Seeing the sights of Menorca on a budget

Fortunately, the costliest part of a visit to Menorca is often getting there, especially if you are a little careful with your money and with what you do when on the Balearic Island.

The island’s geographical position has made it a place that has been at the centre of a lot of historical happenings and a lot of this history is evident today. Of course, the area is famed for its sand, sea, food and drink and there’s plenty of choice of the latter two for people of all budgets and as you probably know the sand and sea are free. A holiday in Menorca can make be a lot lower price when compared to a UK holiday and those looking to come to Great Britain with a UK visa.

So, what should you see and do if you’re in this wonderfully sunny Catalan isle and need to watch your pennies?

Markets

The Spanish love their markets it seems and there’s one for each and every day of the week on the island. Choose from Mahon’s markets on Tuesday and Saturday, Ciutadella’s on Fridays and Saturdays, Es Castell’s on Monday and Wednesday and a range of others in Alaior and Ferreries on a number of other days of the week. There’s a great buzz around these markets and a wide range of locally caught and grown produce as well as commercial goods. The entertainment element is also quite high, which means not only do you get to take in the local culture but you also sample a bite or two to eat. Most markets close around noon as the heat hits peak temperatures.

Mount Toro

We’d advise you to fill your stomach up before you take on a little trip up Mount Toro. The highest point of the island is also the home of a community of Franciscan nuns and a statue of ‘Jesus the Sacred Heart, which is dedicated towards the locals who died in the Moroccan war of 1925. There are a number of other monuments including ones to emigrants from the 19th century. However, this is all just a sideshow for the vista from the top of the mount. The views of the island and surrounding Mediterranean are stunning and more than worth a trip. Try and avoid it during the middle of the day, as it’s a bit of a trek in high heat.

Archaeological Sites

There are numerous historical sites on the island, largely due to the areas speckled history. Luckily for visitors, these sites are found all over the island and are largely free to enter and have a look around. From the Romans up to British occupation in the 19th century, there’s much to see. Here are a few of the best archaeological sites to visit.

  • Ecomuseu de Cap de Cavalleria – Menorca’s only Roman town. It’s situated on the northern tip of the island and west of the Fornells. There’s a bar, shop and a museum with a number of excavated finds from the period.
  • Fort Marlborough – A British fort used for strategic defence of the area during the 19th century. The fort is situated east of Es Castell and is open from Easter to December of viewing.
  • If you’re looking for a Menorcan museum this is probably the best and is situated near the town of Mahon. It holds a large amount of local and excavated finds. It’s situated beside the market in the town and is the perfect accompaniment to a trip to the market.
  • Cala Morell – Looking to see one of the islands brilliant necropolises – burial places in the caves. This is probably the most spectacular one on the island and is made up of 14 manmade caves and is quite an intriguing trip.
  • Torre D’en Galmes – This Talayotic settlement leads right back to the Bronze Age and is the largest on the island. It was occupied from 1400 BC until the Romans arrived in 123AD and is certainly worth visiting if you’re in the area around Alaior.

Menorca is rich in fauna and flora, to the extent it is a UNESCO biosphere reserve. With over 900 species of flowering plants and 25 species of orchid alone, it’s a renowned place for lovers of nature.

Lithicawhich is situated outside Ciutadella is a non-profit organisation situated in the sandstone quarries and has partially been turned into an area for this native flora and wildlife. Other parts of the area allow visitors to see how sandstone is quarried nowadays in an environmentally friendly manner. The area also has a maze for children to play in and around.

Menorca is the perfect place for those looking for sunshine, sand and plenty to do at a low cost. Package holidays to the area are increasingly low cost and the area is extremely family friendly, meaning it’s the perfect place for those on a budget.

Cormac Reynolds writes for Global Visas a UK visa company

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