Holidays In Menorca
Menorca Holidays at a glance
Book Menorca holidays with Olympic Holidays and enjoy one of the most popular Balearic Islands with more beaches than all the other Balearic islands put together (120 in all)! Measuring 52 kms long and 15 kms wide, this smaller neighbour of the much larger Majorca has so much to offer. Holidays to Menorca has something for all tastes from attractive fishing villages on the north coast to spectacular bays in the south ideal for a variety of watersports.
Who holidays in Menorca?
Menorca holidays are ideal for families and those looking for a relaxing break. The pace of life on the island is far removed from that of its noisier neighbour, Majorca. Holidays to Menorca generally means lazy days on the beach, delicious evening meals, scenic coastal walks and perhaps the occasional spot of shopping.
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Menorca Holidays - Destination Profile
Holidays to Menorca are probably not complete without a visit to one of the many sandy beaches, probably the most popular beach on the island is Cala Galdana, set in an amazing horseshoe bay while Santo Tomas is probably the preferred choice of honeymoon couples and families. The wonderful unspoilt golden beach of Son Bou is the longest at 3 kms and backs onto beautiful undeveloped countryside.
If you enjoy your history then holidays to Menorca have so much to offer. This small Mediterranean island has exchanged hands countless of times, from the Romans and the Moors to the French, British and of course the Spanish, each has left its mark on the landscape and the culture. Even more ancient are the strange T-shaped rock constructions reminiscent of Stonehenge together with other stone-age burial mounds, villages and places of worship, the amateur historian in you will no doubt find something amazing.
Menorca holidays remain extremely popular for package holidays, Menorca holidays depart from a wide range of UK airports including London Gatwick and Manchester. There is just one airport in Menorca (Mahon Airport) located for convenient access to all the resorts. As well as package holidays to Menorca, Olympic Holidays has great range of cheap flights to Menorca.
Holidays in Menorca - Things to see
The strange and mysterious prehistoric Stone Taulas: Holidays to Menorca would be incomplete without visiting the world renowned Taulas, these T shaped stone monuments set in a horseshoe shaped precinct and found only in Menorca have always defied rational explanation. There are many theories but studies point to them being a sort of stellar observation centre precisely aligned with the Southern Cross in their day.
The Cave of Es Mussol containing: In recent years several caves containing very interesting archaeological remains have been discovered that date back to 1200BC, the earliest dated remains found in Europe. The wooden faces have been dated 1200BC and were found in the cave of Es Mussol which would have been used as a sanctuary by people more closely related to the Celts than the Mediterranean.
Mahon, the capital of Menorca: During your holiday to Menorca why not visit the fascinating town of Menorca in the middle of the east coast of the island, 3 miles north of Es Castell and 2 miles from Mahon airport. The town sits on cliffs above an exceptionally long and deep natural harbour and is surrounded by beautiful farmland. Mahon has an attractive-looking centre whose history has bequeathed an intriguing mix of architectural styles. There are many interesting attractions including the gin distillery, the hippodrome, a small museum, the Church of Santa Maria with its vast church organ, and the prehistoric remains of Trepuco. The south of Mahon runs into the Menorca resort of Es Castell with its charmingly atmospheric harbour at Calas Fons.
Things to do on a Holiday in Menorca
Holidays to the Balearic Islands continue to be popular because of the wonderful beaches, coupled with glorious summer climate making it a haven for watersports. As you'd imagine there are huge amount of other activities on offer.
Waterparks: Ideal for families taking holidays in the Balearic islands, each of the islands have their own water parks, these include Aquapark, Hidropark and Aquacity on Majorca; Aguamar and Agualandia on Ibiza and Aqua Center and AquaRock Menorca on Menorca. All the waterparks are family friendly with plenty of facilities for the entire family. These include playgrounds, restaurants, funfairs, Jacuzzis, and pools with wild slides to keep the children occupied.
Watersports: There are also pedal boats available for rent. Most beaches and resorts on all the islands rent out banana boats, canoes, pedalos, water-skis and jet-skis. For the adventurous at heart, there are abundant windsurfing, para-sailing and surfing equipment for rent at the main beaches. And if you're still learning, you can always find expert instructors or schools that teach windsurfing, para-sailing and surfing on the main beaches in the island.
Visitors can not only enjoy the magnificent beaches in the Balearic Islands, but also a wide range of leisure centres, nature parks that showcase fauna and waterfowl, impressive natural caves, manor homes, world-famous archaeological remains and more. An array of cultural and entertainment activities to suit the most varied tastes. A myriad of alternatives also exist for nightlife. Restaurants and clubs for late night abound in the Balearic Islands.
Eating/Drinking During Menorca Holidays
During your Balearic Islands holidays you will be able to discover the wonders of Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine, sharing many dishes with the Catalan and Valencia people. Traditional Balearic cuisine is rich in vegetables, cereal, legumes and healthy because of its low fat content. The islands' position in the Mediterranean means that seafood is very popular with succulent dishes such as Caldereta (Lobster stew), Arros de peix (rice cooked in a fish broth with fish pieces) and baked fish.
As well as the traditional cuisine many resorts have restaurants and cafes serving more familiar British favourites. Many resorts also have restaurants serving international cuisine including Chinese and Indian.
Getting Around on Menorca Holidays
Getting around whilst on your holidays to the Balearic Islands is extremely easy and convenient, like many Spanish holiday destinations the transport is cheap and reliable. Taxis are a relatively inexpensive way of getting around, Buses are significantly cheaper and are a really good way of seeing more of the islands. For ultimate flexibility car hire is recommended as the best way of getting around and allows you to really explore the less visited parts of island that you are staying on where public transport may not reach.
Menorca Holidays Shopping
The Balearic Islands have a strong tradition of craftsmanship. This means great buys from embroidery, hand painted ceramics, glassware, items made from raffia and palm leaves, handmade shoes, the famous pearls and other costume jewellery from Majorca. Something for everyone!
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