For some growing up, family car journeys would take you to the south of France, but for us, it was a 2 hour flight to unspoilt, idyllic Menorca. It was the first holiday abroad we’d ever had, as long-haul flights and two younger brothers wouldn’t last more than a couple of hours on a plane without upsetting every other passenger in hearing distance! It’s the perfect family holiday destination and perfect for visiting between May and October. Outside its hottest months of July and Augusts, all of the Balearics are perfect for activity-filled holidays, with plenty to see and do for couples and families alike. 

Cuitadella Menorca

Cala en Porter has everything you’d need for a self catering holiday. There’s plenty of restaurants and bars with in walking distance, the beach is just around the corner, and if you’re looking to visit Ciutadella or Mahon, there’s busses that leave a few times every hour. Stay just outside of the main town for an insane view over the turquoise waters.

Minorca Blue Door
Menorca Villa looking over Sea

We stayed in a cliff-top villa with floor to ceiling glass windows, that wouldn’t be recommended if you were scared of heights. The views were incredible, and the outside dining was the perfect spot for breakfast in the shade, looking out to sea. A private pool is a must, the island is very family-friendly, but there’s nothing more relaxing than having free run of your own space. There’s an abundance of villa’s that can be booked privately or through named online brands. Prices start from £50 per night.

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Menorca Pool
Villa Menorca

Menoroca is all about getting out on the water, whether swimming, diving, kayaking or sailing. Boat trips can be booked at any point on the island, and often include lunch and drinks, or spend a morning strolling around Ciutadella, before indulging in a platter of shellfish harbour-side. No one’s in a rush in Menorca

Cova d’en Xorio is Menorca’s hidden gem, and more like something you’d expect to find in Ibiza. Walk through the doors and past the doorman and you’re straight into a cave. It has to be one of the best spots on the island for watching the sun set and sipping on a glass of champagne. 

Cova d’en Xorio
Cova d’en Xorio

Featured in The Journal, June 2016