Menorca Villa Holidays

Menorca Villa Holidays

Welcome to the Villa Holidays guide to Menorca villa holidays with useful tips for planning your villa holiday to Menorca.

An Introduction to Menorca

 

Menorca is known as the Island of Pleasant Breezes. It is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, situated just off the east coast of Spain. The largest of the Balearic Islands is Majorca. Ibiza and Formentera complete the group. Menorca is a hidden gem with lush landscapes and quiet beaches. There is a good choice of self catering accommodation including luxury villas in Menorca, making it a popular destination for family holidays, especially along the southern shoreline. Unlike Ibiza it is not renowned for its partying and nightlife. Smaller and quieter than Majorca, Menorca has many sandy coves and a host of unspoilt fishing villages. It has successfully avoided becoming over-commercialized with the arrival of tourism.

Recommended Menorca villa holiday companies

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Menorca has just 88,000 population, many of whom live in the Mahon, the main city. Most locals speak both Spanish and Menorqui, a variety of Catalan, but English is widely understood in the local resorts. The local currency is the Euro.

Climate in Menorca

 

Menorca enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate making it a popular place for retirees to rent luxury villas for the winter. Summers are hot and dry with average temperatures reaching 29C (84F), but often a more pleasant 23C. Winters seldom see average temperatures below 16C (61F) during the day. Rain falls mainly from October to February with around 5cm on average each month.

 

Most Popular Areas for Villa holidays in Menorca

 

Some of the most popular resorts for Menorca villa holidays are at Cala en Porter and Binibeca, on the south coast, where most of the sandy beaches are. Cala en Porter is one of the largest and oldest resorts with a long beach and limestone cliffs full of seabirds. It is a popular area for villas in Menorca. The sheltered cove at Binibeca has a selection of shops, a beach bar and several restaurants. It is close to Binibeca Vell, a famous fishing village.

Son Parc is another popular area for luxury villa holidays on Menorca’s north coast and Es Castell is the main ferry port on the eastern coast of the island. However the island is only 50km long and 17km wide so everywhere is easily accessible wherever you choose to stay.

Transport

 

The main international airport on Menorca is at Mahon in the northeast of the island. There are cheap daily flights to Menorca International airport from all over Europe with low cost airlines such as EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch and Iberia.

Hiring a car for your Menorca villa holiday is a good way to get around the island, but there is also a good local bus service. The orange buses run to smaller towns several times a day but you need a timetable to check return times. Taxis are also available to visit the sights and attractions. Scooters are cheap and can access some of the narrower streets which are not accessible by car.

 

Festivals and Annual Events

 

Minorca is well known for its traditional summer fiestas. The ‘Festes de Sant Joan’ is held annually in Cuitadella and lasts for three days. It features horses, jousting, bonfires and fireworks.

Fiestas take place throughout the summer in different towns around the island, and have 14th century origins. The international opera week and international organ festival in Mahon, the summer music festival and Capella Davidica concerts in Ciutadella are also worth seeing.

New Year, Carnival (in February) and Easter are also times of festivity and street entertainment.

 

Things to do in Menorca

 

Stroll by the harbour

The quaint harbour inlets with their small local pleasure craft and fishing boats are a lovely place to walk after the heat of the day.

 

Visit the Beach

There are many small sandy or pebbly beaches, often within walking distance of your Menorca holiday villa. Offering safe swimming, sunbathing  and some watersports, the beaches are popular with visitors and locals alike.

Some top beaches on the island are Arenal d’en Castell, a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay with fine sand and Son Saura beach which is perfect for children, also with its fine white sand and shallow water.

 

Shopping

There is a leather factory and several costume jewellery factories on the island where you can buy some great bargains. Menorca is also famous for its local cheese which can be bought from nearby farms.

 

Walking

Combine a pleasant walk with some time at the beach when you visit Cala Pregonda. It is a 20 minute walk down to the beach from the car park. The pretty views are well worth the walk and the bay is ideal for snorkeling around the rocky outcrops.

 

Mahon Port

A trip to the port of Mahon is more fun than it sounds. Stop at the local gin factory and taste some of the free samples they give of the different types of gin they produce here. Opposite the gin factory are a number of tour boats which take you on a trip around the island. See where Nelson lived, and where Richard Branson has a home, as well as the historic La Mola fort.

Fishing

Big game fishing is also popular from the port of Mahon. Target fish are amberjack, barracuda, marlin, sailfish and tuna.

La Mola

La Mola is found on the opposite side of the port to the gin factory. The old fort has some underground passages, tunnels and hidey holes, a former prison and some excellent sea views too.

Cultural Sights

The island has a number of sights including the Sant Frances Church and the Military Governor’s House, both in Mao. The 17th century Church of St Anthony in Carre de Vassollo is also a pleasant place to visit.

Horse Riding is available near Cala n Bosc.

 

 

Useful Tips for Menorca villa holidays

 

  • English is widely spoken in most resorts but it is always appreciated if you know a few words of Spanish such as Buenos Dias (Good morning) and Gracias (thank you).
  • Alcoholic drinks are cheap in Menorca but can leave you very dehydrated on a hot day. Pace yourself and drink plenty of water.
  • Spanish lace and handicrafts are popular souvenirs along with pretty hand painted pottery.
  • It is not advisable to drink the tap water or take ice in drinks to avoid stomach problems.
  • Service is usually included in the bill so usually a small 5% may be left in addition.

 

 

Food and Drink

 

The Menorcan speciality is the “caldereta de llagosta,” which is a delicious lobster stew. Oven baked stuffed aubergines are a popular Menorcan dish. Local seafood such as prawns, squid and mussels are used in paellas and the red mullet and sardines are delicious. There are many award-winning cheese-making industries which produce tasty local cheeses.

 

Gin is produced on Menorca and mixed with bitter lemon it is called a Pomada. Wine is reasonably priced and local beer is cheap too.

 

Typical Costs in Menorca

 

Prices in Menorca are still relatively cheap. A main course in a restaurant starts at 12€ per person. Coffee and a pastry are under 2€. A glass of beer or wine at a bar is 1.50€.

Accommodation is available from economy to luxury. Expect to pay around 80€ per night for a mid-range hotel room.