The lovely island of Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands with delightful villages, historic towns and unspoilt coastline to explore, an established holiday location for many people. Menorca is quieter and a more relaxed holiday destination in comparison to Majorca or Ibiza.
The resort area of Cala'n Forcat is suitable for couples and families. If you have mobility problems you may find access to some of the beach areas difficult to access. You should check with your tour operator/villa owners etc if you have any concerns.
Much of the west coast of the island including around the resort is rugged, the beach areas are not great and do get busy in the popular holiday months. There are bathing/diving platforms and places to top up your tan, accommodation with use of swimming pools are popular to. Cala'n Blanes possibly has the best nearby beach area.
There is a mini train which runs half-hourly to the beaches from Cala'n Forcat if you do not want to walk! You will find various amenities within the resort area and the apartment complexes often have their own programme of entertainment for their guests both day and evenings. The resorts of Cala'n Forcat, Cala'n Blanes and Los Delfines are more or less merged into one large holiday complex area.
You can go for a restaurant meal or try out the pubs/bars for evening entertainment some are late night and have live music. There are snack bars and supermarkets for your provisions and beach needs you might want to visit Ciutadella (Ciudadela) for a little more retail therapy! Local buses run about every 20 minutes to this nearby charming historic city which was once the islands capital. In the 18th century Mahon became the capital of Menorca. Start your visit here by wandering through the narrow winding streets of the Old Town you will see some grand architecture along the way.
You might like to visit the Gothic style cathedral where you will see some beautiful stained glass. The municipal museum may be of interest also. Some of you might like to browse around the shops and look for souvenirs - if you visit on a market day you should find some bargains.
Head for the harbour where you can sit and relax awhile at one of the cafes, try some tapas or have a meal at one of the sea-food restaurants. You may want to take a boat trip they are available from here.
Menorca is a small island and it is worth hiring a car and exploring yourselves, visiting some of the islands ancient sites and charming villages along the way.
You should find plenty of activities and things to do in and around the resort areas to have an enjoyable holiday.
Flight time from U.K. approximately 2hours
Menorca is 1 hour ahead GMT
Author: Laura Davies