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Menorca - An idyllic island beauty

Menorca is the most family-oriented, picturesque and tranquil of the Balearic Islands. Beaches on the island are glorious - from spectacular, silver-sanded, gently curving bays to rocky inlets with pine tree settings. Larger, low-rise resorts can be found on the pretty south coast, while, in between, its green and hilly rural interior remains largely untouched. A sprinkling of beautiful buildings, attractive villages and mysterious prehistoric sites all combine to make Menorca simply sparkle with calm and charm.

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Binibeca

The resort of Binibeca stretches from Cala Torret, with a selection of restaurants, and S’Atalaya in the east, to Binibeca Vell, the famous fishing village in the west. At Binibeca Nou you’ll find a gorgeous, dune-backed sandy beach with a relaxing beach bar, a small restaurant and sunbeds perfect for an afternoon snooze. The next bay at Binisafau is popular for swimming and snorkelling. Binibeca Vell has a selection of shops, restaurants and bars – some traditional and others more aimed at holidaymakers. The train to Punta Prima is a popular outing, as well as taking a car trip along the coastal road.

  • 20mins fromMahon

Cala en Bosch

Cala en Bosch, on the west coast of the island, offers a wide range of entertainment for all the family to enjoy. This is the perfect place to take a trip on a glass bottom boat or visit a water park. A variety of fishing expeditions and outings to remote little coves are available, and you’ll find a beach ideal for bathing. Around the marina, an enormous selection of bars and restaurants offer every type of cuisine - from fast food to tapas and good quality seafood. Most of our villas are a 15 minute walk from the main facilities at Cala en Bosch. For those seeking city life, a short drive away is Ciutadella, the island’s pretty harbour town.

  • 1hr 30mins fromMahon

Torre Soli

Set on a hill above the Son Bou resort, you’ll find spectacular views of the sea and surrounding countryside at Torre Soli. This popular holiday destination is famed for its natural beauty, peaceful setting and relaxed atmosphere. A 10 minute walk down the hill brings you to Son Bou and its wider selection of amenities.

  • 30mins fromMahon

Arenal d'en Castell

This popular resort on the north coast of the island is set within a beautiful horseshoe-shaped sandy bay, overlooked by lush pine trees. Most of our villas overlook the stunning bay and are just a short walk from the beach. You’ll find restaurants and bars built up on the rocks to the rear of the beach and a road train that takes you to the resort centre with its wider selection of amenities.

  • 30mins fromMahon

Cala en Porter

One of the largest and oldest resorts on the island, Cala en Porter has a beautiful beach, protected by large, surrounding cliffs. On one side of the resort, the limestone cliffs are home to seabirds, while on the other, villas are scattered across the hillside. Down at beach level, you’ll find a further selection of bars and restaurants that are always popular with visitors.

  • 15mins fromMahon

Cala Blanca

The laid-back resort of Cala Blanca is based around a small, pretty cove and golden sand beach – surrounded by pine trees. The beach boasts fine sand and crystal clear water, perfect for bathing, with several restaurants and bars and low-key evening entertainment overlooking the bay. Our villas are set in a quiet residential area of the resort, but the commercial centre is within walking distance, offering a pedestrianised shopping centre. Within Cala Blanca you will find souvenir shops, restaurants and a mini market. The resort is also just a short drive from the historic town of Ciutadella with its picturesque harbour and traditional architecture.

  • 1hr 30mins fromMahon

Son Bou

This traditional, self-contained resort has everything you need for a beach or pool-based holiday. Son Bou is home to Menorca’s longest beach, a stunning stretch of nearly two kilometres of golden sand. Even in peak season you can usually find a quiet spot in the dunes if you explore the lengthy shoreline - some areas here are also designated as naturist. Son Bou also has a good selection of beach bars, shops and restaurants.

  • 30mins fromMahon

Cala Blanes

This popular, fun-packed resort, with its own beach and assortment of leisure activities, is ideal for holidaymakers of all ages. You’ll find that Cala Blanes is geared toward an active holiday in the sun – from small sandy beaches perfect for bathing, to family fun at the resort’s aqua park, bouncy castles and karaoke bars. A short drive away is the popular and historic town of Ciutadella with its picturesque harbour and stunning architecture. The nightlife here is also energetic, offering a wide range of restaurants, discos, live entertainment and bars that stay open until late.

  • 1hr 30mins fromMahon

Punta Prima

With its beautiful, long, white sandy beach, crystal clear waters, and relaxing atmosphere, Punta Prima is the perfect choice for families. Situated on the south eastern tip of the island, this attractive resort offers a good selection of amenities. Located along its beachfront road, you’ll find a mixture of bars and restaurants, as well as a few shops and supermarkets. On the beach, sun beds and parasols are also available for hire. Punta Prima is a short distance from Mahon, with its bustling shopping area and harbour, and is also located close to the airport.

  • 30mins fromMahon

Cala Galdana

One of the prettiest bays in the Mediterranean, Cala Galdana has a gently shelving sandy beach enclosed by a backdrop of pine-clad cliffs - an ideal haven for the many visiting yachts. This popular family resort offers a small selection of shops and supermarkets as well as a choice of restaurants and bars. Evening entertainment is relaxed and mainly based around the resort hotels.

  • 45mins fromMahon

Binidali

The tiny "village" of Binidali is one of several pretty little coastal settlements along the South Eastern coast of Menorca and is just 10 minutes drive, via next door Bini Safua, from the laid back and popular resort of Binibeca. There is a beautiful, secluded cove beach and a chic bar café serving drinks, snacks and ice creams.

  • 15mins fromMahon

Cala Llonga

Situated on the north shore of Mahón Harbour, Cala Llonga is one of Mahón’s most prestigious urbanization, where you can enjoy magnificent views and stunning sunsets. Cala Llonga is laced with winding lanes, lined with elegant villas, just a 10 minute drive from Mahon itself. The marina and port area is a two-mile strip where you can enjoy a variety of restaurants and bars, whilst you admire the local fishing boats and millionaire’s yachts! Mahon’s city centre also has streets lined with stylish shops, designer outlets, historic buildings and charismatic churches – and why not visit the main town square (Esplanada), which hosts a market on a Tuesday and Saturday, that includes a play area for children.

  • 20mins fromMahon

Mahon

The capital of Menorca is a bustling and beautiful port town. Relaxing by day, Mahon comes alive in the evening where you can sit down by the pretty waterfront absorbing the atmosphere of the restaurants and admiring the view. Stroll along the harbour, or around the beautiful Plaça Esplanada, and you will notice the impressive buildings which offer a glimpse of Mahon’s rich and varied history. The town is famous for one of the largest natural harbours in the world, and also for being the birthplace of Mayonnaise – which takes its name from ‘Mahon’. Don’t forget to visit the Mahon gin distillery located by the port, to sample the island’s other well-known produce. Here you can find out more about the distilling process, or purchase one of the unusually-shaped bottles of gin as the perfect souvenir of the island.

  • 15mins fromMahon

Sant Luis

San Luis is the administrative town just inland, and responsible for, the resorts of Binibeca and Punta Prima. There are numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés in the main street and two large supermarkets on the outskirts. There are several banks with cash points, chemists and take away pizzerias and local grocers as well as a petrol station at the entrance to town.The town also has a hippodrome where the popular Menorcan sport of Trotting takes place. The beaches of Binisafuller, Binibeca and Biniancolla are short drives away with Punta Prima also within easy reach.

  • 12mins fromMahon

Santo Tomas

Santo Tomas sits in-between Ciutadella and Mahon so you are perfectly placed to take day trips to both and enjoy all of the attractions on offer. It’s a great option for those looking to book a family holiday as the resort boasts a beautiful white sandy beach and clear shallow waters ideal for children. There are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants on offer, plus a few supermarkets to pick up groceries and for those that enjoy some nightlife, you can find entertainment in most of the local hotels. Take a stroll along the beach promenade that stretches the whole length of the beach and resort and admire a sunset. Santo Tomas is fairly easy to reach through the picturesque countryside and you will pass through the typical Menorcian town of Es Migjorn with its meander of cobbled streets, churches and a good tapas bars as well as a great night market on Tuesdays during the summer. Son Bou is also not far away to visit Menorca's longest sandy beach and there is more choice for evening entertainment here too.

  • 30mins fromMahon

Your Menorca Villa holiday

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Fun-packed days in Menorca

Activities are plentiful in Menorca and include watersports, sailing, yachting, golf and tennis. Scuba diving centres can be found in the main resorts, while horse riding ranches are also located in the larger, town areas.

If you want to escape from sunbathing on the beach, the island has an array of natural caves on the south coast near Cala en Porter. From the larger resorts, you can take a boat trip and explore the island by sea, while those interested in nature can visit the wildlife reserves found in the wetlands.

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On the beach in Menorca

Menorca has beach resorts for all the family - some crowded for those who like it busy, and some off the beaten track for peace and tranquillity.

Undoubtedly the island’s biggest attraction, there are over 100 beaches to choose from. Some of the most popular and developed beaches are found on the southern coastline. Many have shallow waters and gently sloping sands which are ideal for children. While in the north, you’re more likely to stumble across picturesque horseshoe bays, coastal views and rugged, beautiful scenery.

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Hints of history in Menorca

With strong British links dating back to the times of Nelson, Menorca’s wealth of archaeological remains and ancient sites will delight lovers of history.

Alongside a gothic church, maze and fortress, traces of the island’s colourful past and original inhabitants can be found everywhere. Monuments, Neolithic towns, prehistoric remains and megalithic ruins are in abundance - most of which have been left undisturbed. Bronze Age stone towers and ‘taulas’ - huge stone tablets placed in the shape of a T – are also a unique feature of the area.

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Retail therapy in Menorca

Arguably the best buy in Menorca is leather goods - from footwear, in particular locally manufactured sandals known as 'Abarcas', to bags and jackets. Jewellery is a Menorcan speciality, alongside locally produced pottery and cheeses made in the Quesos Coinga factory. Small, local markets sell traditional arts and crafts, as well as fresh produce.

In Mahon, Menorca’s pretty harbourside capital, you can see the famous 18th-Century Xoriguer Gin Distillery and its enormous copper stills in action before sampling the 100 different types of gin on offer.

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Not to be missed...

  • Take a boat trip round the world’s second deepest natural harbour at Maó (Mahon) – to get the best views of the cliff-top houses and learn about its fascinating history.
  • Take a carajillo (coffee with brandy) and a selection of tapas in Plaça des Born, Ciutadella, one of the finest city squares anywhere in Spain.
  • Cool off at a water park – you’ll find them in Cala en Bosch and Cala Blanes.
  • Explore the island’s history – the talaiots, taules and navetes. The Naveta des Tudons, close to Ciutadella is the best preserved of the navetas – boat-shaped, Bronze Age burial chambers.
  • Experience a fiesta, whether its jousting in June in Ciutadella or giants, gin and dancing horses in Maó in September.

    Choose your own catch of the day and sample the fresh lobster in the fishing village of Fornells.

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