Menorca Self Catering Guide
A great way to Holiday on Menorca - keeping costs down with our Eating in and out advice
Freedom with meal times means you can have a truely individual holiday. No queues at the buffet ( or worrying about fellow guest hygiene) , no rushing back from the beach to grab the best tables in the hotel dining room.
Self Catering done right
Good to Know
Self Catering vs All Inclusive : is often tied up with Menorca on a Budget, but it's not a easy comparison
Want a Budget Holiday or just prefer eat when and where you like Holiday choices...?
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.
Choosing the right resort is key if you want to mostly eat out. All Inclusive on Menorca is very basic food buffets and Alcoholic drinks will rarely be unlimited
Self Catering Holiday Accommodation
Each has it's own attraction - our comprehensive local area guides to pick the resort with best mix for your holiday
Bed and Breakfast Hotels
TIP: Small country and city hotels can be great self catering stays - offering shared kitchen facilities in addition to providing Breakfasts
Self Catering Villas
Self Catering Apartments
What's Menorca like for Town and Beach Holidays?
Self Catering Done Right
With a second home on Menorca we like to think of ourselves as very self catering savvy. Absolutely visit the island's restaurants and follow our tips. 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.
Budgeting help - Average Eating out prices regularly updated
Our Town and Resort Guides have all the good eateries, restaurants and bars plus our own recommendations.
Money Saving and other tips
Save time have food basics 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 well enough and have lot's of real quality holiday time too.
Fixed Price Menus 8 - 20 Euro
Menu Diario, Menu Economica, Menu del Dia, Menu Mediodia ( lunch-time ) , Menul del Noche (evenings) - all names for 2,3,4 and even 5 course fixed prices 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
Pre-prepared meals 'Plats Preparat'. These can be great value to take back to your holiday home to enjoy there and for picnics 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 have enough for two and a meal for less than 10€. The dishes will be on show so you can choose with your eyes too!
Supermarkets sell readmade local dishes in chill cabinets. They won't be as good as the specialist shops,but still tasty and good value base.
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 easily 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 Guide with 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.
Self Catering Holidays Menorca
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