Family Fun & Days Out
Besides its beautiful beaches, sunshine, bars and restaurants, Menorca has so much to offer for those interesting in uncovering the fascinating history, traditions and culture maintained so passionately by its inhabitants. From partying at the local fiestas and marvelling at the ‘dancing horses’ to visiting areas of outstanding natural beauty, learning about the strong Anglo-Menorcan connections and stepping back into a history that dates back to pre-historic times, here’s a quick snapshot of what’s on offer. Much more information is contained within the Menorca-Live website.
There are so many wonderful things to do in Menorca that are specific to the island. To help you get the most from your holiday, here is the Menorca-Live Top Ten List of ‘Must Do' Activities when in Menorca.
1. Take a trip around Maó Harbour
See Máo from the water and enjoy tour around the historic port on one of the glass bottomcatamarans or boats that run regular excursions which last around an hour and see the fascinating landmarks that have shaped Menorca’s past as well as wonderful underwater views. La Mola Fortress, the Isla del Rey British Military Hospital, Lazaretto Quarantine Island, Fort Malborough and the Sant Felip Castle are just some of the fascinating sights you will see. Commentaries usually given in several languages.
If you are looking for a fun day out with all the family, Menorca's Aqua-Center and Aqua-Park at Los Delifines in Calan Blanes cannot fail to disappoint. There really is something for everyone with modern water attractions for both adults and small children, entertainment and play areas with restaurant and snack bar as well as covered picnic facility and gardens for sun bathing.
Although it has to be said that the water slides and chutes are not as big as can be found in other holiday destinations, the Aqua-Center is Menorca’s finest and offers great entertainment set within 12,000m2 of immaculately kept grounds where everyone can relax and enjoy time together.
Explore Towns and Villages: In springtime, you can enjoy the relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere without the summer season squeeze. The main towns of Maó and Ciutadella offer many interesting and historic places to discover and taking your time to wander around the narrow cobbled streets and pretty squares is best before the heat of high summer. Exploring other smaller towns and villages is also more conducive in the cooler sunshine, each with its own charm and character, giving a real insight into Menorcan life. What better time to savour a leisurely lunch outdoors than early season when the menu del dia is often a couple of euros cheaper, smiles are wider and the mood is a little more chilled.
Click onto our Food and Drink section for more information.
Centre Artesanal de Menorca: This artisan craft centre in Es Mercadal is well worth a visit and is a wonderful place to experience the beautiful and varied craftwork that is carried out on the Island. Opened at the end of 2005, it is located in the old military barracks which is over 100 years old and noted for its important historical value.
The Centre’s main aim is to preserve and promote the Island’s traditional handicrafts of ceramics and leatherwork which includes,
Menorca’s lovely summers and temperate winters make it a great place to indulge in your favourite sport whether on land or sea. If you fancy a round of golf, afternoon of cricket or a game of bowels, have look at our Sports and Leisure category where you will find out what’s going on at the various sports clubs during your stay. If sailing or windsurfing is your thing, then see what’s on offer in our Marine and Water Sports section.
For those wanting a more active holiday, why not hire a mountain bike? With so many natural and unspoilt beaches that cannot be accessed by car, a mountain bike will give you greater access to explore these secluded coves. There are places to hire mountain bikes and scooters in most resorts, whether just for the day or for your whole holiday.One such company is Anthony’s Bikes at c/Xaloc, Cala’n Porter.
Tel: 971 377 756 or 638 710 517
Ideal for teenagers, Dia Complert (Full Day) is an adventure sports company that organises many activities including trekking, mountain biking, snorkelling, kayaking in the dark, scuba diving, wooden raft building, bird watching and much more. The activities last either several hours or take place over three to four days and are fun for all ages. Pre-booking advisable. Located in Fornells.
Tel: 609 670 996