Menorca (the smaller island) has always been the quiet and less exuberant Balearic Island. Unlike the perpetual party atmosphere of over-the-top Mallorca and electric Ibiza, Menorca cultivates a family-friendly and laid-back attitude. Characterised by quiet resorts, pristine and secluded beaches, quaint and authentic villages and large stretches of protected and undeveloped land, Menorca is the perfect destination for a relaxed and peaceful holiday. This and many more cheap holidays can be booked for example on  Holidayhypermarket.

Two boys jumping & diving. Dos chicos saltando al agua.

Two boys jumping & diving, MenorcaXosé Castro 

Mahon and Ciutadella

Mahon (Mao in Catalan) and Ciutadella are the two largest towns on Menorca and both are well worth exploring.

Mahon has been the capital of Menorca since 1721, when the British moved the seat of power to the town to take advantage of the 5 kilometre long deep harbour. The town has a more “English” feel, reflecting the time in the 18th century when the island was a British possession. Mahon retains a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere, with plenty of sights and attractions to keep the holiday goer busy during the day while the town comes alive after sunset as the island’s centre of nightlife.

Ciutadella is a wonderful old town that was founded by the Carthaginians in the first millennium B.C. The name means “citadel,” and it is the second largest town on the island after Mahon. Ciutadella is regarded as the most beautiful town on Menorca and was declared a national monument by the Spanish government. The old town is a maze of narrow streets, arcades and plazas that wrap around the small and picturesque harbour. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops, but probably the best thing about Ciutadella is just exploring a place that looks like it sprang from the pages of an old fairy tale.

Prehistoric Menorca

Menorca has been called the largest open-air museum in the Mediterranean. The island is littered with over 2,000 stone monuments, some dating back over 4,000 years. These ancient monuments consist of stone tombs called Navetes, imposing mounds of stone called talaiots and impressive T-shaped standing stones called Tuales. For anyone interested in the deep history of the region, the megaliths of Menorca are a must-see. Most ancient sites are free to visit, but some of the larger sites charge a nominal fee for entry.

The Highest Point.

A visit to Monte Toro, the highest point on Menorca, is the best way to take in the spectacular panorama of this idyllic isle. Located near the pretty little town of Es Mercadal, Monte Toro is crowned by a Franciscan sanctuary. There’s no better view on the island.