Travelling with a baby
Our second day in Menorca was a proper treat – sailing and snorkelling with my almost 4 years old and friends. And sailing in Menorca with toddlers and friends is the best way to discover this island magic coast and indulge into Balearics like a local. On weekend in Menorca you’ll see loads of families chilling on boats – sailing with babies even just few months old seems to be a favourite pass time in July and August heat.
Breakfast at leisure and then mid morning we’ve been picked by a friend of our friend. What better way to see the gorgeous south and explore electric blue waters and coves than sailing in Menorca?
We left the quiet beautiful Passeig de Mariners around 11am and sailed smoothly into Canal de Jordi.
The first 30 minutes of our ride were incredibly smooth and picturesque : Fortalesa de la Mola on one side, Castell de Sant Filip the other.
The fortress and the castle look glorious from the sea (my hair less, it was rather windy on this occassion of sailing in Menorca!).
The sea looks deceivingly calm from the shore, but once out of the port, the wind and currents made a very fun bumpy and wobbly fast ride.
R was incredibly keen on speed at the beginning, but after few showers, he concluded he is better off either under a towel or in the inside cabin.
We stopped for our first swim by a gorgeous golf, crystal clear water and lots of other boats with families – Cala de Biniparratx, a little paradise for Menorca with toddlers.
Kids with ages ranging from as little as below 1, splashed and swam around boats alongside Mediterranean good looking parents. Sailing with babies even, hats off to the Balearics!
We picked my Menorcan friend from an exquisite little harbour called Biniancolla.
The locals swimming made some space for our boat – fun casual talking in my broken Spanish. We should be back in here for lunch – I’ve been instantly swept off my feet by the water and this charming spot. I’m also told the pizzeria in here – Baia is great.
We stopped for lunch on the boat in another magic golf by Binibeca – first another dip, thereafter lots of beer, delicious Spanish cheeses and jamons.
I snorkelled with my almost 4 years old quite a bit, lots of exploring and fish. A spotted eel by the caves, baby fish nurseries, funny silvery and black bigger fish.
For R it’s been his first snorkelling in the sea – 6 months ago in Nevis he was not quite ready and in Procida recently he preferred to splash and jump in the big waves. London swim classes certainly helping, as he manages even 15secs under the water.
What a difference 6 months make with the kids – I am now truly fortunate to have a partner in crime for sailing in Menorca, dinners and snorkelling!
We concluded our sailing back to where we started – passed Punta Prima and back to Passeig de Mariners.
My friend and I had a fantastic wobbly ride in the front, R snoozed in the back and dreamed about fish. Luca is a fantastic captain and Menorca with toddlers by sea is sooo gorgeous – we will be back! For more must sees, more sailing in Menorca 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 our guide to buzzing Ibiza, beach bars and dining with kids.