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Menorca in October?

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Menorca in October?

Hello everyone. I will possibly be visiting Menorca in October of 2006 with a group of friends. Can anyone tell me if October is a good month to visit? Will the air and water temps be warm enough to go to the beaches? I have been to Mallorca in March and it was too cold to really do much on the beach.

Any other thoughts and advise on Menorca would be helpful as well... what sorts of things are there to do, etc., during this time of year... Thanks in advance!

Spain
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1. Re: Menorca in October?

Menorca is very beautiful during all year but it could be probaly not so mild in October.Depends on the weather when you're going there.Could be very windy and rainy or could be mild and nice.Weather is a little bit crazy at this season. I was living there some years ago, and I used to take baths until end of October.Water is always hotter after summer than before it, but depending on what you're used to(I'm used to cold water). .In my opinion the best season to go is in May.Spring with lots of flowers, still quiet and sunny.Anyway, in October, if the day it's sunny it is very nice to lie on the beach although you're not going to take a bath in the sea.And the most important ,it's absolutly not crowded.If you're looking for a nice and relaxing place, that's the one.

If you like hill walking, there are many beautiful places to do it,and you can walk from cave to cave. If weather is nice you could also rent a boat and discover some caves.In menorca there is a very special natural diversity .It is a Biosphere reserve.

In menorca , there are two different areas, north and South.On the North landscape is more rocky, ruggy and special,but beaches are also sandy, but bronw sand.On the South beaches are totally white sandy.Both areas have totally clear water.For bigger towns , go shopping, have dinner or going out, go to Mahon and Ciutadella.Both very special places.

Other musts are:Alaior,Binibeca(magic place with white and small houses),CAla Mesquida, Cala Coves,Son Bou,Cala Mitjana y Mitjaneta,Cala Macarella y Macarelleta,Cala en Turqueta,Cala Galdana, Nature reserve of S'albufera(a beautiful park with lots of paths, nature and fauna and a lagoon).All small places, but with superb landscape and beaches.

You also have to go to Cova en Xoroi, a disco built in the middle of a cliif.Go there to taste the sunset.

For food you have to taste "caldereta de langosta", a typical lobster stew, or shellfish paella and the excellent cheese. ALso very typical Gin.

It's is important to rent a car, to discover all places. Altough bus transportation is good in Summer, I think it won't be so good in October.And there aren't any buses to go to some places.

If you want to have some further information, you can visit the site:

http://www.emenorca.org/home_en.jsp?idi=en

You will love Menorca!

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2. Re: Menorca in October?

Thanks for your post Moon5... I will check out the website as well. Too bad it will be too cool to get in the water, but the solitude without crowds sounds wonderful.

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3. Re: Menorca in October?

Hi JHouston , i actually live here inMenorca and agree with the previous comments. If you can come in September it would be better. For the past week we have had very overcast skies and humid temps in the 20s but not warm enough (for us locals at least!)to swim in the sea or the pool.

Also expect it to be very quiet.

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4. Re: Menorca in October?

just got back went 21-28 oct stayed at isla paraiso arenal d en castell, 2 adults 2 kids, weather is hot, not a lot to do bars all shuting down for winter, food and drink, very limited in all places, as they are running stock down, hotel out of this world, but keep shutting bar at 9pm, so it not a good time to go

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5. Re: Menorca in October?

I would agree (I already said it would be very quiet), but you know, you had Fab weather this past week. it suddenly changed for the better, so you have that to be thankful for.

Next time, choose Mallorca at this time of the year, it has a lot more happening. Menorca is the tranquil island.

Spain
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Hi Kazy!

I worked in Hotel Isla Paraiso when I lived in Menorca.I was in Mini Club with kids.I really had fun then! But that was some years ago.I hope everything is ok there and that you enjoy at the hotel. I remember that time very quiet as the hotel was almost closing, as most of the hotels, restaurants and bars.As told before, September is much better to go to Menorca:still very nice weather and not so crowdy.

Somerset, England
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7. Re: Menorca in October?

I have been on holiday to Menorca at the end of October for the last two years and had a wonderful time both times. Last year, the first 6 days were glorious and the next 4 more mixed. This year we arrived on a cloudy rainy day but the next morning it was sunny and stayed that way for the rest of the 10-day holiday with just one short-lived but spectacular thunderstorm one evening. The daytime temperatures ranged from a very pleasant 68-75 degrees Fahrenheit (similar to May) though there is a slight chill in the air at night if the wind is blowing.

Autumn is the wettest time of year in the Balearics and October can often be the wettest month of the year there but compared to the weather in Britain where I live, their October is like our summer. I came back with a great tan both times.

Good beaches to visit are picturesque Cala Galdana and Arenal d'en Castell both of which are never crowded at that time of year. If you can, hire a car as Menorca is only about 32 miles wide and you can drive from one side to the other in about an hour.

Do visit Ciutadella, a town with lots of Spanish character as well as a lovely harbour and lots of little alleyways to explore. The capital Mahon is also worth a visit for it's huge harbour which you can tour in glass-bottomed boats. Monte Toro, the highest point in Menorca is also a must as it provides wonderful views of the Island (especially the north coast) from the top. There is also a sanctuary and chapel at the top that you can look round.

Manchester, UK
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8. Re: Menorca in October?

I went Oct 7th to 14th this year and the weather was great - early to mid 20 degree C.

However, I used Menorca Private Owners ( http://www.villanet.co.uk/ ) to book a villa.

Before, during or after booking, they'll not tell you but Villa Brimar (VN22) is overlooked by a building site. They won't tell you about it because, apparently, it's not been worked on for months, but there'll just happen to be some workmen on site the day you arrive! Apparently, they won't tell you this information at the request of the villas owners ie they know about it but are taking a chance. How many other owners are taking a chance?

They might offer to move you to another villa, but it might be miles from your preferred location and might be a 'cheaper' villa. The villa owners won't offer any compensation for the difference in price or the inconvenience and disruption caused.

My advice - ask Menorca Private Owners as many questions as you can before booking.

Sydney, Australia
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9. Re: Menorca in October?

Hi! We travelled all over Menorca from 5-12 October this year. Weather was raining night we arrived and we were told it had been that way all the previous week however the next morning was bright and sunny and the weather stayed mostly warm and sunny for the next 8 days. We swam every day in beaches all over the island and I found the sea water quite warm (and I come from Australia where the water and weather are both usually warm). I was advised that most hotels close on October 31 until May the following year. The water in most swimming pools was quite refreshing (cold). If you want a quiet holiday without crowds this might be the time to go. We drove around in a rental vehicle and found parking spaces easily everywhere we went. Even at popular beaches we were the only car or one of 10 or less. If you need an automatic car for a reasonable price I can recommend www.rentacarmenorca.com (Sol car hire)

Other things we did were the self guided tour of La Mola (a fort), we went to see the talayots and other ancient stone sites, snorkelling at Cala n Brut, to see the various lighthouses (only from the outside), to see the main towns, walking around the various marinas, to the Gin Distillery (but found this very disappointing), visited the lookout and church at El Toro and many beaches of which we liked Cala Mitjana the most. The water was crystal clear everywhere.

We spent 3 days in Cala Llonga, 2 in Cala n Bosch and 3 in Son Bou to try and cut down on driving (as I don't enjoy driving on the narrow roads in Europe). If we went again, I would cut out Son Bou and spend more time in Cala n Bosch as I found the beaches and places I could go to from there much nicer than Son Bou itself. Probably because I prefer the smaller, more picturesque beaches found in the various coves than the long stretch of windswept beach at Son Bou. Also, I think I would agree with another of the writers and go in mid to late September as the weather may be just a little warmer and sunnier and the crowds still small.

We stayed at HG Cala Llonga aparthotel, Viva Menorca Aparthotel and HG Jardin de Menorca Aparthotel and found them all very good value for the price. We always asked for a quiet room when making the bookings but I think they all would have been quiet when we went. The apartments consisted of a living area with 2 seater sofa, TV, coffee table and additional chair or larger sofa, dining area with table and chairs, kitchenette, separate sleeping room or area that could be closed off, ensuite bathroom with bath, shower, vanity, toilet and bidet(some), balcony (most with views). To book we used www.destinia.com, www.hotelkey.com, and www.bookings.org

England
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10. Re: Menorca in October?

Is the air con any good? Read negative comments and am travelling in 6 days...HELP!