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About Menorca

The island of Menorca lies to the west of the Balearic Islands and measures just over 53 kilometres in length. It is one of the best-preserved Mediterranean islands, thanks in part to the carefully planned development of tourism. Among other things, the construction of vacation accommodation has been restricted. In this way, it has been possible to preserve most of the rugged coastline, which in many places is still as the ancient seafarers knew it. The influence of the Franciscans, as well as the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors, can be felt on the island. However, very little is known about the indigenous people, as evidenced by the many stone buildings scattered around the island. The most characteristic is the conical stone layouts, reminiscent of defence towers or tombs, and the stone foundations called the talus. Minorca is a small paradise in the western Mediterranean, a pearl surrounded by calm seas and protected by a friendly climate. With 216 km of coastline, Menorca has more than 70 beaches with fine white sand in the south and reddish tones in the north. The island is a true paradise for all walkers and cyclists and of course for lovers of beautiful beaches and turquoise sea. The capital of Menorca is Mahon. There are two larger towns on the island, Ciutadella, the old island capital. In the city, the narrow streets are surrounded by palaces and churches and squeezed between medieval walls. Another large city is Mahon, located in the south of the island. In Mahon, Mediterranean architecture mixes with a touch of Moorish and British influences. The south coast is much more populated than the north. On the north side, the wind often blows and creates high waves, which is why surfers and kiters like to head for the north coast.

Basic info and car hire in Menorca

  • Location: Mediterranean 
  • Population: 93,397
  • Official language: Castilia Spanish, Catalan
  • Currency: Euro
  • Weather:  The climate in Menorca is the Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, sunny summers that are somewhat humid but tempered by sea breezes. In capital Mahon, the average temperature ranges from 9.5 °C (49 °F) in January and February to 24.5 °C (76 °F) in August.
  • Holidays in Menorca:   For public holidays in Spain click here
  • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
  • Road conditions:  Most roads on Menorca are in good condition, ​areas with road works are generally sufficiently signalled.
  • Car hire in Menorca:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Menorca airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Menorca!

 Driving in Menorca

Menorca is a small island. From the capital Mahon on the east side of the island, you can be at the other end of the island, Ciutadella, in less than 50 minutes by car! So a rental car is definitely the best way to explore this pretty island. The pristine beaches that Menorca is so famous for are usually just a short walk away from the nearby car parks.
Driving in Menorca is far less stressful than in other tourist locations. The road network is manageable and consists mainly of a few main roads, most notably the ME1 which runs from Mao (Mahon) to Ciutadella, and quiet, narrow side roads (camis). There are no motorways and very few dual carriageways. The speed limit is 80km/h, which is a little less than 50mph. The roads are in good condition and very well signposted; the road signs are standard throughout Europe. Generally, there are not many cars on the roads either, which makes driving very relaxing and makes it very unlikely that you will get stuck in a traffic jam. Many of the road signs are in English or clearly marked. In Menorca, cars drive on the right side of the road.
It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence, with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Front and rear seat belts are compulsory everywhere.

  • Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee. 
  • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.   
  • Additional papers:  Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
  • Additional requirements:  Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not actually compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
  • Children in the car:  If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
  • Driving side of the road: Right
  • Lights:  Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
  • General speed limits: The maximum speed limit is 80km/h which is a little under 50mph
  • Parking suggestions: Do not park in front of garage opening or driveway, most have a round sign on or near VADO PERMANENTE_GUAL PERMANENT If it is a house on the street, every other curb may also be painted in red/white to indicate where you are not allowed to park. Also, a single yellow line is unbroken [as in the UK].

    There is also parking for disabled drivers, sometimes an English badge is acceptable. If in doubt and there is a policeman around, ask first.

    An illegally parked vehicle will be towed away. A yellow triangular sticker with the vehicle's registration number should be stuck on the curb where the car was parked, telling you where it is.

Car Hire in Menorca

Most popular car hire at Menorca

The most selected hire car in Menorca is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Menorca are mini, economy, and compact.

Popular Driving Routes

Top One-Way Trips From Menorca

Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Menorca. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across Spain.

  • Port of Mahon: It is the second deepest natural harbour in the world. In addition to many restaurants, bars, and shops, there is also the famous distillery of Gin, which is worth a visit.

  • Jeep Safari: For all the adventurers, drives are organized on back roads and forest areas. During the ride, you will be impressed by the beauty of the island.

  • Ciutadella Old Town: The original capital of the island will simply enchant you with its elegant and picturesque Mediterranean-style buildings.

  • Naveta d'Es Tudos: Built of stone, without any mortar at all. It is a magnificent monument and a reminder of the history of the people of Menorca. Archaeologists are still amazed at how well the megalithic structure has been preserved.

What to see in Menorca

Menorca's greatest treasures are undoubtedly its beaches. Menorca offers many small coves and sandy paradises. Many different activities will delight the whole family. Menorca is also very rich in historical attractions and can even boast the oldest building in Europe, Es Tudons. But not all attractions are located on the island. Visiting the diverse underwater world on glass-bottom boats is very inviting. However, if you want to spice up your trip a little, try planning a holiday during one of the traditional festivals, where there is no shortage of dancing, food, and entertainment.
The most important festival in Menorca takes place on St John's Day. An indispensable part of it is the black Menorcan horses and their elegant riders. The riders gallop to the larger island towns and mingle with the enthusiastic crowds. Ciutadella is the liveliest, but the festival takes place in a similar form in many smaller towns. Black horses can also be admired on other days of the year. At one of the fairs, at horse races, or, most beautifully, on a horseback ride through the vast flowering meadows.
Menorca is ideal for nature lovers and quiet holidays. The predominantly flat island with the highest elevation El Toro - Taurus (358 m) is a true paradise for hikers and cyclists. And of course for sea lovers. Lovers of the excellent island cuisine, based on fish and seafood, also get their money's worth. Cheese, almond desserts (ensaimada) and island wines go well with it.

The turquoise sea, blossoming almonds and citrus fruits, fragrant rosemary, white sandy beaches, or secluded rocky coves in the shade of pine trees will enchant you. The most famous tourist coves are Binibeca, Cala en Porter, Cala Galdana, and Fornells. Fortunately, many coves have been preserved and are not built on. Many attractive beaches require at least a little effort. Sometimes there are car parks nearby. However, often only a macadam road leads to them.

The most beautiful beaches of the island:

Cala Macarelleta: a small white sand beach lined with pine trees.

Cala Mitjana: one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. A beach on the south side of the island, surrounded by cliffs and pine trees.

Son Saura: In the southwest of the island, very popular with families. There are two sandy beaches, Banyul and Bellavista, separated by a rocky point. Together, these two beaches form the largest cove on Menorca.

Cala Turqueta: The stunning white sandy beach with natural shade is another piece of paradise in Menorca.

Es Talaier: Beautiful white sand and warm waters create a true holiday paradise. In the high season, the beach is quite crowded, so it is recommended to visit it in the morning.

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    Drive your rental car beyond Menorca

    Menorca is connected to the rest of Spain by ferries. This is an easy solution if you want to spend your holiday in Spain exploring different parts of this beautiful and colourful country. One suggestion could be Barcelona, with which Menorca is connected by a regular ferry service.

    Of course, do not miss the opportunity to explore Menorca's surroundings, as Menorca is just one of the four major islands of the Balearic Islands. Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera are definitely worth a visit. Especially those who are looking for crazy fun will be impressed by Ibiza and Mallorca. In addition to the aforementioned islands, there are many small islands in the Balearic Islands, most of which are clustered around four larger ones. One of these, for example, is Isla del Rey: a small island with enormous historical significance. In the past, there was a military hospital on the island. When the hospital moved to the city of Mahon, the island was abandoned. However, various remains from that time can still be seen on the island.

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    Enjoy the culture in Menorca

    Where to eat, drink, and party in Menorca

    Unlike the neighbouring islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, the nightlife here is a little quieter. After a day at the beach or an excursion, there is simply no better way to end the day than with a romantic dinner overlooking the sunset. There are also many bars and restaurants where you can end the day dancing to the sounds of live music.

    Due to its good location, Menorca is known for its excellent seafood. Among the most famous is the lobster stew. The locals are also proud of the locally produced cheeses and cured meats. Menorca, with its lush climate and fertile soil, is dotted with vineyards producing excellent local wines. For those who want something stronger, there is also local gin.

Best restaurants in Menorca:

Cuk-Cuk Restaurante

Puerto Dips

Piqniq

Bar Lemon

Bar Okapi

La Guapa

FAQ

What you need to know about renting a car

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What do I need to rent a car in the Balearic Islands?

credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so it is important that the credit card has sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. In many European Union countries, a National ID is sufficient. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

How old do I need to be to rent a car?

The minimum age to rent a car is 19 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.

Do I need car rental insurance?

Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the Balearic Islands with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

Do I need a credit card to rent a car?

In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit Car Hire you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

Do I need an international driving license in the Balearic Islands?

Drivers licenses issued in the Balearic Islands or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in the Balearic Islands.

How do I find the cheapest rental deal in the Balearic Islands?

You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can raise the closer to the travel period gets. You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW UP and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices.

What is the best car rental company in the Balearic Islands?

You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, Centauro and OK Rent a Car.

What are the types and makes of rental cars that are available in the Balearic Islands?

You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are VW Polo, Fiat Panda, VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500.

Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I rent a car in the Balearic Islands?

Most car rentals in Balearic Islands offer unlimited mileage in their offers.

Find The Best Car Hire Companies In Menorca

  • Ace Rent A Car
  • Alamo Car Hire
  • Centauro
  • Enterprise Rent a Car
  • Europcar
  • National
  • OK Mobility

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