Menorca, the second largest of the Balearics, is a charming, relaxed island off the East Coast of Spain. It is known for its superb sandy beaches and coves with shallow clear water, making it the ideal choice for an enjoyable family villa holiday. You'll also find unspoilt characterful towns lined with brightly coloured houses and great restaurants serving traditional Spanish delicacies.
Menorca is also a superb base for hiking, cycling or horse riding, with varied terrains and stunning scenic routes. If you prefer the water, there are lots of fun activities to get stuck into. Try kayaking, paddle boarding and diving. Or, if you want to explore the open sea - hire a boat - you might even spot some dolphins!
We have over 250 villas in Menorca, so you’re sure to find the perfect place to soak up the Spanish sun. If there’s a big group of you jetting off for some much-needed Vitamin D, opt for one of our large properties that sleep up to 12 people. If you are treating the kids to a summer break or want to whisk your loved one away for some alone time, we have stunning small and medium sized villas that are sure to please. Our villas are hand-picked to ensure you have a holiday of a lifetime. They come with private pools as standard and offer fantastic facilities such as air conditioning, pool and table tennis tables, WiFi, a BBQ and Bluetooth speakers.
With each resort offering something different, Menorca is a superb choice for both couples and families alike. Head to a traditional town such as Binibeca or Es Castell, full of charm with pretty cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. Or, explore the bustling areas of Calan Bosch or Calan Forcat, with lots of restaurants and bars to keep you feel refreshed. Wherever you go, you won’t be far from the stunning coastline Menorca is famous for!
Having merged with the lively neighbouring town of Calan Forcat to create one large resort, Calan Blanes is a superb choice for your Menorca villa holiday. Whether you’re after an active fun-packed family holiday or a more relaxing getaway in the sun, you’ll be well-catered for.
The popular resort of Calan Forcat is situated on the far West Coast of Menorca, with one of the best views of the sunset on the entire island. The family-orientated resort has a diverse selection of places to eat and drink as well as several shops, a children’s play area and a waterpark.
Es Castell is a picturesque resort situated on Menorca's South East coast. A small prestigious and laid-back resort, where you can indulge in the views of the Cales Fonts harbour while chilling out in a trendy bistro or charming waterside bar. Stroll around this pretty town with its picture postcard views and savour the charm and culture bursting around you.
The small, relaxed and quaint resort of Playas de Fornells – not to be confused with Fornells – has a picturesque sandy beach, several shops and places to eat and drink, as well as a small splash park. The town is also close to the island’s only golf course as well as a selection of water sports facilities.
The quaint coastal resort of S’Algar is positioned on the far east side of the island, close to Mahon. Although the resort has no beach, it does have a rocky bathing platform where you can swim and sunbathe. The town also has several shops and traditional restaurants to enjoy, and sandy beaches can be found within a short drive.
The village of Sant Luis is close to Menorca’s capital, Mahon, as well as the beaches and facilities of the resorts around the South East Coast – a great base from which to explore the island! The village has a traditional Spanish vibe, with several authentic restaurants, shops, bakers and bars.
Should you decide to venture away from your private pool, Menorca has plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful sandy beaches, but there is also lots of culture and history to discover in the old cities of Mahon and Cuitadella. Those who love keeping active will enjoy walking the Cami des Cavalls route, and foodies will find plenty of great local cuisine to sample.
With over 120 beaches in total, it is said that Menorca has more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza put together! During the summer season children will love building sandcastles on the soft sand, while families can enjoy taking the pedalos out and splashing in the calm waters. You’ll also find plenty of smaller, stunning coves dotting the spectacular coastline, popular with walkers during the quieter shoulder months.
Eating out is an important part of anyone’s holiday, and in Menorca you will not be disappointed. Most of the seaside resorts offer fantastic seafood, and many of the traditional fishing villages serve locally caught fish. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants offering traditional Menorcan cuisine and, of course, lots of tapas on the menu! The island is very family-orientated so there are plenty of international options and smaller sizes for the little ones.
Circumnavigating the entire island, the Cami des Cavalls is an old bridle path that offers fantastic walking opportunities. Although the route mostly hugs the coastline, it does venture in to the picturesque countryside and is a wonderful way to explore Menorca’s beautiful scenery. You can access the path from different points in the island, allowing you to break the route into more manageable sections. You can also explore the route via horseback or bike as well.
The old capital, Ciutadella, and the new capital, Mahon, are both not to be missed, with spectacular harbours, beautiful architecture and interesting histories. Both offer lively weekly markets where you can barter for local produce and pick up some lovely souvenirs to take home. Throughout the rest of the island there are lots of pretty traditional towns and villages you can visit, such as Binibeca Vell, Es Castell and Fornells.
With over 120 beaches in total, you’ll truly be spoilt for choice in Menorca! The picturesque coastline is home to a wonderful mix of wide, horseshoe-shaped bays as well as sheltered coves flanked by impressive cliffs. Most have soft sand, great for families, while the clear waters offer fantastic opportunities for snorkelling. Many of the beaches will have sunbeds and parasols to hire during the high season, while some will also have lifeguards and watersports on offer in the peak months.
Best reached on foot from Cala Galdana. The walk takes around 30 minutes, passing the rocky cove of Mitjaneta before arriving at a deep sandy beach surrounded by cliffs riddled with caves.
Set on the west coast, Cala Blanca is home to a picturesque cove with soft white sand and clear shallow waters - great for families. The beach is around 10 minutes’ walk from the resort centre and is sheltered by rocky coastline dotted with restaurants and bars overlooking the cove below. During the high season you’ll find pedalos to hire as well as sun loungers and parasols.
Located on the north coast, the spectacular horseshoe-shaped bay of Arenal den Castell is one of the best beaches on the island. This sheltered bay has soft, golden sand and gentle waters, making it a great choice for families. A boardwalk runs along the back of the beach and is perfect for a leisurely stroll. In the high season you’ll find sunbeds and parasols to hire as well as pedalos to keep the children entertained.
Located on the North coast this beach can only be reached by climbing the whitewashed steps leading over the wall just to the west of Binimel-la. Well worth the effort, you'll discover a spectacular sandy beach framed by a lush pine and tamarisk wood and sea stacks rising out of the perfectly blue water.
On the North coast, this beautiful wild place with its sandy beach and jagged coastline can only be reached by a walk of around 30 minutes. Pick your way along the path lined with trees and fragrant bushes, wild honeysuckle and masses of wild flowers. The last stretch of the walk is down a steep sandy slope.
Known as 'The Queen of the Coves,' Cala Galdana’s wonderful stretch of white sand is thought to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The deep, horseshoe bay is sheltered by picturesque cliffs and is ideal for families with sloping sand and shallow water. During the high season you can hire sun loungers and parasols and there are watersports on offer including windsurfing, snorkelling and pedalos. A bridge leads over the river to the resort centre and parking area, but you’ll find some facilities including a kiosk and toilets on the beach itself.
Many people consider this one of the most perfect spots on the Menorcan south coast. The beach can only be accessed via bus from Ciutadella (tickets purchased in advance) or by walking from Cala Galdana. There is a small beach bar and one can hire parasols or enjoy the welcome shade of the pine trees. The beach shelves gently into the sea giving ideal conditions for swimming.
On the North coast, Arenal De Son Saura is one of the most attractive beaches on the island but can only be reached by crossing over farmland with much opening and closing of gates. The farmer charges a toll for the adventure but the journey is definitely worth the effort. Pine-covered cliffs look down onto clear blue water and a beach of soft white sand backs onto extensive pine woods.
Set on the west coast, between the resorts of Sa Caleta and Cala Blanca, is the small beach of Cala Santandria. With soft sand and clear, shallow waters, this cove is popular for families and offers some great snorkelling opportunities. You’ll find a cafe overlooking the beach, ideal for an ice cream or light lunch, plus there are sunbeds and parasols to hire during the summer months. The beach is easily accessed by either public transport or by car, with free parking by the beachfront.
Calan Porter’s beautiful beach is located below the resort centre, accessed either via a flight of 180 steps or down a steep, short hill. Flanked on either side by spectacular limestone cliffs, the sheltered cove has white sand and clear waters. Sun loungers, parasols and pedalos are available to hire in the high season, and there is ample car parking space available in the shaded area adjacent to the beach. A short promenade features several gift shops and a choice of cafes – great for a lunch break or ice cream.
On the way to Fornells turn left at Ses Salines. The beach is accessed by a wooden walkway or by road on the western side of the bay, but it is quite a long detour. The beach is sandy and backed by dunes and although well used rarely gets overly crowded. There are eating places and supermarkets in nearby Playas de Fornells. The beach is popular for swimming and windsurfing and kitesurfing are also popular on windier days.
Calan Blanes is a home to a picturesque sandy cove lined with palm trees. Set in a long inlet and sheltered by the rocky coastline, this beach is a great choice for families with shallow, clear waters and soft sand. There is also a pirate ship play area – great fun for younger families. You’ll find sunbeds and parasols to hire during the peak summer months, as well as a beachside restaurant.
Located just over the road from the bustling marina is the large bay of Calan Bosch. Popular with families, the beach has gently shelving sand and clear, shallow waters – great for paddling and snorkelling. During the high season you’ll find sunbeds, parasols and pedalos available to rent. At the nearby marina you’ll find plenty of parking as well as lots of restaurants and cafes to pick up an ice cream.
Calan Forcat is home to a picturesque rocky inlet with bathing platforms and ladders down to the clear waters – great for a refreshing dip to cool off. A small bridge connects the bathing platforms, and there are a couple of little sandy inlets with access to the water. Although no real beach area, the cove offers spectacular scenery and the sandy Calan Blanes bay is just a short walk away.
A long sandy beach on the north coast which shelves down from the sand dunes to the sea. The surrounding countryside is open in character with low rolling and treeless hills. A beach with a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.
Located between the larger resorts of Binibeca and Calan Porter is the deep inlet of Canutells with its small, sandy beach and few boat moorings. The beach is "virgin" in that it is left in its natural state and is not cluttered with sunbeds etc. There is a rustic bar overlooking the beach where you can order a refreshing ice cream or drink.
The spectacular beach of Son Parc is thought to be one of the best on the island, a large sweeping bay with soft white sand. There’s a beautiful back drop of sand dunes and pine trees, plus a beachside restaurant serving food and cold drinks as well as ice creams and snacks. Sun beds, parasols, kayaks and pedalos are available to hire during the high season. The beach is walking distance from the resort centre but there is also a large car park if you wish to drive.
Backed by a large area of protected wetland, the stunning sandy shores of Son Bou is Menorca’s longest beach. The beach can only be accessed by one entrance point with a long wooden boardwalk sloping gently on to the sand. During the summer months you’ll find a choice of watersports on offer, such as pedalos and windsurfing, as well as sunbeds and parasols to hire. There are a few beach bars with seating right on the sand, as well as a shaded picnic area at the back of the beach for homemade lunches.
Set on the west coast, just south of Ciutadella, is the small cove of Sa Caleta. Overlooked by an old watchtower, this picturesque beach is flanked by a rocky coastline and offers fantastic snorkelling opportunities. There are sunbeds and parasols to hire in the peak summer season, and a snack bar for a light lunch. The beach is accessed via a flight of steps and there is a small parking area.
Los Delfines beach is a small stretch of sand in a deep, rocky inlet of turquiose blue water. There are bathing platforms along the rocks and it's an ideal place for the snorkelling enthusiasts.
Binisafuller - or Binisafua as it is sometimes known - is a small but beautiful beach on the South coast of Menorca, close to the authentic resort of Binibeca. the beach has white sand and shallow, clear water - ideal for families!
Cala Alcaufar is a picturesque, small sheltered inlet with a sandy beach that shelves gently into the sea. The beach is overlooked by the fishermen's cottages that reach down to the waters' edge and the resort is popular with families and children. There are scenic walks out to an old Martello type tower on a headland, with good views out to S'Algar and the Isle de L'Aire at Punta Prima.
The beautiful sandy beach of Binibeca is flanked by picturesque rocky coastline on either side, ideal for snorkelling. The small cove is accessed via a shaded woodland which is a great spot for a lunchtime picnic. During the high sunbeds and parasols are available to hire, plus there are toilets as well as plenty of parking on the street above the beachfront. On the soft sand is a great rustic beach bar with seating right on the waters’ edge.
In Punta Prima you’ll find a stunning wide stretch of white sand, offering great views of the Isle Del Aire lighthouse - a small island just out to sea. During the high season there is a lifeguard on duty as well as sunbeds to hire and a water sports centre offering kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. There is plenty of parking available as well as a couple of beachside restaurants, with even more eateries located along the promenade offering great sea views.
Cala Picas bay is located on the very western tip of the island, on the outskirts of Calan Forcat and Calan Blanes. This beautiful cove beach is popular with families having calm and shallow crystal clear water.
The small narrow cove is easily accessible on foot with a descending track and steps down to the sand. Free parking is available on the streets above with a choice of shops and places to eat in the surrounding area.
Sa Mesquida, a small village on the east coast of Menorca close to Mahon, boasts one of the many fantastic beaches the island has to offer and is well worth a visit. The beach itself is 320 meters of golden sand surrounded by calm waters and rich countryside and is very popular with divers. The nearby village has a small shop and a restaurant, considered to be one of the islands' finest seafood restaurants serving freshly caught fish, boasting wonderful views over the water as you dine.
S'Algar is an attractive and well established holiday resort and whilst there is no beach as such, there are many rocky platforms on the headland where people can sunbathe. The waters are clear and enticing and perfect for diving enthusiasts. There is a fully-equipped diving centre where all equipment can be hired and tuition is given.
Santo Tomas has a long stretch of soft white sand which is split into 2 halves, Playa Santo Tomas and Playa San Adeodato, separated by the hotel on the headland. A long promenade lines the beach, creating an ideal setting for an evening walk. You’ll find sunbeds and parasols available to hire in the high season, as well as a choice of water sports on offer during the summer, including wind surfing, pedalos and jet skis. The beach operates a flag warning system due to occasional currents.
With its relaxed atmosphere and superb collection of sheltered coves with calm, shallow waters, it’s no surprise that Menorca remains a popular choice for families. You'll find plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained, including 3 waterparks, children's play areas with trampolines and bouncy castles, go-karting tracks, horseriding centres and mini golf facilities! Some of the most popular resorts for families include Calan Bosch, Calan Blanes, Calan Forcat, Calan Porter and Punta Prima. Whichever resort you choose to stay in, there's sure to be something within a short walk or drive for a fantastic family day out.
The best time to visit Menorca for a family holiday is during the summer months from June until August, when you will have a pleasant average temperature of 25°C. During the peak months of July and August you’ll find many more facilities available, with lots of beaches offering sunbeds and parasols to hire as well as watersports such as pedaloes. During the shoulder seasons of May and October, the days are cooler and most of the resorts are much quieter. This is a great time for a more active holiday, where you can walk or cycle the Cami des Cavalls route and explore Menorca’s stunning countryside.
If you’re looking for a relaxing couple’s getaway, Menorca offers some wonderful resorts full of traditional charm. The capital, Mahon, and the old capital, Ciutadella, are both steeped in history with stunning harbours and superb shopping and dining opportunities. The smaller towns of Binibeca, Es Castell and Addaia offer a laid-back atmosphere with good access to the surrounding countryside and coastal walks. Whichever resort you choose, we’d suggest travelling outside of the peak months of July and August if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds.