Eric and I have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing two weeks in Menorca. Just a short 2 and a half hour flight from Leeds Bradford. We collected a car from the airport. Menorca is the most laid-back and traditional of the major Balearic Islands. Compared to its neighbours Majorca and Ibiza, it’s been relatively unchanged by tourism, with resorts balanced by stunning natural beauty, secret beaches and historic architecture. There’s still plenty to do, with two cities and miles of coastline to explore. A great place to visit If you like walking or cycling.
We stayed in the resort of Son Bou, about a 40 minutes transfer from the airport. Son Bou probably has the best beach on the island that is easily accessible with a length of approximately 2kms. There are water sports on the beach and a huge inflatable play park just off shore. Life guards are dotted about ensuring everyone’s safety. There are 3 restaurants on the beach offering salads and fabulous fresh fish dishes.
The resort itself has some lovely restaurants and bars with wonderful home cooked food. There are also a couple of Pizza restaurants, an Indian and also a Chinese restaurant, so there is plenty of choice. There are some lovely little shops and a few Supermarkets selling everything you need.
We stayed at the Aparthotel HG Jardin de Menorca set on the outskirts of the resort about a 20 minute walk to the resort centre. Perched above the resort of Son Bou and providing stunning views, Aparthotel HG Jardin de Menorca is a fantastic family option on the relaxed island of Menorca. Surrounded by well-maintained spacious gardens and rustic countryside, this attractive property is ideal for doing as much or as little as you like. Make use of the hotel’s complimentary bus service which runs from 9am until 6pm. The hotel has 3 swimming pools and beautiful grounds with plenty of space to sunbathe and relax. The suites are very spacious and extremely clean and have excellent facilities.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis but you are able to do half board if you choose.
We loved having the car as we got to explore the Island. During the two weeks we visited:
This cool capital does a grand job of merging beach with culture. Historic remnants pave the resort, with its beautifully-kept and renovated churches, and various architectural treasures.
Centred around a lively square and former parade ground, historic links to Britain still shine through in certain parts of the resort. There’s a deep red town hall dominating the inner streets, all easy to get around, plus bars and restaurants.
An old fishing village that’s now a modern holiday hotspot. Seafood is king of the restaurants around the pretty harbour, so this makes a great lunch stop. Plus, it’s a short walk from Fornells to the Torre de Fornells, a 19th-century watchtower.
Once the capital city of Menorca, Ciutadella still shines along the western coast. It’s brimming with culture, from its town hall and lighthouse to its big annual festival. Dine al fresco in the excellent choice of glorious eateries, sidling up to moored yachts. It’s a cosmopolitan area for those with cash to splash.
A calm, charming resort with a horseshoe-shaped white sand beach and family-friendly activities, Cala Galdana has plenty going on. Boat trips, scuba diving and lounging on the shore are all top priorities, while a huge limestone gorge lies in wait of exploration. It’s a pretty postcard scene.
All in all we had a fantastic holiday and would highly recommend this lovely Island. Suitable for everyone.
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