If you’re searching for the perfect nature-filled family getaway, look no further than Menorca. |
Spectacular views, azure waters, mountain passes and stunning landscapes make for an idyllic destination. The island was even declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. There are plenty of wonderful activities to partake in against this gorgeous backdrop, too: from kayaking in hidden coves to ice cream in the old town harbour, you won’t be short of things to do during your Menorca family holidays.
A Day Out in Ciutadella The locals fondly call the Ciutadella ‘Vella i Bella’, meaning ‘Old and Beautiful’. And for good reason: beneath the deep blue skies of a summer’s day, townhouses line the cobbled streets, boutiques selling hand-made Menorcan goods can be found on every corner, and the local harbour attracts sailing boats in numbers. Ciutadella is also home to traditional food markets galore. Between tapas featuring iconic berenjenas con miel—aubergine with honey—and the fresh seafood market Mercat de Peix, there are so many local delicacies to sample you’ll be spoilt for choice come lunchtime.
Beaches Beyond Compare
Whether you’re hoping for idyllic white sands or aspiring towards waters lined with shingle, the island has the perfect beach for you. One of the better-known white sand beaches here is Son Saura. Situated close to Ciutadella, this spot is a great place to sunbathe after a little exploring and a good helping of ice cream at the harbour.
The island has so many more beaches to choose from, but there are some highlights that shouldn’t be missed during your Menorca family holidays. The shallow lagoon at Es Grau should be at the top of the list for those with young children. It has all the restaurants and facilities you need, yet still retains that photogenic element of appearing almost untouched. And, if you love wildlife, make sure to head to the quiet Ses Salines end of Cala Tirant. The sands tend to be quieter and you can often spot terrapins while strolling along the walkways.
Admire the Colourful Flora of Camí de Cavalls The Camí de Cavalls coastal path circling the island has recently reclaimed some of its former glory. In Medieval times, the path served to transport people and their wares from one end of Menorca to the other. Thanks to the recent restoration, it now offers a fantastic way to view the fabulous local flora. Stretch your legs for as long or as little as you like: the journey between Cala Binimel-la and Cala Pregonda will only take thirty minutes, while the easiest hike is probably from Cala d’Algaiarens to Cala Morell. If you’d rather not get that energetic, horse riding tours are available as an alternative.
Explore Caves in the Waters and atop the Cliffs
The island’s coastline boasts more than just untouched sandy beaches. Hidden coves around the gentle waters of Cala en Porter and Es Grau not only provide another excellent snorkeling opportunity, but give a great excuse to hire a kayak and explore the caves.
Menorca’s secluded Cala Coves even sport an incredible collection of ninety prehistoric caves. You’ll find them atop the island’s rocky cliffs, where tortoises and lizards wander around the sunbathing ledges and there are hidden spots that are great for swimming.
Where to Stay
Renting a villa for the duration of your stay will help you really get the most out of your Menorca family holidays.
With ample space for the whole family, it will be easy to get some extra relaxation time in and having a kitchen where you can prepare your own breakfasts dinners means you won’t have to fork out on dining at restaurants every mealtime. And, of course, no Menorca family holiday would be complete without a private pool where you can splash around with the kids.
There is so much you can do and see during your stay, but if you follow these recommendations, your Menorca family holiday is sure to be filled with magical memories.
Author Plate Brenda Jaaback, Managing Director of Bartle Holidays, is a renowned Menorca expert. From its history to its people and from its wildlife to its cuisine - no secret of the island remains hidden to her. Personally selecting the finest properties for her clients, Brenda is the go-to person for anyone planning relaxing Menorca family holidays. Bartle Holidays makes no warranty as to the accuracy of information contained in this article and excludes any liability of any kind for the information.
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