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Frequently Asked Questions About Menorca

Menorca has a wide variety of hotels and apartments to suit all tastes and budgets, and most are available through the larger UK tour operators. The leading trade organisation on the island who represent many of these establishments is the Menorca Hoteliers Association, and this is always a useful site for information that travel agents are sometimes less eager to provide. Also it may be worth while checking the actual location of your chosen hotel before booking, and if your accommodation is towards the rear of a resort confirming that they provide a courtesy bus service into the town centre.

Airport Transfers
Most UK tour operators now consider the transfer from the airport to your resort accommodation to be an "optional extra" and will charge anything up to £20 per person for the service. As an alternative, you may wish to consider the service being offered by Menorca Airport Transfers. They offer to meet you outside the airport arrivals hall with a uniformed driver displaying a greeting board with your name on it.

Most Banks are open from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. Always remember when exchanging any form of money to take along your passport, check the exchange rate before dealing, and collect a receipt before leaving the premises. For those who feel nervous about carrying large sums of money and their passport around together, most hotels will also gladly exchange money at perhaps a slightly lower rate. Many Banks also have hole in the wall type cash machines where you can withdraw money using either your credit or debit card. The official currency of Spain is now the Euro.

There is always a wide variety of bars throughout all resorts, most of which either offer live music, karaoke, Sky Sports, or videos of films not yet released in the UK cinemas.

The local bus service is at best unreliable. So, if you want to travel outside of the resort check if and when, the return bus runs or perhaps consider hiring a car. On a number of occasions throughout the year, visitors to Menorca ask us for details of bus timetables, however bitter experience has shown us that the term "timetable" is sometimes too generous a term to best describe the time the buses actually run, although these are published each year on the local bus stops in resort, and on the web site of Torres Alles Autocares sa, who operate the west coast service around Ciutadella, and Transportes Menorca sa for the rest of the island.

You can always spot a chemist shop by the green cross they all display. Outside of normal opening hours, a notice on the door will always give the address of the nearest duty chemist.

If you require urgent medical assistance, 24 hour English speaking doctors are available throughout the island. Salus provide a 24 hour free phone service on 900 711 711.

The voltage in Menorca is 220 volt, although most British items will work with the correct adaptor from the UK standard 3 pin to Spanish 2 pin socket.

The Euro is the name of the common currency of the 12 countries forming the European Monetary Union. Since January 1999 Spain has been a member, and the UK has opted out at this time. Euro notes are issued in 5, 10, 20, 50,100, 200 and 500 denominations and are identical in all member countries of the EMU. The designs symbolise European architectural heritage but not royal or national monuments. The coins are issued as 1, 2 and 5 cents and are copper in colour, 10, 20 and 50 cents yellow in colour and finally 1 and 2 Euros white and yellow in colour. Although all the coins have a common European face, each member state is allowed to stamp their own motif on the reverse face.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
The European Health Insurance Card, which is often abbreviated to EHIC, replaced the old E111 Form on 31 December 2005, and entitles British citizens to reduced cost, or sometimes free, medical treatment that becomes necessary while you’re in a European Economic Area country or Switzerland.

The EHIC is normally valid for three to five years and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary during your trip, because of either illness or an accident. The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only, and you'll be treated on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in the country you're visiting. Remember, this might not cover all the things you'd expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK and you may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care.

Although the EHIC also covers any treatment you need for a chronic disease or pre-existing illness, it won't however cover you if getting medical treatment is the main purpose of your trip.

If prior to 31 December 2005 you ticked the relevant box on the E111 application form, an EHIC would have been automatically sent to you during January 2006, however, for new applications they are also available from the Department of Health web site, by calling the EHIC Applications Line on 0845 606 2030, or alternatively by completing an EHIC application pack from any local Post Office branch.

Fiesta Dates
Not an exact science, so don't book your holidays relying on the accuracy of these dates:

January 17th
Fiesta of Sant Antoni at Ciutadella and Mahon.
The Alaior Country Fair.
Thursday following Ash Wednesday through to the following Tuesday
Most of the larger towns on Menorca celebrate their annual Carnival.
Easter Sunday
Matances de Bujots at Ciutadella.
First Sunday of May
The Menorcan Horse Fair at es Mercadal.
23rd - 24th of June
Fiesta of Sant Joan in Ciutadella.
June 29th
Fiesta of Sant Pere in the port of Mahon.
July 9th
Fiesta of Any de sa Desgracia at Ciutadella.
July 16th
Fiesta de la Mare de Deu del Carme at Fornells and Mahon.
Third or Fourth Sunday of July
Fiesta of Sant Marti in es Mercadal.
Late July or early August
Fiesta of Sant Cristofol at es Migjorn Gran.
First weekend after the 10th August
Fiesta of Sant Llorenc in Alaior.
23rd - 25th of August
Fiesta of Saint Bartomeu at Ferreries.
3rd weekend of August
Fiesta at Sant Climent.
The weekend closest to August 25th
Fiesta at Sant Lluis.
September 7th - 9th
Fiesta of la Mare de Deu de Gracia at Mahon.

Restaurants in Menorca cater for a wide range of tastes. In the larger resorts you can get anything from a traditional English breakfast to a Chinese take away. Traditional Menorcan cuisine makes full use of the islands home grown produce, pork, fish and vegetable dishes are very popular, flavoured with garlic, tomato and herbs.

Getting Married in Menorca
Getting married in Menorca can be extremely complicated. In very simple terms, if one of the partners has lived legally in either Menorca or Spain for at least two years, then the civil marriage can be carried out at the local town hall, followed by a religious ceremony in church or other approved location. However, if neither of the partners fulfil the above residence requirements, then the civil marriage will have to take place in their country of residency, followed by a religious ceremony in church. In practical terms for UK citizens, this usually means a civil marriage taking place in the local registry office in the UK, which can then be followed by the religious ceremony on Menorca. For further information on marriage in Menorca our two recommended points of contact are:
Wedding in Menorca
Buzon Concentrado 30
Tel: +34 971 971 358 330

Web site: www.weddinginmenorca.com
Email: info@weddinginmenorca.com

or alternatively Beth Neslany at the Menorca Weddings web site at:
Web site: www.menorcaweddings.com
Email: info@menorcaweddings.com

The only golf course on Menorca is the Son Parc course which first opened in 1977. The course is open 365 days per year and visitors are always welcome. The course has recently been extended, to a full 18 holes, to the designs of Dave Thomas who is an ex Ryder Cup player, and architect of many other quality course worldwide, including The Belfry courses and the San Roque on the Costa del Sol. The course is set among beautiful wooded hills and is of championship quality, and is ideal for both beginners and experienced golfers alike. An additional hazard, or attraction of the course, is the flock of peacocks who live next ot the third green. Contact details for more information and bookings are:
Golf Son Parc Menorca
Urbanizacion Son Parc
Es Mercadal
Telephone: +34 971 188 875
Fax: +34 971 359 591
Web site: www.golfsonparc.com

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