I’ve just got back from Menorca, and I’m already itching to go back. It was our first holiday abroad with our toddler, so we didn’t get out and about to see much of the island, but what we did do, we loved. Here’s why.
1) The sunshine
I always feel like I pick the oddest times to go on holiday. We ended up going in the last week of September, so I must admit I was a bit worried about the weather. I won’t let it bother me again though.
Late September’s near the end of the holiday season in Menorca, but we had t-shirt and shorts weather all week (apart from that one day we decided to do a three mile walk, but the less said about that the better). The sunshine was absolutely beautiful, great for sunbathing, and the perfect temperature for me and the little one: not too hot, and never cold.
2) The coastline
We stayed in Cala’n Forcat in the west of the island, where it’s really rocky and dramatic. There are lots of narrow little coves around there, some sandier than others. We loved Cala’n Blanes beach, about 20 minutes’ walk from Cala’n Forcat. The two resorts have merged as they’ve grown so the walk’s really easy with proper pavements all the way.
Cala’n Blanes beach is small but sandy and the calm sea’s lovely for paddling, swimming and snorkelling, with fish to spot too. There are even a couple of pedaloes you can rent, as well as sun loungers and parasols, and my toddler couldn’t get enough of the little play area right on the sand. We bought lunch from one of the two beach bars, and my husband’s new favourite drink is the gin lemon slush he got there; definitely worth a try.
3) The welcome
Everyone we met in Menorca was so friendly and helpful and generally lovely, that I think I fell for them as much as for the island itself. They were just as happy to chat with us in English as with my dad in his rusty evening-class Spanish and I don’t think my little girl’s ever had so many waiters make such a big fuss of her. She lapped it up, of course, and had a whale of a time.
Menorca’s a fantastic place to take kids; it’s so family-friendly. We spotted all sorts for them in Cala’n Forcat. Bouncy castles? Check. Mini waterpark? Check. Go-karts? Check. Plus most of the restaurants in the resort have kids’ menus, highchairs and play areas, which we found really made things easier.
This beautiful city’s just along the coast from Cala’n Forcat. We went twice, we loved it so much. It’s all yellow sandstone, quaint old streets and pretty views of the harbour, just my kind of place. The first time we went, we caught the bus and it took hardly any time at all to get there. I’ve always worried about catching buses on holiday, working out timetables and fares and finding my way back to the bus stop when it’s time to go, but this was so easy I’d definitely do it again.
The second time we went, we walked there. It’s a great walk from Cala’n Forcat; scenic, really straightforward, and I think it took just over an hour. I recommend using your hotel Wi-Fi to check the weather forecast before you set off, though (remember that walk I mentioned earlier?).
Anyway, however you get there, don’t miss Ciutadella. It’s a lovely place to wander round and we got some fantastic photos, plus the Friday market was a great excuse to go shopping. Oh, and if you’re on the hunt for some of the traditional Menorcan sandals, you’ll have plenty to choose from in Ciutadella, they’re everywhere.
What are your favourite things about Menorca? And where do you recommend I go next time I’m there? Tell me all about your experiences in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.