Menorca (or Minorca) was named after the Spanish word 'menor', meaning smaller, so that the name already reveals that Menorca is indeed smaller than its neighboring islands. As so, the majority of holidaymakers flock to the more publicity-prone islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, while Menorca attracts those who want the best of the Balearics without losing themselves in the crowd. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are a draw by themselves but the historic remains of the British occupation, the countryside, and the tranquility of this quieter isle all make for its charm that attracts visitors year by year, and always again.

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Menorca's capital Mahón (or Maó, the Catalan name for Mahón) boasts terrific sights and a colourful history that can both be explored during a boat trip along the harbour for the best views of the quayside and naval base. Do also stroll around, starting at Placa Colona, and lose yourself in a warren of tight alleyways.

Mahón, Menorca
Fort Marlborough

The low-lying Fort Marlborough was built by the British in the 18th century, and in order to conceal it within its surroundings, the entrance is hidden, as a tunnel deep down. Do take a tour through the fort's gloomy tunnels, and prepare yourself for getting interesting insights.

Cala de Sant Esteve, Menorca
Es Nautic Ciutadella

This restaurant serves high-class seafood, and outstanding views over the harbour on top. While this is the best spot in town for trying lobster stew, you will also enjoy its very pleasing atmosphere.

8 Cami de Baix, Ciutadella, Menorca
Es Molí d´es Racó

This restaurant invites you to traditional Minorcan dining experience, in the confines of an old windmill with a very special atmosphere. Specialities include partridge with cabbage and roast suckling pig, so head here for having a proper traditional meal.

53 Calle Major, Es Mercadal, Menorca
S'Avarca de Menorca

You cannot leave the island without buying a pair of avarques, and you will here find both the widest selection and the most unique designs at the oldest factory on the island. Take a look around and you will most probably find the perfect souvenir.

Carrer de ses Moreres 47, Mahón, Menorca
Ca Nu Maru

This bakery is a sweet tooth's paradise as you can here buy traditional Menorcan snacks and pastry for your journey home, and also for enjoying right at the moment. You can also head here for lunch, as they serve great salad with fresh ingredients as well.

Career de Ferreries 11, Alaior, Menorca

Passport / Visa

Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

With its typically Mediterranean climate, and being the most temperate one of the Balearic islands, Menorca can be visited all year long, and due to its refreshing sea breeze, it also never gets too hot during the summer. The average temperature of 25 degrees during the summer season, from June until September, are enriched by 11 hours of sunshine, whereas the winter from November until February can be marked with heavy rainfall. Keep in mind, therefore, that many establishments with outdoor activities can be closed during the colder months, but the islands will nonetheless be lively, and luckily also not as crowded as during the peak season.