What to do with children in Menorca
Menorca, despite its small dimensions, offers a large amount of very entertaining activities to do with children. Plans that allow family fun and, at the same time, learn about the history, culture and landscape of the island.
From the Royal Son Bou Family Club we propose several ideas for you to enjoy Menorca with children and come back home full of good memories.
Sail through the Port of Mahón by catamaran
Mahón is the largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean, with a length of almost 6km, and getting to know it from the water on board of a catamaran is a unique experience.
During the trip you can see the four islands that are within the port, several historical buildings and a panoramic view of the city of Mahón. An essential excursion to learn more about the history of Menorca and the port.
Fortifications and defense towers, pirate stories, the fisherman's cove of Es Castell, the colonial houses of Admiral Collingwood and Lord Nelson ... there are so many things to see, that children will enjoy a lot with this excursion! In addition, the catamaran has underwater rooms that allow you to observe the fishes and the seabed.
Museum of Menorca
The Museum of Menorca is built around a beautiful cloister, occupying the building of an old convent and located next to the Church of San Francisco. Inside, young and old will be surprised by touring the history of Menorca and getting to know all the civilizations that populated the island. A very illustrative review that will lead you to discover the first inhabitants, the Roman domination, the Muslim period or the English domination.
There is an area dedicated exclusively to children, where children can try on different clothes, decipher hidden messages or play corsair cards. Between games and fun, children will live a great adventure!
The Museum offers also guided family tours, the best option to know in detail all the history of Menorca.
The Museum of Menorca is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Archaeological sites, open-air museums
In Menorca there are more than 1,500 archaeological sites spread over 700km2. Talayots, taulas, navies, caves, villages, necropolis ... the heritage left by the first settlers makes the island an authentic open-air museum.
You cannot leave Menorca without visiting any of these monuments. The largest town, Torre d’en Galmés, is very close to the hotel, on the road from Alaior to Son Bou. It is located on a hill and is formed by a large number of buildings: three talayots, a taula enclosure, a hypostyle hall, a water collection system, several circular houses and four hypogea. It is one of the most important towns of the Balearic Islands and its visit is highly recommended. Moreover, the interpretation center has a virtual reality application in which one of the houses of the Talayotic period of about 2,300 years ago is rebuilt. It is an interactive experience where through virtual reality glasses you can enter the reconstructed house, discover the different corners and observe how the inhabitants of the time lived.
Another town that is worth visiting is that of Talatí de Dalt, 4 km from Mahón. It is formed by a village, caves and hypogea and is preserved in very good condition.
Two talayots can be distinguished, but what stands out most is the taula that remains in perfect condition and, due to its large dimensions, it will impress the little ones.
One of the most visited monuments on the island is the Naveta des Tudons. It is a funerary construction, used between 1200 and 750 BC, and it is considered the oldest fully preserved building in Europe. It is located 5km from Ciutadella, on the Maó-Ciutadella road.
There are many stories and legends related to some of the archaeological sites that will arouse curiosity and blow up the imagination of the kids.
Get to know the animals of Lloc de Menorca
The best plan for animal lovers? Visit the zoological center "Lloc de Menorca". It is a very special place, where children can meet a variety of animals of native breeds and exotic species from around the world. The animals that live here have been collected in European rescue centers.
The facilities are created with animal welfare in mind and the center allows visitors to interact with them, but without interrupting their rhythm of life. Children can see how animals play, eat or rest without disturbing them. Lemurs, macaques, birds of prey, reptiles, fallabella horses ... which animals will your children like best? It will be an unforgettable visit!
Can you imagine riding a horse enjoying the nature of Menorca with your children? A horse route, along the Camí de Cavalls, is one of the most authentic ways of getting to know the essence of the island.
If you and your children do not have experience riding, do not worry, there are excursions specially designed for beginner riders and families with children. In addition, horses are very quiet animals and are trained, so you can enjoy the ride safely.
You can hire the excursion with Son Bou Rutes a Cavall, which is very close to the hotel and organizes horse riding every day. From here you can take a horse ride to the virgin beach of Atalis, bordering the wet lands which are between the urbanization and the beach and watching the rocks of the Bec and Son Boter ravines.
By the way, the Royal Family Rewards card offers discounts on some of these activities. If you still do not have it, do not hesitate to request it when making your reservation at the Royal Son Bou Family Club, you will have discounts and exclusive advantages to enjoy on your vacation in Menorca.
What activities would you like to do with your children on your trip to Menorca? Surely you will live a unique vacation!