London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
Charming and quintessentially Mediterranean, Es Castell Menorca is perfect for escaping the mass tourism crowds; foodies for fantastic restaurants favoured by locals by the waterside as well as culture buffs for easy access to Mahon. And a long weekend in Menorca is so easy out of London, so many direct flights to Balerics crystal water and slower sunnier pace of life.
Where to eat. Can Delio, by far the restaurant that we loved most on our Menorcan trips. Our amuse bouches consisted of Minorcan yoghurts served with pistachio and honey with local sausages chorizo like in crunchy fresh pastry – yum! Padron peppers, patatas bravas and Can Delio salad followed, all prepped to perfection.
The black rice was la piece de resistance -squid ink, seafood and aioli. All superbly washed by cava, this had been my favourite restaurant in all my 6 getaways in Menorca, just wow.
Trebol another warmly recommended restaurant by the seafront, family hospitality for 50 years and 3 generations. Booking for dinner in the weekend advisable if you’d like outside seating!
From our base in Son Granot Es Castell Menorca one can taxi easily to Mahon (15minutes ) for history, harbour and more seafront restaurants. You could also walk to Mahon if you want, allow yourself around 30 minutes – simply face the across the harbour, turn left and walk alongside the harbour.
Where to stay Son Granot we reckon is a great pied a terre for peaceful rural charm. The villa is surrounded by greenery and flowers, lavender, bees and peacocks. There’s no service at the hotel apart from breakfast, but if tranquility and privacy are priority, this makes a wonderful stay.
I spent 2 nights with my good friend and we found it delightful and relaxing. I reckon it also works well for families with older kids especially if they are ok to organise themselves for snacks. And the seaside front Cales Fonts is 12 minutes by foot – totally feasible for an after dinner walk.
For rural charm with proper service, head to Sant Joan de Binissaida – a Minorcan finca restored gracefully and with sustainability in mind. We explored on a hot gorgeous Sunday afternoon; drinks and nibbles by the pool. There are bikes for grownups, a playground for the kids just by the the orchard, a restaurant which serves organic meals with vegetables freshly picked from the garden.
We’ve seen the family suite, delightful large terrace overlooking the countrysides and the sea. The living room is chic and has an extendable sofa, the bedroom perfect for parents privacy.
Es Castell has no beach. Our favourite beach nearby is Es Grau next to S’Albufera natural reserve (25minutes – Euro20) for SUP or kayaking in stunning crystal clear waters of the nature reserve.
Lunch at Tamarind by the waterfront is delightful or for sunset one can opt for a simple bar filled with locals – cava, olives, cheese or pizza over sunset.
Renting a car makes total sense, especially if one has time to explore further the beauty of the North beaches, Ciutadella or to adventure in the Menorca countryside and experience the vineyards, cheese and further rural peace at Hort Sant Patrici.
For more grown ups getaways in Menorca, head to our Casa Ladico article – a delightful base in Mahon ; for holidays with kids, head here; for sailing suggestions in here and for more family holiday based in Llucmacanes head here. And for 2019 hottest opening in Menorca, head to Fontenille, July 12th onwards the bookings are open!