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Menorca has much to offer. It is a family friendly relaxing holiday destination, but look further afield than the sea, beaches and many restaurants and there is much to do and see.
Art Galleries - 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.
Boat Trips - Boat trips are available from Ciutadella, Es Castell and Mahon. 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.
Bowling - 10 pin bowling is available in Son Bou. There is a bar and snacks can also be served. There is also a soft children's play area suitable for children 5 years and under. For older children there are a few arcade games and pool tables. Open 4pm-2am daily. Mahon also has a bowling alley Ocimax on the C/Ramon y Cajal, 15 in Mahon.
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.
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).
Gin Factory - 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.
Golf - Son Parc boasts Menorca's only golf course, 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.
Horse Riding & Racing - 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. 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.
Jazz - 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.
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.
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.
Water Parks - 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 also another water park at Cala en Bosc called Aqua Rock where in addition to the many slides, karting is also available. At Son bou there is a small water park with 2-3 slides and also a maze which young children would find enjoyable.