Travelling with a baby
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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!
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.
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 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.