Menorca is the most laidback of the Balearic Islands. In contrast to Ibiza and Majorca, it is a gentler place, with a slower pace of life. It is more unspoiled, and has been practising sustainable tourism for a long time - decades before it became as popular as it is today. Many hotels and restaurants on the island are family run and have been for generations. The coastal resorts are low-key, while inland numerous whitewashed villages nestle sleepily between thousands of miles of ancient dry stone walls.
Hotels in Menorca can cater for every kind of visitor to the island. There are family hotels in Menorca, which welcome younger guests with open arms, while beach hotels in Menorca are ideal for holidaymakers who want to spend their days by the sea and dine by night to the sounds of the shore. The island’s tranquil vibe and relaxed lifestyle creates the perfect environment for a romantic break for two or a week or more in the sun with small children.
Menorca’s beaches are among the Med’s best, with coves and bays of white or gold sands lapped by warm turquoise water. Son Bou is particularly popular with families and boasts the biggest stretch of sand on the island. Even in the bigger resorts like Punta Prima, Cala’n Bosch, Cala’n Forcat and Santo Tomas, the way of life is all about low-rise hotels and unwinding on the beach or by the pool, between delicious meals served in family-owned, fairy-lit eateries.
Away from the coast, Menorca’s gently rolling landscapes are perfect for walkers, cyclists and those who like getting out on horseback, without any steep mountainous inclines that characterise the interiors of other Mediterranean islands. As for water sports, there’s lots of choice. Visitors can partake in snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding and, of course, swimming.
Menorcan food ranges from simply served fish and seafood from the Mediterranean to Spanish favourites such as paella, tortilla and tapas dishes. Caldereta de Langosta is an island speciality, and consists of lobster cooked in a rich broth. The more family-friendly hotels will supply international dishes as well as Spanish and Menorcan cuisine, ensuring the kids are happy diners too.
Perhaps surprisingly, Menorca is somewhere you can see some imposing megalithic structures, as the remains of Talayotic settlements are scattered across the Menorcan landscape. Elsewhere, visiting a gin distillery and shopping for locally made, fine leather shoes are among the highlights.
If Menorca’s laidback vibe appeals to you, why not have a look at the hotels in Menorca, Spain we offer?