April sun after UK winter greys
A totally different Menorca awaits you! Before the hectic of Summer crowds and sun baked landscapes Menorca looks and feels completely different. The light is crystal sharp , no heat hazes and dust to fudge the distant views. The winter washed seawater sparkles under sunlight and the clarity is meters deep. The Cafe seating moves to the outdoors and beach resorts start to wake after their winter sleep.
Spring begins mid March and temperatures start to climb with longer sunnier spells. Summer's dusty walking paths are now framed with fresh greens and the landscape flecked with bright flowers, inviting walkers and Horse riders alike.
So what can you expect? For some Menorca Springtime Holidays are about getting back outdoors, enjoying a mediteranean island landscape in bloom maybe on foot,on a bike / horse , perhaps the paddling the coast-line in a Kayak. For others it's time for complete relaxation and a break from dull greys of a Winter at home enjoying the Island's slower lifestyle under sun in town Cafe Bars & Restaurants. And many visitors do both.
Menorcans are passionate about their traditions and Spring heralds International Jazz , Food festivals and of course Easter's religious parades ( Semana Santa = Holy Week). In Spring beaches are free of the sunbeds and summer squeeze . Enjoy beach picnics, walks, Mountain bike the coast or horseback rides through the surf
Spring is the time to discover and re-discover Menorca, a welcome short break after the dull wet grey of the UK winter to feel the sun on your face again, minus the overcoats. A time to enjoy T-shirt walks and wander upon isolated places of beauty. To walk along valley and coastal tracks and emerge in bays of empty beaches for a quick refreshing dip.
Were the blue skies photos really taken in Springtime? The (lack of) leaves on the trees tells no lies and you will see more of the beautiful buildings too!
From early April onwards Springtime temperatures start to climb to 20-22C. Welcome the early summer sun and enjoy this beautiful island in full bloom. The lemon trees branches are breaking from the weight of fruit. Wild jasmin and orange blossom scents the air and island welcomes many a new four legged friend.
Mahon and Ciutadella offer great places to explore and before the Summer season starts in May and the fixed priced Lunch Menu choices are often 2-3 Euros less!
May - early Summer
May is when the beach resorts fully open for the season. For those who don't like the mid 30s temperatures of peak season it's a good chance to see the last of Menorca's Spring colours and the annual menorca-wide flower festivals. May is also the time when food and music events happen in the island's towns.
May Flower Festivals
During May Ciutadella, Mahon and the major Towns across Menorca put on beautiful flower themed displays plus a calendar of cultural events ( music,artisan markets, exhibitions ). Each festival lasts a few days with displays all around their locations and tries not to overlap with others. Charming and inventive - well worth a visit.
Annual May Flower Festivals
Spring and Easter Holidays Menorca
Best choice Hotels and Accommodation for Spring Holidays
Couples and Singles
Can enjoy mediterranean style of Menorca's two scenic cities and La Dolche Vita in the island's ever expanding offerings of smaller personal Boutique and Adults only hotels especially in Ciutadella and Mahon. Enjoy stylish countryside tranquility at Finca / Agrouturisme with a full board option.
Can fill out a Villa and for those who prefer to have it all arranged with a packaged Flight+Accommodation Holiday
Strongly recommend a hire car as until end of April/ begining of May most beach resorts supermarkets and Restaurants will be closed or have restricted opening hours
Spanish Mainland Airport options: Frequent Low cost flights to Barcelona,Madrid,Malaga and Palma de Majorca have several flights per day to Menorca.Spanish Airports flying to Menorca
Springtime Events Menorca
Spring Jazz festival
The Menorca International Jazz Festival is held during the spring months in various towns around the island. The festival programme is made up of concerts, both in indoor venues and on the streets of Ciutadella, Mahón, Alaior and Ferreries. It has become internationally recognised for the high quality of performances by well-known jazz musicians and groups.
Features traditional, modern, fusion Jazz throughout April and May.Tickets and events calendar at www.jazzobert.com
Held in Menorca's Towns in May and October. 'Rutas de Tapas' as the event is called offers a featured Tapa and Drink for a special fixed price around each participating Cafe Bars. Dates can be found on www.ocioenmenorca.com/events/
Walking and Cycling
Menorca in spring is a spray of wild flowers. In 1993 Menorca was delcared a UNESCO Biosphere reserve with over 40% of this beautiful island protected by law keeping its natural beauty preserved. Spring is the best time for walkers and there are now some excellent self guide walking tours described in books and maps
There is a an extensive network of off road cycling routes to explore and ideal for spring time.
Guides and Maps