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    Car hire in Menorca – Best of the Balearics

    Car hire in Menorca

    The Balearics are the perfect holiday island destination and with a car hire in Menorca you'll have the freedom to drive around and explore one of the most unspoilt Mediterranean islands, a place of stunning harbours, sandy beaches, hidden coves, year-round entertainment and plenty of night-life. Check out Auto Europe's ultra-competitive rates and start planning your holiday today! Menorca is the ultimate beach paradise located in the Balearic archipelago just 90km (56 miles) north-west of Mallorca. The island's name derives from its size (it is smaller than Mallorca) and the general terrain is split into two with the north of the island rough and rugged whilst the south has plenty of cliffs and hidden coves full of white sand. The highest point on the island is Monte Toro, from which visitors can enjoy the most amazing panoramic views.

    Visiting Menorca off-peak is also a great way to enjoy the island when there are far fewer tourists, which means you can drive around the entire island and see everything at leisure. One hot tip is a visit to the emblematic Cova d’en Xoroi, a popular cave bar nestling in the cliffs and one of the best places on the island to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset before the bar transforms itself into a nightclub. Take the kids to Splash Sur Menorca for a day, a water park on the island offering endless activities like pirate ships with water cannons, a black hole for the thrill-seekers, tall slides with racing lanes, a large Jacuzzi and gently-flowing streams to relax by, as well as an extensive children's area with slides and splash pools, etc. And when everyone gets weary of the water, there are picnic zones and several eateries located around the park.

    Another Menorca highlight is a leisurely walk around Binibeca Vell, a quaint fishing village designed by Spanish architect Antonio Sintes Mercadal that's unique for its Moorish layout with narrow cobbled streets and charming whitewashed houses. On the island's many sandy beaches, it is possible to enjoy all manner of water sports such as kayaking, sailing, paddling, scuba diving and snorkelling, with dozens of companies around that rent out the respective equipment and provide instructors if need be. Furthermore, the island is a great place to enjoy its many natural attractions by hiking along the trails or renting a bike on a warm summer's day. On yor travels, why not visit the lovely town of Alaior where you can sample the fresh, locally-made cheeses or Fornells, a little place famous for its fantastic lobster stew.

    With 24,000-plus convenient pick-up locations available in over 180 popular destinations worldwide, Auto Europe is one of the world's leading car hire companies. We offer a very wide choice of vehicle options on the enchanting Balearic island of Menorca, including its modern international airport. Our rental specialists are available on +44 123 3225 114 should you need any help with your booking, plus they will be only too happy to find you the best deal. For additional peace of mind, why not check out the ratings and comments posted by some of Auto Europe's previous customers on the island by visting our Menorca car hire reviews page.

    For more information on renting a vehicle in Menorca, click on the car hire related topics listed below:

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    Where to pick up a car hire in Menorca

    By working with all the world's top car hire providers, Auto Europe can offer you a wide choice of locations in and around Menorca, meaning that you can pick up your vehicle in any part of the island and start your motoring adventure quickly and easily. Besides the many car hire companies operating at Menorca Airport, there are several conveniently-located suppliers' offices in the island's larger towns, such as Mahón - the capital. To make things easier for you, Auto Europe's state-of-the-art booking engine allows you to do an extensive search to find the best vehicle and the most suitable pick-up point for your visit to the island. Just key in your dates and an interactive map will flash up with the most convenient collection points for your next cheap car hire in Menorca. Please note that we also work with all the most prestigious national and local suppliers in Menorca like Click Rent and Hiper.

    Menorca Airport

    Opened in 1969, Menorca Airport is the only airport on the island; it is located within the city limits of Maó (Mahon) and Sant Lluís, 4.5 km (2.8 miles) southwest of Mahon city centre and 47 km of Ciutadella. It is primarily a holiday airport, especially during Summer. It handled over 3 million passengers in 2019. You can easily pick up your car hire in Menorca at the airport; many of the world's most popular car hire companies have a presence inside the Arrivals Hall, while several more have their offices just located outside the main terminal building with a shuttle service available.

    Menorca Airport (MAH)
    Address: Carretera de Sant Climent, s/n, 07712, Illes Balears, Spain
    Telephone: +34 91 321 10 00

    Book with the best car hire suppliers in Menorca

    As one of the industry's leading international car hire companies, we offer our millions of customers around the world a vast selection of convenient pick-up and drop-off locations in more than 180 popular destinations around the world. Thanks to our many years' experience dealing with all the global and local car rental companies, we can offer you the best standard of service and cheapest prices on the market.

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    Should you require additional information about the car hire companies we work with or their policies, for example out of office pick up or questions regarding age restrictions, our car rental specialists are just a phone call or e-mail away and happy to assist you.

    Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Menorca

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    This section features the most frequent questions asked by people booking a car rental in Menorca. Scroll down for important tips relating to a wide range of essential car hire topics, such as credit cards, coverage, tolls, traffic and much more. If you need any more information, please call our reservations team on +44 123 3225 114 and they will be happy to help you with your reservation and assist you with your travel itinerary.

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Menorca?

    Yes. A credit card in the name of the primary driver is a must for anyone planning to rent a car in Menorca. This is because the local supplier will want a security bond to make sure that the vehicle is returned undamaged, as well as cover any additional charges such as parking fines, unpaid tolls, etc. The use of a major credit card (ie Visa, Mastercard, Diners and American Express) also enables the car hire company to confirm that you aren't a credit risk. Many drivers wrongly assume that they can use a debit card when picking up their car rental. Please be aware that for luxury-category cars, the supplier might request a second credit card (also in the name of the primary driver) due to the high value of such vehicles.

    All the information regarding which credit cards (and types) are accepted can easily be found on the Auto Europe website. When using the search engine to find the best deals for car hire in Menorca, you simply need to click on the blue and white info icon (i) where you'll find all the necessary credit card details. Please take a look at our dedicated blog post for more advice on the credit cards and car hire deposits prior to arriving at your destination to pick up your vehicle.


    What insurance do I need for my car rental in Menorca?

    All the published rates on the Auto Europe website include the minimum amount of legally-required liability insurance, theft protection and CDW (Coeither llision Damage Waiver) with or without excess, depending on the local car hire supplier. It's important to remember that CDW doesn't cover everything so it's always best to add our Full Protection policy when booking your low-priced car hire in Menorca, the price of which varies according to the location, rental duration, car category and supplier. You can find all the information relating to CDW, theft protection, liability insurance and all other aspects concerning car hire coverage by clicking on the blue and white info icon (i) where you'll find all the details you need. The same info is also included in the Terms and Conditions sent to you once your booking has been confirmed. Please be aware that when you arrive to pick up your vehicle, the local car hire staff might try to sell you their own insurance which is very often surplus to your requirements, and Auto Europe cannot offer a refund for this kind of purchase even if it is deemed unnecessary once the vehicle has been returned.


    How is the traffic in Menorca?

    Driving your cheap car hire in Menorca is very easy. The roads are quiet, all main roads are well-surfaced ad the island has great signposts. Driving around the island is not hectic, with locals having time for the tourists, even if some speed by. Driving on the right-hand side is relatively easy, plus if this is your first attempt at driving on the right, you have picked a great place to try it out. Click here for traffic regulations in Spain.


    Where can I park my car hire in Menorca?

    Parking is available on the street and in car parks when you rent a car on Menorca. You can park on the street when it says Zona Azul (Blue Zone), with the bays marked out in blue paint, make sure you have the ticket and display it on the window. Tickets can be bought at nearby machines. Do not park in front of garages, openings or driveways. If you find a space in front of a house on the street, check the kerbstones for alternate red/white ones, it also means you cannot park here. A single yellow unbroken line means you cannot park here either. Any vehicles illegally parked will be towed away.


    Can I pick up my car hire in Menorca and travel with it to other islands?

    Yes. The global car hire supplier Avis does allow its customers to leave the island and take their rented vehicle on the ferry if the journey is within Spain, but only with advance permission from Auto Europe. If approved, please note that the vehicle will not be insured so additional coverage will be required. Travel off the island of Menorca is not permitted by the following local car rental companies: Hiper, Europcar, Keddy, Thrifty, Budget and Hertz.

    Menorca Travel Guide

    Menorca offers considerable diversity in a very small area. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993, the whole island is now a protected area and generally considered to be a place of important natural and cultural heritage. Families with young children appreciate Menorca's safe sandy beaches and warm Mediterranean waters while water sports enthusiasts flock to the island throughout the whole year.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Menorca

    Renting a car in Menorca offers you the freedom to explore the island at your own pace and rhythm, as well as exploring sites further away from your lodgings, and Auto Europe provides you with the best selection and competitive prices for a low-cost car rental on Menorca Island. Please note that you can take advantage of our Free Additional Driver offers to share the driving as well as pick up your vehicle in one place and drop it off in another with a one-way car hire. Here are some day trips you can take with your rental whilst on the island;

    Parc Natural de s'Albufera des Grau: The nature reserve is located on the north-east of the island and is home to a wide range of fauna and flora, including up to 90 different species of birds and countless varieties of wildflowers and shrubbery. In 50 square miles of dunes, cliffs, marshland and forests, the park has a visitors centre - the Rodríguez Femenias Reception Centre - with maps and videos about the park. You can use to chose one of the three different trails to walk around the park, and you can choose to visit them on your own or arrange for a guided tour. A good way to end the day in Albufera is the Favátrix lighthouse from where you can observe the unique view, unlike most of the Menorca landscape, with steep cliffs and its black slate stones that evoke a more lunar than earthy landscape.

    Monte Toro: The tallest mountain in Menorca, El Toro rises 358m above sea level. After a two hour walk to the top, the breathtaking view will compensate for sore legs and it is possible to see the outline of the whole island, and on very clear days, its neighbouring island of Mallorca. At the top of the mountain sits the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Monte Toro, that was built in the 17th Century, inside it is a statue of the Virgin carved out of wood. Also at the top of Mount Toro, there is an image of Christ inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

    Cala Galdana: 26km from the Ciutadella and 36km from Mahon, Cala Galdana is the lengthiest and the most famous of the over 70 beaches in Menorca. Perfect to spend a day relaxing, swimming and tanning. Served by several hotels, restaurants, villas and apartments, it is great for families that don’t want to be too far from their accommodation. The beach provides umbrellas and sunbeds for hire, and offers different water sports, is watched by lifeguards and has toilets close by. The only downside to its convenient locations is that it can get very crowded in high season.

    What to do in Menorca

    Menorca is smaller than Mallorca and Ibiza but can offer the same rich nightlife and lively environments without the big crowds. Visitors come here for the calm and relaxing beaches, historical locations and gorgeous natural landscapes. Here are a few locations to visit in Menorca;

    • Ciutadella de Menorca: The second biggest city in Menorca, it used to be its capital until it was changed to Mahon. Here you can visit many historical sites such as Menorca Cathedral, built over an old mosque, it is the most important gothic building in Menorca. The Plaza del Borne, an obelisk erected in 1875, that commemorates the historical defence of the Ciutadella from a Turkish attack in 1558. Castelo San Nicolas, built at the end of the 18th Century to defend the city’s port. The Ciutadella Museum offers an exhibit of pre-historical artefacts. The Ciutadella Port, one of the most emblematic locales in Menorca, perfect for evening walks after dinner at one of its many restaurants.

    • Mahón: The island’s capital, Mahon is the seat of the Island Council of Menorca and its largest city. Home to one of the best natural ports in the world, Mahon has been very coveted by foreign maritime forces throughout history. In Mahon, you can visit the Fortaleza de la Mola, a structure erected to defend the port from the attacks of the British Army. You can also visit the Museum of Menorca, inside an old convent displays many pre-historical artefacts, very abundant on the island. Church of Santa Maria where the Organ International Festival takes place, as the church houses a 20th-century organ with four keyboards and 3.120 tubes. Near Mahon, you can also visit the Marlborough Fort in El Castell. Mahon grew from the cliffs above the harbour and town. This allows you to wander from the city down to the port through the square by the fish market and the covered walkway Carmen, located in the centre of the market. It also has great local shops, restaurants and bars to pass away the hours.

    • Fort Marlborough: Standing at the entrance of the Mahon Harbor, the Fort was built between 1720 and 1726 by the British. It is named after the Duke of Marlborough, Sir John Churchill, the most prominent British general at the time. Along with the Stuart Tower and the Sant Felip Castle, it was built to protect the entrance of the port. It was partially destroyed by the Spanish in 1782 and rebuilt during the last period of the British rule. Nowadays reenactments are done to illustrate the period when the fort was under siege, including technological effects and uniformed soldiers.

    Useful links

    Menorca Tourism Website