must have two reflective bibs, two warning triangles, spare headlamp bulbs, and a spare tyre if you are driving. Children below the age of 12 are allowed only in the front seat and must wear safety belts.
- People don’t share tables in eateries, including fast-food joints.
- When you are introduced to someone by friends they will greet you by kissing on both cheeks.
- Lunch and dinners usually start a little late. While lunch hours are from 2 pm, dinner starts from 9 pm (which is quite early). Dinner usually starts by 10 pm. However, you can eat any time in resorts.