The Balearic Islands are not usually renowned for laidback vibes during the summer holidays; especially Majorca and Ibiza which are inundated with tourists throughout the season.
Menorca, however, is the ying to Majorca and Ibiza’s yang as it swaps neon lights and thumping dance music for dramatic countryside and ambient tones of waves lapping on golden shores. It may be the quieter of the Balearic Islands but it certainly holds its own as a family holiday destination. There is simply so much to do here.
If you’re planning your next summer break we’ve got a couple of reasons why Menorca is the place to be.
Let’s start with the main reason you want a holiday this summer – the weather. The UK seemed to peak in June with its annual 4-day heatwave and now we’re left with an August of dreary mornings and intermittent showers. There is no such problem in Menorca.
You’ll wake up every day and be greeted with blue skies and look forward to toasty temperatures. The Mediterranean island is currently enjoying highs of 30°C during the day while it drops to 22°C in the evening – perfect for relaxing with a drink or two on your hotel balcony.
The beaches are incredible
If the weather isn’t the main reason for going on a holiday this summer, we’d strongly wager that the beaches are. Menorca has some of the most beautiful stretches of shoreline in the Balearics and are much more laidback compared to their bigger neighbours.
Take the family to Son Saura and visit some of the most idyllic beaches you are likely to find on holiday. The coves of Banyul and Bellavista are the closest you’ll come to experience the Caribbean in Europe. The calm waters make it perfect for children to go paddling and snorkelling while the golden shore is perfect for making sandcastles.
This is the peaceful paradise you’ve been looking for.
It has a zoo!
Photo credit: Lloc de Menorca Facebook page.
An absolute winner of a family day out is a trip to Menorca’s zoo. Lloc de Menorca is the first and only of its kind on the island and is home to a range of native and exotic animals. Meet birds of prey, kangaroos, huge snakes, playful lemurs and as many different types of fish you can think of.
The zoo works closely with European rescue centres to ensure these animals are sheltered in a comfortable and loving environment. Situated just a short drive from the capital of Mahon it is a must for visiting families.
It has an amazing nature reserve
Photo credit: Markus Trienke via Flickr.
As you fly into Menorca Airport you cannot help but admire the scenery of its landscape from the sky. The island was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993 in recognition of the manmade commitment to protecting the huge diversity of habitats that coexist here.
It means that Menorca’s countryside is a place ripe with adventure. Take the family to S’Albufera Natural Park des Grau and hike through forests, discover beautiful lagoons, hidden beaches and spot birds that call this place home. It is an excellent way to see a different side to Menorca.
It is an excellent place to learn to scuba dive
Boasting a host of peaceful lagoons and an amazing array of marine life, Menorca is one of the best places in the Mediterranean to scuba dive. Added to this there are numerous reefs, caves and coves that are waiting to be explored.
Visit one of the many diving schools and learn the basics of scuba diving with a trained instructor. Classes are available for children (over the age of 10) and adults alike and will provide an unforgettable memory from your holiday.
The boat trips are a must
One of the best ways to see Menorca in all its glory is on a boat trip. There are numerous trips that span the island but one of the best leaves from the port of Ciutadella. Drop anchor and sail off on this day-long excursion which takes in all the sights you could ask for.
Pass along the west coast before sweeping round to stop off at the coves of Son Saura and Cala Macarella-Macarelleta. Sample delicious Spanish food on board and then gaze upon the setting sun at the end of the day.
And it has a water park!
Photo credit: Aqua Center Facebook page.
The cherry on the cake for any family is surely being within close proximity of a water park. There are not many things that are bound to put a smile on your children’s faces than the prospect of spending the day racing down and splashing in a pool.
Close to Ciutadella de Menorca is Aqua Center, a cavalcade of wonderment to make every 12-year-old’s eyes light up. They can take on slides with names such as Adventure Rider, Kamikaze and Black Hole; while Mum and Dad can relax in the Jacuzzi. There is also go-karting, a soft play area, picnic park, bar and restaurant to provide that memorable day out.
Are you looking for a destination for your next family holiday? Choose Menorca and make huge savings in the process. We have peak summer packages from as little as £139pp in some of the best resorts on the island. Use our deal finder at www.sunmaster.co.uk to see how much you could save.