Menorca has gained a well-deserved reputation as a peaceful island for enjoying quiet and relaxing holidays. But this does not have to be incompatible with having fun and enjoying a wide range of leisure activities. In fact, the nightlife to be enjoyed in the Island is extensive and very varied.
As in any holiday island, leisure attractions and places for wining and dining are concentrated along the coast and, in particular, in the harbour areas of Mahon and Ciutadella. In the Menorcan capital, there is the recently opened Casino Marítim, which has brought an added dimension to nighttime entertainment.
The sea promenades and the small fishing ports along the Island coast retain all their age-old charms intact and are inviting settings for visitors to sample the delicious Menorcan cuisine, on attractive outdoor terraces, edging the sea, ever present, by day and night.
And, of course, as night lengthens, more and more places open wide their doors so that, in Menorca, it is very easy to find a bar, night-club or a disco to meet the demands of every visitor, with settings and atmospheres for all tastes. The most exciting fashionable places are to be found in Mahon, Ciutadella, Es Castell and Alaior.
In addition, there is the special local atmosphere created by the village fiestas, celebrated throughout the summer months, practically all over the Island. Perhaps the greatest of all these traditional events is the one held in Ciutadella to celebrate San Juan, when the town is gripped by a collective frenzy for a whole week.
On a more cultural note, there is the Opera Festival that is held every year on the Island and which year after year attracts a large number of leading figures in the world of bel canto to delight their audiences.
Theatrical and musical events are also highlighted
in Menorca, and the programme of plays and concerts is generally
wider during the summer months.