Relax and unwind in magical Menorca for your perfect family holiday
Direct flights from the UK will see you soaking up the Balearic sun in just over two hours, with many resorts less than an hour’s transfer from the airport in Mahon.
For a peaceful and secluded family holiday, Santo Tomas offers three kilometres of golden sand, packed with all your favourite watersports and paddle-friendly water. Further up the western coast, the horseshoe bay of Cala’n Bosch is surrounded by rolling hills and offers plenty of activities for families from chilled-out beach days to adrenaline-filled waterparks, while maintaining a real sense of tranquillity.
For non-stop action Cala’n Forcat is filled with play parks, international restaurants and bars reminiscent of home. The beach is a long, rocky cove boasting shallow water ripe for paddling and snorkelling and if you’re craving sand, hop on the mini-train to nearby Cala’n Blanes.
Best family friendly beaches
The whole island is edged by glorious, pristine beaches from long stretches of golden sand to secret coves hidden amongst the rocks. The Blue Flag beach at Arenal den Castell is an idyllic spot to build sandcastles or take to the sea on a pedalo. Stroll along the wooden walkway lining the bay and you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants come lunchtime.
If you’re staying in one of the action-packed resorts in Cala Canutells the picturesque, white sand cove is a great spot to soak up the regions natural beauty. If watersports are on your list, head to secluded Santo Tomas beach where the whole family can enjoy banana and motorboat rides and older kids can get busy learning how to windsurf.
Best family activities in Menorca
With many of the resorts along the coast catering specifically to families, kid’s clubs and vibrant pool scenes are all part of the package on your family holiday to Menorca. Steal yourself away from the immaculate coastline and serene pools and you’ll discover an exciting mix of activities from beachside playgrounds to picturesque coastal walks.
The extensive waterpark in Cala’n Bosch is a fun alternative to the beach and packs in a good mix of kamikazee-style slides and gentle lazy rivers, while the trampolines and go-karting at the Goody Goody park at the end of the beach should keep energetic little ones busy while you relax in the sun.
The beautiful coastline is lined with walking and cycling tracks along the craggy cliffs. Reconnect with nature, hire bicycles and explore the shady pine forests and neighbouring resorts at your leisure for an inexpensive day out.
Other family holidays in Menorca
If you’ve got your heart set on Menorca for that perfect family break but are still looking for the ideal resort, check out our comprehensive travel guide to the region. Popular Son Bou boasts the longest beach on the island, a football pitch-sized wooden maze and exciting waterpark amid its secluded, rolling hills. Cala’n Blanes is sandwiched between Cala’n Forcat and Los Delphines, and close to the old city of Ciutadella.
To get an idea of what you can expect on a family holiday to Menorca, take a look at some of our top hotel picks below.
When the little ones aren't off making friends and having fun at the kid's club, families can take advantage of the lively pool scene and wealth of activities on offer. Explore the small cove located just five minutes away, hire bicycles and explore the beautiful coastline or jump on a 10-minute bus ride to Menorca's capital. The onsite tennis, volleyball and football pitches should keep sport enthusiasts happy while the supermarket and buffet restaurant just outside the complex make mealtimes easy.
Everything you could possibly want or need on your family adventure is available within the Holiday Village Menorca – all you have to worry about is topping up your tan and relaxing by one of the four pools. Spend quality family time at the aerial adventure course and climbing walls, take part in raft-building and kayaking or take advantage of the spa at neighbouring Hotel Macarella while the children run wild in the kid's clubs which are suitable for newborns to teens.
With an onsite waterpark complete with speedy slides and a lazy river, this bright hotel also comes with three outdoor pools to lounge by and is just a 10-minute walk from Arenal beach. Back on dry land, pack the little ones off to the fun-filled kids club while you relax in the sauna or steam bath or simply kick back with a cocktail at the poolside bar. The main restaurant is a buffet affair with themed nights and show cooking, perfect for fussy eaters and ravenous teenagers.
Located 15 minutes' walk from the lively resort of Cala'n Forcat and the tranquil coves of Cala'n Blanes, this complex boasts six outdoor pools, including a children's splash pool with slides. Relax amid the landscaped gardens as the little ones have the time of their life. While youngsters are kept busy at the kid's club, parents can enjoy some downtime in the adult-only spa or enjoy a romantic dinner in one of the restaurants a stone's throw away.
Relax and unwind in stylish, whitewashed apartments, just five minutes' walk from the gorgeous Santo Tomas Beach, where you'll find an array of watersports on offer. Back at the hotel, kids can run wild in the soft play area, designated splash pool and park or get involved in the daily kid's club activities. Each recently refurbished apartment comes with a kitchenette and living area. If you don't feel like cooking, the resort's buffet restaurant is just across the road and plenty of family-friendly bars and restaurants sit along the main road.