As a luxury holiday destination, the Mediterranean island of Menorca is second to none. It forms part of the Balearic archipelago, along with Majorca, Ibiza and Formentera. It boasts spectacular scenery, traditional summer fiestas, beautiful beaches, exceptional accommodation and delicious cuisine.To get the best prices on flights to Menorca visit cheapflights.co.uk when booking your holiday.
Monte Toro, or El Toro if you have a preference for Catalan over Spanish, is the highest point on Menorca. It is centrally located on the island and, at 358 metres above sea level, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. It is also possible on a clear day to see the distant peaks of the neighbouring island of Majorca. The summit is accessed by a steep road which provides stunning vistas as it winds its way upwards. It is a real trek so it is best to drive. On top of the mountain are the remains of a 17th-century Augustinian monastery and an old church with its impressive memorial to those Menorcans killed during the Spanish Moroccan wars of the early 20th century. There is also a caff and restaurant where refreshments are available to tourists in need of a drink and a bite to eat before their descent.
Founded at the western end of Menorca by the Carthaginians, the port of Ciutadella was once the island’s capital. It is steeped in history and is the location for many notable monuments, such as the Cathedral of Menorca which was built in 1287 on the foundations of a much older mosque. Also worth a mention are the 17th-century Castell Sant Nicolas, a defensive tower now used as an exhibition and gallery space and the palace of the former Arab governor, now the town hall. When it comes to eating and drinking, Ciutadella cannot be beaten. It is the hub of the island’s caff culture, with numerous pavement cafes providing the opportunity to sit in the sun and watch the world go by. There are many excellent restaurants serving traditional Menorcan cuisine and the freshest of seafood.
After the visiting the dizzying heights of Monte Toro and the historical delights of old Ciutadella, what better activity is there to take the holiday maker into the depths of the Med than snorkelling? Menorca has been designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and is surrounded by the warm, crystal-clear seas which are teaming with exotic fish and other types of sea life. There are countless beaches, rocky outcrops and underwater caverns to explore in calm, safe waters where the swimmer will discover sea bass, barracuda, octopus and many other species at close quarters. There are fabulous snorkelling locations all around the island, but some of the most popular include Cales Coves, CalaGaldana and CalaMitjana. Snorkels, masks and fins are freely available to purchase and many of the island’s dive centres offer boat trips to secluded coves where snorkelling can be enjoyed under expert supervision.
There are, of course, many more places to visit, leisure pursuits to sample and attractions to experience on Menorca. It is a Mediterranean paradise with clean shores, blue water and scented woodlands and it has something to offer the most discerning tourist. Regarding accommodation, the island has an abundance of four- and five-star luxury hotels and resorts and, for those couples or families who prefer self-catering, there are exclusive, fully furnished and equipped apartments and villas.