In our section Menorca with Kids you’ll find a number of ideas for a family holiday combining beach, natural history and culture that explore different parts of the island and offer a vision of the best of the island with the minimum of effort.
Menorca is an ideal place to visit with the family, be for a quick break or a longer stay. Its relaxed atmosphere makes it a perfect place for a family holiday and its relatively small size mean you can criss-cross the island with kids without having to endure tedious car journeys. Almost anywhere in its well-preserved landscapes will offer an excuse for investigating the natural treasures that the island hold: the butterflies that will accompany you on a walk in spring and summer, the fish that will delight you when snorkeling in the island’s transparent waters, and the multitude of birds to be viewed in the wetlands behind the beaches…
It is a joy being able to share Menorca’s beaches with your kids. Its 200 km of coastline are dotted with a myriad of beaches of all shapes and sizes, suitable for all tastes and for families with kids of all ages. If you like unspoilt beaches that are easy to reach on foot but offer no services other than their wonderful natural surroundings, head for Cala Mitjana on the south coast or Platja de Cavalleria in the north. If, however, you prefer more built-up beaches, with kids’ playgrounds and a choice of restaurants, try spectacular Cala Galdana, Arenal d’en Castell or Son Bou beach. Somewhere on Menorca you’ll find a beach that will tick all the boxes!
The island’s beaches and surrounding areas are the ‘nerve centres’ for many of the activities combining sun and fun, natural history and culture that Menorca has to offer. Here are just some of the best options for discovering Menorca and its beaches with kids.
Menorca with kids 1. Platja des Grau, S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park, and a kayak expedition to Illa d’en Colom, an offshore island
Platja des Grau is the beach for families in Menorca and lies right next to a large lagoon, S’Albufera des Grau, in the heart of the island’s only natural park. This is an excellent starting point for trips out for all ages, be it on foot or by kayak.
Menorca with kids 2. Cala en Porter, stroll along Camí de Cavalls, and visit to the archaeological remains of Torralba d’en Salort and So na Caçana
Cala en Porter is an excellent place for a day out with the family. From the beach you can enjoy a pleasant walk along the Camí dels Cavalls to two fascinating Talayotic archaeological sites that lie just a few kilometres away.
Menorca with kids 3. Platja de Sant Tomàs, Platja de Binigaus along the Camí de Cavalls, and a visit to Cova dels Coloms
The beach at Sant Tomàs has all kinds of services and a delightful promenade suitable for even the smallest kids. If you prefer more natural beaches, head for Platja de Binigaus, just a few minutes’ walk along the Camí de Cavalls. From there, cut inland for a 30-minutes’ walk to the spectacular Cova des Coloms.
Menorca with kids 4. Es Mercadal and surrounding area, walk up El Toro, and discovery of the woods of S’Arangí and rocky crag of S’Indi
This suggestion for enjoying Menorca with kids takes you away from the beaches and into the town of Es Mercadal and surrounding area. Discover a bit more about inland Menorca by climbing El Toro, the island’s highest peak, and visiting one of the island’s best preserved forests, which also harbours an enormous rocky outcrop shaped like an Indian’s head!
An open-air museum
Menorca offers families with kids more than just beaches. The whole island is an open-air museum and its sites and monuments are a perfect way of rounding off a day on the beach. A visit to one of the many Talayotic archaeological sites dating from the days of the island’s oldest inhabitants will reveal aspects of the island’s past you might never have imagined. The defence towers and the fortresses built by the British when the island was under their domination in the eighteenth century are a reminder of Menorca’s turbulent past as a fought-over, strategically important island. Last but not least, Menorca’s lighthouses, placed on the island’s most far-flung headlands, are perfect places for gazing over exceptional landscapes and explaining to your kids how sailors navigated in the past without the radar and other modern artifacts that dominate our lives today.
And so much more
If you like taking your lids on short walks, then Menorca is the perfect place for you and your family. The Camí de Cavalls, a marked trail that hugs the whole of Menorca’s coastline, offers a series of straightforward walks close to the sea where there is no danger of getting lost.
Try our suggestions for enjoying Menorca with kids to ensure an unforgettable family holiday.