The Quieter Side of the Balearics - Menorca

Posted on 18. Dec, 2012 by in Europe Travel



The Spanish Balearic Islands aren’t just a place for wild partygoers, there is also a quieter side to them where you can spend a more relaxed holiday. Menorca is known for being less commercial than its neighbouring islands and is perfect for a chilled-out getaway. The island’s spectacular natural beauty means it is popular with nature enthusiasts and an ideal location for exploring wildlife and having a go at outdoor activities.

The coastline is beautiful and if you are planning a beach holiday, Menorca has plenty for you to choose from. The island has more beaches than the other Balearic Islands - Ibiza, Majorca and Formentera - combined. The Mediterranean sea provides a brilliant backdrop to the pine-covered hills and expansive wetlands. Hiking is a popular activity amongst holidaymakers on the island as there are many unspoilt areas and hidden, isolated coves that are worth investigating on foot.


A Rich Culture to Discover

As well as the spectacular scenery, Menorca has a rich cultural and historical legacy to explore. You might like to visit one of the numerous archaeological sites on the island, where you can experience Menorca’s fascinating history and wander round the ancient ruins. Expect to see prehistoric settlements and burial constructions as well as Medieval architecture - and don’t forget to take your camera so you can capture the incredible sights.

Ciutadella was Menorca’s original capital city but gave up its title to the larger port of Mahon in the 18th Century. However, it is pretty and welcoming, making it a popular destination for tourists. The port area of Ciutadella is a vibrant centre, home to restaurants, bars and cafes - in the summer months there is an evening bazaar for holidaymakers to enjoy. An attraction that is not to be missed is the city’s cathedral, which was originally constructed in the 13th Century on the site of a Byzantine mosque and has undergone several alterations during its lifetime. The result is an unique and interesting blend of archaeological styles that reveals Gothic and Neo-classical influences.


Just the party?

The Balearic Islands may have a reputation as party-orientated holiday destinations, but visitors seeking a quieter, more cultural escape should not be put off by this. Menorca is a family-friendly island known for its nature reserves and attractive views as well as its interesting museums and historical sites. Jet2Holidays have great deals available on cheap holidays to Majorca - don’t miss out, start planning your getaway today.


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