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3 days in Menorca with kids. Menorca like a local

3 days in Menorca with my dear good old friend and my almost 4 years old has been such a tease. This gem of an island charmed, spoilt and overwhelmed us in so many ways! And yes, Menorca with kids is not only feasible but delightful.

Menorca like a local

Landed midday, perfect time for an aperitivo at the gorgeous Menorcan flat my friend has in Mahon. Cava and nibbles to start our adventures and catch up – thereafter, we headed for lunch at the White’s Bar in Arenal de’n Castell. With the swimming pool close to the restaurant, that equated to friends catching up over more cava and tapas (one of the best restaurants in Menorca by the pool and next to the beach) whilst an energetic boy splashed and soaked in the sun.

Menorca with kids: Menorca like a local

No real lunch for him but of course icecream. Another bottle of cava and catching up, we headed to Arenal de’n Castell cute small beach – exploring the rocks, some boards and the crystal clear waters.

Menorca like a local

Impossible to leave any decent time from the beach, R and I caught eventually a taxi back to Mahon and completely dusted, happy and exhausted, we stopped by 9pm at the first chiringuito with a nice view over the port.

Dinner with calamari a la romana, pan con tomate, patatas bravas, lots of aioli, chicken, cava and sparkling water came at Euro18 !!! My 4 years old loved the observation point, the calamari, the friendly casual service and of course staying up sooo late.

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Mediterranean holidays encouraged us to completely forego the usual 8:30pm bed time for R. Playground and harbour promenade at 10pm? Well there are lots of kids, babies and parents around having fun – how could we not join in? Menorca like a local equates of course amidst others with Menorca with kids fully embracing the Mediteranean way & hours!

Our second day was a proper treat – sailing and snorkelling are the must things to do in Menorca with kids or without and we dedicated an article here .

things to do in Menorca

Another evening we spent it strolling around Mahon cute narrow streets and Passeig Maritim. The yachts and port look gorgeous in the sunset light and we had an amazing dinner at Passio Mediterrania(one of the best restaurants in Menorca).

Me lots of cava, seared tuna and octopus carpacio, R patatas bravas, fish croquettes and pan con tomate. The crowd is beautiful and quite eclectic, we watched some boat owners and the personnel washing the decks, hanging their swim clothes or just chilling and soaking in the scene. I guess after a sailing day surrounded by the sea,  some are not keen to mix with the crowds, but rather meditate and observe from their decks.

Menorca with kids: Mahon harbour

Gelato, more strolling on the cobbled beautiful streets and a cute playground (fully populated 10pm) and we concluded the day. What a difference 6 months make with the kids – I am now truly fortunate to have a partner in crime for dinners and snorkelling!

3 days in Menorca with kids

Our last day we spent it around Binibequer Vell (another must  things to do in Menorca wit kids or without) – a stroll in the village, few dips in the sea, some exploring by the coast. Late lunch with my sweet Menorcan friend at Taberna del Corso (another one of the best restaurants in Menorca); we feasted again on seared tuna, calamari, salads, pan con tomate and a great bottle of albarino.

Menorca destinations: trekking with kids

We are now back in the truly appalling London ‘August’ weather and in serious holiday withdrawals. The Mediterranean lifestyle with sun and so much light, gorgeous inexpensive and healthy food, chic but not exorbitant real estate, beautiful beaches and lots of boats are such a contrast to our grey cold and wet summers! And 3 days in Menorca passed in a blink!

For 2018 edition of our Menorca with kids, including a great agroturismo, head here. For more Menorcan must sees and the perfect grown ups mini break in Mahon, aka Casa Ladico, head here. For tips on the neighbouring stunning but so different Balearics, check 10 days in Palma de Mallorca with Lifeunexpected or our guide to buzzing Ibiza, beach bars and dining with kids.

 

36 comments on “3 days in Menorca with kids. Menorca like a local

  1. Zen Babytravel
    Aug 10, 2017
    The Places We Will Go
  2. Zen Babytravel
    Aug 10, 2017
    Suitcases and Sandcastles
  3. Ruth | Tanama Tales
    Aug 11, 2017

    I am loving the beaches and sailing trips but your description of the food is killing me. After all, this is Spain and I love Spanish food. Would like to visit the island! #FarawayFiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 11, 2017

      Hi Ruth, great to hear I manage to convey the delights of the Spanish cuisines! Menorca is such a culinary gem, gorgeous beaches and sailing as bonus 😉

  4. katy@untoldmorsels
    Aug 11, 2017

    This is what travel is all about right? Shared memories of sun, food, swimming and more. As a fellow Londoner, I am very jealous of your time in Spain.. Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 11, 2017

      Thanks Kate, a pleasure to link in with you guys, maybe as we all Londoners moaned so much, the sun is finally out?

  5. Zen Babytravel
    Aug 12, 2017

    Country Kids

  6. Looks like the perfect escape from the English summer – I need a friend who lives somewhere like that ! #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 12, 2017

      Haha Clare good one! My friend and I go waaay back university at Oxford and Paris – I won’t mention the exact number of years 😂 she is now back after 22 years in Menorca, my plan is to see her more often!

  7. mommamack15
    Aug 12, 2017

    What a great little escape to recharge batteries, looks like you packed all the essentials into your few days there with beautiful scenery, good food and fun times with friends #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 12, 2017

      Indeed, we were in bad need of a little escape to see the sun, the British summer had not been kind to is this year! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. This looks like the perfect way to spend a short break in Menorca with R, you managed to fit in so much in 3 days! R looks like he loved his dips in the sea to cool off. I bet he wasn’t so pleased to be back in the UK having early bed times again!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 12, 2017

      Hehe Fiona, spot on! Rain and early bed time not popular but he’s got all his London friends and his little brother to compensate 😉 pleasure to link in with you guys!

  9. RaisieBay
    Aug 12, 2017

    What an idyllic holiday, it sounds so delightful, even though I’m not keen on Octopus or squid. How wonderful to have a little one to travel with, so many happy memories.

    • RaisieBay
      Aug 12, 2017

      #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 15, 2017

      2 little ones to travel , just picked on this occasion the one which seemed to be more sensible the week before 😉 thanks for stopping by!

  10. dearmummyblog
    Aug 12, 2017

    Sounds like a whirlwind trip to Menorca! Lots of ice-cream and Cava! Our kinda trip and your photos are beautiful! Popping over from #CountryKids x

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 15, 2017

      Hehe, will keep on writing about these kind of trips, we are pro bubbles for sure 😉 x

  11. That looks like total bliss, I love Spanish food and the we are also missing the weather! #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 27, 2017

      Hey Mary! You can hardly beat Spanish food and weather indeed! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Digital Motherhood
    Aug 13, 2017

    Looks like a lovely trip! I went to Mahon years ago and loved it 🙂 #theplaceswewillgolinky

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 15, 2017

      It’s so charming, isn’t it? And I bet it did not change much!

  13. westcountrymumblog
    Aug 14, 2017

    What a beautiful little holiday. So nice to see clear blue seas and lots of sunshine! #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 15, 2017

      Indeed, I really wish it was longer! As you say it was just such a nice break from grey London skies – quite a relief this week is slightly better!

  14. It looks absolutely gorgeous and you managed to fit so much into your three days. I’ve never been to Menorca but I’d really love to go now. #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 15, 2017

      Thank you! It’s easy to fit in a lot with 2 pairs of itchy fit 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. We went to Menorca last year and we completely fell in love with it. We had dinner in Mahon one night, and we loved the atmosphere there. Some great suggestions in there for places to eat and I jsut love Menorcan beaches #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 15, 2017

      Thank you, Mahon is so charming indeed, planning to go back already!

  17. Sherry Cook
    Aug 16, 2017

    I’ve never been to Menorca but it looks like a lovely place for a holiday and sounds so relaxing. Bedtimes are never really followed when we go on holiday either – part of the fun isn’t it? #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 16, 2017

      Thanks Sherry, indeed wonderful break! As long as I get my glasses of cava and have a sensible child with me, bedtime can wait as you say 😉

  18. Menorca looks magical – I’d love to stay up late with my (not-so) littles here! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

    • Zen Babytravel
      Aug 20, 2017

      Hehe, not so little are perfect to staying up & waking up late 😉 Pleasure to link Erin & thanks for stopping by!

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