Menorca Essentials: Accommodation, Food and Sights
For those who are unfamiliar with this part of Spain, Menorca is part of the Balearic Islands that are located in the Mediterranean Sea. Menorca is quite a small island and this is in stark contrast with the similarly named Majorca which is close by and much larger. Menorca has a reputation of being a laid back and relaxing destination and this is reflected in the locals who are friendly and cheerful.
Menorca has a reputation of being a laid back and relaxing destination and this is reflected in the locals who are friendly and cheerful. Many of the attractions on the island will not be very crowded which for some people is exactly what they are looking for on their holiday. Before you get to Menorca, read this guide for tips on where to stay, eat and what to see.
There are many fantastic places to stay on the island, one such place being the Sant Joan de Binissaida which is a 12 hectare estate which sits on the coast just outside of Mao. This 18th century traditional Menorcan farmhouse consists of 12 rooms with some original Spanish furniture and a restaurant on site which serves some of the best food in Menorca.
Another fine choice would be the Casa Alberti with its salmon pink paint job. You can choose from one of its six rooms for under €100 in this 1740 mansion and it is located on one of Mahon’s oldest and grandest streets.
Port Ciutadella is relatively new compared to the other two hotels. Recently constructed, this four star hotel has contemporary decor and only a few minutes from the town centre. Facilities here include indoor and outdoor swimming pools and air conditioning in the rooms all for a reasonable price of €80.
Restaurant Marivent is located by the harbour and as it is on the first floor you get some great panoramic views below. Head Chef Alejo is renowned for his refined and exquisite cooking making the restaurant a great place to spend your evening. You can find great deals on flights to Menorca at cheapflights.co.uk and save yourself some money on your holiday.
The area of Es Mercadal is well known for its deliciously traditional Menorcan cooking and there are numerous restaurants here that are worth mentioning. Restaurante Las Vegas is a great little bar restaurant combination and is the sister of the upmarket Hostal Jeni which offers a three course daily menu of tasty dishes at a very good price of €10.
Can Bernat d’es Grau has a menu that is focused largely on fish dishes and their specialities do not disappoint. For fish lovers, this is a must.
The island of Menorca is home to over 1,600 megalithic sites so you are not limited in which ones to visit. Amongst the best is the Talati de Dalt near Mao or the Naveta dels Tudons outside of Cuitadella. The ancient limestone quarries are worth a visit as well, especially at sun set as the cathedral like spaces are extremely impressive.
Menorca also has some fine winery’s you can visit and one in particular, Binifadet, offers tours and tastings daily making it a great way to spend the day.