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Acting as the underdog of the Balearic islands, Menorca lies beside its sister islands, the ever so popular, Majorca, and the world renowned clubbers haven, Ibiza. It sits modestly boasting beautiful pine forests, lush greenery and over 100 stunning coves and beaches, many of which are crisp and white and very wide to those small hidden, picture perfect bays. Privacy comes with its modesty, and so it stands as one of the last hidden gems in the Mediterranean and will hopefully remain that way in years to come.

To get a better understanding of what cheap holidays to Menorca have to offer, here is a brief overview which just may sway you in your decision of where to go;

Who goes...

Families and couples return year after year for its warm, vibrant atmosphere and family friendly feel. Appealing to those who enjoy a slower pace, like to take things as they come and enjoy going with the flow, to see where it will take them.

Where to stay...

The majority of holidaymakers who holiday in Menorca, usually stay on a Self Catering board basis, due to its large availability of apartments and private villas. If however, you prefer a livelier holiday with some traditional evening entertainment, live show and music, a hotel is best for you. Offering kids activities and clubs, many families prefer hotel based holidays for a more entertaining, activity based stay. If you don't fancy cooking your own meals whilst away, a hotel will offer the option of Half Board or All Inclusive, to cater for your every whim.

Getting about...

Local buses are the most popular form of transportation for tourists in Menorca, they are cheaper than taxis and run on a tight schedule. Whether you want to visit the capital Mahon or a nearby beach, the buses are an effective and cheap form of transport. If staying in the stunning resort of Arenal d'en Castell, you're in luck! It offers a mini train service which will take you to many areas within the resort, a firm favourite with the kids. If you want to make your own way around the island at your own pace, car hire is a very affordable method and lets you do things as and when you want to. Rates range from &pound150-&pound250per week, depending on holiday duration and time of travel.

Where to fly from...

All major Ireland, Scotland and UK airports fly directly into Mahon airport. The majority of charter and low-cost airlines fly there and also some scheduled airlines, including; KLM, Iberia, Flybe, British Airways and Air France fly there indirectly.

Who goes there...

To book a package holiday, all major tour operators fly there, including; Thomas Cook, First Choice and Thomson.

How much it will cost...

Prices vary in terms of month of travel, a Self Catering package would cost on average &pound275pp travelling throughout October whereas travelling during the month of August would set you back around &pound455pp. All Inclusive prices are obviously higher than Self Catering and would cost around &pound641pp for a package holiday in August and &pound353pp during October.

Weather...

With soaring temperatures bringing sticky, hot summers, Menorca attracts holidaymakers in flocks to take advantage of the red hot temperatures this beautiful isle has to offer. Summer months see temperatures escalating to sweltering temperatures, peaking at around 30°C whereas winter months drop and on average remain around 15°C with the majority of rainfall falling from October-December. The scorching summers are a huge hit with sun worshippers and the pretty, small coves provide an excellent suntrap for topping up that tan!

Home to many radiant resorts, picture-perfect sandy coves and crystal clear Mediterranean seas, Menorca is a firm favourite among families and couples alike, looking for a relaxing, indulging break. Offering some fantastic deals, there are many cheap holidays to Menorca to be had, one of the best bets of bagging yourself one, is to wait last minute then pounce on the deal as soon as you spot one.