Locals in Minorca (or Menorca) really care about their personal appearance and image, and on the whole they dress conservatively.
Jeans are always popular except in the summer when it's too hot for them to be comfortable, and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as a t-shirt for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and sweater in the winter.
For most visitors the draw are the glorious beaches so beachwear, sarong and sunhat, sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), flip flops and sunglasses are the essentials for the day.
If you are looking for a highly versatile travel jacket to bring along we highly recommend the SCOTTeVEST range. Their range of jackets have been specifically designed with traveling in mind and include RFID security (to protect your passport information), 23 secure pockets and personal connectivity integration.
Shoes to pack for Minorca
Don't forget about your shoes – a pair of shabby shoes can let down a whole outfit. Hotter shoes are great – stylish but comfy too.
Save your high heels for the evenings – or we love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range; using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
Clothing tips for women
Minorcan women make an effort when they go out, and in the evenings women dress more stylishly – particularly when dining out.
A pashmina is great for keeping off the chill from the evening breeze or to glam up a simple sundress for the evening.
And remember a few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry or accessories will transform any outfit.
Our advice would be to save your shorts and sarong for the beach; wearing them elsewhere will label you as a tourist and skimpy tight-fitting clothes may get you unwanted attention.
A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
If you are going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs – your pashmina can come in handy for this too.
Clothing tips for men
If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
Pack for the weather
When you visit in the cooler months of November, December, January, February and March it's worth bearing in mind that although you may view the temperatures as warm (if you're used to cold winters), the locals don't. So if you want to blend in, dress as they do in sturdy shoes or boots, pants, sweaters, a jacket and scarf.
It can rain at any time in January or February and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and small travel umbrella.
In the summer – June, July, and August – wear plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and a sunhat. You may even need these in May and September too.
Spring (March, April and May) and Fall (September and October) are cooler and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes.
We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android
Other things to pack
If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack – it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Shoes are great buys from Menorca – look out for the traditional Avaraca which are perfect for the beach.