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Out and About: Activities for the Whole Family

There are many great reasons to visit Menorca. Family resorts and beaches are in high supply and boast a variety of things to do all year round. The island is also a great place to slow down, relax and experience nature. Designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve back in 1993, it currently has five national reserves to its name.

With such a range of experiences though, it can be hard to decide what you want to do – I know I had that problem on my first few visits! For this reason, I’ve put together this list of some of my favourite things for families to do on the island.

Explore the Caves

One of my favourite things about Menorca is its natural beauty, and the coast is one of the best places to experience it. Exposure to the Mediterranean Sea has left a variety of beautiful and unique rock formations, with areas such as Cala Coves (or Cales Coves) providing excellent opportunities to explore.

While I love hiking up to secluded spots, it’s sometimes better to find a more relaxing way to see the sights – especially if you have young children. If this describes you, don’t worry. Tours are popular in all the Menorca family resorts, with many operators offering trips through the caves.

Visit Cuitedella

Cuitedella is one of those great little towns you only seem to visit on holiday. It’s perhaps best summed up by its nickname, vella i bella, which means ‘old and beautiful’.

Places like Mercat de Piex are worth visiting, and I always like to stop in at one of the excellent restaurants when I’m here. Of course, you’ll get the most out of Cuitedella if you simply relax and let yourself wander. The cobbled, sandy coloured streets can lead to surprises you might never find in a guide. Seemingly every corner has an independent shop selling beautiful handcrafted goods – perfect for picking up gifts.

Travel the Entire Island

This one might sound vague, but hear me out – this is not just a general instruction! In fact, I’m talking about the Cami de Cavallas: a path circling the entire island. A supremely important route throughout Menorca’s long history, the trail was recently restored, leaving it safe for modern travellers.

Of course, though Menorca is small, walking all the way around it can be a little much for youngsters. Luckily, you’re never too far from some Menorca family resorts, so you can easily stop to rest or just enjoy smaller sections of the route.

Even better, some operators offer horse riding for all ages. This can be especially good for slightly older children who have never ridden – though I’d recommend starting with a short, one-hour trip to let them settle!

As you can see, there’s a huge amount to do here when you’re not relaxing around your villa – and these activities are just a few of my favourites.

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