The quiet, sleepy island of Menorca is the smallest of the Balearics, a popular destination amongst families for its laid back approach to tourism.
Unlike its sisters Majorca and Ibiza, Menorca hasn’t succumbed its coastlines to towering hotels and neon lights, instead, quaint whitewashed houses and single storey hotels dot the coastline, adding to the islands natural charm, rather than taking away from it.
Boasting a number of Blue Flag award-winning beaches, long stretches of unblemished golden seafront and enclosed quiescent coves, the main objective on any holidaymaker’s agenda in Menorca is to relax! Simply lay back and enjoy the rays, whilst the kids build sandcastles on the shore.
Lazing on the beach is all very well on a holiday to Menorca, however, if you start to get itchy feet and fancy a slice of the action, there is plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained!
Catamaran and glass-bottom boat tours are a prevalent feature from most ports on the island because of the crystal clear water visibility. Snorkelling is also a popular pastime and with a diving school at Punta Prima resort, you can explore the depths like never before!
There are a number of waterparks on the island, the largest being the Los Delfines Aquapark in Cala’n Blanes or the Aquarock Waterpark in Cala’n Bosch. With kamikaze slides, log flumes and water play parks, a day trip to one of these fun-filled attractions should keep the kids happy!
If you fancy something a little upmarket however, Menorca’s two main cities, old Moorish capital Cuitadella and modern capital city Mahon both offer chic cocktail bars, luxury shopping and picturesque marinas lined with bistros and cafes where you can soak up the sun in style.
As far as nightlife goes, Menorca isn’t half as wild as its neighbouring islands! The majority of eateries found in the tourist resorts combine the bar and restaurant experience, offering live music, quizzes and karaoke for some good humoured, family-orientated entertainment!
Like the majority of tourist destinations across Spain, Menorca has yielded to western demands for a variety of eateries and culinary choice in its tourist resorts.
Restaurants offering everything from English to Chinese cuisine can be found across Menorca, however if you’re after a taste of the traditional, look no further than some of the tiny bistros and tapas bars offering local delicacies such as lobster stew and seafood paella!
Unbeknownst to many, Menorca brews its own gin! Xorigeur Gin, produced from grape wine and flavoured with juniper berries, its production on the island is a lingering reminder of the British militant takeover of capital Mahon’s port back in the eighteenth century! The distillery still stands in Port de Mao today and can be visited Monday to Friday.
With its small sandy beach and easy access to the old capital of Ciudadella, Cala’n Blanes is great for anyone looking for a quiet relaxing holiday destination
This modern, relaxing resort is the ideal getaway for the family holiday, with two stunning sandy beaches which are well worth a visit, as well as many secluded sandy coves along the coastline.
The liveliest of Menorca’s resorts and a popular choice for couples and young families, Cala’n Forcat is a relatively small resort with a lively, family friendly atmosphere.