Best time to visit: May, June, July, August, September
Average high: 20˚C
Average low: 13˚C
Price of meals: 3/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Beach / Culture / Family / Romantic
Referred to locally as the Island of Blue and Green, this unspoiled gem off the eastern coast of Spain entices visitors with its romantic and intimate beaches and beautiful countryside. But it doesn’t take long to discover its unnaturally well-preserved ruins and structures of prehistory.
The islands unspoilt beauty seems to largely come from being the second-largest of the Balearic Islands. While tourists rush to big-brother Mallorca or party-capital Ibiza, Menorca manages to avoid the bulk of summer tourists. Ironically, despite being smaller than Mallorca, Menorca has more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza combined and it is not uncommon for couples and families to be able to enjoy an entire beach entirely to themselves.
Menorca is one of the most peaceful of the Balearic Islands and not the ideal place for partygoers, especially as most drinking establishments close early. However, while capital Mahón, or Maó, has a fine selection of eateries, the best place on the island to enjoy a drink is a short drive southwest of the city at the cliffside cave, Cova d’En Xoroi, which overlooks the Mediterrean sea crashing against the cliffs below.
With such enticing turquoise water and so many seaside caves and coves to explore, the best way to see them is not by land, but by sea or air. Kayaks can be hired at various locations along the coast while paragliding from the rolling hills and cliffs is another unique and memorable way to absorb the gorgeous landscape.
For those wanting to keep their feet on the ground, you can hike the Camí de Cavalls, the ancient 116-mile pathway which circumnavigates the entire island. While walking the whole thing might be a bit much for your average holidaymaker, we highly recommend doing at least one or two short walks so you can soak up that stunning coastline and the picturesque landmarks and megalithic ruins throughout the countryside.
Menorca has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Consequently, rainfall is also at its lowest during the summer months. Average summer temperatures exceed 30˚C and, due to the relatively fewer tourists that the island receives, is an ideal destination for sun-lovers during prime tourist season. The island is still pleasant to visit outside of the summer months, but visitors should expect higher rainfall and significantly cooler temperatures.
Meal prices vary quite widely in Menorca. You can find “menu of the day” three-course meals for between €8 and €16. It’s also quite easy to eat on a budget by eating tapas in the cafés. Beer costs €2 to €3 in bars. Water is available for about 60c and a glass of wine is approximately €2.50 to €3. Unfortunately, some restaurants and bars have a habit of increasing prices can be expensive during prime tourist season.
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