Menorca, sometimes spelled Minorca, is the second largest Balearic island after Mallorca. What Formentera is to Ibiza is what Menorca is to Mallorca: the smaller, more low key version of its larger brother next door. So while Mallorca may be the loud place that mostly attracts northern European package tourists, Menorca is an altogether quieter affair. And we honestly quite fancy that.
The seaside scenery here - often rocky but then suddenly interrupted by a beach of blistering white sand - is some of the most gorgeous found anywhere in this part of the world, so that can't really be the reason for the crowds to stay away. Instead, with Menorca having been a UNESCO listed Biosphere Reserve since the mid 1990s, it seems that the government has actively sought to differentiate itself from the other islands, and with great success.
Make your way around the island by car, scooter or bike and you will find quiet beaches with turquoise waters and not a person in sight. Make your way to towns like Mahon (Maó, Menorca's capital) or Ciutadella de Menorca however and you will find the beaches to generally be more orderly and crowded. Which is fine, as when you head to a place like Mahon you are probably on your way to either explore the lovely port and grab a bite or drink at one of the portside restaurants, or to check out the Georgian-era architecture and a museum or two.
In the interior, you have prehistoric remnants like the Naveta d'es Tudons (dating back to 1000 BC) or fortresses like La Mola to check out, while those looking for a more challenging hike can head up Monte Toro for some nice views over this mostly fairly flat island. Hiking along the stunning coastal scenery is not a punishment either, and what could be better than finding an empty beach at the end of your trek? [Review by travelindicator]
- Menorca is a region in Spain. It is situated at an altitude of 240ft and the best airport to fly into is MAH (Mahon, Menorca)
- The main spoken language here is Catalan / Spanish, and the average English skill is intermediate
- The currency used in Spain is the Euro (EUR)
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More Menorca travel resources
At Menorca Live you will find a top ten list that has some nice photos along with it. About.com covers Menorca through a number of articles while the best beaches in Menorca are described here. Lonely Planet always joins the party, as does Wikipedia and Wikitravel. Finally, a list of things to see can also be found on My Menorca.
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