Known as the island of tranquillity, Menorca is the ideal destination for families. There are plenty of options to enjoy the sun, the crystal clear and shallow beaches perfect for children, nature, its cuisine, learn about its culture and traditions, and live the Mediterranean lifestyle.
In the summer or during the rest of the year Menorca is a balm of calm and tranquillity for those who visit the island. Our villas in Menorca offer you the possibility to enjoy the face of the island that you like the most. If you want to spend great days at the beach surrounded by all the services our villas in Cala Blanes like Villa Elena Mar or Villa Velasco or in Calan Porter as Villa Marquesa or Villa Serena will be your perfect destination. But if you want to connect with nature, the interior of the island is undoubtedly the ideal place to enjoy the best natural spots. Check out our cottages like Sa Canova to know the most authentic Menorca spirit.
Besides the fantastic beaches where children will enjoy the sun and sea, there are many other fun-filled activities to discover the island differently. Here are some of our favorite plans to enjoy with the family and entertain the little ones.
1. Better Menorca Beaches To Go To with Kids
With 216 km of coastline, the beach options offered by the island are endless, but if you travel with your family we recommend these beaches where you can enjoy the sea with all the services around you.
- Cala en Blanes, located a few kilometers from Ciutadella, this cove offers crystal-clear waters in complete tranquillity, as you will find services such as a lifeguard station, hammock hire, pedal boats, as well as restaurants, beach bars, picnic tables, and barbecues with free access just a few meters from your accommodation.
- Cala en Porter is located between large cliffs and its white sand and turquoise waters make it one of the most attractive landscapes of the island. The cove has restaurants, showers, lifeguard service, first-aid post, and parking so it is very convenient if you are traveling with children or simply prefer not to take long walks to enjoy the water.
- Son Bou is the largest beach in Menorca, ideal for water sports. The beach has beach bars, sunbeds, and umbrellas where you can rest comfortably. Also, at the eastern end of the beach, are the ruins of an ancient Paleochristian basilica discovered in 1951, with a necropolis carved into the rock.
2. Water Sports
Menorca offers a fascinating marine life that you can discover by snorkeling, so we recommend that you always have your snorkel and goggles on hand as you can enjoy the marine life on any beach, especially if you approach the rocky areas. If you want to reach more remote and less crowded areas to enjoy this sport, many companies organize excursions but if you prefer to go your own way, these are the best places to snorkel in Menorca: Cala Rotja, Cala Mica, Ses Olles, Cala Barril or the virgin beach of Binimel-là. Although there are numerous varieties of fish, you will almost certainly see cows (one of the most abundant species on the island), maidens, gilthead breams, red mullets, groupers, morays, and even some octopus or starfish.
Another perfect option to explore the less accessible corners of the coves is the Kayak, there are a variety of activities and companies where you can rent the necessary equipment. If you dare with this sport the best routes from beaches with rental points are Es Grau to Cala Mesquida, Santo Tomás Beach to Cala Escorxada, Cala Galdana to Cala Mitjana, Cala Na Macaret to Arenal de Mongofre, Cala en Porter to Son Bou, or Bahía de Fornells.
If you look for newer challenges, we recommend the Stand-up Paddle, a sport suitable for all ages and levels. Although it may seem a little more difficult to practice as it requires a lot of balance and strength, the effort will be worth it when you are in the middle of spectacular virgin landscapes. If it’s your first time, we recommend the beaches in the south, normally quieter like Cala Galdana, Son Xoriguer, or Cala en Porter. If your level is higher and you prefer to enjoy the virgin coast of the island it is better to leave from Cala Viola, Fornells, or Santo Tomás.
3. Water Park Fun
A good plan to enjoy a full day of fun with the little ones with slides, pools, and attractions. There are 4 water parks in Menorca that you can visit:
Located in the Cala en Blanes Aqua Center, has various water attractions and an area with bouncy castles. In Cala en Bosch is located Aqua Rock, among its main attractions, are slides, themed pools, trampolines, a playground and a karting track. The other two parks Splash Sur Menorca and Carema Splash Park are part of hotel complexes but are open to the public and also have children’s attractions for the little ones in addition to the traditional slides and float trips.
4. The Best Sunsets
Sunset time is a unique moment in Menorca and there is nothing better than heading to the best spots to see it as a family to enjoy an impressive sunset over the sea. Although there are many places to watch the sunset from, we recommend these three:
- Cavalleria lighthouse, 3 km of land that goes into the sea at the northernmost point of the island. You will enjoy one of the best sunsets in the middle of this couple with impressive cliffs over 40 m high and fantastic views of the north coast of the island.
- Monte Toro, because it is also possible to watch the sunset from the interior of the island and enjoy a different sunset. This is the highest point on the island at 358 meters from where you can see the outline of Menorca.
- Cova d’en Xoroi, although it is one of the most typical and also overcrowded, especially in the summer months, it does not cease to be spectacular. This is a natural cave that according to legend is named after a Turkish pirate who lived in the cave. The access ticket costs about 6 euros and includes a drink, although if you prefer not to pay you can enjoy the same views from the cliffs above the cave.
5. Menorca’s historical roots
Visit the Binissuès Manor House, built at the end of 1800 is a different way to spend the day. It is a Menorcan nobility house in the countryside, where the Salort family spent their spring holidays. The manor offers to the visitors a guided visit through its rooms and an interesting documentary shows how the Menorcan nobility lived at a time when electricity did not exist. Also, in the attic of the manor is located the Museum of Natural Sciences of Menorca, which contains the spectacular private collection of insects, fauna, and flora of the Carreras Torrent Brothers, where children will have fun playing and learning about species that are completely new to them.
Another representation of the island’s history is the Fort of Marlborough, built by the British between 1710 and 1726 is named after Sir John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, one of the leading generals of the time. Together with the Castle of San Felipe and the Tower of Stuart they were used to protect the entrance of the port of Mahon, during the fight between Spain, Great Britain, and France to obtain the island. The visit takes us back to the 18th century, through a tour of the underground galleries with the help of audiovisuals.