London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
Menorca with kids (and without!) has been an obsession for the past 5 years, we admit! This gem of an island charmed and spoilt us repeatedly and we kept on returning, 2021 included. The lesser known of Balearics oozes authenticity, boutique fincas, stunning varied beaches and farm-to-table expertise. We have attempted to condense in here 7 trips and our 10 favourite things to do in Menorca with kids.
1. Trekking Camí de Cavalls by the coast and inland. The recently restored around-the-island coastal path, Camí de Cavalls has been transporting goods and people around Menorca since Medieval times. Today, it’s a popular way to appreciate the vivid colours and fauna and totally feasible even with young kids.
The 4 years old loved the stretch from Bucaneros, whilst at 7 and with friends, trekking in Es Castell by the wallstones, caves and salt formations was fantastic.
Take your swimsuits everywhere, dipping in the sea makes the treks even more fun!
2. Kayaking: Menorca’s mostly untouched coastline is a natural adventure playground, and there’s something for kids of all sizes. We love Es Grau half-day trips and discovering the pristine beaches of this nature reserve; if kids are younger, 1 hour or pedalo on calm waters make it a safe activity for even the youngest seafarers.
3. Binibiquer Bell, for a stroll in the pretty fisherman village, late lunch and more dips in the sea. We found Taberna del Corso one of the best restaurants in Menorca by the sea; we feasted on few occassions on seared tuna, calamari, salads, pan con tomate and great bottles of albarino. For something more casual, check out Los Bucaneros below, newly renovated and cute beach chiringuito with wooden benches.
4. SUP or motorized pedalo by Los Bucaneros beach.
5. Mahon: Menorca’s capital is set on a ridge above the deep inlet that forms the harbour, the biggest natural port in the Mediterranean. We find is every time refreshingly elegant and laid back, reflective of its British heritage/ occupation in the 18 century, with bow-fronted houses and sash windows. Cafes and terraces are everywhere, playgrounds and stairs scattered nicely accross the town, making Mahón a very pleasant place to get into the unhurried Menorcan way of life. We have bee very lucky and spoilt in Mahon by our Menorcan friend in her gorgeous pied a terre: sunbeds on the roof, cava and nibbles to start adventures and catch up. Mahon has great restaurant choices as well, from easy ones for exhausted starving kids, to elegant dinners by the harbour and boutique hotels.
At 9pm happy and exhaused from a beach day the first chiringuito with a nice view over the port called us! Dinner with calamari a la romana, pan con tomate, patatas bravas, lots of aioli, chicken, cava and sparkling water came at Euro18 !!! The 4 years old loved the observation point, the calamari, the friendly casual service and of course staying up sooo late.
Mediterranean holidays encouraged us every time to forego the usual 8:30pm bedtime! 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 with kids like a local equates of course fully embracing the Mediteranean way & hours! 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 (closed sadly in 2021!).
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), would conclude glorious days. What a difference 6 months make with the kids – with the eldest at 4, I was truly fortunate to have a partner in crime for dinners and snorkelling!
6. More beaches, swimming and snorkelling !
Some other beaches we have loved include white sand Son Bou, one of the longest beaches in Menorca (2.5km) and one of the few open seas on the island.
And the North West have some exquisite ones: Cala Escorxada surrounded by rocky cliffs and pine forests is well worth the 1 hour hike for its sparkling blue waters and little crowds. We have cheated and have done it part of sailing day from Ciutadella, where we also adored Playa Macaralleta, Cala Mitjana, Playa de Binigaus and Cala Turqueta.
7. Pool and sea combined. If the kids are young and you are after the 2 combined plus lunch, we found the White’s Bar in Arenal de’n Castell great. With the swimming pool close to the restaurant, the grown ups can cath up over cava and tapas, whilst energetic kids splash and soak in the sun.
Icecreams and more cava, one can eventually head 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.
8. Sailing in Menorca is a fabulous way to get to appreciate this island variety, from white sandy beaches, to coves and creeks, to terracota sands and crystal waters.
Over the years we have tested various sailing areas and it’s so difficult to decide which ones we are more fond of! Dedicated an article here .
9. Ciutadella with its noble and aristocratic atmosphere in its narrow streets that was until the arrival of the English, the capital of the island.
The Mediterranean lifestyle with sunshine and so much light, gorgeous, affordable and healthy food, chic real estates, beautiful beaches and lots of boats are such a contrast to our grey cold and wet London summers! A week in here is not enough and the list of fab things to do in Menorca with kids is so long!
Travelling during the pandemic (July 2021). Being fully vaccinated and travelling from UK to Menorca was easy, just a couple of extra forms. For coming back to London we booked our private tests 3 days ahead of our travels and thereafter booked for London Day 2 private tests. The travelling guidance has been fluid though, always best to check the latest UK Foreign travel advice.
For best restaurants in Menorca, head here; for more Menorcan inspirations and getaways, head for our Sailing Days in here ; Long weekends in Mahon here; for Es Castell here; and for more rural holidays by Llucmacanes head here. And for the latest and hottest opening in Menorca, head to Hotel Can Alberti (Mahon) and Fontenille (Alaior)!