Selection of Holiday rentals in Minorca
Finding villas in Menorca is far easier if you have all of the island’s holiday rentals located on one website. Compare thousands of short-stay apartments from over 100 different websites and you could save up to 25%. For your beach holiday, get your Menorca accommodation from £17 per night. This destination is not only important within the Balearic Islands, but also throughout Spain and beyond. The offer of holiday apartments in Menorca is one of the largest in the country, and this island is rich in its landscapes and natural features. It is home to many beautiful coves such as Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta, Cala Presili and Cala Trebalúger. It is no wonder that Menorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve! This is the perfect destination for travelling with animals, not simply for its stunning surroundings and wide open spaces, but because of the sheer volume of pet-friendly apartments that are available. Most of the holiday rentals in Menorca that we have available for you are spread along the Camí de Cavalls, which is a historic path that will allow you to travel around the entire coast road of the island. Not only is Menorca a fantastic summer option, but throughout the year it is equally attractive either for a few days or 2 weeks! Regardless of when you want to visit, here you can compare all of the best apartments in Menorca without having to search the web, so you can have everything available in one place. Book quickly and cheaply and you can guarantee that you will choose the holiday apartment that best suits you and your needs.
Places to stay in Menorca
Menorca is the second largest island of the Balearic islands and the third most populated. The current name of the island explains its dimensions quite logically; since it originates from the Latin ‘Minorca’ which the Romans called it as it was smaller than its neighbour Mallorca. It is the closest to Italy, as it is northeast of the Balearic archipelago. It contains many places of origin dating back many years, such as the Naveta des Tudons or the Tower de’n Galmés which were both built in prehistoric times. It is home to some of the best preserved Talayotic villages in Europe and as a result, making Menorca a candidate as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beautiful spot for large villas to rent in Menorca. This is an island that historically has been highly valued due to its largest natural harbour in Europe in the capital of Mahon and played a large part in British rule during the 18th century with the Utrecht Treaty. Therefore the route of Cami de Cavalls has been defensively significant over the years. Other defensive features of the island include the Marlborough Fort and the Fortress of Isabel II, among others and have become some of the great tourist attractions of the island from people worldwide. You can access the island by plane to Menorca Airport, but you can also catch ferries from Barcelona and Valencia. In the summer months, the number of visitors increases dramatically and makes it one of the most sought after destinations in the Spanish Mediterranean along with Benidorm, Malaga and Majorca. That is why we have compiled the best places on the island to help you choose where to book your cheap accommodation. Menorca is waiting for you!
- Mahón: This is the capital of the island despite not being the most inhabited. It has the largest natural harbour and Europe which is its great attraction. It is the easternmost municipality in the whole of Spain which makes it a special place to look for holiday homes in Menorca. Many choose it not only for its beauty, but also for being the main point of access for the island. The mahonés cheese is its most famous produce, and we highly recommend that you try it.
- Ciutadella: This is the most popular municipality on the island and is an excellent place to look for short-stay apartments to discover the west side of Menorca. Its harbour is smaller than that of the capital although it is equally as beautiful, and its streets still maintain the charm of previous centuries, particularly in the Old Town. The abundance of craft markets and restaurants make it a place that is constantly lively and traditional and perfect for Menorca self catering villas.
- Fornells: On the north coast of the island between Mahón and Ciutadella, this is another great destination on the island. This small marine town is much quieter than the previous two, but is the perfect option if you’re looking to escape the large crowds and would like to find the ultimate luxury villas in Menorca. With the Cabo de Cavallería on one side and the s’Albufera des Grau Natural Park on the other, it occupies an environment of great natural value next to its own bay.
- Binibeca: This is considered to be one of the most charming villages not only on the island, but also throughout the country thanks to its beautiful whitewashed houses. Despite its small size, it has a fishing aura that has been preserved since ancient times and makes it one of the most visited places during the summer. For that reason, if you want to explore it at your own pace, there is nothing better than staying in one of our Menorcan villas.
- Son Bou: This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Menorca. It is in the south of the island, and is the other alternative to spend your holidays away from the hustle and bustle of more populated destinations but is equally a great spot to find Menorca villas with pools. The Torre de’n Galmés, Llucalcari Cove and Cales Coves are some of the most popular points of interest in the area.
When to visit Menorca
Like its neighbouring islands, this is a popular summer destination for holiday apartments in Menorca, and we can understand why. It has more beaches than anywhere within the Balearic archipelago - 120 to be precise! Some of the most beauteous corners include Cala Maracella, Cala Macarelleta and Cala en Turqueta to name but a few. Not only does it win in quantity but also quality - Menorca is one of the most impressive areas of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands such as Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. For that reason, like the other islands its high season takes place in July and August where the demand for private villas in Menorca multiplies and prices can rise up to 100% more than their average price, thus doubling their value. This increase tends to begin in the middle of June coinciding with the San Juan fiesta which is a deep rooted tradition taking place every year. The most famous has got to be in Ciutadella, when the streets are flooded with people, horses and ‘Caixers’ which is the name given to the riders. This kicks off the touristic summer period. For this reason alone, an excellent way to get to know the island and escape the large crowds is to visit between the months of October and April. At that time of year, private holiday rentals in Menorca price in at are around £28 a night, and can even fall up to 20% during the coldest part of the year. This shouldn’t stop you however, as its natural surroundings, archaeological sites and possibility of travelling the whole island via the Camí de Cavalls makes Menorca a year-round destination both during summer and winter.
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What to do in Menorca
Despite its size and relative tranquility compared to the other islands, there are plenty of things to see and do during your stay. You may consider luxury villa rental in Menorca in one of its beautiful villages, or alternatively, you may want to find the perfect Menorca beach villa to enjoy.
- Camí dels Cavalls: This road an old historical path which runs along the entire coast of Menorca, and dates back to the time of King Jaume II. It is divided into 20 sections that run through the main areas of the island.
- S'Albufera des Grau Natural Park: This is the only natural park on the island and makes up the core of the Biosphere Reserve. It is located northeast of Menorca, from the Albuera des Grau itself to beyond the Favàritx cape. Besides being the most humid part of the island and having one of the most beautiful environments, it is also known for the Talayotic remains that are located on the Sa Torreta estate.
- Cala Mitjana Beach: Located at the end of a ravine, this beach is characterised by fine sand and crystal clear waters surrounded by typical limestone cliffs. On the right, Cala Mitjaneta is also quite similar.
- Cala Macarella: This is probably the most well known virgin cove in Menorca. This small sandy beach is tucked between two limestone walls, both of which are over 30 m in height and full of small caves that form the most stunning natural environment which is also culminated with a lush pine forest covering its entire surface.
- Cala Macarelleta: This is considered to be the little sister of the previous. No wonder - as it maintains the same formation as Macarella Creek. The main difference between both are its dimensions with Cala Macarelleta being the smallest, hence why it is popular as a nudist beach.
- Cala en Turqueta: Also in the southern part of Menorca, along with the previous ones it is one of the most popular virgin beach. It is also the least frequented and consists of two beaches. It is more open and without high rocky walls.
- Cala Pregonda: This golden sandy beach is surrounded by an environment of various geological tones of a reddish colour, which makes it unique. A special feature are the islets that protect it from the northern winds, and together with the marine reserve of the north, give it a rich marine life in its turquoise waters. It is located north of the island.
- Cala Pilar: This beach demonstrates the range of geological colouration in Menorca. The red of the earth that surrounds it contrasts the green vegetation and the turquoise blue of the water. It is in the north of the island and is highly recommended.
- Naveta des Tudons: This is an old funeral ship that was built in prehistoric times, somewhere between 1200 and 750 AD and thus is the oldest fully preserved building in the whole of Europe.
- Torre de'n Galmés: This is the most important prehistoric town in the Balearic Islands which is estimated to have once been home to about 900 people. Located next to the road that goes from Alaior to the beach of Son Bou, It is estimated that it was founded in the pre-Talayotic era and remained so until medieval times.
- Torralba de'n Salord: Dating back to the Talayotic era, in the year 1000 BC, this town was active until the Middle Ages. It is between the municipalities of Alaior and Maó, being another of the most emblematic sites on the island. Among other things for its famous and perfectly preserved Taula de Torralba and the Pou de na Patarrà.
- Marlborough Fort: Found in San Esteban Cove, this fort was built by John Churchill at the beginning of the 18th century with the intention of protecting the port of Mahón. It consists of countermines, rooms and underground galleries and a pit that hinders access to the main fortress.
- Fortress of Isabel II: Also known as Fortaleza de la Mola, in reference to the peninsula in which it is located, this fortress is located on the other side of the entrance to the natural port of Mahón. Practically opposite the previous one. It was built in 1852, after the demolition of the San Felipe castle and with the mission, once again, to protect one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean.
- Castell de Sant Nicolau: This is an old defense tower located at the entrance to the port of Ciutadella, and is probably the second most important on the island.
- Faro de Favàritx: This was the first lighthouse to be built with a concrete tower in the Balearic Islands in 1922. At 28 m in height, it is part of one of the most valuable natural environments on the island with Cala Presili, Bassa de Morella and a large part of the s'Albufera des Grau natural park on the horizon.
- Cabo de Cavalleria Lighthouse: Located on a cliff almost 100 m high at the Cape of Cavalleria, this lighthouse was built before the previous one, in the year 1857. It marks the entrance to the natural port of Sanitja.
- Monte Toro: This is the highest point of the island, at 358 m in height. It receives its name a bull that guarded the top and in it is the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Torro. From the top you can see the whole island and even part of the north of Mallorca on the horizon.
- Cova des Coloms: In the Binigaus ravine, there is a natural cave with a maximum height of 24 mnd a depth of 110 m. The locals know it as "The Cathedral" and it is known that during the post-Talayotic era it was used as a burial place. It has been of Cultural Interest since 1966.
- Cales Coves: This is a small cove located next to Cala en Porter. The value of this area lies in the artificial caves of its walls, many of them with prehistoric origin. You may consider renting one of the luxury villas in Menorca with a private pool, or spending most of your time near the beach.
- Port of Mahón: This is the largest natural harbor in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Historically it has been very coveted, hence the construction of Fort Marlborough to protect it. Currently it is one of the most touristic areas of the island.
- Menorca Museum: Found in Mahón, this museum is dedicated not only to the exhibition of Menorcan prehistory and history, but also to its investigation. Its headquarters is the Convent of San Francisco and has the status of Cultural Interest.
- Military Museum: In Es Castell, usually known as Villacarlos, it exposes different moments of the military history of Menorca across two floors. Talayotic monuments, the defenses of Menorca during the civil war or foreign dominations are some of the themes inside the barracks of Calcorp, the museum's headquarters.
- Ethnological Museum Molí de Dalt: This is an ancient collection of tools and tools of the field used by the peasants of Sant Lluís between the 18th and 20th centuries. The Molí de Dalt is the only one that remains of the three that came to coincide at that time, the Molí d'Enmig and the Molí de Baix.
- Geology Centre: This focuses on showing the different geological conditions and gives visitors an insight into the landscape of the island. It is divided into four zones in which collections of rocks, minerals and fossils found in Menorca are exhibited.
- Hernández Sanz Hernández Museum: This is a museum in the city of Mahón, and is located in the building of Ca n'Oliver. It does not limit itself to showing only the Hernández's art collection; It also delves into topics such as the importance of the port of Maó, the historical cartography of the island or Menorca under British rule.