Over five million tourists from around Europe head for the Balearics each year for their annual holiday, and the second biggest of the islands, Menorca, has a reputation as a family holiday island.
Menorca, home to many resorts and towns in eight municipalities, is very rich in history and culture. Several celebrities visit Menorca year after year for fun, relaxation and family time. Museums, art galleries and musical events are among the attractions that draw people to the Balearic Islands and Menorca.
Binibeca is on the south coast of Menorca, only five miles from the capital city of Mao (Mahon). It is considered to be one of the quietest resort areas on Menorca. Some say it is too quiet to suit their tastes. Binibeca offers more privacy than the larger areas of the island because it consists primarily of residential housing as opposed to large resorts and hotels. Most of Binibeca's tourist housing is self-catering, with a variety of supermarkets to supply daily needs. The few hotels and clubhouses in Binibeca are outnumbered by the privately owned properties. Rental villas in Binibeca vary from one to three bedrooms and most offer spectacular views of the sea from nearly every room. Villas offer added privacy for a more worry-free family vacation. Most rentals in Binibeca are within a five-mile walking distance to the Med and her beaches.
Many fun activities await tourists in Binibeca. Diving classes and tours are available for novices and experienced divers alike. The crystal clear waters around Binibeca are perfect for snorkeling and diving. Binibeca also has a very nice yacht club. Sightseeing tours are abundant, both by land and from the air. Small, light aircraft tours offer a bird's-eye view of the entire island. In addition to air tours, the airfield also boasts a go-kart track that appeals to the young and the young at heart. With a short trip to Sant Climent, you will find an equestrian school where you can pay to ride the horses. The school often fills up weeks in advance, so it is best to book your ride ahead of time.
Binibeca Vell is the primary town in the area. It was created in the image of a traditional fishing village. The village is whitewashed and always freshly painted. All patios are perfectly decorated in an effort to capture the traditional feel. The village itself is constructed with authentic cobbled streets and arches. Due to the family appeal, the village's nightlife is relatively low-key. There are several clubs and bars, though they do not stay open until dawn like clubs in the more populated resort areas.
The coastline from Cala Torret holds several sheltered coves. The rocky coastline has many paths and steps that lead to specific swimming platforms. These coves and private areas are great for families who don't wish to be disturbed by large crowds. Swimming and diving are very good in these areas. Be sure to follow all safety measures and double check for rocks before diving into the water.
The quiet, peaceful nature of Binibeca isn't for everyone. Some people look for a more lively vacation spot. Menorca offers a very wide variety of resort locations to fit nearly every need. Some resorts offer golfing, go-kart rides, guided tours and musical performances. The 2008 jazz festival kicked off in March and is expected to last through the summer and into autumn. Many museums, theme parks and water parks also await.
If you're wondering where to go for your 2009 holiday, if you want a good family vacation, take a look at Menorca as it could be just what the family could do with while the gloom of the economy is all around.
Flights to Mahon Airport in Menorca are available through yourmenorca.net