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Car hire in Menorca (also often spelled Minorca) gives you the opportunity and flexibility to discover this unspoilt Spanish paradise at your leisure. With its secluded coves of glistening turquoise waters and golden sands, Menorca is the far less developed and underrated sister of nearby Majorca and Ibiza. Spend your days travelling from beach to beach, discovering hidden gems and stopping off in the quaint but cosmopolitan capital Mahón for a stroll along the ancient harbour. With numerous daily flights to Menorca from mainand Spain, you can hop over for a long weekend or spend two fabulous weeks in the celebrated Mediterranean.

It's your choice: Where to go in Menorca

Though smaller than its neighbour Majorca, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and nearby Ibiza combined. With the possibility of finding a deserted beach, even at the height of the summer, the draw to this sun-kissed Mediterranean island is clear. The island's airport is located close to the capital city of Mahón but no destination should take you longer than an hour to reach when you rent a car in Menorca. Once you've settled in, a Menorca map from your local visitor information office can help you plan excursions to the beaches, towns, nature parks, and villages across the island. Choose from one of the five regions, plan a route with a few stops, and start your Menorcan road adventure.

Things to do in Menorca

Mahón: The island's capital is famed for its historic harbour where you can catch a glimpse of Mediterranean turtles. Take a stroll along the waterfront and shop for local groceries in Claustre del Carme Market. Son Bou: As one of the more developed areas in Menorca, Son Bou has an extensive collection of local and international restaurants as well as an excellent beach with shallow waters ideal for children. Punta Prima: Located in the municipality of Sant Lluis, Punta Prima's town centre is just moments from the soft sand beach and crystal clear blue water. Fornells: Nestled in a small bay on the north of the island, Fornells offers peace and tranquillity in a serene setting. The quaint buildings are flanked by small shops, cafes, and restaurants, and evoke an era of nostalgic Spanish life.

Important info about Menorca

Menorca has thankfully escaped large scale development, meaning that much of the natural landscape remains intact. Comprising everything from wetlands and sand dunes to ravines and caves, you'll have the opportunity to see it all when you rent a car in Menorca. A Menorca map is an excellent idea to plan your pursuits and see the highlights on offer. A visit to the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park is a must. The park boasts several trails through extensive wetlands, where you can spend the morning meandering through small islands, spotting turtles and migratory birds. Get offshore and explore the underwater world with one of the many dive schools located in coastal towns all around the island. With excellent visibility and an eclectic range of fish, Menorca is an unbeatable place to head below the water's surface. If you aren't ready to dive, take a kayak tour. The area of the island near Cala en Porter and the Rincón de l’Escala cliff is intriguing for its coastal caves only accessible from the water.

Weather in Cuitadella
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Country Spain
Language Spanish
Currency Euro
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +34

Good to know

Though the legal driving age in Spain is 18, 21 is the minimum age to rent a car in Menorca. Before you leave home, it's also important to make sure that you have all the required documentation. You'll also need to keep your documents with you when driving around the island. Vehicles travel on the right in Menorca with basic road customs being similar to the UK. Seatbelts must be worn at all times and mobile phones are only permitted with a hands-free kit. The local laws state that blood alcohol levels must be below 0.5mg per millilitre. There is an exception for new drivers who may only have a level of 0.1, effectively rendering it not possible to drink any alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car.

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Our tour suggestion for Menorca

Driving across the island is the ideal way to explore the hidden coves on your Menorca holidays. For the perfect day trip start in the south at the beaches of Cala Galdana. From here you can drive to either Cala Macarella or Cala Turqueta—these two beaches are just two miles apart—before finishing the day in the glorious Es Talaiera, one of the island's hidden gems. If you're staying on the northern coast, then a drive to Cala Pregonda is a must. This protected area of Menorca has no hotels, so you can bask in the sunshine away from the rest of civilization. If you're staying in the capital, head north on Route 7 to the stunning Parc Natural de s'Albufera des Grau before paying a visit to Fornells, with its pretty promenade and hilltop lighthouse.

What to taste in Menorca

As well as encompassing traditional Spanish cuisine, Menorca has cultivated its own unique cuisine. From fresh pastries to locally produced cheese, the island is a foodie paradise and an integral part of any trip. Numerous dairy farms produce Mahón cheese and the texture varies wildly depending on its age. Be sure to order a plate of sobrassada when you tuck into a tapas lunch, a local sausage seasoned with paprika. Another must-try sausage is called carnixulla. On a hot Spanish afternoon, nothing beats a bowl of oliaigu, a chilled tomato soup and a perennially popular lunchtime dish. Cabrit o lechona es forn is Menorca's version of a Sunday roast. Though this suckling pig is mostly eaten during holidays and festivals, with a little research you can find it across the island on most days, particularly on weekends.