A Menorca villa based holiday is your opportunity to actually live on this incredible Balearic island and experience its unique attractions and lifestyle.
What makes a Menorca villa holiday unique?
Over the past 20-30 years, the choice available for summer holidays has hugely increased. There is now a global holiday opportunity and competition is fierce, so what makes this island stand out?
Firstly, this beautiful island is relatively close to the UK and only around 1.5-2hours flying time. That means you won’t arrive there exhausted from an arduous and lengthy journey. Secondly, Menorca has ‘set out its stall’ clearly in terms of its holiday proposition. This is not a destination that majors on excess but which has instead looked towards environmental tourism from the outset – an approach that has resulted in some beautifully quiet resorts and an emphasis on natural charm and sensitive developments.
If you like what might be called unpretentious but discerning holidays, then this island is going to be for you.
On Menorca, villa locations tend to be just outside of the centre of resorts, though some may be relatively centrally placed. That means you’ll be virtually certain of calm and tranquillity but equally, that you may require a hire car of some sort. No resort on the island can really be described as “large” by modern holiday standards and most are located near beautiful beaches. Many are directly adjacent to undeveloped countryside and there are some fantastic walking opportunities, including the circular island path called the “Cami de Cavalls” – parts of which provide stunning coastal views.
Much of the island’s hinterland is untouched and you can find many fascinating villages and prehistoric sights to explore (including some caves that are still inhabited!). There remains a string of local arts and crafts traditions and some of that produce is sold in the two major towns of Mahon (the island’s capital) and Ciutadella. These two towns are relatively modest in size but very well worth exploring if you like history, culture and sheer relaxed ambiance. As you stroll around their streets on a warm summer’s evening, you may find it difficult to worry about too many of life’s troubles! Try taking a coffee or glass of wine as you watch the sun go down over Mahon’s harbour and you’ll see this for yourself.
Wherever your Menorca villa is based on the island, you’ll also be within reach of some very quiet and isolated coves, inlets and beaches. Some of these are only accessible on foot and some only really by boat. The effort is worth it though because once you’re there, you’ll feel like you’re on a desert island! Bathing in the crystal clear waters is a joy and there are some fantastic opportunities for exploring – though, as always with the sea, you should, of course, make sure that you follow prevailing local advice to ensure safety.
A Menorca villa holiday might just help change your view of what a Mediterranean holiday can and perhaps should be!
Brenda Jaaback is the Managing Director of Bartle Holidays. They can provide you with a wide selection of great Menorca villa options for your holidays. Bartle Holidays makes no warranty as to the accuracy of information contained in this article and excludes any liability of any kind for the information.