Where to sleep in Menorca.

Menorca sometimes plays second fiddle to its big sister Mallorca which is a hugely popular tourist destination with British holiday sun seekers. However, it’s a great destination for those who like a more laid back pace. The island has plenty to offer for outdoor sports enthusiasts, especially kayaking, snorkelling and general water sport activities.

The turquoise waters of its 135-mile coastline along with unspoilt beaches and picturesque coves are a great place for a little R&R. The Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau contains the largest freshwater lagoon in the Balearics and is home to many species of wetland birds and is the reason for the island’s Unesco Biosphere Reserve status.

EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies to Menorcan capital Mahón during summer (May to October) from London Gatwick, Manchester and Liverpool. If you like to arrange your own accommodation, try Casa Alberti (Carrer d’Isabel II 9, Mahón 00 34 971 354210), open from Easter to October, for a taste of the island’s style.

Wrought-iron banisters and whitewashed walls give this small six-room hotel, housed in an 18th-century mansion an authentic feel. The rooms, decorated with traditional Menorcan furniture, are unusually spacious and the bathrooms comfortably contemporary, reports BBC Travel. Rooms start at £80 per night.

A cheaper option is the quiet Residencia Oasis (Carrer de Sant Isidre 33, Ciutadella 00 34 971 382197), located in the heart of the historic quarter of former capital, Ciutadella, on the island’s northwest coast. Its rooms encircle a charming courtyard. Book early for a room with an en suite bathroom. Rooms from £50 per night.

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