Minorca Island Travel Guide

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    Nudist
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    Cala Santa Galdana, Menorca
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    Exploring secluded 'calas'
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Minorca Island Highlights

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    CharmaineG says…

     Great place if you want a quieter serene holiday 

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    davemc1708 says…

     Just getting established. If ur an Ibiza person dont go 

  • In a nutshell
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     Ideal Family Package Holiday Destination 

Minorca Island Things to Do

  • Stone walls and Megaliths

    If Menorca has enough of something, then these are stones. Someone said "we are growing stones here", pointing on a field full of stones. That is also the reason why you here find so many stone walls between the fields – they simply used what is already there. The walls are dry stone walls, built without cement or mortar, and sometimes some plants...

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  • Cova d'en Xoroi

    The Cova d'en Xoroi is an artificial cave in the cliffs, about 25m above the sea. You walk about 100 steps down, and then you are there - at the cave, where you find a disco, with two bars. It's already spectacular in the afternoon, how then must it be at sunset or later! Admission was pretty expensive, but this included a drink (soft drink or...

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  • Binibèquer, the white village

    Binibèquer Vell is a picturesque village at the south-east coast, with white houses and narrow streets. The village belongs to the community St Lluís but actually is a holiday village. It was designed after a fisher village and even has a church steeps but no church! The village is a popular sight - we were brought there with a tour bus, for a...

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Minorca Island Restaurants

  • Stay away from this restaurant.

    Went there on a balmy Monday evening expecting big things.What a huge disappointment.We waited about 40 minutes before we even got a drinks order taking.The waiter was very rude and very much looked like a man that hated his job,we eventually received our food after about 2 hours and to be very honest it was disgusting,a blob of semi cold...

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  • Good Food & Service

    There are so many restaurants in Calan'nBosc,this one was my favorite.The surroundings are Comfortable,but what makes this so special is the service and the good selection of food available.The staff here are always polite and only to pleased to talk to you, and give advice on the meals and the Island.But the overall selection of food is very good...

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  • Seafood!

    Restaurant Cafe Balear, This was the Place were recommended for Paella or Seafood,its very plush and the service is good,However it was missing that personal service that we found at El Pato,but don't be put off it was very good."The Paella" was excellent and with out doubt the best Paella we had had in our two week stay,cooked to perfection,...

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Minorca Island Nightlife

  • Evening Entertainment

    In the middle part of the marina (Cala'n Bosc) is a place which has nice relaxed padded chairs to sit back and enjoy the entertainment.out in the open air nice and relaxed, drinks are a little bit expensive ,but bearing in mind your getting entertainment too,is not bad.service was good,the music is not to everyone's liking but we liked it.I did try...

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  • Masses of cocktails

    Tropical Kiss is probably the best of Cala en Forcat's bars. It's nicely decorated with big comfy chairs and has a very chilled-out atmosphere. Drinks are pretty cheap (apart from the cocktails, of which there are loads - and bloody good they are too) and the service is friendly.Just look towards the bar and pretend you're not in Cala en...

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  • Great place for a drink

    This bar is set in caves in the cliffs just outside the resort of Cala en Porter. It's a rather steep 10 Euros to get in (includes one drink) but it's a fabulous place for a drink. They play ambient music as you watch the sun set over the sea. Highly recommended.

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Minorca Island Transportation

  • Traveling by bus

    The main bus stations are in Mahon/Maó and Ciutadella from where busses go to all kind of villages. It may be more difficult to get somewhere else from other towns, and there may not be that many connections. For example from Cala Galdana, there were only 2 connections to Mahon (one in the morning, one in the afternoon), and 3 or 4 (depending on...

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  • Car Hire for Seniors and everyone else

    After reading the post "Car Hire for Seniors!" I have to agree 100% I have used www.poppycars.com for a number of years and have also had a car from Jason from www.alphacarsmenorca.com and will give both 10 out of 10.They do get booked up early and on occasions when they have none available, roger the owner recommended www.solcarhire.com another...

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  • By air or sea

    1.The airport at St Climent, Maó receives thousands of tourists from all over Europe, including during the summer months, many budget carriers. In the UK departures from Regional airports dry up mid October including my locals Cardiff and Bristol which are conveniently equidistant an hour from home. On such a small island nowhere is very far from...

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Minorca Island Shopping

  • abarcas de Menorca

    balearica has a full catalog of sandals, comfortable shoes for the whole family. abarcas paypal. credit card

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  • Supermarket

    I am not going to play one shop against another,within half a mile there must be at least 6 supermarkets around and in Cala'bosc,they sell just about anything including bakery goods(really good value),Beach umbrellas, lilos, clothes etc.You can get things like tea bags HP sauce etc.We visited them all,they were all very friendly and helpful,my...

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  • Abarcas

    You may see these even before arriving to the island. We noticed that many of our fellow travelers on the plane from Barcelona to Menorca were wearing “abarcas”, the typical Menorca's shoes. So, it's not a touristy thing, most locals wear these, men, women and children. Fashionable, very comfortable, and at reasonable prices. They came in all...

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Minorca Island Local Customs

  • Languages on Menorca: Castilian versus...

    On Menorca, two languages are spoken: Castilian (which is the normal Spanish), and Catalan. I learnt that Catalan is really a complete different language, not just a dialect. It's hard to tell what is the main language on the island, as there had been quite some see-saw, over the time one or the other language was repressed. But the original...

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  • Siesta

    Siesta is normally from around 13:00 - 17:30 dependent on the shop.so it your going to the larger places like Mahon or Ciutadella either morning or Evening is best,also they have markets at Ciutadella on Fridays.Fridays and Saturdays Mahon til lunchtime.Ciutadella has the hippie markets every night summertime in Ciutadella on the approach alleys to...

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  • Local food

    Due its long and varied history, food in Menorca has many influences. There are traditional recipes from medieval times, with a touch of both Catalan and Arabic influences. Later the British settlement influenced other dishes. Menorca's sea food is renowned. If budget is not an issue, try one of its famous "caldereta" (lobster stew, especially...

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Minorca Island Warnings and Dangers

  • "Car Hire"

    I hired a car through Suncars (first Choice) which in turn arranged a car with Avis, No fault of Suncars or First Choice,However the car was supposed to be delivered and after waiting 30mins beyond the agreed time, the Hotel phoned Avis on my behalf and they sent someone to pick me up to go to the Avis office to do the paperwork, not the best of...

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  • Liquids

    We had decided before leaving the U.K. that we would put the Wash bag in a rucksack to save on weight!.On the way out from Stansted Airport we were stopped and all forms of Liquid confiscated (our fault),Sun tan lotion etc,as you know its not cheap to replace.However you can buy it again at the shop in the Airport as long as its kept in the sealed...

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  • Cala en Porter

    The resort is totally geared towards Brits. If karaoke and all day English breakfasts are your thing then this is the resort for you!

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Minorca Island Tourist Traps

  • Factory Shops

    We went to the Leather factory Shop and in my eyes was very expensive I am not familiar with the brand name so maybe it is just an exclusive range,I could not see how they were factory prices.They appeared to be cheaper in the local shops,but again maybe not the same brand (just my view).Ive always believed that factory prices would normally mean a...

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  • Where's The Cheese?

    Our guide books described this outlet of the local dairy farming co-operative in Alaior as a great place to buy local cheeses. We were quite looking forward to trying a few different varieties and buying some for presents and for picnics during the rest of the holiday. Having tracked down the shop, on the outskirts of the town, we were most...

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Minorca Island What to Pack

  • Your very own tick list

    Uk Citizens can apply online for E111 link below From the comprehensive list of checklist items (there’s literally hundreds of them), you can easily create your own personalised list by ticking the boxes that apply to you. Once you’ve ticked what you need, simply print it out and it’s ready for checking each step of the way as you plan your...

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  • Must pack these

    smal packpack for say money, a map, sun glasses and sun lotion. well swimming cossie, sandles, trainers for walking, rain coat as it showers alot. headache, stomach ache pills, plasters, insect repleiant. digi cam, extra batteries. erm ur own chair an blanket and maybe something for shade as you get charged alot. Plug changer!! hair dryer and...

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  • Packing List

    Summer clothes but get with you some 'auttum' clothes cause its possible( above all in northern cost, fornells , Cala Morell, Arenal d'En Castell)that blow a strong and cold wind from north (Tramuntana)

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Minorca Island Off The Beaten Path

  • The Top Of Menorca

    At 358m.Mount Toro is the highest point on the island.This gorgeous spot is situated in the heart of the island and is Menorca's highest point,with its 17th-century Sanctuary of the Mare de Deu del Toro at its peak, commands incredible 360 degree views of the countryside and coastline, and on a clear day you will be able to see Majorca. At the...

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  • Walk along Menorca's western coast

    Now I don't want to slag off my fellow British tourists, but those who tend to stay in Cala en Forcat don't really get about that much. Anywhere that involves walking for ten minutes or more could be considered 'off the beaten path'.That said, there's not a huge amount to explore on Menorca's west coast - it's pretty barren and there's no shade...

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  • Small Bays Everywhere

    All around the coast of Menorca are small bays and coves, away from main resorts. Some are well known, such as Mitjana, Macarella, Turqueta and Pregonda, to name but a few. But there are literally hundreds of others, some that are even difficult to find on the map. This is one that we stumbled across; it has an absolutely minute beach, so only the...

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Minorca Island Sports & Outdoors

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    I didn't personally go out scuba diving,I have enough trouble floating!.
    However this boat was out every day taking scuba divers out,It appeared very popular with the scuba fans.
    The boat was always full too,so if your interested in scuba diving I would call them first.

    Equipment: All equipment seemed to supplied by the operators.

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Minorca Island Favorites

  • My experience of Menorca

    I went in may 5 years ago, and i'm going again to cala n forcat on the 22nd of may (as long as the volcano doesn't stop me) The weather when i was there before was about 24-28 degrees by day, and 12-15 at night. It was a long sleeve shirt weather at night and cool, but far from cold. The days were lovely and hot, and we had 2 hours of cloud the...

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  • Website

    A useful website that tells you events going on in the time period you are there:(Menorca Weekly)just put in the relevant information and dates. And those people who listened to Kiss Fm like myself, Hopefully this will work (Click Here) If it does not start then Click on the play button,if you like the older music 70s to present its good,for me it...

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  • Menorca: UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

    Menorca is a protected natural area. The whole island was designated as "Biosphere Reserve" in 1993. The UNESCO defines a Biosphere Reserve as a place of important natural and cultural heritage where economic development is compatible with nature conservation. Why? even being a small island, Menorca has a diverse range of Mediterranean landscapes...

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