See and Do Inspirations for Families
Menorca's attraction is it's outdoors spaces and great beaches all without the hassle of unruley Adults singles's groups boisterous behaviour. Locals and Restaurants welcome children.. Here are some ideas for Family friendly things to see and do together on Holiday.
Menorca Holiday Tip
Often addresses here and in guide books, leaflets will be listed as Ferreries-Galdana km 5 .The roads have Kilometer marker signs on the side and are the best guide to where a location is. So the previous address is along the road from Ferreries direction of Galdana around the 5 Kilometer marker .
Family Friendly Attractions
Even if you are not into history the location is scenically great, and children will love the myriad of underground tunnels/rooms to let out energy ( perfectly safe ). Great place to visit after 6 p.m to enjoy more atmospheric light and watch the evenings sunset over the harbour. There is a little bathing bay just before entrance and you will be see an attractive part of Menorca seldom seen by visitors.
You can get the Water Taxi from Es Castell for a special trip across harbour.
Opening times: July and August: from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. June to September 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May and October, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From November to April, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. closed Mondays. The approximate duration of the visit is 2 hours. Guided tours are available for individuals and groups. Individual audio-guides are available in different languages.
Island history: Fort Malborough is an unusual 7 sided defence fort located in Cala de Sant Esteve on the south east edge of the island.
Open Tues. to Sat. 0930-2015 hrs., Sun. and Mon. 0930-1430 hrs. Entrance 4 euros, Sun. free.
Menorca Holiday Tip
Lots of tunnels for children to explore.
An out if town childrens entertainment area set in grassed gardens combined with an outlet store with lots of parking. Ideal place for the children to loose their energy and mums to well, do what mums do best at outlet stores. The outdoor entertainment has lots to climb on,swim in,bounce on and swing from. Bordering the outside area is a for menorca large Snack Bar with internet access. .
Open May - October. Open 10.00am-7.00pm. ME-1 Km point 35 - 7 km from Ciutadella.
There is a toddlers play area next to the Cafeteria so mums and dads can have a drink and keep watch. A pool for swiming with water chute, a pool for boating and shallow pool for splashing around in. The extensive grassed area has a varierty of small to big things to climb. Four big trampolines and other 'boucing fun'. Mini Golf, Sand pits. Climbing wall. Some of the equipment is old but that won't put the children off.
There is a large outlet shop with branded goods plus local 'souvenir' items. Next door is the Costa Nova Karting track , with decent sized track. Karting open from 10 am untill sunset.
Located in Ferreries on the road to Sant Cala Galdana. Equestrian centre with horse shows.
Crta. Cala Galdana, km 0.5, 07750 Ferreries 971 373 497.
Open June to September:
Wednesdays and Sundays at 20.30
Ganaderia Son Martorellet
Located in Ferreries on the road to Sant Cala Galdana. Equestrian centre with horse shows and other activities:
Open to visit the stables every day ( except Sunday ) from 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 20.00 hrs 3 Eur. Afternoon mini-show Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 15.30 hrs. If visititing the stables you can also see training of the horses Monday, Wednesday and Friday 18.00 to 20.00 hrs.
Cala Galdana road pm-174 , km 1.5, 07750 Ferreries 609 049 493/971 356 140. Open May to October:
Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 20.30
Pictures copyright and courtesy of www.sonmartorellet.com
Museums & Places of Interest
The island is known as the largest open air pre-historic museum and not without good reason. Even if you are not a history buff you'll be suprised just what is on the island. 4m high Stone structures ( Taulas ) that defy gravity and 2000 years of weather. >> more
Menorca Holiday Tips
If you are feeling the day time heat a museum trip can be just the thing to cool down with Air conditioning and relaxing surroundings.
On and under the Water
Menorca has a stunning natural coast line with hidden bays and beaches...dotted with sea caves.
An increasingly popular activity and a great way to see the beautiful coastline up close is a sea kayak - for hire or excursions at various points along the coast.
Along the coast, taking in virgin beaches and swimming in picturesque bays. Either aboard motor yachts or under sail in more indulgent ways.
Diving and Snorkelling
The pristine waters of Menorca are a real holiday memory. They are amazingly clear so even with just a simple snorkel you will see lots, not murky haze. And because the water is in such good condition you'll see lots of fish too. Many, many of the resort beaches have shallow sandy bottoms fringed with rocks, ideal for young snorkellers. Organised trips can make a great family day out with as a Snorkel Safari or stop off as part of a Boat excusrions. There are also marine reserves around Menorca where the marine life is even more abundent.
Snorkel trips to special sites are run by many Dive Centres and are also part of smaller boat trips and excursions packages.
The island is a haven for divers not only due to these conditions but especially due to the many underwater caves cut out of the soft rock particularly on the south coast.
Cales Coves Snorkelling Tip
Cales Coves, well known for its caves cut into the limestome rocks is also a great place for snorkel fans. With three very attractive bays to explore, sandy bottoms interchange with rocks. It was the original harbour used by the Romans. Access to Cales Coves is via a 1.5km long unsurfaced track from Son Vitamina (ME-12) which is passable with care by car or best on Mountain bike. ( access keeps it quiet and seculded! ) .
If you love windsurfing or want to try windsurfing then head for Fornells bay. Sat on the north coast where the wind is favourable the bay is like a large salt water lake making it ideal for all things with sails. Plus the water is lovely and warm if you fall off!