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!
1. 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.
3. 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.
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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!
In summary, visiting Menorca with your kids is the perfect opportunity for a fantastic Family Holiday. We have listed the most family friendly restaurants in Menorca and best family activities on this beautiful island so that you can prepare your trip to Menorca without browsing the Internet for endless hours.
So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Menorca for your next family break, just visit our different Menorca pages to find out what this child-friendly destination has to offer.
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