Cheap flights to Menorca (Mahon)
Family-friendly resorts, lush green mountains, secluded coves and undoubtedly Spain’s best beaches; if it’s rest and relaxation you’re after then Menorca is just the ticket. It might not be as famous as its noisier Balearic sisters Majorca and Ibiza, but Menorca packs just as big a punch in the perfect holiday destination stakes. For one thing it has more beaches than the two of them put together. If you like your sand fine, your waters crystal clear and warm and some beautiful deserted coves, bays and rocky inlets, then this is the place for you. Menorca really is beach heaven! Tempted yet? Well you will be when we tell you that the island has also remained relatively untouched by tourism despite tempting thousands of visitors back year after year. You don’t get any neon lit high-rises here.
Menorca is a slice of traditional Spain at its best and once you’ve veered away from those beaches, if you can, you’ll find another world completely. One of small hillside villages and rolling countryside complete with smatterings of ancient Talayotic and Roman ruins – perfect walking country, if you’re up for it. Or how about visiting the dunes and wetlands of the UNESCO bioreserve of S’Albufera d’Es Grau that stretches 8 kilometres along Menorca’s east coast?
In summer the best shopping is done under the stars. Menorca's towns and villages host regular craft markets, with one taking place almost every night of the week. Head to Ciutadella on Mondays, Es Migjorn on Tuesdays, Alaior on Wednesdays, Es Mercadal on Thursdays, and Ferreries or Mahón on Fridays. There's usually live music, too.
Menorca's salt industry was abandoned 30 years ago, but there are plans to revive production of the finest flor de sal at Ses Salines, in the bay of Fornells. See the salt pans for yourself, at Ses Salines or Addaia.
It's fiesta season again in Menorca, when locals take to the streets, armed with a glass of gin and lemonade, to celebrate in the name of their village's patron saint. It really is an open-air party for all. There are fairgrounds and fireworks to keep children happy, live music and dancing under the stars, and elegant Menorcan horses strutting their stuff to complete the picture.