3 essential places for your family holidays in Menorca
If you climb to the top of Monte Toro you see all of the island of Menorca. Surrounded by sea, its coast, the stone walls of the countryside, the villages ... Despite its small size is an island rich in landscapes that suggest many different activities. If you come on holiday and want to know Menorca there are 3 places you have to visit with your family. Ready to go on an excursion?
1.- Roads and beaches in the nature of Menorca
Is the island one of the Biosphere Reserves in the world and it shows this by conserving its natural environment with care. If you want to visit a place that meets all the conditions for you to perceive the beauty of nature and enjoy it with your family, come to Es Grau.
From the Royal Son Bou Family Club we recommend a fun and exciting trip in which the children will have a great time.
The Natural Park of the Albufera de Es Grau is very close to Mahón and provides 3 different itineraries to know the lagoon, fauna and flora. If you decide to walk the first one, you will see La Gola, where the fresh water of the lagoon and the salt of the sea meet.
Passing the stone bridge you walk down a wooden walkway until you reach the viewpoint where you will be surprised by the extent of the lagoon and the diversity of waterfowl and other animals that live there. From curious colored ducks and cormorants to small turtles that dive in the water and swim among large fish.
Also from the top you will see a kind of small pools in the lagoon. It is a traditional fishing system. They are corrals built with stones well fitted with each other without any element to join tem together.
Going down from the viewpoint, the path becomes a very entertaining and pleasant walk. Among the shade of the trees that border the path, you will surely find some land turtle. And soon the sand begins to cover the ground. You are arriving at the dunes of Es Grau beach.
Without a doubt this is the best beach for families that Menorca has. Soft sand and a calm and shallow sea. You can rent a pedal skate and explore the bay with your family. For the children it will be an adventure to navigate like pirates approaching Den Colom Island that is opposite the bay.
Es Grau is a small fishing village where you will find restaurants to taste the gastronomy of the island at the edge of the sea.
2.- Stones that hide the secrets of the history of Menorca
The island is a large open-air museum. It has more than 1500 prehistoric sites with some monuments, such as the "taulas", which are unique in the world. Every year, archaeologists from international universities visit Menorca and participate in excavations to tell how the ancient inhabitants of Menorca lived and organized.
For them we know that they lived in large communities, that they had animals, that they worked the land, they ground the grains among stones and dried them in the sun. They collected the rain water and made the caves and navetas funerary places to honor their dead.
From the Royal Son Bou Family Club we recommend you visit the village of Talatí de Dalt, 4 km from Mahón along the main road. The detour is well signposted and the town is very careful, in a beautiful natural environment.
About 3000 years ago, the hundred inhabitants of Talatí de Dalt built one of the tallest talayots in Menorca. From up there you can see those of Torelló and Cornia Nou, maybe then they used them to be connected between them.
The taula enclosure is very well preserved. It is believed that they used it for religious rituals. The taula is supported by a stone pilaster and is one of the most photographed monuments on the island.
Visit the caves and the remains of houses where there were also workshops where they made stone utensils. The history of this town is very well explained in the brochure that you have to the entrance and in the explanatory panels.
From April to October, it opens every day from 10 in the morning until the sun goes down. Entry costs € 4 and for children under 8 it is free. Free entry rest of the year.
3.- Fun and variety in the craft markets of Menorca
When you visit the island's craft markets, you discover the art of costume jewelry and footwear on the island. Modern handmade pieces that will allow you to take special gifts. Silver and colored stones set in designer jewels and the typical Menorcan sandals, the sandals, which have fallen in love with the most prestigious international brands.
But a craft market is something else. In some of them you will know and you will be able to taste some of the typical products of the island such as the Menorcan cheese in all its varieties and the tasty sausages: sobrasada, carnixua or camot. Did you try it yet?
They are celebrated in all the towns of Menorca during the summer season and fill the streets with color, animation and music.
Surely your children will want to climb the ecological merry-go-round that is installed in the market of Mahon on Tuesdays, or dance with the songs that sound on the Alaior market that is held on Wednesdays. And there is no better excuse to visit Ciutadella than going to see the market of the descent to the port.
Fornells lights up on Saturday afternoons, next to the sea, with an attractive market, as does Cales Fons, Es Castell, covering the stairs with colored awnings and encouraging the atmosphere of this fishing cove.
If you come to Menorca with your family wanting to go to the beach, swim in the pool and enjoy doing outdoor activities all together, do not miss these 3 recommendations. They are visits in which you will share with your children moments of new stories, new flavors and new happy and funny sensations.
What place would you like to visit during your trip to Menorca?