Heading away with the kids should be the highlight of the year, so make sure it goes to plan with plenty of attraction ideas up your sleeve. If you are planning a holiday to Menorca then you won’t be at a loss for what to include as the Balearic Island is brimming with possibilities.
From long days spent building sandcastles at the beach to hurling themselves down the slides at a waterpark, follow these simple recommendations and your children will be far from bored next time you go away.
The best beaches
Pregonda Beach, not far from Es Mercadal, is a great place to go as a family, as it is located on the quieter north coast of the island. Protected from the wind, Pregonda has good conditions for swimming and its vast expanse of sand is tempting for everyone.
The sea off this part of the coast is a designated marine reserve, meaning there is a whole world of underwater life just waiting to be explored. If you have older children who have a tendency to get a bit restless, make sure you pack a snorkel and mask so they can entertain themselves in this way.
Another inviting alternative is the beach at Son Bou, as with three kilometres of sand, it is the longest on Menorca. It is busier than Pregonda, but with this comes the benefit of a greater number of amenities.
This means that there are three beach bars to choose from if you care to grab a snack and eliminates the need to bring all of your food and water with you. A safe place to swim, Son Bou also has a lifeguard on duty during high season.
The horse show at Club Escola Menorquina
Taking the kids along to Club Escola Menorquina at Ferreries to see the horse show is bound to be a big hit, especially with the girls. The supreme skill on show is bound to impress even the most macho of boys too. And the best part is that children under 12 years of age get free entry.
The riders perform wearing traditional island costumes and the purebred Menorcan horses have undergone grooming to bring out their best. As well as carrying out traditional dressage tests, the animals also walk on their hind legs and do an amazing array of stunts.
A family holiday is not complete without a trip to a waterpark and Aquarock is the biggest on offer in Menorca. Located in the south west of the island, the complex has enough swimming pools, slides, wave machines and Jacuzzis to keep everyone happy for the whole day.
It is a great way to allow the kids to burn off some energy, while you either join them or indulge in some of the more relaxing areas, depending on their age. The youngest ones will be able to join in too, as there are special smaller pools complete with miniature slides.
Visit a museum
Some children kick up a fuss when the idea of going to a museum is mooted while on holiday, but there is no reason why this should be the case. As long as parents limit the time spent looking around, everyone can have an interesting visit before the younger ones overreach their attention spans.
Head to the Menorca Museum in Mahon, where you will find artefacts dating back to the Roman and Byzantine eras, as well as pieces from the 18th and 20th centuries. Alternately check out the Menorca Nature Museum in Ferreries, which explores the resources of the island.