Self Catering Guide
Freedom with meal times means you can have a truely individual holiday. No queues at the buffet, no rushing back from the beach to grab the best tables in the hotel dining room. And these days no worries who has handled the food before you.
Self catering is probably not only the most affordable way to enjoy Menorca, but done right you can enjoy something unique, individual and totally memorable. And it doesn't have to mean constant budgeting while eating out or hours spent in the villa or apartment kitchen.
Eat In Your Own Time
Absolutely visit the island's restaurants, and enjoy their service and no washing up unless your card has maxed out. But like everywhere you can't always choose your table neighbours, or have a stretch out on the lounger between courses. In self-catering accommodation, your day is not ruled by someone else's timetable.
Save time have food delivered
Enjoy more of your first hours' holiday time around the pool by using a pre-order and delivery service from an online supermarket (eg menorca's online shop )
Money Saving tips
The key? By mixing quick to make meals ( maybe adding to take away and pre-prepared dishes ) with fixed price restaurant menus and Tapas you can certainly eat very well and have lot's of real quality holiday time too.
Fixed Price Menus 8 - 20 Euro
Menu Diario, Menu del Dia, Menu Mediodia, Menul del Noche(evenings) - all names for 2,3,4 and even 5 course fixed menus that will include wine or water. Very often some of the ala carte menu meats and fish will also be on the choices
Pre-prepared fresh meals- Plats Preparat
In recent years there has been a growth of little shops opening up specialising in pre-prepared meals 'Plats Preparat'. These can be great value to take back to your holiday home to enjoy there and in picknicks. These meals will be home made ( you'll probbaly see the kitchen from the counter ). With some places offering 2 or 3 courses as a "until we run out" (hasta la fin) special . The portion sizes means with bread you'll will have enough for two and a meal for less than 10€. The dishes will be visible so you can choose with your eyes too!
Supermarkets are increasingly offering local dishes in chill cabinets. They won't be as good as the specialist shops,but still very tasty and good value.
Pick with your eyes! Sa Cuina de Mo Mare
Sa Cuina de Mo Mare - Carrer Gran 32, Es Castell
If there is something you simply can't be without (a favourite sauce?) then bring it with you. Imported brands, particularly UK ones, will be significantly more expensive than spanish and more locally sourced continental brands.
Eat some meals in the towns
If you are mobile ( hire car, taxi or bus) meals in towns close by without the captured market of a beach resort will generally be much better and less expensive. And of course you can combine this with a bit of sightseeing and shopping. Our comprehensive resorts guides will show nearby towns and if one of our recommended restaurants is nearby.
Pre-order online for that first balcony or poolside meal on arrival .
Take a look out our big supermarkets map where you will be able to make a big shop as you travel to your holiday accommodation. Most supermarkets will accept credit cards but have some photo identity with you ( driving license/passport photocopy ).
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Easy Self Catering Holiday Meal tips
Easy to do, filling and can be eaten as a meal or used as hot and cold sides dishes the next few days, why not make a risotto. Spanish rice is ideal for risotos - add seafood, meats or vegetables as you like. They don't take a lot of effort and are condusive to wine sipping on terrace and nipping back to stir and add more stock.