postheadericon Menorca A Fun-filled Family Vacation

Menorca is overlooked by the party crowd that frequents the other Balearic islands, notably Mallorca and Ibiza to the west. A ban on business development in the middle of the last century by Francisco Franco has left Menorca the darling of families and others who seek a tranquil vacation destination. And while she is quieter than her sister islands to the west, Menorca has plenty to offer today”s visitors. Whether it is beaches, natural beauty, or culture you seek on vacation, Menorca will dazzle you with her sights.

Menorca Beaches – Not every shoreline is a beach, but Menorca has been blessed with more than its fair share of sandy spots. A couple of the more popular beaches include Cala Galdana and Santo Tomas where you will find white sand beaches, resorts, and water sports.

If you prefer a more secluded bathing spot, hop in your car hire: Menorca has over 100 beaches and you will find something new around every corner. Families with small children will want to be aware that some exposed beaches like Son Bou/San Jamie and Punta Prima can experience strong currents, and you may find one of the quieter coves to be a safer option for swimming.

Menorca Caves and Gorges – For a change of pace you may investigate some of Menorca”s caves and gorges. Cales Coves is a gorge surrounded by caves which were once used as burial chambers. Children and adults may reach several of the caves by climbing on the rocks, an outing many families enjoy. Cala Morell Necropolis, another burial cave system, features fourteen rooms excavated by ancient inhabitants, and looks like it could be the set for ”The Flintstones.”

Bird enthusiasts will want to visit d”Algendar Gorge where you can see native plants and animals flourishing in a lush, protected environment. A variety of bird species including booted eagles, kites and herons live here.

Menorca Prehistoric Monuments – Menorca has been home to many different populations stretching back into prehistoric times, and several of these populations left monuments and structures that survive to this day. The most complete site, Talati de Dalt, is only 4 km from Mao. This village dates back to the third century AD. On the other side of the island the Naveta de Tudons, a Bronze Age mass burial site, may date back to 1200 BC.

Menorca offers many different vacation activities for all ages without the crowds you will find on Mallorca and Ibiza. With so much to see and do all over the island, you will want the flexibility and convenience of a car hire. Menorca Airport near the capital of Mao (Mahon) is where you too can begin your Mediterranean dream vacation featuring sun, sand, and family fun, before everyone else hears about it.

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