Hotels in Menorca (Minorca) in the Balearic Islands, Spain
Vacations For 2010 - Menorca by Santo Thomas
Few European countries remain in
recession in Europe, but Spain is one of them, and with over ten per cent
of her economy dependent on tourism the country will be hoping for a sparkling
summer next year.
Tourism has been hard hit by the
economic recession as holidaymakers seek cheaper destinations. Spain, which
is still experiencing her first recession since 1993, has seen a sharp
decline in visitors from other European nations, especially the UK. This
is largely due to the fall in the value of the British pound compared to
This is particularly devastating
because tourism makes up over 10 percent of Spain's Gross Domestic Product.
Arrivals from the UK accounted for 28 percent of all foreign visitors a
couple of years ago, but that has been dropping recently. Painting an even
grimmer picture, many of those former visitors are said to be heading to
destinations like Egypt and Turkey.
Despite the gloomy outlook, Spain
still has a lot to offer to visitors, especially in the Balearic Islands.
A mainstay of Spanish tourism, these islands offer an amazing climate,
with roughly 300 days of sunshine. Beautiful beaches and a rich cultural
heritage also add to their appeal. One of the best known is the island
of Menorca, which has been listed as a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO.
Second in size to Majorca, Menorca
has a resident population of roughly 88,000. During its early history,
ownership of Menorca changed hands many times. The island was initially
used as a base by pirates. Some of the architecture of Menorca has retained
its British influence. The Treaty of Amiens in 1802 saw the island ending
up in Spanish hands.
Things to do in Menorca
Menorca offers visitors an experience
that will last a lifetime. In the old capital, Ciudadela is a medieval
fortress of great interest to most visitors. If you are looking for some
history on Menorca, this is a must visit town. In the city visitors can
walk through the narrow streets to see old churches. The numerous shops
and bars are popular with visitors.
There are two museums in Ciudadela,
the Museu Municipal and the Museu Diocesa. These offer an interesting glimpse
into the country and its people. Steps leading to the waterfront will open
up a whole new side of Menorca. Here visitors can take boat rides or enjoy
the cuisine in one of the restaurants. Bar hoppers will find many venues
Beaches in Menorca
A trip to Menorca would not be complete
without visiting one of its over 50 beaches. One of the most well known
is Cala Pregonda. It is ideal for anyone who wants a quiet, secluded spot.
It is a long walk to get there, but there will be no complaints once you
experience the beauty of the area.
The Cala Santa Galdana is likely
to attract more of the touristy crowd with its modern facilities. It is
a great spot for photography enthusiasts. The shallow waters make Cala
Santa Galdana a popular beach with families.
The Son Bou Beach is the longest
on the island. Its wooden path leads to three bars, so you will not go
thirsty. This beach also offers a variety of water sports. Visitors are
advised to be aware of strong currents and to pay attention to flags posted
for their safety. The Cala Turqueta is notable for the fact that the beach
is largely unspoilt. The natural coastline is not marred by the construction
of modern facilities. It is considered one of the most beautiful spots
on the island. Other well known beaches include Son Xoriguer, Santo Tomas
and Punta Prima.
Menorca has the reputation of being
an ideal destination for groups and families. It enables visitors the opportunity
to enjoy the beauty of Europe on the cheap. Holidaymakers often take advantage
of package deals to save money. Hotel accommodation varies, and there is
something to suit every pocket. There are choices ranging from five-star
hotels to bed and breakfast. Half board options (bed, breakfast and dinner)
are also quite popular. And some Menorca property owners rent out their
villas to tourists too.
Many travel sites in the UK also
offer special deals for anyone wishing to visit Menorca. The island presents
an opportunity for anyone who wants to stretch their travel Euro. Even
with the exchange rate between the euro and pounds, Menorca is affordable.
Menorca continues to allow the tourist a pleasant holiday, and could well
be worth considering for a holiday next year.
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CIUDADELLA DE MENORCA HOTELS. BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN
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|Ciudadela de Menorca
formerly the commercial and cultural centre of Menorca, with an astonishing
amount of history and culture. There is plenty of nightlife in the
city, and many restaurants and bars. Although Ciudadella does not
have its own beach, there are beaches nearby at Cala Santandria and Sa
Binimar, Ciudadella de Menorca, Menorca Island
Binimar is a pink villa-style complex of low-rise apartment buildings located
300 metres of the beach at Cala Picas, and four kilometres from Ciudadela.
Guests have a choice of dining options around the complex including seasonal
barbecued dishes at the open-air Royal Grill, international buffets in
the main restaurant and snacks and pizzas at La Tasca. The restaurants
also offer live music and cabaret shows on a regular basis. Drinks
and cocktails are served at the Poseidon Bar as well as the open-air bar
by the pool. The complex is centred round the lagoon-style swimming
pool and children's pool, with palm-trees and ample spaces for sunbathing
under parasols. A pool table is also available on site.
Los Delfines, Ciudadella de Menorca, Menorca Island
Apartamentos los Delfines is set 200 metres from the popular white, sandy
cove of Cala'n Blanes, one kilometre from Ciutadella with its port, shops,
cafes and bars. The hotel offers buffet-style dining in its large
restaurant, which serves a variety of international dishes. The hotel snack
bar sells light refreshments and the poolside bar is a summery setting
for cocktails and refreshing drinks. After breakfast guests can spend the
day lounging by the giant, palm-fringed swimming pool while their young
children enjoy the safety of the adjacent splash pool. This modern
complex consists of 102 fully equipped self catering apartments, each of
which contains a separate sitting area and fully equipped kitchenette including
microwave, cooker, refrigerator and kitchen utensils.
Paradise Club, Cala n Bosch, Cuidadella de Menorca
modern façade of this family orientated hotel and apartment complex
lies 300 metres from Cala n Bosch's lively beach and marina. Sauna,
steam room and beauty services feature in the indoor pool and spa centre,
while the property's 10,000 square metres of garden house two further swimming
pools, one especially for children. When not participating in daily
activity and entertainment programs, kids can also keep themselves occupied
in the children's park, or on the tennis and volleyball courts. Adults,
meanwhile, can relax on the solarium, enjoy drinks and cocktails in the
poolside bar, and later enjoy live music and a chance to sample local flavours
in the contemporary dining room offering sea views.
Mar Blau, Alayor - 22 cms from Ciudadella de Menorca
magnificent views of the sea and Es Prat marshlands, Apartamentos Mar Blau
is a modern holiday complex located near the beach of Son Bou, six kilometres
from Alaior. Guests can relax with a drink or snack from the bar beside
the swimming pool, set in gardens and overlooking the protected wetland
area and the sea. Children have their own pool and a play area.
The bungalow apartments have a light contemporary decor and feature furnished
terraces which are all south facing with sea views. All are air-conditioned
and include safes, kitchens, bathrooms, telephones and televisions.
Patricia, Ciudadela de Menorca
modern Hotel Patricia, with its simple, white stucco façade reminiscent
of classic seaside architecture, is situated next to the lively harbour
in the town of Ciudadela. Guests can start the day with a Mediterranean-style
buffet breakfast in the spacious cafeteria. Drinks are served under
the impressive Art Deco-style glass dome in the saloon bar, or in the lounge,
with its deep sofas and daily newspapers. The hotel is centered round
a patio with a swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds and parasols. Practical
amenities include a round the clock front desk, multilingual staff and
a currency exchange service. Ciudadela is the capital of the island
of Menorca, famed for its historic port and Medieval parade ground. The
nearest beach is less than one kilometer away. Mahon Airport is 30 kilometers
from the hotel.
Almirante Farragut, Ciudadela de Menorca
Hotel Almirante Farragut is a large modern hotel situated in the quiet
Cala'n Fort bay, next door to shops, bars and restaurants, and 50 metres
from the beach. Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool,
soak up the sun on a sun bed by the beach, or sip a drink from the poolside
bar. An array of water sports is on offer, and kids will enjoy the
mini club and children's pool. Guests can also enjoy a work out in
the gym or a pampering visit to the hair and beauty salon. Guests
can choose from a variety of sporting activities; there is a biking centre,
diving centre, hiking centre and canoeing centre. Guests can also play
ping-pong, rifle shoot, or play volleyball and water polo. The hotel's
main restaurant is open for themed buffet dinners and the Snack & Pool
Bar serves light lunches and snacks.
Audax Spa & Wellness Centre, Cala Galdana-Ferrerias (12 kms from Ciudadela)
RTM Audax is a modern seven floor hotel built on terraces on the hillside,
surrounded by pine trees and 150 meters from the beach and estuary which
it overlooks. The secluded gardens feature a two-tier swimming pool complete
with a waterfall on the 6th floor. The hotel has two restaurants;
the Alexandra serving an international buffet, and the Santa Galdana, again
with a buffet and also à la carte menus available. A snack bar also
serves lunch on the terrace overlooking the pool. The health and
wellness center is the perfect place to workout or perhaps relax and take
advantages of the range of spa services on offer. All 244 guestrooms
have bright décor and modern furniture and feature balconies with
views of either the sea, swimming pool or pine forest.
MAHON HOTELS, MENORCA. BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN
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- Capital of Menorca,
Mahon has plenty to offer. Shops and restaurants, plus a marina which
is relaxing by day, and buzzing by night.
Hamilton Hotel, Mahon, Menorca
in a beautiful natural bay, the modern spacious Barcelo Hamilton Hotel
is located in the Menorcan capital of Mahon, 800 meters from the crystal
clear waters of Cala Padera beach. Guests can bronze on the sun-drenched
terraces next to the swimming pool, workout at the fitness center or relax
in the jetted tub and enjoy the traditional Menorcan cuisine. The
hotel's main restaurant offers local specialties as well as international
cuisine in a buffet-style setting, with a light contemporary decor and
relaxed atmosphere. The second restaurant, Sa Cova offers an
à la carte menu in a formal setting with low-level lighting and
terrace overlooking the sea. In the area, sports enthusiasts will
find tennis courts, a golf course, and scuba-diving and horse-riding schools,
as well as water sports, such as windsurfing, sailing, and underwater fishing.
Capri Le Petit Spa, Mahon, Menorca
Capri Le Petit Spa and Wellness Centre is a modern five story property
situated in the center of Mahon, with attractions and shops in the vicinity,
and less than one kilometer from the harbor with its lively assortment
of bars, restaurants and shops. Guests can take a dip and admire the view
from the roof-top swimming pool and hot tub (open-air in summer, glass-covered
in winter), work out in the fitness center, or relax in the sauna or steam
room. Massages and beauty treatments are also offered. The
hotel's restaurant and pizzeria serves a range of pizzas and traditional
Spanish dishes, while tapas snacks, sandwiches and drinks are available
in the bar/café; alternatively guests may choose to take advantage
of the room service. The 75 air-conditioned guestrooms have a bright décor
and balconies and are all equipped with cable television, minibars and
SANT LLUIS HOTELS, MENORCA. BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN
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|Sant Lluis - a quiet village
with a range of facilities - supermarkets, restaurants and bars, chemists,
banks and transport connections to Mahon.
Pueblo Menorca, Sant Lluis, Menorca
Pueblo Menorca is situated on the outskirts of Sant Lluis, Menorca, Spain.
Punta Prima beach is 300 metres away. This contemporary beach hotel
is set amid lush green grounds and manicured lawns. There are three swimming
pools for adults with a poolside bar, and two for children. Restaurant
Barcelo Pueblo Menorca features show cooking and serves a range of international
dishes from an extensive buffet. There are three bars located at Barcelo
Pueblo Menorca, including a pool bar with an outdoor terrace. A playground
and a children's miniclub are available. There are two outdoor tennis courts,
mini golf, a volleyball court, archery, and a soccer pitch. A daily and
nightly entertainment programme is organised for adults and children.
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Alcaufar Vell - Guest House, Sant Lluis, Menorca
by beautiful beaches with crystal clear water this country estate stands
out because of its old watchtower and over 100 hectares of grounds that
guests can walk in at their leisure. The house dates back to the
14th century and the various extensions that have been made over the centuries
have turned it into a neo-classical manor house. The front balcony and
the pediment provide the finishing touches to this impressive pale stone
building with large windows and green shutters that is reminiscent of the
belle époque. The owners offer a great range of pleasures
from a dip in the swimming pool, a drink at the El Racó del Poeta
bar while watching the wonderful sunsets, a walk among the pine, holm oak
and wild olive trees or tasting the home-made "sobresada".
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