The bustling resort of Calan Forcat is an ideal choice for families, with the Aqua Centre waterpark and Parc Aire play park keeping everyone entertained. Having merged with neighbouring Calan Blanes to create a larger resort, you’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Calan Forcat is home to rocky coves with sunbathing platforms, while Calan Blanes has a lovely sandy beach. The former capital Ciutadella is a 15 minute car journey away and full of interesting architecture, winding streets and great lunch spots - perfect for a day out.
There are various mini markets selling groceries and daily essentials, as well as souvenirs and beachwear along the main street in the centre of the resort. You’ll find a larger supermarket on the outskirts of town – great for stocking up for a BBQ back at the villa. Nearby Ciutadella has a great selection of chic boutiques as well as a lively market with local crafts and gifts to take home.
With a wide variety of places to eat and drink, Calan Forcat/Calan Blanes caters to everyone’s tastes. Menus vary from local paella and tapas dishes to cheese toasties, pizza and burgers. There are several bars where you can relax, plus lots of ice cream parlours to help keep you cool. During the summer, you’ll also find a great bar perched on the rocky seafront which has fantastic views of the sun setting over the open water at night.
The picturesque rocky cove of Calan Forcat has bathing platforms and ladders leading down to the sea. With clear waters, this is a great spot to try some snorkelling. There are no beach bars but you can take a homemade picnic and the views around the coast are wonderful – remember to take your camera! Alternatively, the sandy Calan Blanes beach is set on the far side of the resort with a couple of beach bars and a shaded area for picnics.
The resort of Calan Forcat is a great choice for families. Along the main street, in the centre of the resort, is Park Aire, a children’s play park with inflatables, trampolines, go-karting, games and a snack bar. Directly across the street is the island’s largest waterpark, Aqua Center, where adults and children can tackle the giant slide, black hole, water chutes and tunnels. There’s also a splash park for smaller children, an inflatable play area, go-karting and a restaurant – ideal for keeping cool on sunny days!
Calan Forcat is around a 10 drive minute drive from the former Menorcan capital of Ciutadella, home to a lively market, Menorca’s only cathedral, the magnificent Lithica sandstone maze, and of course, plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Just outside of Calan Forcat you’ll also find the Hippodrome Torre del Ram. Home to weekly trotting races held every Sunday evening, this is a great outing for the whole family.
If it’s history you’re after, the nearby Naveta des Tudons (Naveta meaning ‘ship’ in Catalan) is worth seeing. The Naveta is the most important historical monument on the island, built roughly 3000 years ago, and takes the form of an upturned boat.
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