Menorca is one of the Spanish Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean sea. It is much less known than Ibiza and Mallorca the other two main islands in this archipelago. Menorca is a sleepy island, with mainly Spanish tourists. It is great for families and couples. Don’t come here if you want to party all night – the other islands in this group are better for that. It is a UNESCO biosphere reserve because of the Mediterranean landscapes and the species of animals and plants found exclusively on the island.
If you want a beach holiday without breaking the bank in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, this is the palace to go. The prices for accommodation and food in this paradise are relatively affordable. For me, this place is heaven.
Why choose Menorca?
Check out the photos of the beaches below. All taken from a basic point and shoot camera with no post processing. Crystal clear water with great snorkeling. Beautiful secluded white sand beaches. Why would you not want to go here?
How to get to there
Fly into Menorca airport (also known as Mahon airport). This is the only airport on the island. You can fly from multiple ports in the UK or the Spanish mainland. From the airport either hire a car, take a taxi, or get a shuttle or bus transfer to your accommodation. All pretty straightforward to organise at arrival at the airport. Menorca is part of Spain, so it is left hand drive if you are thinking about driving.
Best time to go
I would recommend late June to early July. There weather is warm and there is over 12 hours of sunlight per day. The risk of rain is very low during June and July. The water has warmed up and the crowds have not arrived yet. The European summer holidays start in late July and most of August, so it can get crowded during those times.
Where to stay
Best location to stay is around Cala Galdana. This is a beautiful cove with a small township. The beach is picture perfect and it has all the relevant amenities at hand.
The best hotel in this area is the Melia Cala Galdana shown in the photo above. The name of the hotel has changed since this photo was taken, but it has the best views of Cala Galdana and is right on the beach. Make sure you choose a room with a sea view. There is plenty of other accommodation in the little township – but not many have views. If you are on a tight budget, then one these other places may allow you to stay in this fantastic location for a more modest budget and still only be a minute walk to this beach.
The Cala Galdana township has a couple of convenience stores and lots of casual dining restaurants. It is a very quiet sleepy township. Don’t expect any loud bars or music. All the bars and restaurants close by 11pm. If you are looking for a party island go to Ibiza instead.
Cala Macarelleta and Cala Mitjana
These beaches are a couple of my most favorite beaches in the world. You can probably see why from the photos. I have been to lots of islands and beaches throughout the word, and these two still stand out among the very best . They are sheltered coves with pristine white sand and crystal clear waters. You can sunbathe, swim, and snorkel. Access to these beaches is reasonably difficult and there is no vehicle access close by.
The trek to Cala Macarelleta from Cala Galdana is about 45 mins if walking fast. The path is quite undulating so you do require a degree of fitness to do this. It can get very hot doing this walk in the middle of the day.
The walk to Cala Mitjana is shorter and not so strenuous. Neither of these beaches have toilets or any other facilities – so make sure you take water, food and sunscreen with you! Clothing is optional at both. They are both much quieter than Cala Galdana.
Other things to do in Menorca
Visit the main towns on the island – Mahon and Ciutadella. Mahon (or Mao) is on the eastern side of the island and is the capital of the island. It boasts one of the largest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. Both towns are very picturesque, have plenty of history and lots of restaurants. There is plenty of shopping available if you need a break from the beaches. Menorca is apparantly known for its high fashion shoes if you are into that sort of thing. Ciutadella is located on the extreme west of Menorca. It is a charming town with its own port area.
There are lots of little bars and restaurants that line the port where you can sit and enjoy watching the slow paced life occurring on the island
Make sure you add Menorca to your bucket list. Alternatively book a trip now.