The following visitor information has been compiled from a variety of sources including personal experience in the last couple of years. It is believed to be current and accurate butremember things change frequently especially in Menorca!
The official currency in Minorca is the Euro.
Most shops and businesses open from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and then from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Some shops close on Saturday afternoons.
Larger supermarkets open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. They also open on some Sundays and bank holidays throughout the year.
All towns in Minorca provide medical services. The national health service has a hospital in Maó (Verge del Toro) and various outpatient surgeries spread out through the island. You will need to check in your resort's visitor information sources for local details
There are also various private medical centres on the island. The Red Cross is present in the main towns and on the most popular beaches. Again it is wise to check in your resort's visitor information sources for local details
Normal opening hours are from 9.a.m. to 1 p.m. and then from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday. Saturday opening times are from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Outside of these opening times. There are 24 hour opening time shifts established among the pharmacies. Also a 24 hour pharmacyis located at the Airport.
It is usual to tip in bars, restaurants and to hotel staff. The amount varies between five and ten percent of the total bill.
The voltage is 220V.
Weights and measures
The metric system is used for weights, measures and distances.
4 star petrol, unleaded petrol and diesel are available. Petrol stations often sell newspapers, ice cream and refreshments.You will need to check in your resort's visitor information sources for opening times as 24 hour a day petrol stations are not so common on Menorca.
Some warm clothing is advisable for the winter, spring and autumn months. Although the weather is generally mild, it can be variable. Summer is hot and so light clothing is advisable.
Visitors to Minorca with pets should check that their accommodation allows pets. Not all accommodation welcomes pets and visitors must not forget that, in general, pets are not allowed by law into bars and restaurants.
All tourist complexes have an official complaint book for visitors. Tourists can also find a complaints book in Tourist Information Offices.
How to get to Menorca
Menorca is accessible by sea from Alcudia and Cala Ratjada in Majorca direct to the port of Ciutadella.
Barcelona, Palma de Majorca and Valencia have sailings to the port of Maó.
Several cities in the Iberian peninsula as well as most European capitals have air links with the Balearics. The airport of Mahon is just five kilometres from Maó.In the turist season many charter flights operate to Mahon Airport from all over Europe. Most UK airports have regular flights to Mahon.
Minorca airport is situated about 4.5 kilometres to the south-west of the island's capital, Mahón. It lies within the city limits of both Mahón and Sant Lluís.
There is room for 195 vehicles. The parking fees are:-First half hour or less- FreeSecond half hour or less, €0.40All or part of each additional hour €0.75Daily maximum for upto 4 days, €7.50 Daily maximum from the fifth day €6.00
Lost ticket: €37.50.
The following car hire companies are based at the airport:
Avis Tel +34 971361576 Fax: +34 971366400 Europcar. Tel +34 971366400 Fax: +34 971157067 Hertz. Tel +34 971354092: Fax: +34 971352263
A Taxi rank is located in front of the Arrivals Terminal. The price to drive to Mahon is about 10€.
Tel Mahó: +34 971 367 111 Tel Ciutadella: +34 971 482 222
From the Airport direct link to the Bus Station. Several locations are served from Maó Bus Station to different points in the city and towns on the island. Check the local visitor information for current details
Getting About in Menorca
The main interior road links Maó to Ciutadella and passes through Alaior, Es Mercadal and Ferreries. Sant Lluis and Es Castell have road links to Maó.
Fornells in the North and Es Migjorn Gran in the south are linked to the main road. There is also a wide network of rural roads that lead to the coast and tourist attractions such as the well known prehistoric monuments.
Various private bus companies cover routes on the island but many of these services do not operate in the afternoon. It is best to check visitor information sources for local details
Cars, mopeds and bicycles can be hired. There are cycle lanes on some minor roads.
Government and Language
Menorca belongs to the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands. The seat of government is in Palma de Majorca.Menorcahas an island government known as Consejo Insular (Island Council). The Balearic Islands parliament has legislative powers.
A Menorcan Island Council statute recognizes both Castilian (Spanish) and the island's own version of Catalan as official languages. The island's own versions of Catalan, are dialectic variations and are spoken with notable differences both between the islands and between towns within the same islands.
Tourist information Office
These are a good places to check visitor information sources for local details.
Address: Bus Station. 07703 MaóTel:Fax:E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Plaza de la Catedral, 5. 07760 CiutadellaTel: + 34 971 38 26 93Fax: + 34 971 38 26 67E-mail: email@example.com
(Only open during the tourist season)
Address: Minorca AirportTel: + 34 971 15 71 15E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Consulate Tel: + 34 971 36 33 73
German Consulate Tel: + 34 971 36 16 68
French ConsulateTel: + 34 971 35 43 87
Dutch Consulate Tel: +34 971 35 43 63
Italian Consulate. Tel: +34 971 72 42 14
Useful telephone numbers in Minorca
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