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    Menorca, Balearics: where it is, when to go and what to see

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    Martí Micolau
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    Second largest island of the Balearics, Menorca is the suitable place for those looking for a relaxing holiday, silence and calm. Immersed in a sea of ​​turquoise waters, with more than 80 beaches and coves, some of which are still unspoiled, Menorca is certainly the most fascinating island of the Balearics, and far from mass tourism. But, the natural beauties are not the only strong point of the island, which can also count on other characteristics, such as good food, historical beauties and the charm of the elegant architecture of its main cities.



    Index

    1. Travel informed: useful information
    2. Where it is
    3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
    4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
    5. What to do in Menorca: excursions and tours
    6. How much does a holiday in Menorca cost? Prices, offers and advice
    7. User questions and comments
    8. Request a personalized quote

    Travel informed: useful information

    • Inhabitants: 86 697
    • Main Center: Mahon
    • Languages: Catalan and Castilian
    • Local currency: EUR
    • Weather: Mediterranean, with mild and relatively rainy winters, and hot and sunny summers. The average temperature ranges from 11 ° C in January and February to 25 ° C in August.
    • vaccinations: no vaccination required
    • Entry requirements: Italian citizens and citizens of EU countries do not have to apply for any entry visa, just have a valid identity card for expatriation or a passport.
    • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

      Where it is


      Menorca is an island of Spain, the second largest in the archipelago of the Balearic Islands, and is located in the Mediterranean Sea east of Mallorca.



      How to reach us

      • From the main European capitals: Non-stop summer flights to Menorca depart from 67 cities, including all major European capitals. The airlines serving this route are the same as those listed above.

      When to go? Info on climate and best time

      • Weather: Mediterranean, with mild and relatively rainy winters, and hot and sunny summers. Winter runs from December to February, and is characterized by mild temperatures, with sunny days but also periods of rain and wind. It is never very cold, although temperatures can drop to 10 °, and the days can be windy. Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot and sunny, with rare thunderstorms. Sultry heat waves in July and August, with highs around 35/38 degrees, cannot be excluded.
      • Best time: for beach life, the period from June to mid-September is ideal. April and May are suitable for excursions due to the mild climate. The cheapest and at the same time enjoyable months are May and September.
      • Period to avoid: generally in the winter season
      • Advice: Menorca is a windy island, so it is good to bring a scarf with you in any season. Natural fiber summer clothes, sun hat, sunscreen, comfortable hiking shoes, snorkeling gear. In winter, summer clothes, a sweatshirt for the evening, an umbrella for rain, comfortable shoes for excursions.

      10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

      1. Albufera des Grau Natural Park: vast natural lagoon, which includes five islets. The park contains two wetlands, very long stretches of unspoiled beach, the islet of d'en Colom and several farms, where traditional agriculture is practiced
      2. Mahon: city most visited by tourists, given its proximity to the island's only airport, Mahon is located in the south of the island, and develops around the largest natural harbor in the entire Mediterranean. Quiet by day and lively by night, the city enjoys many cultural attractions, including a colonial-style historic center, museums, shops and much more.
      3. Monte Toro: highest point of Menorca, located halfway between Ciutacella and Mahon, houses the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro, an ancient Augustian monastery, the religious heart of the island and a pilgrimage destination
      4. Es Mercadal: town located at the foot of Monte del Toro, is considered by many to be an obligatory stop for those who want to discover the history of Menorca. Built according to the criteria of traditional folk architecture during the th century, the village is perfect for lovers of nature, walking and cycling.
      5. Fornells: typical fishing village, overlooking one of the most beautiful bays on the north coast of Menorca. To attract tourists to this area are not only the natural beauties of the place, but also the possibility of practicing water sports and the particular houses of the village, all built in white lime.
      6. Ciutadella: second most important city of Menorca and center of the lively nightlife, Ciutadella is a place not to be missed, for those who want to spend their holiday in the name of culture, history, but also lots of fun. Located in the north of the island, Ciutadella has in fact earned the reputation of a city with two souls: an ancient one, made up of Baroque and Gothic buildings, and a more modern one.
      7. It's Castell: location with a military character, famous for the museum inaugurated on the occasion of the bicentenary of the conquest of Menorca by Spain. In addition, Es Castell are famous for the markets, which every Monday wind their way through the streets of the center, where it is possible to admire the works of the master craftsmen. Obviously there is no shortage of night clubs, and various forms of tourist entertainment.
      8. Alaior: located between Mahon and Ciutadella, Alaior is the third most important city on the island, where history and modernity blend perfectly. Although it has no access to the sea, the town still benefits from a beach, Son Bou, where the remains of the Paleochristian Basilica, the prehistoric Torre d'en Galmés and Ses Roques Llises, the oldest megalithic construction on the island are located. .
      9. Binibeca Vell: tourist complex recreated on the features of a Mediterranean fishing village. A pretty village, made of white houses, narrow alleys, small bars and lots of silence, overlooking a small port.
      10. The beach of Binebeca: of a rocky nature and with a characteristic U shape, the beach has some of the most beautiful sandy bottoms for snorkelling and diving. The fact that you have to go along a narrow, inaccessible road to reach it means that the area is not very popular with both tourists and locals.

      What to do in Menorca: excursions and tours

      How much does a holiday in Menorca cost? Prices, offers and advice

      Average prices for accommodation range from € 32,00 for a hostel to € 54,00 for a 1-star hotel: what makes the difference is also the period in which you decide to stay. As for meals, on the other hand, two people, in a middle-class restaurant, for a three-course menu send around € 30,00: the price drops to € 10,00 in an inexpensive restaurant. The Italian driving license is valid on the island and, for the rental of a car, you can spend from € 15,00 to € 21,00. The cost can go up further depending on the characteristics of the car and the period.



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