LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 16, 2012) - Menorca is the Balearics at their relaxed and unspoilt best. With endless strings of sheltered coves, gorgeous beaches and a huge range of leisure pursuits to enjoy, Menorca has something for everyone and is particularly popular with families wishing to avoid the party-going masses of the other Balearic Islands.
What's the attraction?
There's a large selection of cheap accommodation to be found, most with a friendly atmosphere and welcoming pools, but it's also good to get off the sun bed and explore for a taste of the real Menorca.
The island's colourful past has left it with some superb examples of colonial architecture, which can be viewed from the extensive network of hiking and biking trails. For example, Cavalleria near Fornells has the ruins of a Roman city, a Muslim mosque and an English watchtower. It's regarded as Menorca's open-air museum and has been declared an area of special interest. History buffs may also want to visit the Ciutadella Cathedral and the megalithic standing stones at Naveta des Taules, Talaiots and Tudons. No holiday to Menorca would be complete without a trek up Mount Toro where walkers will be rewarded by breath-taking views of the island.
Menorca is also well known for its series of summer festivals. The Festes de Sant Joan in Ciutadella is the most popular with holidaymakers making the most of Menorca flights from Monarch Airlines for the festival alone. Falling at the summer solstice, the three day event draws enormous crowds who are thrilled to watch the traditional processions, the famous galloping black horses and the spectacular fireworks display.
Music lovers will enjoy the lively Jazz Club at San Clement every Tuesday. Or for more time-honoured tastes, there are recitals at the cathedral in Mahon at 11am every day (except Sunday) courtesy of the 19th century 2,300 pipe organ.
The island also offers many of the standard package holiday desirables, such as gently-shelving sandy beaches, water sports, glass-bottom boat trips, water parks for the kids, and most importantly, clear blue skies and temperatures reaching 30 degrees in the summer months.
Find out for yourself why the island is so popular and grab flights to Menorca for only £36 per person from Birmingham, Manchester, London Luton and London Gatwick airports. You can see more highlights and attractions by visiting the dedicated destination guide at www.monarch.co.uk.