The small town of San Luis, Menorca, seems to have ignored the passage of time since it’s creation by the French in 1756. The whitewashed villas, topped by red tiled roofs, are as beautiful and impressive now as they ever were, and their fantastic setting, between a glorious sand beach and the deep greens of lush countryside in South East Menorca makes the village an absolute delight to investigate, whether you are travelling with your family or for a romantic getaway in the sun.
San Luis is a fantastically laid back town, and wandering slowly through the whitewashed, shop lined streets is a genuine treat. There is a fantastic range of little shops, from traditional craft shops to delightful cafes serving unbelievable refreshing ice-creams. There are also a fantastic range of bars for your evening entertainment, but these are not filled with hedonistic tourists, as San Luis is still wonderfully ignored by the strains of mass tourism.
The beach of San Luis is a magnificent place to spend the day. Protected from the frequent winds by the Isla del Aire just off-shore and covered in fine golden sand, you can easily spend the day relaxing in the sun. Swimming in the sea is wonderfully refreshing, and there are plenty of opportunities for sailing, windsurfing and deep sea fishing excursions.
The annual San Luis Equine Fiesta in August is a huge attraction, drawing people to self catering San Luis accommodation from across the Balearic Islands and further afield. The main spectacle of the Equine Fiesta is the jaleo, one of the most impressive displays of horsemanship, skill and bravery in the equestrian calendar. Riders compete for a range of titles, and the event is finished of with a large, open air concert and an evening of festivities, well worth joining if you have managed to secure a San Luis villa for the week.
The bustling capital of Menorca, Mahon, is just 5km from a holiday rental property in San Luis. Mahon offers a vast range of entertainment, from the cosmopolitan shopping streets to the bustling sporting marina, wonderful markets to the awe-inspiring historical buildings of the original town centre. There is always something going on in Mahon, and if you can afford even one afternoon away from the beaches and unspoilt surroundings of your San Luis accommodation, a trip to Mahon is well worth the effort.
The summer seems almost impossibly long in San Luis, Menorca. From early May right through until late September sees almost every day marked with peak temperatures above the 30˚C mark, with temperatures in July and August often reaching up towards 40˚C. However, the reliable winds that make windsurfing and sailing so popular from a San Luis holiday rental also keep the air fresh and cool.
Mahon’s Aeropuerto de Menorca (MAH) lies just 9km from a holiday rental villa in San Luis. There are many cheap flights to Menorca arriving from British airports on a daily basis, especially during the summer, and from the airport, both fixed price taxis and hire cars are readily available.