Spain Guide


Menorca Accommodation

Menorca has escaped the concrete development which now characterises so much of Spain's coastline. You'll find a few hotels and apartment complexes dotted around the most popular bays, particularly along the south coast and at Arenal d'en Castell in the north east corner.

The standard of hotel accommodation ranges from five star luxury to cheap and cheerful BB style hostals. Menorca has everything from holiday villages and beach clubs to beautiful private villas with pools to rent and country farmhouses.

Environmentally friendly rural tourism is strongly encouraged on the island and whichever type of accommodation you choose, be prepared to pay the local "eco tax".

You pay per night at a rate dependent on the style of holiday accommodation. Five star hotels attract the top rate of two Euros per night and accommodation classed as "agrotourism" has the lowest rate of 25 cents. Children under 12 are exempt.

One of the island's most luxurious hotels is the five star La Quinta at La Xoriguer on the south coast (and if you can afford to stay there you won't be unduly concerned by the €2 tax). We're talking fluffy bathrobes and sumptuous suites with private jacuzzis here.

The hotel has a beautiful crescent shaped swimming pool and a spa centre with solaria, a Turkish bath, jacuzzi, massage rooms, beauty treatments and an indoor heated pool.

The majority of holidaymakers stay in mid range family orientated hotels and apartment complexes, most of which have a good range of sports and leisure activities and an in house entertainment programme.

Check whether your chosen venue is child friendly with kids' clubs, early evening entertainment, children's meals etc. These facilities can make all the difference if you're a harassed parent but if you're a couple seeking peace and relaxation you might want to steer well clear of such a venue.

The best family centres have kindergartens, different clubs for youngsters of all ages and day long activities such as water polo, aerobics, shooting, bowls etc. In the evening they provide mini clubs for the kids and varied entertainment karaoke, quiz nights, live music etc for adults.

Many of the resorts have very limited tourist facilities, so if you're looking for a holiday with plenty of leisure activities it's important to check that these will be laid on at your hotel.

The Family Club Marina Parc at Arenal d'en Castell is an example of a well equipped holiday village with three sweet water swimming pools, children's clubs, plenty of sports and a packed entertainment programme. The complex consists of 187 self catering apartments, none of which is more than 700 metres from the resort's main sandy beach.

For those wanting something a bit different there are charming converted farmhouses, elegant Menorcan mansions and lovely rural fincas where you'll receive a very personal service in the environment of a country home.

Morvedra Nou, for example, is an attractive rural hotel seven kilometres from Ciutadella. The original building dates back to 1650 but this small hotel's 17 rooms are equipped with all mod cons including satellite TV, air conditioning, central heating and mini bar. The hotel has views of the sea and unspoilt countryside and is famed for its excellent Menorcan cuisine.

Or try Lloc de Santo Tomas, a typical Menorquinian house, lovingly renovated to provide four guest bedrooms. You'll feel more like a guest of the family than a tourist. The hotel, located five kilometres from Ciutadella, organises excursions to the island's prehistoric sites and monuments.

For campers, there's a well equipped site at Son Bou, on the south coast. Mobile homes and tent style bungalows are available for rent at the site which is three kilometres from Son Bou beach and five kilometres from the town of Alaior. The site has a huge swimming pool, a supermarket, barbecue areas, a cinema, games room, various sports and a full entertainment programme.

Budget conscious visitors looking for something a little more Spanish than the modern hotels will enjoy the small family run hostals where you get clean and comfortable accommodation at an exceptionally good price. There are several in Ciutadella, Mahon, Fornells and Sant Luis.