Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Family Adventure to Menorca- Part 2

When we went on our recent family holiday to Menorca, we weren't really sure what each day would bring. We purposefully hadn't planned any specific activities before we went away other than trips to the beach and lots of splashing in the hotel pool. We felt it was important to not put too much pressure on ourselves or on Little One at the age of nearly 14 months as we knew he'd get exhausted and so would we. 

We did have a nice spontaneous day out to the town of Ciutadella, 10km north of Cala'n Bosch. We took a bus there which took about 30 minutes and felt a little bit like the plane journey "take two" as Little One was really restless having to sit down on our knees for that long. In the town, there are lots of lovely small jewellery, ceramic and gift shops and some nice restaurants and bars, although it took us a while to find somewhere which served lunch. Maybe we weren't looking in the right place! There's a picturesque town square with a tall monument in the middle; a useful landmark so that you can find your way back to the bus stop. We had a lovely stroll down to the water side. The views were simply stunning and Little One enjoyed watching the boats sail up and down the estuary. 

There is only so much looking in shops and sitting in a buggy a baby can take, especially in the heat. After a little bit of wondering what we could do and a little explore, we found a nice town centre park. What a Godsend. We were really struggling for ideas of what else we could do to keep him entertained so it was brilliant to be able to take him to the park in the shade for a go on the swings.

Other than this trip to Ciutadella, we didn't venture beyond the resort at all, mostly because we didn't want to go on lots of bus journeys in the heat. We were more than happy to not need to travel around and make use of the pools and beach. We would definitely go back to Menorca as it was such a gorgeous, friendly and quiet place to be. However, we would make sure we took Little One to do a few more activities because I have now found that there is plenty to do, you just have to look for it (and be prepared for those a bit of travelling). 

If you're thinking of going to Menorca, here are a few ideas of things to do to keep the whole family entertained. (I now wish I had found these ideas before we went!)

I have discovered there are a number of water parks in Menorca including Aqua Rock Menorca and Los Delfines Water Park. Both have lots of waterslides, pools and other amusements. I can imagine Little One would love these when he was a bit older. 

Castillo Menorca is a shopping and entertainment park with numerous activities for children including sandpits, trampolines, swimming pools and mini golf. 

There is also a zoo on the island. Lloc De Menorca has loads of different animals to see and there is also a play area and picnic tables. A great day out for the family and children of a variety of ages would enjoy it. 

The marina at Cala'n Bosch is well worth a visit in the evening. It is lit up so beautifully. 

Watching the water fountains in the town of Ciutadella. 

There are plenty of lovely independent jewellery and gift shops in the pretty, historic town of Ciutadella. 

You can stroll along the edge of the marina along a wooden jetty.

Ever the park connoisseur, Little One gave the Menorcan swings his seal of approval. 

It was a very welcome relief to find somewhere for Little One to burn off some energy in the town centre.

There are lots of gorgeous cobbled streets to wander down in Ciutadella. Many are pedestrianised too, so great if you have a little walker who wants to potter about. 


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