Menorca offers good leisure opportunities even in winter. In particular, December is a windy month where you can do multiple sports.
This island is not just paradisiac in summer; you can enjoy the quietest version of Menorca in December if you are not looking for a summer destination.
In December, the beaches used to be empty of tourists and bathers so that you could enjoy them from another point of view. So, for example, you will be able to walk freely with your dog or enjoy riding a horse on the shore. All that if the weather allows it.
Menorca reduces a lot the flight frequency while tourism decreases a lot during winter. You might know that Menorca's population in August is almost three times more than in December.
However, you will find good flight opportunities from the main cities in Spain. The Menorca-Barcelona (Vueling) is probably your best option, as it has four even five daily flights. But you have other options from Madrid, Valencia or Majorca.
It's essential to check all possibilities before buying the flight, as there used to be a direct flight from London Gatwick on Tuesdays and Sundays during December, EasyJet operates it.
Generally, the weather used to be rainy, with a possibility of 38% rain every day according to the climatic records.
As a result, the temperature in December remains between 8ºC and 15ºC. However, this can change depending on the year. It is arriving some years even to 0ºC and some snow, which is not common in this Balearic Island.
Also, Menorca has had a hot December with high temperatures over 18 degrees, which is neither weird.
The most common winds are the Northern and the SouthWest. However, occasionally, Tramontana (Northern) wind can be extreme and achieve more than 100km/h wind gusts. It can make the thermal sensation fall a lot, so we must be ready and take winter coats.
Unless you are a bit crazy, you must forget sea activities like sunbathing or swimming. Although some days it will be nice to walk around the beaches. Sailing is possible depending on the day; it depends on the wind, generating waves of more than 7 meters when Tramontana blows hard.
We recommend December in Menorca for wind sports like Surfing, Windsurfing or even Kitesurfing. There are some excellent spots on the island, specifically in Son Bou if there is South wind or Cala Tirant if there's Northwind.
These activities have become very popular nowadays, a lot of residents practice this kind of sport; there are schools which will rent you the equipment and also neoprene.
There are some special events you should know about if you are visiting Menorca in December; there are some public holidays: the 6th (Spanish Constitution Day) and the 25th of December (Christmas Day).
It's a day off in all the country, remembering the creation of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, which is the recent one in Spain and refers to a period of transition between dictatorship and democracy. Nowadays, it's not much relevant in Menorca.
Like most of the world's places, Menorca celebrates Christmas Day; it gathers the families on a very familiar dinner. Remember that the list of restaurants opened is limited for those coming to visit Menorca that day, so look for it with enough time.
Menorca typical dishes will be present during this night; squid, fish, and seafood is the most common meal.
Like all the places in the world, Menorca also celebrates the end of the year on the 31st of December. There are parties in most cities, but we recommend going out after taking the grapes to Mahón and Ciutadella.
Take the night bus, so you don't need to take your vehicle. If you want to have dinner in a restaurant, you need to book in advance. Some restaurants usually offer a closed price with a delicious Menu, cava, grapes, and a party kit.
You should know that most Menorca Hotels are closed during December and generally in the entire winter. Therefore, we recommend looking for accommodation in the most populated areas because most urbanizations are complete, and no services are available.
For example, Son Bou, Cala en Porter or Cala en Bosch Hotels are closed, so you need to stay in the largest areas like Mahón or Ciutadella. We will recommend some to you.
The Hotel Port Mahón is a beautiful four-star hotel open all year. It has spectacular views of the port of Mahón and is undoubtedly in an ideal location, near the port and a five-minute walk from the town centre.
The restaurant is a strong point in this hotel; it has an open buffet, although you can order directly with the menu card. In addition, it has conference rooms, multiple terraces and a piano bar.
Sodium Hotel Boutique is in Ciutadella, and it's a perfect option for couples and adults. This five stars small hotel is inside an ancient building fully reformed in the city's old town area.
Although there are many options like that, interior hotels in Menorca have experienced an increase in recent years and become an intelligent accommodation choice.
The towns of Menorca offers an excellent opportunity to discover lots of corners that in summer are very crowded, so you will be able to enjoy them more.
Mahón and Ciutadella are the most significant cities on the island, and they have more possibilities. For example, you could visit the Ciutadella Cathedral, a fantastic Gothic building built in the 14th century, or even the Mahón church of Santa Maria, which has a colossal musician organ.
Cala Macarella is one of the best-known coves in Menorca. The turquoise colour of the sea and the boats' shadows make this beach look like a postcard of the Balearic Islands.
Sharks are present in Menorca and throughout the Mediterranean Sea. However, the overfishing of the last decades has diminished sharks sightings. Nevertheless, every year there is usually an appearance of a blue shark, normally dying on the shore.