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Minorca has long been considered the thinking person's Balearic Isle. With its glistening inlets and turquoise waters, its dramatic slate-hued cliffs and wide bays, it's forever content to sit outside of the limelight. Yes, a few pulsing resort towns do spring up on the coast, but they're quickly balanced out by evocative Bronze Age relics and empty hinterlands blanketed in wildflowers and vineyards. The main town, Ciutadella, is an enchanting web of lanes that melds honey-coloured churches and cobbled plazas. Then there's Mahon, on the east coast, imbued with colonial forts and enticing cheese shops. Bag your Minorca holiday letting today to secure your own pad on this sunny, intriguing speck in the Med.

History

Enthralling history on Minorca

Great megalithic monuments stud the countryside of Minorca, belying a deep and intriguing history that goes back millennia. Jump in the car and drive out to the haunting Naveta d'Es Tudons, just outside of Ciutadella. Its stone construction is thought to be an ancient burial monument, dating all the way to 1,200 BC. The Romans also left their mark on Minorca. You can see the remains of one of their port cities at Sanisera – it's quite off-the-beaten-track, up on the rugged north coast. Then there's the palpable historical relics of Mahon. The formidable Fortaleza de Isabel II was built to protect one of the largest natural harbours in the Med, and contains barracks dating from the years of English colonisation.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Menorca

Are you searching for attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Menorca a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Son Martorellet (4 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Golf Son Parc (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Centre Zoologic Lloc De Menorca (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Aquarock Waterpark (13.2 mi / 21.2 km)
  • Aqua Center (14.7 mi / 23.7 km)
Outdoor activities

Exploring the Minorcan outdoors

Adventure beckons in the wilder and untouched Balearic island of Minorca. There are glimmering yachts aplenty bobbing in the marina of Es Castell, just waiting for budding sailors to pull the anchor and launch an odyssey around the rugged coastline. Other pursuits can take you under the sea. Minorca is known for its crystal-clear waters and abundance of marine life. Scuba outfitters are plentiful, but just snorkelling in coves like Calo Blanc and Macarella can reveal rocky reefs and rare sea turtles. Then there's the hiking. Those with a Minorca holiday cottage booked in Es Grau can look forward to stunning cliff walks through pine forests. Those close to the Cape Favaritx can enjoy treks to the rocky coastline, with its lighthouse standing watch over the peaceful, empty coastal inlets below.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Menorca

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, August, July, September and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 27°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Menorca

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Menorca is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Monte Toro (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Santo Tomas Beach (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Beach of Binigaus (3.9 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Son Bou Beach (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Cala Escorxada (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Cala Fustam (4.6 mi / 7.5 km)
Beaches

The finest beaches and sands near Minorca holiday homes

  • Cala Macarelleta is a picture postcard-worthy inlet with cotton-white sand and see-through turquoise water
  • The calm waters of Platges Son Saura make it a favourite choice for families and swimmers
  • Boulder-studded Cala Mesquida is a wild and rugged place with amazing cliff walks
  • The snorkelling crowd will love Calo Blanc – just don't expect any sandy sunbathing spots
  • Adventurers can hike the pine groves to secluded Cala Escorxada
How to get there

Transport to and around Menorca

Fly into Mahon (MAH-Minorca), the closest airport, located 10.3 mi (16.6 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Ways to navigate the island of Minorca

There's no question that a car rental on Minorca offers the most freedom of all. Not only will you be able to cruise out of the main towns and discover hidden coves and inlets all around the shore, but you could also pick Minorca villa rentals that are isolated out in the countryside for an extra taste of seclusion. You can pick up vehicle hires in the main airport south of Mahón, in the capital itself and in a whole host of smaller resorts. Unlike its nearby brother of Majorca, Minorca has no rail network. However, there are affordable buses run by TMSA, linking many small towns and popular spots like Ciutedella, Cala Galdarna and Mahón.

Restaurants and bars

Where to find great restaurants on Minorca

  • The food markets of Mahon are a great place to track down aged Minorcan cheeses and spicy sobrassada sausages
  • Ciutadella's rabbit warren of an old town is a great place to get stuck into traditional Spanish tapas
  • Mahon's huge harbour area is known for its uber-fresh seafood restaurants
  • The rustic countryside villages have traditional Balearic taverns that serve local wines and regional produce
  • International flavours – sushi, pizza – are normal in the eclectic restaurants of resorts like Cala Blanca
Essential info

Travel facts about Minorca

  • Minorca is the westernmost island in the Balearic chain
  • The currency in Minorca is the euro (EUR)
  • People in Minorca drive on the right-hand side of the road
  • Minorca has a population of just under 95,000
  • Pack plenty of sun cream if you're visiting Minorca villa rentals in the summer

Where to stay around Menorca?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,186 holiday lettings near Menorca. From 1,378 Villas to 238 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Menorca is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Menorca?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Menorca. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Majorca Island: 14,813 holiday homes
  • Son Parc: 803 holiday homes
  • Ciutadella de Menorca: 1,236 holiday homes
  • Calan Porter: 1,113 holiday homes
  • Binibeca: 720 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Menorca! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Menorca?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Menorca with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Son Parc: 803 holiday lettings
  • Ciutadella de Menorca: 1,236 holiday lettings
  • Calan Porter: 1,113 holiday lettings
  • Binibeca: 720 holiday lettings
  • Cala Galdana: 1,097 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Menorca?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Menorca. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Son Bou Beach: 2,186 holiday rentals
  • Cap d'Artrutx Lighthouse: 1,407 holiday rentals
  • Son Xoriguer: 1,562 holiday rentals
  • Port Fornells: 2,185 holiday rentals
  • Mahon Harbour: 1,510 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Menorca listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Menorca

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Calan Porter
1,113 holiday rentals
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720 holiday rentals
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Son Bou
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Cala en Bosc
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Es Castell
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Alaior
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Arenal d'en Castell
390 holiday rentals
Punta Prima
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Sant Lluís
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Santo Tomas
776 holiday rentals
Cala Blanca
808 holiday rentals
Es Mercadal
1,237 holiday rentals
S'Algar
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Port d'Addaia
774 holiday rentals
Es Grau
936 holiday rentals