The beach at Es Canutells is the town's main feature – it's a small, sandy cove framed by rocky cliffs on either side. Largely untouched by tourism, the beach is a quiet oasis where you'll be able to lounge in total tranquillity and watch the handful of private boats bobbing on the water. There's also a rustic beach bar keeping a watchful eye on the beach from higher up the shore, where you can grab a quick drink or ice cream.
The surrounding cliff-sides keep the waves calm and manageable, so it's a great spot to paddle. At the underwater reefs, you can bring out your snorkelling gear and dive down for up-close glimpses of cardinalfish and damselfish swimming past. They enjoy the peacefulness of these waters as much as you do.
The accommodation in Es Canutells is limited to one aparthotel and some private villas dotted about. The Grupotel Mar de Menorca is essentially an island unto itself and visitors that stay here don't often need a reason to venture off the grounds. You'll be completely taken care of if you stay here during a Menorca holiday, with bars, a buffet restaurant, evening entertainment, a mini golf course and a large pool that features a splash park.
Because it's still a sleepy little town, there are limited dining options in Es Canutells. If you've gone All Inclusive at the hotel, you'll be completely covered in the ways of food, but the town does have a few casual eateries for you to choose from should you want to shake things up.
The Restaurant Es Canutells overlooks the beach, and offers traditional Spanish food like paella and fideua, plus ice creams and drinks to enjoy on the outdoor terrace or as you watch a match on TV. At Chepas Bar, you'll find homemade food like burgers and meatballs, plus sangria and pints of beer.
Watersports in Cala'n Porter
If you choose to rent a car while on a family holiday to Menorca, the whole island will be within reach. When you're ready to branch out from kicking back on the beach, the resort of Cala'n Porter is just a 20-minute drive away. Its waters teem with activity, from jet skis gliding through the waves to pedalos coasting leisurely.
Like Es Canutells, Cala'n Porter is also a great spot for snorkelling, with hundreds of colourful fish darting underneath the surface. If you want to enjoy the seaside without having to put in much work, you can take a glass-bottom boat ride to explore the coast.
Es Canutells enjoys a close proximity to Menorca's capital city, Mahon – only a 20-minute drive away. During the summer months, there's a limited bus service that will take you directly between the two towns. Where Es Canutells is laid-back and secluded, Mahon is bustling and vibrant, with heap of bars, restaurants and activities to choose from.
You'll first be struck by the gorgeous, postcard-worthy architecture lining Mahon's streets. Its shops and mansions are distinctly 18th century, with a Gothic cathedral and a seaside fortress dominating the coast.
Unique experiences here include stopping in at the 18th century gin distillery. There's also a fantastic nightlife scene here, with jazz bars on the waterfront and cocktails on spacious outdoor terraces. Or you could just wind along the scenic Cami de Cavells coastal footpaths.