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With plenty of fresh fish and dairy products available in Menorca, traditional cheese and sea food will spoil your mind and taste buds copiously. So, if you are traveling to Menorca, trust us, food is not something you should worry about. There's so much variety to eat that you will want to stay a couple more days to savor the cuisines. We have listed a few ''must have'' local dishes you may want to try in Menorca to get you started.

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Main Courses

Rice Brothers with Fish

It is a therapeutic rice combo stew made from local fish, like Serrano or Comber and rice. It is filling and delicious and a go-to-flavourful meal for the locals. If you are a rice lover, this dish should be your kind.

land rice

While the dish's name translates to ''Rice of the Land,'' this dish doesn't contain rice. Instead, it is mainly made with broken wheat and baked sausages. Sumptuous and hearty.

Cabrit or Lechona is Forn

This dish, translating into Roasted Kid or Suckling Pig, is a famous festive or holiday lunch menu. The meat is slow-cooked or roasted in a fire oven for a very long period until it falls off the bone. The main course is served with roasted potatoes. Any restaurant that has a good wood fire oven serves this dish.

grilled meat

If you don't like experimenting with your food and prefer soulful meals over adventurous ones, then this is what you should try. Locally farmed meat on the grill, flavored with sea salt, pepper, some herbs, spices and oil, grilled to perfection. The beef in Menorca is quite flavorful due to its soil, sea salt, and the grass that the animals graze. This dish can be prepared with lamb, pork, chicken, or beef.

Side Dishes

Fish Meatballs

Fish is often eaten as meatballs in Menorca. So, if a restaurant is serving fish meatballs, don't forget to try. Our recommendation includes Cod ab

Burrida (cod fish) and Albondigas de Cabracho (Scorpion fish).

tumbet

Tumbet is one of the most popular side dishes made out of diced potatoes, aubergine, peppers, garlic, and onions. The vegetables are fried together until crisp. You can have it as it is or with meat and fish.

oliaigu

Nothing but a rich, cold, flavourful, and filling tomato soup traditionally eaten by the peasants at breakfast. Now it is available for lunch too.

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Are you traveling to Menorca by road next year? Whether you choose to rent a car at Mahon airport or drive your car to the island, traveling on the Spanish land requires certain security documents and permits. You would also want to know whether your driver's license is valid in Spain or not. Don't forget to carry the actual vehicle and driver documents below mentioned.

We have curated a list of important certificates that you will have to furnish to the Car rental company at Menorca. 

You may not be permitted to drive if you do not possess the documents listed under the 'Mandatory section.' 

They include:

  • A valid driving license.
  • passport
  • National ID card
  • Valid vehicle insurance certificate
  • Vehicle original registration document
  • Two Warning Triangles
  • Reflective Jackets for anyone who gets out of the car on the main road.

What Driver's License is Valid in Spain?

All international driving licenses and European Union driving licenses are permitted in Spain. However, international driving licenses are only valid for 1 year. To obtain an international driving license, you must have a license to drive in your country.

If you are driving your car, you must obtain a temporary circulation permit for your car from customs. If you are settling down in Menorca, you must register your car in Spain once the permit expires. You must add an oval sticker of your country's flag on the vehicle number plate to indicate your country to the local authorities.

Insurance certificate conditions vary with each traveler's country. Therefore, we suggest that you verify the prerequisites from the Spanish Embassy, ​​the Car Rental Company in Menorca, or your travel agent.

How to Rent a Car at Mahon Airport 

To rent a Car from Binicars – a leading car hire service provider in Menorca, you must be 21 years old and have a valid international driving license. You must have a clean driving history. Generally, the rates tend to change based on the driver's age, car type, and gear type. 

Important Rules to Remember When Driving in Spain

  • Drive on the right side.
  • Safety belts are mandatory for all occupants.
  • International travelers must carry all necessary documents.
  • You must follow the speed limits to avoid tickets.
  • overtaking is allowed from the left side only.
  • Smaller children (height less than 135 cm) must sit on the back seat only and use a child-restraint system.
  • You must carry a child-restraint system if you rent a car or travel a local taxi.

Road trips are surreal, believe it or not. With the right car, it could be the most memorable experience of your life. If you are an enthusiastic traveler with a great group of travel buddies and live in Spain, you must consider a road trip. If you have already planned for one, great!  

As road trips primarily involve a car, it should be your priority to ensure the car you are driving is up to scratch to serve you without falling apart. 

And to ensure that it makes your trip fun-tastic, we have laid down a perfect checklist that you can follow.

 

Checklist for Car Road Trip 

For a smooth journey, your car should be in tip-top condition. If you don't want to take your own car, you can always rent a car at Mahon Airport in Menorca.

Binicars offers a wide range of cars for hire. Do check their website for more details. You can book your vehicle online too.

 

Make sure your  Car Battery  is new or completely charged, and in good condition. Even if it is not new, it shouldn't be more than three years old. Also make sure the electrical charging points are functioning well and there isn't any corrosion.

The  Tires  are very important and there are two vital things you must check –  air pressure and treads. The tires should be neither overinflated nor underinflated. They should be just right. Also, the treads should be deep enough so the tires don't wear out. Don't forget to carry a  Spare Tire. 

Change the  Air Filters  to prevent dust, bugs and dirt from entering the filters and maintain better air quality inside the car. Air filters should be changed after every 20000 kms.  

Check the  Engine Oil level. If it needs refilling, do it without hesitation. 

Inspect all The Car Fluid Levels , including brakes, windshield, transmission, power steering, radiator etc...

Check the  Brakes  and their accessories, like hose, drums, rotors, brake fluid and brake pads. 

Ensure the  HVAC system  is working properly for proper air circulation and adjust the steering, mounts, suspension and shocks before you hit the road. 

Test drive  a day or two before to ensure all things are in perfect shape. 

 

If you are looking for car rental at Menorca, you can browse Binicars' exceptional fleet of cars. 

 

Tips for Traveling Long Distance with Kids

Are you planning on renting a car in Menorca? Traveling by car is fun – the bigger the group, the merrier. But when you have children on board, it could get  a bit challenging, particularly when the journey is long. But don’t worry, we have a few smart tips that will make traveling with kids a breeze. 

An ideal way to get  the most out of your holiday is traveling by car and choosing the right rental car service in Menorca. Car rentals in Menorca offer a better solution than traveling by local transport with kids. If you are looking for an affordable company, rent a car at Mahon airport from Binicars and unwind in mystique Menorca with your children. 

 

Plan Your Trip with Maximum Breaks

Don’t drive too far in one day – ensure you give your kids a break from the car seats every few hours (this is easy in Menorca as everywhere is close by). If you are traveling with infants and toddlers, you may have to stop for a nappy change or feed on your journey, so leave prepared from your accommodation with nappies, water, food etc.

 

Time Your Travel Plans Based on Baby’s Schedules

Plan your drive time when your baby is due a nap. Hopefully this way your baby will fall asleep in the back of the car, letting you reach your destination before he or she wakes up again.

 

Rent a larger car if you need child seats

Rent a bigger car so you have plenty of space for child seats. Also, we suggest you take time packing your vehicle – ensure essentials are at arm’s reach, water, wipes etc. Make sure the vehicle’s boot is large enough for your baby’s buggy and also the luggage if you are picking or dropping the rent a car at Mahon Airport. Buy a traveling organizer bag to pack nappies, bibs, wipes, creams, nappy bags etc.

 

Plan to take food

Babies and children can get a bit restless when they are hungry. Make sure you have enough supplies that last the entire road trip. Carry a thermo with hot water for formula milk, finger foods to keep them happy and other treats to make the journey fun. 

 

Keep entertained 

If you’re a couple traveling with your baby, make sure one sits in the back of the car to keep him or her entertained, while you drive to visit the many places the island of Menorca has to offer.

 

Road trips in Spain feel different. As if God made the country envisioning long drives and amazing scenes. Whether it is a weekend getaway to Menorca or a three-week fully-planned bachelor party, driving from one destination to another with a group of nomads is one of the easy-to-take vacations. However, while driving is fun, we have also to consider the safety of traveling. And therefore, we have mentioned a few handy tips for long-distance traveling on highways that are worth considering. 

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Tips for Driving on Highways

When traveling, we must exercise extra caution while driving on highways, where animals freely move around, and there is no police to enforce traffic rules. Hence, these tips will come in handy.

- Follow the speed limit mentioned on the signage and stick to your speed. If the road is wet, slow down, despite no traffic. Be smart about keeping a distance between the vehicle up ahead and behind to allow smooth braking.

 

- Switching lanes is an important traffic rule on highways as most vehicles drive at lightning speed. Ensure you follow the rules to the 'T' before maneuvering. Do not drive in the wrong lane, do not overtake, and recognize the speed differences between the two lanes. Give appropriate signals to the cars behind before changing your lanes. 

- Keep a wide distance between vehicles. You cannot predict traffic, and there could be situations that you can avoid if you maintain space, like sudden braking, lane change, and accidents. Follow the 3 seconds rule – when the car ahead of you passes by a signboard, ensure you pass it after 3 seconds. Increase the time to 5 seconds when driving in the rain. 

- Do not overtake unless it is necessary or when there is no danger ahead and behind. Anticipate the vehicle's speed, give clear signs, use the appropriate gear (choose a lower gear), and look for approaching vehicles. Once you overtake, build a gap between you and the vehicle behind before falling into the track.

- Keep checking the mirrors. Take a glance at all three mirrors. The rear-view mirror is important to check before overtaking and switching lanes. 

 

- Do stop at regular intervals to rejuvenate and avoid driver fatigue. Also, stay hydrated, use more fresh air than AC mode, and change the temperature to stay alert.

 

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