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AddaiaAddaia
Situated on the north coast of the island, Addaia is an ideal setting for those wishing to experience a more "traditional" Menorca. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Aeroplanes
For assistance with flights to Menorca, please e-mail info@gwvillarentals.com or call us on 01234 26 30 30. Alternatively check out our Flights section.

It is also possible to travel on domestic flights from Mahon to Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao and Palma (Majorca), allowing you to explore further afield should you wish.

Airport
There is only one airport in Menorca based just outside the Capital Mahon - they can be contacted on 971 15 70 00 ( prefix with 00 34 if using UK mobile). A good tip before leaving Mahon airport for your holiday resort is to visit the Information Office and pick up a free map of the island.

Airport ParkingBCP Logo
BCP provide holiday makers and business travellers with great savings on pre-booked secure airport parking at most UK airports. BCP also offer a pre-booking facility for airport lounges and chauffeur driven airport cars. As the market leader, BCP are recommended by most leading travel agents. For further information, click on their logo:

Alaior
Alaior is Menorca's third largest town, with a population of approximately 7,000. Situated 12km from Mahon, it is a charming town with narrow winding streets and white washed houses. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Ants
Ants are part and parcel of a trip to Menorca. Most properties are sprayed yearly on the perimeter of the accommodation to prevent large influxes. It is vitally important that no food such as jams or even bread crumbs are left on work surfaces after food preparation. Ants will smell the left overs and before long you will have an army invading your accommodation. Similarily it is very important to empty your dustbin regularly into the large communal dumpsters in most streets. Rotting food is to an ant just as inviting as fresh!! Most properties will have some ants - best way of dealing with them are with sprays which can be bought in supermarkets etc. Please note asthmatics and small children should avoid the room which has been treated for at least 30 minutes after spraying.

Art
There are a number of different art galleries in Mahon, including the Artara, Encant and Kroma. The Sa Nostra exhibition room in Mahon also has both art exhibitions and concerts. In Ciutadella, the main galleries are the Siena and Retxa.
To view a selection of paintings of Menorca online, why not visit the Poppylady website, run by Liz Spooner:
In addition, one of our clients, Ian Anderson, is an artist who would be pleased to accept a commission from anyone wishing him to paint a Menorcan scene during one his trips to the island. For further details, please click here.

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Babies
They have babies in Menorca too!! Pampers nappies and the Spanish equivalent are readily available in all supermarkets and chemists. Baby food comes in a variety of makes - Heinz does not seem to be a popular make in Menorca but Hipp certainly is and seems to be available in most supermarkets and chemists.

Banks
Banks in Menorca are usually open from Monday to Friday, 8.15am to 2pm. Mahon also has a Barclays branch. Most of the banks have currency exchange facilities for tourists and have English-speaking staff. Many of the tourist information offices in the resorts also offer currency services for tourists. See our section below on Currency as well.

Beaches
There are over a hundred beaches, ranging from small coves to long stretches of sand. Some of the most popular are:

Binibeca - Sandy, gently shelving beach, popular with the Spanish, complete with a beach bar/restaurant, Los Bucaneros and car parking.
Cala'n Porter - Established resort with beach bars and easy parking. Accessed via steps.Punta Prima Large white sandy beach with bars, shops and parking.
Son Bou - Longest beach in Menorca with bars and restaurants. Popular with wind surfers.
Sant Tomas - Long, narrow stretch of white sand, backed by hills, with beach bars, water sports and parking.
Son Parc - Large white sandy beach, ideal for children, with a beach bar and water sports.
Arenal d'en Castell - Semi-circular cove, gentle sand slopes, beach bars, restaurants and water sports.
Es Grau - Large sandy beach backed by dunes and pine trees, leading to a fresh water lake. The area is a National Park and there are boat trips to the Illa d'en Colon. Es Grau has bars, restaurants and shops.
Cala Mesquida - An unspoilt cove with parking. Not ideal for small children.

BinibecaBinibeca
Binibeca (or Binibequer) is situated on the South East coast of Menorca and is just a short transfer from the airport (approximately 15 mins). Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Binisafua
Binisafua is a small coastal village on the south east coast of Menorca. It has a small beach but there are many other facilities available in Binibeca, which is only a 5 minute car drive away. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Binixica
Binixica is a small private estate set in the countryside on the south side of Menorca. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Boat Trips
Boat trips are available from Ciutadella, Es Castell and Mahon. Please also see 'Sailing' below. Boat Trips
Mahon has the biggest choice, which include trips ranging from a trip around the harbour, lasting about an hour, to complete day trips. Tickets can be purchased from the quay in Mahon. The boats include catamarans with sails, boats with glass bottoms, open air decks and even submarine-style submerged sections. Most have toilets and bars and usually have multi-lingual narrations.

The glass bottom boat trip from Es Castell through Mahon harbour is also worth a trip. Tickets can be purchased from Dinkums bar, by the waters edge in Cala Fons, Es Castell.

Trasmediterranea Ferries also operate out of Mahon harbour:
Trasmeditteranea Ferries

The ferries leave Mahon daily for Barcelona, but also once a week for Palma (Majorca) and Valencia. Iscomar Ferries also have a service from Ciutadella to Alcudia (Majorca), while Cape Balear Ferries sail from Ciutadella to Cala Ratjada (Majorca). Ferry bookings should be made in advance, particularly if a car is being taken on the crossing.

Buses
If you are not hiring a car then bus routes operate from the following resorts:-
In Mahon the bus terminal is at the old barracks, Plaza Esplanada. In Ciutadella departure is from the Plaza de Los Pinos.

Mahon - Alaior - Mercadel - Ferrerias - Ciutadella
Mahon - Es Castell
Mahon - Sant LLuis
Mahon - San Climente
Mahon - Calan'Porter
Mahon - Canutells
Mahon - Alcaufar
Mahon - S'Algar
Mahon - Binibeca
Mahon - Punta Prima
Mahon - Santo Tomas
Mahon - Cala Galdana
Mahon - Alaior - Son Bou
Ciutadella- Sa Caleta - Cala Blanca - Santandria
Ciutadella - Cala Blanes - Los Delfines - Calan'Forcat
Ciutadella - Calan'Bosch - Son Xoriguer

If you have booked accommodation with us and are staying at one of the resorts with a bus route and you want specific times of operation please call us as we have all the timings. please note this is only a service we offer to clients of GW Villa Rentals.

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Cala Llonga
Cala Llonga lies to the north side of Mahon harbour. One of the most exclusive areas in Menorca, some of the most impressive homes can be found here. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Cala'n Porter
One of the largest and oldest resorts on the island, Cala'n Porter is situated on the south coast. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Car Hire
Please see our Other Services section.

Ceramics
Drive from Mahon to Ciutadella along the main road and throughout the journey you will see an abundance of Ceramic workshops and factory shops. One of the largest is The Ceramic Centre, about a mile outside Mahon. The workshops have good selections of both Menorcan and Spanish pottery to see and purchase.

Cheese
See 'Queso' below.

Chemists
Chemists close at the weekends, but there is usually one on duty in each town - check the rota on the chemist's doorway. They have a green cross outside them and are called 'farmacias'. Many resorts also have medical centres open during the tourist season. It is common to be able to buy antibiotics for adults over the counter but most chemists insist on a doctor's prescription for children.

Churches
Each Menorcan town and village has a Catholic church, with the Santa Maria being the parish church of Mahon. Ciutadella has its own cathedral. Es Castell has its own Anglican church, the Santa Margarita, in which all services are in English.

On the summit of Monte Toro, Menorca's tallest mountain, in Mercadal, is the Shrine to the Virgin Monte Toro. The summit can be reached by car, as well as foot, and is worth visiting even just for the spectacular views.

Consulates
The UK Consulate is based in Palma de Mallorca. In Menorca, the Hon. Vice Consulate can be contacted on 971 36 78 18 ( prefixing with 00 34 if using a UK mobile).

Cricket
Cricket came to the island in 1985, with the Menorca Cricket Club ground being established in Biniparrell (near Binibeca) in 1992. Visiting cricketers, both young and old, are invited to participate in weekly games, which are held each Wednesday and Saturday from mid-July to the end of August.

Menorca Cricket Club

Alternatively, spectators can simply sit in the sun and enjoy a glass of beer and a sandwich in the Clubhouse. Scheduled club matches are also played from April to June and in September and October.

Currency
We can also arrange for you to order your Euros online, commission free, and have them delivered to you. Click here to access our Foreign Currency facility.

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Dentist
There is an English Dentist, Dr John O'Rorke, based in Mahon at the Clinica Dental on Carrer de l'Angel, quite near to the American Bar. Appointments are necessary 971 36 85 92 (prefix with 00 34 if using a UK mobile). He is very friendly and good with nervous patients - I speak from experience! Costs are in line with UK dental charges.

DiscosCova d'en Xoroi
Discos are few and far between in Menorca. The most well known is the Cova d'en Xoroi, Cala'n Porter - a bar during the day and a disco at night, set inside a natural cave, high in the cliff-face above the sea. Click on the picture to view their website:

Diving
A number of resorts in Menorca offer diving facilities, both for the experienced diver and also the beginner. In fact, it's often possible to complete a recognised scuba diving course in 4 to 5 days. Two popular diving resorts are Addaia and S'Algar. Diving centres in both respective resorts, which may be of interest are:

 Ulmo Diving  S'Algar Diving

Driving
If using a hired car always carry with you the Hire Documents, Driving Licence (including paper part for the new photocard type) and a copy of your passport. Seat belts are compulsory and visitors to the island will be fined on the spot by police if caught. Children must be seated in the back of the car. Watch for radar and photographic speed checks.

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Emergency Telephone Numbers
The emergency telephone number for Police, Fire and Ambulance is 112. It is a free, 24 hours service and the operators speak Spanish, English and German. Medical emergencies 061, Local police or Fire Brigade 092 and Guarda Civil 062. For sea rescue the number is 971 72 83 22 ( prefix with 00 34 if using a UK mobile).

Es Canutells
Es Canutells situated on the south east coast of Menorca, is a small, quiet, residential area with a small selection of shops. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Es Castell
Es Castell is the most easterly village in Spain. Originally built under the Fort of San Felip, it is a town steeped in history. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Es Mercadal
Es Mercadal, to the North-West of Alaior, is an old market town, characterised by its white-washed houses. At the foot of Menorca's highest mountain, Monte Toro, Es Mercadal is uncommercialised and typically Spanish.

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Fiestas
Each town in Menorca has a fiesta, which takes place on or near to the day of its Patron Saint. Although each is different, they are all likely to share 3 things in common: horses, 'Pomada' (the local fiesta drink - a combination of gin and lemon) and 'Coca amb Xocolati' (a traditionally baked cake with a sweet chocolate drink to accompany it). During the summer season, one can also attend various festivals, concerts and events held around the island. Jazz lovers have an appointment at the 'International Minorca Jazz Festival' held between the end of March and the beginning of June on different stages of Mahon and Ciutadella.

The fiesta timetable is usually:
January 16 - Eve of St Antony's Day - bonfires are lit in Sant Lluis
January 17 - Procession of the 3 Knocks - procession in Ciutadella
February - Town and village carnivals in the week before Lent
March/April - Holy Week - solemn processions in Mahon and several villages
Slaughter of the Puppets - celebrity puppets are hung in Ciutadella
May - Festival of the Virgin of the Bull - starts on Monte Toro, then Es Mercadal
June 23 - 25 - Festa de Sant Joan - jousting, dancing and processions at Ciutadella
July 16 - Festes de la Mare de Deu del Carmen - parades and boat processions
July, 3rd - Sunday Festa de Sant Marti - procession and dancing in Es Mercadal
July 24 - 25 - Festa de Sant Jaume - parades and processions in Es Castell
Aug, 2nd weekend - Festa de Sant Llorenc - horses in Alaior
Aug, last week - Festa de Sant Bartomeu - 3 days of fun in Ferreries
September 7 - 9 - Festa de la Mare de Deu de Gracia - processions and parades in Mahon
December Christmas - Nativity plays leading up to the 25th

Flights
See 'Aeroplanes' above.

Food
The food in Menorca is simple and traditional, with the most famous dish being the lobster stew, which is popular in the restaurants in Fornells. Other Menorcan specialities include oven stuffed aubergines and partridge and cabbage. Menorca also has a good range of sausages, which include 'sobrasada' (which consists of meat and bacon) and 'camot' or 'cuixa' (black sausages flavoured with fennel). Menorca is also well known for its Cheese - see 'Queso' - and Mayonnaise. Sweet and savoury pastries are also common on the island.

Fort Marlborough
In the early 18th century, the British built Fort Marlborough at the mouth of Mahon harbour on the cove of Sant Esteve, Es Castell. The Fort is open 6 days a week (not Mondays) from April to September to the public.

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Gin
Gin has been produced in Menorca since before the 18th century. Gin with lemonade, known as 'Pomada' is a popular drink in Menorca. The leading gin producer on the island is Xoriguer - see below for further details.

Golf

Son Parc boasts Menorca's only 9 hole golf course (hopefully to be extended to the full 18 holes within the near future), complete with floodlit driving range. The golf course also has a club house with restaurant and bar for meals, snacks and drinks. Tee times can be booked in advance and tennis courts are also available at the club. Click on the picture for further details:

Guide
If you are coming to Menorca and require a guide to the island to show you the cultural and architectural delights then look no further than Stephan Hawthorne - Stephan is multi lingugal and can assist with business trips or holiday excursions. Please contact him directly for further information on www.sesvoltes.es or on 00 34 617 206 940.

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HorsesClub Escola
While visiting Menorca, why not go horse riding. The Picadero Menorca on the outskirts of Alaior offers pony rides in a horse and cart. Also, you could see an equestrian show during your stay - click on the picture for further details about the Club Escola equestrian show. or contact them on 971 15 50 59. Alternatively Son Martorellet has a show with dancing horses based near Cala Galana. They offer mini shows, guided tours, excursions and training - they can be contacted on 609 04 94 93. Both numbers should be pre fixed with 00 34 if using a UK mobile.
In addition, Trotting Races are very popular on the island. This is where the jockey sits in a small cart behind the horse and has to prevent the horse from breaking into a gallop. As you'd expect, it's possible to have a few bets on the winner. The Mahon Hipodrome at Sant Lluis usually has races on a Saturday evening in the Summer and Sunday mornings in Winter. Check their site www.hipodromdemao.com

Hospitals
The two main hospitals are in Mahon and Cituadella. A new hospital has been opened also in Sant Lluis - Hospital Mateu Doctor Orfilia.  971 48 70 00 . In Ciutadella Centro de Salud 971 48 01 12. (These numbers should be pre fixed with 00 34 if using a UK mobile). There are also a number of private clinics available, although you should take care as you will be billed - better to check with your insurance company if possible. Remember to take your E1-11 card with you as well to qualify for health care as part of the reciprocal agreement between EU countries.

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Information
We recommend Menorca the Guide. In our opinion, one of the best information resources for Menorca on the Internet. Other websites with detailed information on Menorca are Menorcainfo.net and in2 Menorca Inside Guide. Another good website packed with information is Islas Travel Guide - www.islas.co.uk

Internet
If you require access to the Internet, E-mail or a Fax machine while on holiday, Ca N'Internet in Es Mercadal can assist. There is also an Internet Cafe in Ciutadella.  Mahon has several internet cafes, one called Menorc @ Tic near the Plaza de Esplanade.

Ca'n Internet   Elcafenet

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Jazz
Jazz is very popular on the island. The San Clemente Jazz Club meets at 9.30pm every Tuesday evening at the Casino Sant Climent Visiting musicians are welcome to join in.

Jewellery
Menorcan jewellery reached its height in the early 20th century, when brooches, buckles and silver-studded handbags were exported to Europe and America. Today, Menorca's coppersmiths and silversmiths tend to operate out of Alaior and Ciutadella.

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Kings Island
Between Mahon and the entrance to the harbour are 3 islands. The first is King's Island (Illa del Rei), although when the British built a hospital there it was known as 'Bloody Island'. The other 2 are Flat Island (Illa Plana) and Lazareto, which were both former quarantines.

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Leather
The leather and footware industry in Menorca dates back to the 18th century, becoming one of the island's main economies. Today, 'avarques' (sandals) are a popular item, manufactured predominantly in Mercadal.

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Markets
Mahon and Ciutadella have markets in the town centres, selling meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Ferreries holds a special open-air market on Saturday mornings. Open-air markets selling clothes and crafts visit all towns and villages in the mornings from Monday to Saturday. Normal market times are as follows:

Mahon
Tuesdays & Saturdays

Es Castell
Mondays & Wednesdays

Alaior
Thursdays

Es Migjorn Gran
Wednesdays

Ferreries
Tuesdays & Fridays

Mercadal
Sundays

Ciutadella
Fridays & Saturdays

Sant Lluis
Mondays & Wednesdays

Mosquitos
Mosquitos are often present in Menorca at certain times of the year - good idea to use a preventative such as Jungle Formula etc - check it is okay to use on small children and babies. Mosquitos seem to come out at night so if dining out at night it is often at that time that you are bitten. For adults sitting outside on an evening you can buy Citronella candles - which has a chemical abhorrent to the Mosquito in it. If you are bitten there are a few things you can do to ease the pain - bring insect bite cream with you and for small children a bottle of Piriton syrup which is an anti histamine - please check with your pharmacist in the UK that it is suitable for the age of your child, dependant on what other medication they are taking. For adults normal tablet forms of anti histamine are recommended - again dependant on what other medication you are on.

Another excellent preventative course is to buy the bottles of chemicals attached to a two point plug - these are available from Boots the Chemist and are excellent. Once in resort ( not before as it will leak over your suitcase) attach chemical bottle to plug by screwing in - then from 4pm onwards close all windows, press switch to activate chemical and close door to bedroom for example. This will kill any mosquitos which are in the room already. It is better to switch the chemicals off overnight although it is safe to leave on all night unless asthmatic/child etc.

Eurax lotion which is available in the UK is also good for soothing any bites - unlike the old Calomine Lotion does not leave you covered in pink blobs! - Eurax dries in clear and is also good for heat rash. Check with pharMuseu Municipalmacist for suitability for young babies and children etc.

Museums
Both Mahon and Ciutadella each have a museum open to the public. Mahon's (Museu Diocesa) contains coins, pottery and fine arts. Ciutadella's (Museu Municipal) tells the history of Menorca from pre-Talaiotic to Muslim times. Click on the picture to see the Museu Municipal's website:

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Navetas
Menorca's prehistoric sites are among the most peaceful places on the island. Most are situated in the midst of farmland and reached along minor roads. The most common monuments incude 'navetas' (burial chambers shaped like an upturned boat) and 'talaiots' (large circular structures used as both dwellings and watch-towers).

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Opening Hours
Most shops are open from 9am to 1.30pm and 5pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings. Supermarkets and gift shops often stay open for longer hours. The large SYP supermarkets in Mahon, Ciutadella and near Sant Lluis are usually open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday mornings. There are two new supermarkets based in the Poligono in Mahon - HiperCliment and another just further along Hipercentral.

Opera
Opera performances can be seen throughout the Summer season at the Teatro Principal. The theatre is in the middle of Mahon, at the junction of Hannover and Orfila streets, two of the main shopping areas.

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Parking
Where parking is prohibited by a VADO PERMANENTE - GUAL PERMANENT sign, don't risk it. The police crane may tow the car away. A yellow triangle is left on the pavement, indicating the whereabouts of the pound. There will be a substantial fee to recover the vehicle.

Petrol
There are self service petrol stations (gasolineras) in Mahon, Ciutadela, Sant Lluis, Alaior, Mercadal, Ferreries and on the Fornells road. Unleaded petrol is known as 'gasolina sin plomo'.

Playas de FornellsPlayas de Fornells
Playas de Fornells is an exclusive development, just 2 kms west of Fornells, the old fishing village famous for its fish restaurants. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Photography
For a stunning selection of photography of Menorca, visit Geoff Williamson Photography's website.

Pool Safety
A new device called the Safety Turtle is available to buy or rent. This is a wristband device which will warn you if a child falls into the pool. Picinas cristalinas is offering them on 971 93 99 11 or 696 87 35 92. Pre fix these numbers with 00 34 if using a UK mobile.

Post
Each main town has a Post Office, which is usually open between 9am and 1.30pm. The main ones are in Mahon (Buen Aire 15), which is open from 8.30am to 14.30pm and all day in summer, and Ciutadella (Plaza del Borne 5). Stamps can be bought at most supermarkets. Post boxes are bright yellow and have collection times on them. The current rate for both letters and postcards to any EC country is 58 centimos. Post boxes in Menorca are bright yellow.

Punta Prima
Punta Prima is situated on the south east coast of Menorca and has one of the largest, finest beaches. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

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Queso (Cheese)
Menorca has a long tradition of producing cheese from cows milk. The climate, humidity and pasture gives the cheese of Mahon its characteristic flavour. In 1985, it received international recognition. The cheese has 3 levels of maturity: tender, semi-cured and old. The 2 major producers of cheese in Menorca are Coinga and La Payesa, whose factory and shop are both just outside Alaior.

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RestaurantsRestaurants
Menorca has an excellent selection of restaurants from Spanish tapas bars and cafes to gourmet restaurants. Most restaurants serve international cuisine with a choice of a few local specialities, such as roast shoulder or leg of lamb, stuffed peppers, lobster stew, fresh local fish, paella and so on. There are also a selection of Italian pizzerias, a small number of Chinese restaurants and an excellent Indian restaurant (The Taj, just outside Mahon) on the island.

For an economical meal at lunchtime (which usually includes either water or wine), try the 'menu del dia' of your choice of restaurant. Whatever your tastes, you should find plenty to choose from. Booking is advisable in the high season.

If you do need some more help on particular restaurants, why not have a look at the annual guide, 'Restaurants off the beaten track', which is now available on-line. Click on the picture for further information.

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SailingMenorca Cruising School
To really appreciate Menorca's unspoilt coves, often inaccessible from land, why not explore the island by yacht. There are a number of companies who will charter yachts, both with and without a skipper, and who offer lessons to beginners. Mike Morris at Menorca Cruising School specialises in this area. His website can be found via:
Please also see 'Boat Trips' above.

S'Algar
Situated on the south east coast of the island, S'Algar was one of the first purpose built tourist resorts in Menorca. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas, situated on the south coast of Menorca, is famous for its 3km long sandy beach. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Sant Lluis
Founded by the French in 1761 during their occupation of Menorca, Count l'Annion, then Governor of Menorca, ordered the village to be built around a church - dedicated to Louis IX. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Sol del Este
Sol del Este is a quiet residential area with a small gently shelving beach. The resort has a few restaurants, cafes and a couple of supermarkets. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Son Bou Son Bou
Situated on Menorca's south-west coast and approximately 30 minutes drive from Mahon airport, Son Bou is a firm favourite with families. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Son Ganxo
The tranquil coastal village of Son Ganxo lies on Menorca's south east coast. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

Son Parc Son Parc
Son Parc is situated on the north coast of Menorca and is popular with families looking for a relaxing beach holiday and with golfers. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.
Son Parc Beach

SpanishLinguaphone
A few words of Spanish can go a long way, particularly when ordering meals in a restaurant. now do a number of different Spanish courses, including a listening package that you can do at your own pace, e.g. in the car. Click on the above link for further details.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in km/hr are:
Type of Road Cars & Motorbikes Mopeds
Major roads/dual carriageways 100 40
Other roads 90 40
Urban streets 50 40
Residential areas 20 20

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Talaiots & Taulas
Menorca's prehistoric sites are among the most peaceful places on the island. Most are situated in the midst of farmland and reached along minor roads. The most common monuments incude 'navetas' (burial chambers shaped like an upturned boat) and 'talaiots' (large circular structures used as both dwellings and watch-towers). Most mysterious of all are the 'taulas', T-shaped tables which probably performed some religious ritual function.

Taxis
Taxi services are available from the larger towns and Mahon airport. Rates are reasonable but there are often supplementary charges for luggage, travelling in the evening and on Sundays. Taxis in the regions of Sant Lluis, Mahon, Alaior, Es Castell, Es Migjorn and Es Mercadel can be contacted on 971 36 71 11 ( 00 34 prefix if using UK mobile). In Cituadella 971 48 22 22 ( again 00 34 prefix if using UK mobile) and in Ferrarias 971 37 34 84 ( 00 34 prefix if using a UK mobile). Taxis charge a set amount and should have a folder in their cab which they can show you to verify the rate. Most do not provide baby or booster seats.

Telephones
There are telephone boxes all over the island. To dial the UK, you should prefix the UK phone number with 00 44, but omit the first 0 of the UK regional code. they take coins of 2,5,10,20 and 25 centimos and 1 and 2 euros.

Temperature
Temperatures in Menorca usually rise to around 30 degrees in July and August and fall to 14 degrees in January. Menorca has an average of 315 days of sunshine a year.

Tourist Information Offices
There is one in Mahon - Sa Rovellada de Dalt - 971 36 37 90 (prefix with 00 34 if using UK mobile) or in Cituadella the mobile Information Office parks in Pza del Borne each morning in the summer and tours nearby resorts in the afternoons - 971 48 15 15 or 971 38 26 93 (prefix with 00 34 if using UK mobile).

Translator
If you are coming to Menorca and require a guide to the island to show you the cultural and architectural delights then look no further than Stephan Hawthorne. Stephan can also help with translation  - Stephan is multilingugal and can assist with business trips or holiday excursions. Please contact him directly for further information on  www.sesvoltes.es or on 00 34 617 206 940.

Trebaluger
The tiny village of Trebaluger is 5 km from the capital of Menorca, Mahon. Further information can be found on our Resort Information page.

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Videos
It's possible to hire English videos for several days at a time from Movie World in Mahon, which is particularly useful for younger members of the family wanting to escape the sun for a few hours. Their address is c/ Font I Vidal, 9A, Mahon, which is fairly close to the large Syp supermarket.

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Walking
For an out of season holiday, what better way to see the island of Menorca than by foot. Walks vary, both by duration and area. For further details, visit Menorca Walking Holidays, or if holidaying alone, see the Menorca Singles website below:

Menorca Singles Walking

Water ParkAqua Park
The popular Los Delfines Aqua Park, near Ciutadella, is worth a visit for those with more active junior members in their party! Be warned, both the resort and water park are busy and commercialised.  There is another water park at Cala En Bosc called Aqua Rock which also does Karting and a smaller one at Son Bou which also has a maze with a clue finding trail suitable for younger children. Click on the picture for further details:

Wine
Riojas are the best known Spanish wines, particularly in relation to red wine, made from the 'tempranillo' and 'garnacha' grapes. However, the Spanish whites are also worth trying - look out for Penedes, Chivite and Senorio de Sarria. Spanish sparkling wine has a growing reputation, largely as a result of the increasing successes of Barcelona's 2 producers: Freixenet and Cordonia. The sparkling wines are either 'semi-seco' (medium sweet), 'seco' (medium dry), 'brut' (dry) or 'extra brut' (extra dry).

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XXoriguer

Xoriguer
The leading gin producer on the island is Xoriguer, whose distillery is near the far end of Mahon's waterfront. You are able to visit the distillery and shop, and sample the gin and herb liqueurs. To view their website, click on the picture.

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