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Quiet beach bliss: idyllic family holiday apartments in Menorca
Find a holiday apartment in Menorca on TUI Villas and look forward to a summer holiday with amazing beaches but without the crowds. The second-largest of Spain's Balearic Islands off the Catalan coast from Barcelona and Valencia, Menorca features crystalline turquoise water, white sand beaches, and an incredible wealth of historic, prehistoric, and cultural sights. However, it doesn't draw throngs as Mallorca is known to do, and the absence of pulsating nightlife makes it a quiet haven ideal for family holidays and romantic getaways.
An introduction to Menorca, the quiet little Balearic brother
With thousands of listings across the Balearic Islands on TUI Villas alone, it can be hard to know where to book a finca by the sea when planning a holiday to this Spanish jewel. However, if you're driven by quiet beach time, safe water sports, a family-friendly atmosphere, and incredible historical attractions, your decision might become a lot easier once you start looking into holiday apartments in Menorca.
Glittering beaches, all to yourself
No, it's true. According to some local counts, Menorca boasts more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza combined. Whether it's a correct estimate or not, this is certain: You won't meet as many people on the sand as you would on the other Balearic Islands. If you're hoping to find a Menorca holiday apartment directly at the beach, have a look at the listings along the island's southern coast, where picture-perfect beaches around Cala en Porter, Cala Galdana, Punta Prima, and Sant Tomas (to name a small few) are located. If you want something even more remote and unspoilt then you're safe booking a holiday apartment on Menorca's north coast beaches. Cala Pregonda is a particularly gorgeous northern beach, and the secluded coves around Cala Morell are ideal for romantic hideaways.
Villas with vistas: family holiday apartments in Menorca you won't want to leave
TUI Villas offer some spectacular locations for large families on Menorca. You can find a reliable holiday home among Menorca's diverse mix of villas with up to eight bedrooms, some situated in the hills with outstanding ocean views, and some at sea level with direct access onto the beach. You can find holiday apartments with state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and outdoor terraces ideal for family dining, as well as holiday homes with a pool if you want to avoid the beach crowds. Couples hoping for a secluded getaway can find lots of holiday apartments dotted around Menorca's quieter northern coastal coves and lush interior forests, where you may not encounter anybody else for the duration of your stay.
Enjoy water sports from the doorstep of your holiday apartment in Menorca
One major attraction of booking a holiday apartment in Menorca is the ease of getting the whole family into the water. Menorca's beaches are tranquil and many are monitored by local lifeguards during the summer, which makes them safe swimming havens for all ages. However, it's not only swimming that Menorca offers active water-loving holidaymakers. The still turquoise sea is ideal for yachting and sailing, with many marinas across the island where you can rent boats for days at a time, or find an instructor if you're keen to learn to sail. Kayaking is another excellent family holiday activity in Menorca, especially because many impressive beaches and coves are inaccessible by car or foot and don't have motor boat ramps, making kayaks the most reliable and enjoyable way to reach them.
Menorcan meals to remember
Menorca is a Mecca for fresh seafood and shellfish, which you can find all over the island in the form of fresh market catches, or in restaurants. A signature local dish is caldereta de langosta, a hearty lobster stew that shouldn't be missed by seafood lovers. Sípia amb fesols, or cuttlefish with peas, is another simple local dish that has found fame on restaurant menus. Like the other Balearic Islands, cured sobbrassada sausage is a local speciality (though it's much milder and creamier than its Majorcan counterpart). Mahon cheese is highly regarded, and you can find many artisanal suppliers around town. Vegetarians and vegans won't be left out, either, because beautiful Menorcan-style stuffed aubergines (Albergínies al for in Catalan) are ubiquitous around the island.
Hop around historical sites from your holiday home on Menorca
Menorca's past is incredibly rich and incredibly visible, with a collection of historic and prehistoric sites unmatched by Majorca or any of the other Spanish islands. At various points over the past two millennia, Menorca has been controlled by the Romans, Catalans, and Moors, and France, Spain, and England, among others, and you can find relics from all eras across the island. A particularly photogenic site is the ruins of a 5th century basilica found right by the beach at Son Bou on the south coast of Menorca. What really sets the island apart, though, is its impressive collection of mysterious prehistoric structures, many of which are remarkably well preserved. The most famous of several megalithic chamber tombs on Menorca is Naveta d'es Tudons, an immense stone structure located just outside the ancient capital of Ciutadella on the west coast of Menorca.
How to reach Menorca
The easiest way in and out of Menorca is through the historic harbour town of Mahon, the island's biggest city. Ferries run regularly between Mahon and Majorca, as well as from Barcelona and Valencia. Mahon's international airport has direct flights from many British cities including Birmingham, Manchester, and London. There are also flights from other European destinations via mainland Spain. The easiest way to get around on Menorca is by car, and you'll find no shortage of well-known global rental companies in Mahon and at the airport. If you can't drive, taxis are readily available from Mahon, and buses are a handy, inexpensive way to get around the island, being especially useful for reaching the western beach resorts from Ciutadella.
When should I book a holiday home in Menorca?
The best time for visiting Menorca is during summer. The months of July and August are the sunniest, hottest, and busiest, though by no means overcrowded compared with other island destinations. The months either side of peak season, April-June and September-October, are also very pleasant times to visit, though you can expect slightly more rain and the occasional cool spell. During the winter, a lot of Menorca's resorts are closed, as well as bus services, museums, and historical attractions, so it's only really well-suited to independent, self-catering holidaymakers who are looking for a quiet island escape.
Mahon day trips: TUI Menorca holidays
Make the most of your TUI Menorca holiday at any time of year when you book a coach trip to Mahon. There are lots of popular tours of the island, but the Mahon/Xoriguer trip is probably one of our favourites!
Spend a day in Mahon and discover the Xoriguer Gin Factory
Half- or full-day tours of Mahon and the Xoriguer Gin Factory add another dimension to any TUI Menorca holiday. Explore the Old town at leisure, while also checking out the history of the island's classic gin. Gin Xoriguer Mahon was initially made for British sailors visiting Menorca during the 1700s. If you haven't tasted the local drink Pomada, you'll have plenty of opportunities throughout your day in Mahon. Pomada is the popular and classic lemon gin beverage that's traditionally served up at Menorcan celebrations and events.
Kids will adore visiting Mahon port and harbour area, which is best viewed from the spectacular steps leading down from the Old Town. The wide promenade alongside the marina is perfect for kids needing to let off steam; and there are plenty of tapas bars and restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a leisurely drink, snack or meal.
Depending on your TUI Villas location, your coach trip to Mahon often includes a short stop at a countryside crafts outlet/coffee shop. This gives you plenty of opportunity to browse local artworks, jewellery, leather goods and handicrafts, so you can pick up all your holiday souvenirs in one go!
Neighbouring holiday regions Menorca
Port d'Addaia, Menorca
Holiday home for max. 8 personsProperty no. 1575420
from USD 1,826for 1 weekApprox. 200 m², 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 3 km, sea approx. 500 m, private pool, sea/lake view
San Jaime Mediterráneo, Menorca
Holiday home for max. 8 personsProperty no. 2136002
from USD 2,704for 1 weekApprox. 241 m², 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 200 m, private pool, sea/lake view
San Jaime Mediterráneo, Menorca
Holiday home for max. 10 personsProperty no. 2155985
from USD 3,078for 1 weekApprox. 333 m², 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 300 m, private pool, sea/lake view
Es Mercadal, Menorca
Holiday home for max. 10 personsProperty no. 1644877
from USD 1,582for 1 weekApprox. 170 m², 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 200 m, sea approx. 20 m, sea/lake view
Son Bou, Menorca
Holiday home for max. 6 adults + 2 childrenProperty no. 756322
from USD 1,310for 1 weekApprox. 120 m², 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 400 m, sea approx. 1.2 km, private pool, sea/lake view
Santo Tomas, Menorca
Holiday home for max. 11 adults + 1 childProperty no. 1846566
from USD 3,452for 1 weekApprox. 376 m², 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 250 m, private pool, sea/lake view
San Jaime Mediterráneo, Menorca
Holiday home for max. 6 personsProperty no. 2125216
from USD 822for 1 weekApprox. 130 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 900 m, private pool, sea/lake view
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