So, how has quiet, little Menorca taken the crown from the two big players Ibiza and Majorca?
Family Friendly Beaches
Menorca is world renowned for its endless beaches, from long white sandy crescents to rocky, turquoise-watered bays, pine trees fringe the coast and the atmosphere is calm and tranquil.
- Son Bou Beach
One of the islands best child-friendly beaches Son Bou beach is located on the South coast of Menorca. The longest beach on the island, Son Bou has 3 kilometres of glorious white sand and shallow blue water – perfect for families and children.
Popular with both holidaymakers and locals, there is a play farm for the young children, and older kids can enjoy the inflatable slides leading into the sea. Facilities at the beach include beach bars and restaurants offering a variety of different cuisine and refreshments.
- Cala Algaiarens
The golden sandy beach of Cala Algaiarens is located on the North West coast of Menorca. If you are looking for a quiet beach away from the bigger resorts, then ‘La Vall’ is where you want to be.
It’s important to note that there are no bars or restaurants here, it does, however, make a great picnic spot to enjoy with the family for a day out.
- Cala Galdana Beach
Overlooked by cliffs and pine forests, Cala Galdana is a cove beach located on the south of the island.
This stunning beach offers plenty of natural shade – perfect for little ones. The beach is very popular with families thanks to its white sand and shallow water, making it safe for young children to paddle.
- Santo Tomas
Long and wide, Santo Tomas is one of the most popular beaches in Menorca and one of the most family friendly. You will find bars, restaurants and shops selling food and drink, or just take your own!
Menorca boasts some of the most beautiful natural parks and nature reserves in the world. If you enjoy an active holiday and love nature Menorca is the pick of the Balearics.
Menorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993 and is the best preserved natural paradise in the whole Mediterranean. The island has a natural park, five natural Reserves, a marine reserve and nineteen ANEI zones (Natural Areas of Special Interest).
Quality food and drink
Menorca is home to the freshest seafood, cheese, charcuterie and… Gin?
Lobster – One of Menorca’s most prized and delicious dishes dates back many centuries. Locals would scour the shores in the hope to find one.
Mahon – This traditional cow’s milk cheese is by far the most famous cheese produced in Menorca. Sold at various ages it gets darker, saltier and harder as it matures. The younger cheese stays mild and creamy.
Menorcan Gin – Believe it or not, Menora produces some pretty good gin. Try a Pomada, a popular and refreshing drink mixed with two-thirds lemonade, one-third gin.
Menorcan Wine – The island produces some truly excellent wines and you can visit some of the many winery’s while you are there.