We booked our family holiday to Menorca about a year in advance due to us only having a certain timeframe to go away on a family holiday. We have never been to Menorca before, so we were unsure of what to expect. However, we knew Menorca was a popular family holiday destination. As we were going during the Scottish October break we were unsure just how much would be open as it is nearing the end of their season.
If you are looking for a family holiday with sun, sea and sand then Menorca is definitely the destination for you.
Family Holiday in Menorca
We had booked an afternoon flight from Edinburgh to Menorca with Jet2. Normally we would book a morning flight but we had decided against it, although now looking back it may have been easier to go in the morning. Little K went to his nursery as normal while Big K had the day off school. This meant I could get some last minute packing done and make up some meals for Little K for the plane journey. Flying with food allergies/intolerances we find pretty difficult especially when Little K has more than one intolerance. So we have to make sure to stock up on snacks and food so we know we have enough for him.
The flight went smoothly, although we did get delayed and had to wait on the plane for a good hour before we took off. Upon arrival, we collected our suitcases and headed to arrivals to meet our car rental agent. Unfortunately, they weren’t there so we had to go find them. It turns out the information we supplied before we arrived didn’t get to them somehow and so they didn’t know when we were arriving. With this delay, it meant we didn’t get to our villa until 10.30pm! Once inside our private villa in Son Bou, I quickly checked the bedrooms to see which one the boys could have. Luckily I had bought a baby gate with us, so I could put it on their bedroom door and know they wouldn’t get out onto the stairs.
Day 2 of our family holiday in Menorca
No sleep in for us, the boys were both up at their usual times. We had ordered a welcome pack when we booked the villa, however, this was nowhere to be seen which meant my dad had to walk to the shops and get items for breakfast. We don’t let these little things ruin our holiday, but better organisation from James Villas would be better. Having phoned the villa company, they got someone to drop off our welcome pack. By the time the rest of the family surfaced it was lunch time, so we just had a picnic lunch at the villa. The afternoon we spent in our private pool (it was absolutely freezing!!). The boys had a blast and loved using their swimfins, which give them that extra confidence boost.
In the evening, Nick cooked a gluten and a dairy-free meal for the whole family to enjoy and then we headed down to the beach and town to see what was about. It was pretty dark when we left, but it was nice to get out and about for a walk.
Day 3 of our family holiday in Menorca
Today we hit the road and headed out to explore. It was mid-morning before we got everyone up and ready (one of the joys of a multi-generational holiday! ha!). We headed to Es Grau where we walked into the nature reserve along the beach and onto one of the walking trails. It is such a pretty area to go walking in and the trail we walked on was suitable for little legs, which we find is always a bonus when out exploring. After our walk, we found a bench to sit and enjoy our picnic lunch on (we find picnics work well with Little K’s food intolerances) before deciding that we would go visit some lighthouses nearby.
Day 4 of our family holiday in Menorca
There are many great things to do in Menorca with kids, and one of them is a visit to the Menorca Zoo. Now it isn’t huge and I would say it is more of an animal park than a zoo, however, if you have children who love animals then you should pop along for a visit. There is a little water park (it closes for a few hours during the day, so make sure you check the times), there are many different animals on show and our boys enjoyed looking around.
It took us a couple of hours to get around the whole zoo before we went for lunch. The restaurant/cafe at the zoo has good food and the prices were really reasonable. We selected the meal deal type meals and it definitely filled us up for the rest of the day.
Day 5 of our family holiday in Menorca
Today we headed off to Ciutadella de Menorca, which is a port city on the west coast of Menorca (Minorca), it is known for its old quarter and medieval streets, so if you love old buildings etc then do make a visit. It took us a while to find a car park, the streets are pretty narrow and we had a big rental car, so we ended up parked away from where we wanted to be. Once we had parked up, we took a walk towards Castell de Sant Nicolau which is an old military tower. It sits predominantly on the coast and when the sun is shining, it looks stunning. The boys enjoyed seeing the big anchors which are situated nearby. After being a bit too snap happy, we walked back towards the main town area and found a couple of park benches to sit on.
After our picnic lunch, we then walked through the old streets. It had started raining at this point so we didn’t get to hang around too much while exploring the old town of the city. Little K started to get rather grumpy so we headed back towards the car and decided to go for a drive up the coast. On the way to Pont d’en Gil, Little K fell asleep, so we parked the car up and left him in the car with granny for a nap while we walked to the viewpoint. It is only a short walk to be able to see the Pont d’en Gil. However, you can walk further around to get a look from a different angle. Afterwards, we headed to the nearby town of Binimar for a drink before driving back to the villa.
Day 6 of our family holiday in Menorca
After a full day exploring yesterday, we decided to have another lazy day. We are not normally the type of family to laze around and our holidays are normally full on each day. However, we quite liked being able to relax (as much as you can with two energetic boys) and so we opted for a beach day. We walked down from our villa, carrying our picnic lunch with us (along with towels etc). As we walked along the beach the boys enjoyed running into the water and back out as the water chased them. We spent a good 4 hours or so on the beach before heading back as it started to get chilly (there was a storm coming in).
After making our way back to the villa we had to get the boys showered and dressed (the one downside to sand…it goes everywhere!).
Day 7 of our family holiday in Menorca
Our last full day on this beautiful island. We decided to head off in the car to the nearby town of Cala Galdana. It is a very pretty town in a cove. There is a little beach, some shops and cafes/restaurants too. We went for a little walk, let the boys take some pictures (they love taking photos with their cameras) and then headed to the beach for some lunch. After lunch, we walked around a little more and let the boys go into one of the shops to choose something to spend their holiday money on. Each bought some postcards and a little keyring with the letter K on it.
After our day out we spend the rest of the afternoon at the villa and then headed out to a restaurant in Son Bou for our dinner. The staff were great and cooked the boys meals that were safe for them to eat. It is such a nice experience not having to worry about food all the time, especially when abroad.
Day 8 of our family holiday in Menorca
Our flight wasn’t until the evening, so we checked out of our private villa at 10 am and headed to Mahon (the capital) to explore. We parked up near to the Port de Mao and set off on foot from there. Big K walked into a metal box which was hanging on a lamppost just above his head. It took a while to calm him down and check his head to make sure there were no cuts. Once he was calmed down we set off again heading up a path to the viewpoint we had noticed on the street map. After we had stopped at various places along the way to kill some time, we headed back to our rental car to head towards the airport to check in and grab some dinner.
As normal we had cooked up some food in the morning and kept it for Little K to have as we didn’t want to turn up at the airport and find nothing was suitable. Luckily we had timed our dinner just right, as soon as we had finished eating our flight was called for boarding. The flight home felt like it took forever. Normally people advise families to take flights at night as the kids will sleep…not our kids. We didn’t get back to Edinburgh until after 10.30pm and then we still had to grab our bags and make our way back to the car. Luckily, both boys gave up the fight and fell asleep on the journey back to the house.
Overall, we all really enjoyed the holiday. Our villa was in a great location and even though it wasn’t completely family friendly in design, it worked for us as a multigenerational family. We would recommend Menorca for a family holiday especially if you have young children as it is a peaceful family-friendly destination.
Disclaimer: We paid for this holiday ourselves and have not received any money from any of the companies we have mentioned for this holiday.