In the Balearic archipelago - the autonomous community of Spain - Minorca/Menorca, the "nature" island, invites you to take your time and enjoy the landscape. With 216 km of coastline alternating cliffs, coves amidst pines and blond sandy beaches, you have varied views of the beautiful blue sea and the possibility of swimming, sailing, diving, canoeing... Here, fewer large tourist complexes than in Mallorca. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993, the island remains a haven of peace where you can meditate and recharge your batteries. When you are well rested and have enjoyed the sea, you can go for a bike ride or a walk. The natural park of s'Albufera d'Es Grau is a delight. You will also appreciate the old town of Ciutadella, the prehistoric remains of the Naveta dels Tudons or the small fishing villages. You will have to follow the tour of religious buildings and museums, see the moving Medical-Biological Collection of the Illa del Rei Hospital (King's Island), in the port of Maó, and the Municipal Museum of History and Archaeology of Ciutadella or the Minorca Museum and its archaeological collections in the former Franciscan convent of Maó. In the former military barracks of Es Mercadal, you will discover the Minorca Craft Centre and local know-how. And then there is the gourmet itinerary divided into four sections: the Wine Route, the Cheese Route, the Traditional Recipes Route and the Sea Gastronomy Route. Excellent menu!

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When to go to Minorca?

The tourist seasons (temporadas) are thus divided: temporada baja, low season, from mid-October to May, during which many hotels and restaurants are closed; temporada media, mid-season, from mid-May to late June and September; temporada alta : high season, in July and August, and during Semana Santa, temporada extra, very high season from 15 July to 15 August, it is obviously the most expensive period. Between October and March, most hotels and restaurants in seaside resorts are closed. The authenticity of the small ports and villages and small inland cities remains. The ideal time to stay is in June or September, when the summer crowd is absent and the climate is particularly pleasant. From July 15 to the end of August, prices skyrocketed and the crowds were at their peak. Be careful, in Menorca, on the occasion of the Sant Joan celebrations (23 June), most establishments are sold out. Anticipate well in advance, a stay at this time. You can also have an appointment, all year round, with the most beautiful day of your life on this island. Some service providers offer to organize your wedding on the island while enjoying a dream setting!

How to go to Minorca? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Like Mallorca, Menorca is a destination that is widely offered as part of an organised tour. If you are not afraid of the community, this is an ideal and advantageous solution. No problem, the beach every day and organized excursions for you. The hotel services are of high quality and you always have the possibility to isolate yourself from time to time. In addition to seaside trips, some specialised professionals offer elitist trips to discover biodiversity or sports trips.

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There are no contraindications to organize your individual stay on the island of Menorca. And if you rent a car you can go looking for remote accommodation or a small lost restaurant and get away from the most tourist sites while having the possibility to connect major points of interest while avoiding peak hours.

The maximum distance between two points is 47 km, between Ciutadella and Maó. The ideal if you don't want to miss anything and explore the island at your own pace is to rent a car. The formula is well established in Menorca and the quality road network. You can also rent a motorized two-wheeler for the short distances you will have to cover. Finally, for athletes, cycling is a very possible solution.

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Transportation
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  • Sea crossing
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  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
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  • Tailor-made trip
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When to travel?

The tourist seasons (temporadas) are thus divided: temporada baja, low season, from mid-October to May...
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Weather forecast

Mild in winter, warm in summer, the climate of the Balearic Islands, and therefore of Menorca, is typically Mediterr...
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Budget

The currency is the Balearic Islands' currency and the euro. All credit cards work. Checks are rarely accepted. Visi...
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Formalities

As Spain is in the European Community, a valid identity card is sufficient to stay in the Balearics. However, you sh...
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Health

No malaria or dengue fever in the Balearics. But still mosquitoes so plan ahead to protect yourself. On the beach, p...
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How to travel by yourself?

There are no contraindications to organize your individual stay on the island of Menorca. And if you rent a car you c...
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How to get organized?

Like Mallorca, Menorca is a destination that is widely offered as part of an organised tour. If you are not afraid of...
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Getting around

The maximum distance between two points is 47 km, between Ciutadella and Maó. The ideal if you don't want to miss an...
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