Free activities in Menorca for children
Menorca is a destination that has everything to enjoy a family vacation that you will always remember. It is a small island, but there are lots of activities to do with children that will allow you to discover amazing landscapes and discover their culture and traditions between games and fun.
Are you looking for exciting plans and adventures to discover Menorca with your children? From the Royal Son Bou Family Club we propose 8 fun and free ideas to fully enjoy your holidays with children in Menorca.
Visit the lighthouses
Around the coast of Menorca there are 7 lighthouses. None of them are the same and the spectacular location of each one makes visiting them all very much worthwhile. The little ones will like to discover the landscape, run and play outdoors and will be amazed to see how high the lighthouses are. To go with them, we recommend those of Favàritx and Cavalleria.
The Favàritx lighthouse will not leave you indifferent, located on steep cliffs of black and gray slate rocks, the surrounding environment has nothing to do with the rest of the island. A lunar landscape that will awaken the imagination of the little ones.
Nearby is the beach of Cala Presili, with fine white sand, from which you can see the lighthouse in the distance. You can reach the beach through the Camí de Cavalls. Although it is a virgin beach, so you have to keep in mind that it has no services. Access to the Favàritx Lighthouse is only allowed by bus from Mahón.
The lighthouse of Cavalleria is the favorite place of many people to watch the sunset. It is located at the northernmost point of the island, next to a golden sand beach and red cliffs with the same name. Very close to the lighthouse is the small natural port of Sanitja and the archaeological site of the Roman city of Sanissera, two visits that you can also do with your children.
Es Grau: the beach and the natural park
Es Grau beach is perfect for families, since its waters are very shallow and children can play and have fun for sure. In addition, there is a lifeguard service.
The beach is located within the Natural Park of Albufera de Es Grau. The park occupies over more than 5,000 hectares where hundreds of animal and plant species live.
The most advisable thing is that you start the visit at the Rodríguez Femenias Reception and Interpretation Center, where you will be informed of the itineraries to tour the park.
3 different routes have been created that have a low difficulty, all suitable for children. The first is Sa Gola and runs along the lagoon where the fresh water of the Albufera and the salt of the sea, and the dune zone, join. It has a distance of 1.7 km.
The second itinerary is Santa Madrona, about 2.8 km, and is the most interesting for bird and waterfowl watching.
The third itinerary is the Mirador de Cala Llimpa. It has a distance of 1.7 km and runs southwest of the lagoon to a viewpoint that offers fantastic views of Sa Gola and Cala Llimpa.
Undoubtedly, a walk through the Albufera of Es Grau, watching water birds and raptors, turtles and galapagos, lizards and other animal species will be a very exciting plan for children.
Visit the craft markets
In summer, all the towns of the island dedicate one night a week to the artisan market. It is a perfect opportunity to know the different locations and be carried away by its charm, touring the streets and squares of the center. The stalls are full of all kinds of handmade products made on the island (jewellery, footwear, clothing, decoration, etc.) and typical Menorca food (sausages, cheeses, pastries, honey, jams, etc). Surely you will find a good souvenir to take as a reminder of your vacation. In addition, there are different shows and performances that the whole family will enjoy.
The craft market closest to Son Bou is that of Alaior, which you can visit every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm.
About 20 minutes from the hotel is Es Migjorn Gran. Its craft market is held every Tuesday and is aimed exclusively at the family audience, with shows, circus, theatre and children's workshops that will delight the little ones.
To visit Ciutadella and Mahón
Mahón and Ciutadella are the largest cities in Menorca.
Mahón is the capital of the island and has the largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean. A family walk through the port is a must if you visit the city. Children will love to look for the Little Mermaid statue. And then you can approach some viewpoint to contemplate the port.
The streets and pedestrian squares of the city center are also well worth visiting. In the City Hall building you can see a clock acquired by the English governor Richard Kane in the 18th century. In the same square, there is the Church of Santa María that has an organ from the year 1809. It is also worth visiting the Claustre del Carme, where there is a craft market.
Ciutadella breathes peace. The alleyways of the old town, with its palatial buildings and the cathedral, invite you to get carried away by fantasy and stroll through the stories of its past. At the entrance, you will see a careful windmill now converted into a restaurant, and from there you can walk through the pedestrian streets, stop at the different shops, walk under the arcades with arches of Ses Voltes street and reach the Plaza del Borne, where is the town hall and a large obelisk, built in honour of the inhabitants who fought against the Turkish attack of 1558. And the beautiful port, with its boats moored, is a must see.
Climb Monte Toro and discover the S’Arangí forest
Almost in the center of the island is the highest mountain in Menorca: Monte Toro. It measures 358 meters, but Menorca is very flat and from there you can see the whole island. And on clear days you can see Mallorca, the neighbouring island. It is an essential visit if you want to enjoy wonderful panoramic views. At the top of the mountain is the sanctuary of the Virgin of Monte Toro, built in the 17th century.
At the foot of Monte Toro is Es Mercadal, a town whose streets preserve the Menorcan essence. And a few kilometers away is the public estate of the S’Arangí forest, an environment that invites children to become explorers, to walk paths, climb rocks and meet different species of trees and plants. There are three circular itineraries of different difficulty and duration:
- The blue, 446 meters, can be reached in about 20 minutes. It is simple, because it is quite flat and reaches an area with tables and benches, where you can enjoy a family picnic.
- The green, 488 meters, is an excursion of about 30 minutes. It has a medium difficulty and some climbs between rocks.
- The red one, of 2,116 meters, will take you around 90 minutes to cover everything. It is for the more adventurous and reaches the top of Mount Puig Mal.
And then you can see the Peña de S’indi, a large rock that in its shape reminds of the head of an Indian chief.
Almost every weekend of July and August, the festivities are celebrated in the different towns of the island. It is a celebration of medieval origin in which horses are the protagonists and stand on their two hind legs to the rhythm of the music. During the days of the festivities, tradition joins with joy and fun in very special events for the Menorcan.
If you have the opportunity, it is worth enjoying the holidays and to know them with the little ones, but at the same time, do not enter the square at the time of the “jaleo”, better look for a safe place to see it, especially if you take a baby carriage . It is also very important to wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes, such as sports shoes.
Play in children’s playgrounds
Swings, slides, castles, rockers ... what child could resist a playground?
If you visit any of the towns of the island, set aside some time to make a stop for the little ones to have fun in one of the playgrounds. In Mahón, those of Es Freginal, the Plaza de S’Esplanada and the Pont de Sant Roc stand out, and in Ciutadella, that of the Plaza dels Pins. If you go to Alaior, you will find one in the sports area; and in Fornells there is one next to the port. And, without a doubt, one of the most original is that of Cala en Porter, located on the beach, ideal to play for a while after a good swim in the sea.
Watch the sunset from the beach
You cannot leave Menorca without enjoying a magical sunset on the beach with your family. Bathing in the sea while the sun goes down will surprise young and old. Without doubt, the beach of Son Bou is our favorite to watch the sunset. It is the largest in Menorca and, being located in the south, offers wonderful sunsets.
And after telling the sun "see you tomorrow", there is nothing like a refreshing shower, to end the day with dinner at one of our restaurants and have a drink on the terrace of the Bar Marés enjoying the show.
There are many family activities that will allow you to know Menorca very well. What other free plans would you add to our recommendations?