Renting a Menorca villa is your passport to a fantastic holiday on this magical island.Here are some commonly asked questions about renting on Menorca, villa holidays, and attractions on the island.Are villas readily available?Yes but they are typically booked earlier in the holiday season so move quickly. The reason that the island is so well-equipped with holiday rentals is partly due to the evolution of tourism on the island since the mid-1960s. The general policy has been to ruthlessly control vast resort-type developments and to concentrate instead on smaller, local developments of private accommodation, small hotels and apartments. This keeps the island feeling like a holiday destination on a ‘human scale’.Are there small and very large resorts on the island?That rather depends upon your standards but most visitors find that the island is relatively free of the large mega-resorts that have blighted some other parts of the Mediterranean. Of course, some resorts are larger than others but on the whole, most would probably come under the description of being small to modestly sized.Is a car essential on the island?Yes and no. Some resorts are entirely self-contained and you can happily spend your entire holiday there apart from your initial transport to and from the airport. On Menorca, villa holidays might be set in rural surroundings or on the outskirts of a resort and a car might help you get around. Additionally, hiring a vehicle might also allow you to get around and see much more of this beautiful island. You should note that the public transport on the island is limited and not necessarily always 100% reliable. It may also only serve the main towns, resorts and major roads.Where is the best shopping?The main commercial centres on the island are the capital of Mahon and the old capital of Ciutadella. Both towns are not only fascinating to explore – with ancient winding streets and a huge variety of shops, cafés and bars – but they’re also picturesque and charming. In addition, the island also has a number of craft outlets where you’ll be able to see local produce being made and get the chance to purchase it. Local tourist offices can help highlight those to you.Where are the best beaches?The island is dotted with numerous secluded coves and beaches – many of them with excellent sand and bathing. Most people agree that Son Bou probably has the longest of all resort beaches. This is a beautiful piece of coastline with protected access to the beach in order to protect the environment. It’s also an area which has a good selection of discrete and discerning accommodation and, like other parts of Menorca, villa rentals are easily found in the hills that run down towards the beach.