Visiting this beautiful island this year but unsure about what are the things to do in Menorca with your kids? Menorca’s mild Mediterranean climate is pretty predictable, offering warm sunny days most of the year. But what activities are there in Menorca to entertain wayward toddlers when the clouds arrive? Luckily there are plenty of fantastic historic sites to explore across the island, where you can soak up some history.There are also several attractions which have covered areas such as the zoo and Castillo Menorca play centre, so you won’t struggle to think of what to do in Menorca on a rainy day. Menorca is a breath of fresh air for families who want a relaxed holiday away from large crowds.
The entire island was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993, protecting it from mass tourist development. Therefore Menorca’s stunning beaches, lush pine forests and ancient settlements remain totally unspoiled. The island has a much quieter, laid back vibe than neighbouring Ibiza and Majorca. Here, it’s all about exploring the amazing natural landscapes. There are a few attractions specifically for kids, but they will also be happy snorkelling, horse riding and kayaking their way around the island!
So without any further ado, let’s explore the best things to do in Menorca with kids:
1. Ciutadella de Menorca Cathedral
This beautiful city should definitely be on your list to visit while in Menorca, it’s a great place to wander around if you fancy a day away from the beach. Get lost in the narrow winding streets, and help the kids to spot boats bobbing in the pretty harbour.The beautiful cathedral dominates the main plaza and is certainly a fantastic example of Gothic and neoclassical architecture.
And don’t forget to step inside to shelter from rain or sun, where you will be greeted with ornate interiors and a peaceful atmosphere.
2. Fortalesa La Mola
A visit to this huge fortress, built in the 19th century is a fantastic day out for families, come rain or shine. A fantastically preserved slice of military history. There are lots of tunnels and underground rooms for the kids to explore, including the machine gun rooms.
Outside, you can marvel at the views across the Menorcan coastline from this rocky vantage point.
Finally, guided tours are included in the entry price and operate in various languages each day – check the website for more info.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am-8pm
3. Lloc de Menorca Zoo
This small, low key zoo is a great place to visit on a rainy day as there are several parts which are undercover including for example a small aquarium and a tropical garden.
Outside, the open enclosures mean kids can get really close and even pet some of the animals such as donkeys, goats, sheep, cows and lemurs.
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun 10am – 6pm.
4. Castillo Menorca
This shopping outlet and play centre is the perfect combination for all ages. Pick up some souvenirs whilst the kids let loose on the play equipment. Indoors you will also find toddler play areas, activities, toys and games.
Meanwhile, if the weather brightens up they can go outside to explore the extensive adventure playground complete with zip wires, sand pits, climbing frames, swings and trampolines.
Time to cool off? Head to the swimming pool with slides, the boating pond or go-karting track.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 10am – 8pm.
5. Jeep Safari
Lastly, see the island from a fully convertible 4×4, ready to take you on an adventure in any weather. These brilliant tours can be private or shared. And each itinerary can be tailored to you whether you want to explore secret beaches, see wild horses or admire views from the island’s highest point.
For instance, these vehicles can drive down private rural paths that are inaccessible to large coach tours. A perfect way to see Menorca’s best kept secrets and most stunning beauty spots.
Your local driver and guide will also give you in depth information about the island, from history and culture to flora and fauna. Choose from the all day ‘Island Discovery’ or the ‘Sunset Excursion’- each has regular stops to explore your amazing surroundings.
Only recommended for children aged 6+
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am – 9pm. Excursions must be booked in advance
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6. Camí de Cavalls coastal path
A beautiful walking path which extends 185km around the island. Well signposted and level, the paths are easy to follow on foot, bike or horseback. You can walk as little or as far as you like, so this is suitable for all ages. Admire spectacular scenery from wetlands and woodland to valleys and beaches.
Discover Menorca’s amazing coastline from a sea kayak, snorkelling in secret coves and swimming in crystal clear waters. The calm Mediterranean is ideal for first-time seafarers, even children as young as 3 (accompanied by an adult). Some of Menorca’s best beaches can only be reached by small boats, so you can avoid the crowds too.
8. Es Grau Beach & Nature Reserve
This wetland area is the main reason for Menorca’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. The shallow water is ideal for young children, while older kids and parents will love snorkelling, kayaking and paddle-boarding around the bay. A well signposted path leads from the lake’s beach into the S’Albufera des Grau nature reserve.
Opening Hours: 24/7
Menorca is famed for its stunning beaches, and the best ones are on the south coast. Macarelleta is the picture perfect beach you will see on all the postcards, where you’ll find impossibly clear turquoise water and fine white sand.
Popular family beaches like Cala Galdana, Son Bou and Cala’n Bosch can get busy, but they have great amenities surrounding them.
Santo Tomás is a lovely laid back alternative to busy neighbouring Son Bou. As well as the pristine stretch of white sand backed by pine trees and dunes, there’s free parking, a playground, a picnic area and pedalo hire.
A waterpark is a great way to entertain the whole family, and two of our favourites in Menorca are Los Delfines Aqua Center and Splash Sur. Aqua Center has some good gentle slides for younger children plus go karting if you prefer to stay on dry land. Splash Sur is the largest and the newest waterpark in Menorca (opened 2015), offering loads of facilities such as a pirate ship, lazy river, shallow activity pool and the high-speed Kamikaze, if you’re feeling really brave!
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