The small island of Menorca enjoys a big reputation thanks to its renowned beaches and crystal-clear waters. Home to fine dining, rich architecture and important historical sites, this island offers much more beyond its wealth of beaches. A luxury holiday in Menorca gives you the chance to try traditional Menorcan horse training, sailing, scuba diving and a whole lot more.
One of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, magical Menorca is a vibrant destination blessed with one of the region's most celebrated coastlines. The island is renowned for its many gold and white sand beaches and for its striking waters that shimmer with blue, emerald and turquoise hues. In fact, its vivid landscape and natural habitat were considered to be so beautiful and unique that the island been declared a UNESCO Bioreserve.
Mahon, known locally as Mao, is Menorca's picture-perfect capital. Stroll through the sun-splashed cobbled streets, where you can duck into local boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants, and admire the pastel-coloured buildings that gather around a harbour lined with yachts. The architecture is full of Mediterranean charm and the area is rich in historical sights. Dive into the past at Museo de Menorca and learn about the island's cultural heritage, then discover imposing fortresses like Fort Marlborough, Fortaleza de Isabel II and St. Philip's Castle.
Opposite Mahon on the western coast, you'll find Menorca's second city, Ciutadella. Watch the world go by spending time along its charming harbour, and be enchanted by the city's narrow winding lanes, medieval architecture and Baroque and Gothic churches, such as the mighty Ciutadella Cathedral. You'll find that Ciutadella certainly lives up to its nickname, Vella i Bella - Old and Beautiful.
With a Mediterranean climate and little rainfall, Menorca enjoys weather ideal for long days at the beach. In the summer, temperatures can soar to around 30 degrees Celsius, especially in the months of July and August, and this season is a popular time for luxury travellers to visit the island's beaches.
In spring, cooler temperatures are perfect for activity getaways and long walks amongst the blossoming almond trees. During autumn, temperatures sit in the low 20s, whilst winters are mild with typical highs of 15 degrees Celsius.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you and to keep a photocopy of your passport on your person. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Spain. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.
Start your day in Menorca with a buffet breakfast and move on to the evening with Mediterranean specialities, or favoured international dishes. Enjoy pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens, and traditional Menorcan foods, like fish meatballs.
With lots of fresh seafood, prime meats and local produce, like cured sausages and the highly prized Mahon cheese, fine dining in Menorca is a gastronomic delight. Don't forget to sample some local Menorcan wines, as you'll find some fantastic reds here, with deep cherry flavours, and typically made from merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes.