Michelin Travel Guide Spain

Michelin Travel Guide Spain
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"Time Out" Mallorca and Menorca
  Mallorca, and its smaller neighbor Menorca, may have been among Europe's most popular holiday hot spots for the past forty or so years, but the days when they were synonymous with boisterous, boozy package tours are well and truly over. True, you can still get sand, sea, sun, sombreros and sangria if that's what you're after, but Mallorca, in particular, has spectacularly and surprisingly re branded itself as one of the classiest holiday destinations on the Med. Nowhere will you find a greater concentration of stylish hotels - ranging from full-on metropolitan luxury to rustic farmhouse chic - and first-rate restaurants in every price bracket. Add in the island's stunning natural beauty, particularly in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, the developed tourist infrastructure and the range of activities on offer and you have a unique destination that can satisfy just about any holiday demand you make. More information and prices from:
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Menorca

Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands

Menorca or Minorca is probably the most 'exclusive' of the Balearic islands. Thirty miles long by 12 miles wide, the boomerang-shaped island is a relatively upmarket contrast to some of its neighbours. The island still has undeveloped parts and secluded beaches that can only be reached by boat or on foot.

The island has a rich and varied geography and the prehistoric remains which litter the island are fascinating and mysterious.

The British have had an attraction to the island to the island since the 18th century when it was a British colony, visited by Admiral Lord Nelson and his mistress, Lady Hamilton.

Menorca is the wettest of the three major Balearic islands, with a strong and sometimes cold and northerly wind in the winter months. As a consequence, tourism is highly geared towards May-October when it is much warmer and often hot and sunny, Most of the accommodation is on the coast in hotels, apartments and holiday villas.