by Isabella Perkins
On Menorca, young families can enjoy thrills and sunshine at a leisurely pace. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve island is home to luscious wetlands, dunes and an untold number of islets just waiting to be explored. Just try to walk along its inviting shorelines and not be tempted by a spot of sailing, swimming or just paddling around at a gentle pace.
Such a diverse mixture of things to do means that beach holidays in Menorca truly define fun for all the family. Thanks to the wonders of self-catered accommodation, everyone can come together and play in your own pool whenever you’re not lounging about by the sea. Now all that’s left to do is get an itinerary together…
Hit the beach
Menorca isn’t short of adorable beaches. Son Bou is one such strip, comprising golden sand spots lined with vegetation and stone jetties. For something a bit livelier, the Cala Blanca beaches have plenty of facilities to keep you occupied at all times. Otherwise, go to the village of Fornells, located in northern Menorca, where the coastlines are a known hotspot for windsurfers. Why not set up camp with the little ones and watch these water sports aficionados tackling the waves?
Explore the island from another perspective
Organised boat trips are a great way of uncovering the island’s various coves and natural harbours, and getting to see Menorca's unique marine life while you’re at it! If you’re lucky, you might get to see dolphins swimming past and jumping out amid the waves. Otherwise, the surrounding waters are known for housing small numbers of starfish and even the occasional octopus!
For all you landlubbers, jeep safaris are a great opportunity for young families to go off the beaten track and discover the island’s inland allures.
Head to the attractions!
Pack a lunch, sun cream and towels, then spend a day at one of Menorca’s top-tier attractions. Los Delfines AquaPark is situated on the west of the island, and is packed with rides which’ll see most adults turn into little kids themselves. Take your pick from chutes suited to all ages – just don’t forget to bring a spare pair of clothes! Back on dry land, children will love exploring Fort Marlborough, a fascinating war museum near Mahon Island.
Get back to nature
Image by Sonke Biehl, used under CC License (CC by 2.0)
S'Albufera Natural Park is a verdant paradise, home to fine views and a fascinating array of nature. It’s also an idyllic setting for family adventure, with a visitor centre and numerous different trails to keep you busy. Keep your eyes peeled for vultures and buzzards, both of whom visit these wetlands to feed. It’s a short drive from Mahon, so it’s easy enough for families to get here and back to most places within the island in a few hours.
Villa holidays in Menorca offer a lovely blend of nature, attractions and sun-kissed memories that everyone in the family will always treasure. If you’re considering visiting this Balearic gem, why not consider treating to your family to something that little bit extra special with luxury accommodation?
Isabella Perkins is a freelance travel writer best known for writing about self-catering holidays. Her writing tends to have a family focus, and she is in the middle of writing a new travel guide due to be published next year.