Where to Stay on Menorca: Ultimate Beach Resort Guide

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Heading to the Spanish island of Menorca this year? This resort guide will help you decide which part of the island to choose, which town, resort or beach is for you, and where to find the best beach hotels and rentals. This resort guide will cover:

  • which part of Menorca to stay in
  • where to stay in the cities Mahon and Ciutadella
  • Menorca main resorts; the best places to stay for families, cheap packages and a lively crowd
  • a rundown of Menorca’s quieter resorts and villages; the best places to stay for couples, families and nature

beautiful sand beach at Cala Macarelleta

MENORCA OVERVIEW

Menorca is perfect for lazy, relaxed beach holidays. Low key and family-friendly, it has a smattering of historic towns and cute fishing villages with traditional boathouses. Not to mention some of the best sandy beaches in Europe, with stunning turquoise waters, and flanked by limestone cliffs and pine forests. The pace here is unhurried. And thanks to reserved development, it’s managed to retain its natural beauty.

The entire island was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993 – meaning strict planning regulations. There are a few large resort hotels, but nowhere near as many as on neighbouring Balearic island Mallorca.

However, most of the beach resorts are purpose-built and can sometimes feel identikit with their rows whitewashed apartment complexes. What they lack in traditional charm, they make up for with spellbinding scenery, short transfers, and bags of convenience. Lots of fine sand, shady pines, and shallow seas round out the appeal for families of small children. The most popular beaches can get incredibly crowded during July and August, particularly at weekends.

Tourism here is geared towards families and active travellers, Menorca is a delight for bird spotting, walking, eco-tourism, agro-tourism, and fans of intriguing prehistoric monuments. The Cami de Cavalls (The Way of the Horses) path runs around the entirety of the island – you can walk, cycle, or ride it. 

It’s a small island and everything is within easy reach. The landscape is agricultural and hilly rather than mountainous, with good roads. For wilderness head to the wetlands and dunes of the S’Albufera Nature Reserve on the north coast. 

Menorca is not a party island – nightlife is limited in most resorts, head to the cities and harbours for a (relatively) lively bar scene.

In 2016 an island-wide sustainable tourism tax was introduced; it’s usually payable on arrival at your accommodation. The rate depends on the class of the hotel and time of year.

empty beach at Cala Presili on Menorca

GETTING AROUND

Airport: Menorca Airport (MAH) is 5km southwest of Mahon and is served by domestic and international flights, including a wide range of budget carriers over the summer season. I recommend using Skyscanner to find cheap deals.

Bus: Buses from the airport to Mahon run frequently throughout the day and cost €2.65 – for more info see the Airport Website.

Menorca has reasonable – though not extensive – bus network, with services to resorts dropping off in the winter. See TMSA for island-wide services. For airport transfers see Shuttle Menorca.

Ferry: Ferry services connect Menorca with the mainland (Barcelona, Valencia) and the other Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza,). You can buy tickets through Direct Ferries.

famous cove beaches at Cala Mitjana

WHERE TO STAY – THE HIGHLIGHTS

beach boardwalk at Cala en Porter

WHICH PART OF MENORCA TO STAY IN?

Map of beach resorts on Menorca.

Menorca has two main cities/towns – the capital Mahon on the east coast, and Ciutadella on the west.

  • NORTH: The north coast is quieter and less developer, with a wilder coast and fewer sandy beaches. There are pockets of fishing villages, particularly around the large nature reserve of S’Albufera.
  • SOUTH: The best sandy beaches are on the south coast, so it’s here you’ll also find most of Menorca’s beach resorts as well as its most beautiful coves.
  • EAST: Capital Mahon is on the east coast, at the mouth of a natural river, as is the airport so for short transfers stay east. Resorts tend to be functional rather than beautiful, with local life found in inland villages.
  • WEST: Menorca’s second town Ciutadella is at the opposite end of the island to Mahon, on the west coast, along with some of the island’s prettiest scenery – with a few purpose-built resorts and hidden gems.

MAHON

historic buildings of Mahon's centre

Known as Mao in Menorca’s local dialect, Mahon is Menorca’s capital city. It’s a small and atmospheric harbour town with tidy shuttered houses and charming cafes. It sits at the end of a long natural harbour (the largest in the Mediterranean) that once attracted the British Navy, who moved the capital here in 1722 and left a rich naval history (and a British feel – complete with gin). Don’t miss a boat trip around the bay to take the harbour’s small islands and significant sites.

Mahon is increasingly home to swish boutiques, seafood restaurants, and shops selling local crafts and artisanal goods – Menorca is particularly well known for its avarca traditional leather shoes as well as cheeses and sobrasada sausage. It’s a popular yachty spot and it buzzes in the summer season.

The historic centre sits on a clifftop that overlooks the port and harbour – head to Cafe Mirador for a drink with a view.

Top things to do in and around Mahon are:

There’s also a tourist train (the Mahon Express) which does a circuit of the town.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY IN MAHON

Top spot in town is the beautiful 5-star renovation Jardi de Ses Bruixes Boutique Hotel sports turquoise shuttered windows, roof terrace hot tub, with a small underground spa and courtyard restaurant.

The adults-only Sindic Hotel blends history and minimalism and has a small heated rooftop plunge pool. Casa Ladico is also adults-only and has modern rooms and comforts.

4-star Casa Alberti Boutique Hotel is located in an elegant townhouse, managing to be both homely and chic at the same time.

More stylish rooms can be found at Petit Mao and Casa Telmo.

A comfortable 3-star with central location, San Miguel has a sunny roof terrace. Some of the rooms come with excellent balcony views.

If the townhouse vibe doesn’t appeal to you, then the traditional 4-star Hotel Port Mahon is on the edge of town with sweeping views of the port. It has an old-fashioned resort feel with a large pool and plenty of space.

The 3-star Catalonia Mirador des Port also has panoramic views, an outdoor pool, and an indoor hot tub.

On a budget? Jume Urban Rooms is a simple guesthouse with appealing airy rooms and comfortable beds.

ES CASTELL

Es Castell harbour

The harbour town of Es Castell continues the British feel of Mahon with its Georgian-inspired architecture. A former garrison town, it was once one of the most important cities on Menorca.

Es Castells area is home to a host of military history sites:

Its glory days may be over, but it makes a charming base for couples – there’s a good range of relaxed restaurants and bars for the evenings, and it’s within striking distance (a 35-minute walk) of the capital. Es Castell has fresh seafood, good amenities, a pleasant waterfront area servicing both fishing boats and visiting yachts, and a traditional vibe that attracts returners to the island. The delights of the southeast coast are only 10 minutes in the car.

Transfer time: 15 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

There’s more space than in Mahon so you’ll find a few big resort hotels here. The adults-only Barcelo Hamilton Menorca is cream of the crop with its roof terrace hot tubs and sun loungers.

The Pardela Menorca has modern boho decor, and Hotel Sa Torre des Sol has lovely rooms in a historic mansion.

There is a small selection of rentals on VRBO.

S’ALGAR

The first major resort you come to as you wind your way along the east coast is S’Algar, a low-rise purpose-built resort. There’s no beach here, instead, there’s a paved promenade snaking along a rocky coastline. It’s a quiet resort with a fishing village feel, some excellent diving and snorkelling, and is mainly popular with holiday-homers and returners who are happy to sit by the pool and explore by car.

The nearest proper beach is a 20-minute walk at Alcaufar.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

There are 2 big Portblue resort hotels offering all-inclusive accommodation and big pools: The Hotel San Luis and the adults-only Salgar Hotel. Use of the facilities is also available to guests staying at the adults-only BlueRooms Rafalet bungalows.

Apartments are also available at the large complexes Los Naranjos and BlueRooms Palmeras. There are lots more whitewashed villas and apartments available if you hunt the booking sites.

ALCAUFAR

Cala Alcaufar is a pretty resort that has sprung up around a cove beaches at the end of a long inlet flanked by cliffs. The area is filled with whitewashed boat houses perched on rocky platforms, with small fishing boats bobbing in the teal seas.

Alcaufar is picturesque and sleepy, with a smattering of shops and restaurants, and a good selection of self-catered accommodation. It’s the first of many small resorts like this along the southeast coast.

Sant Lluis is the closest town for amenities (and further accommodation options), and it’s only a 20-minute drive to Mahon.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

Hotel Xuroy has a prime seafront location with steps leading right onto the beach.

The town of Sant Lluis is inland, right in the middle of the east coast and equidistant between all of its attractions. Its a quiet rural area but there are two standout hotels here – Biniarroca Hotel Rural, the Hotel Alcaufar Vell Hotel Rural & Restaurant, and the Agroturismo Binissafullet Vell

At the other end of the budget scale is the Hostel & Gym Relise which has dorms.

PUNTA PRIMA

Punta Prima beach

Popular Punta Prima is a medium-sized resort curving around a Blue Flag sandy beach that’s a hit with families. It’s the first of the beach resorts along the coast that attract package tourists and you’ll find a range of accommodation here, from all-inclusive resort hotels to quiet studios and backstreet villas. It also has amenities – including car hire and small supermarkets – but for a wider range head to nearby Sant Lluis. 

The surrounding scenery is fairly flat but has walking trails, and the beach itself is as popular with local families as it is with tourists. It’s not sheltered though and can get windy and waves. Beach bums are probably better off further along the south coast. There are some small play areas for children, and plenty to explore in the wider area including a waterpark. The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY IN PUNTA PRIMA

3-star Hotel Xaloc Playa has the best location, just a matter of steps from the beach and also has an outdoor pool and shady pine garden.

You can rent studios at Insotel Punta Prima Resort and Spa which has 5-star facilities including a sports club and indoor pool. 

Villa Lola has 3 bedrooms and an infinity pool. See VRBO for more villas.

BINIBECA

Just around the coast from Punta Prima is Binibeca, the first in a trio of small resorts with a fishing heritage and scenic position. Binibeca is the largest and most popular of the three, largely thanks to its sandy Blue Flag beach and shallow waters. It’s popular with families and has a few more bars and international eateries than Puna Prima. The wider area has lots of coves perfect for snorkelling.

Binibeca is divided into three sections – central Binibeca Nou which is right on the beach, Binibeca Vell which is home to a 1970s mock fishing village, and Cala Torret where many of the cheaper apartment complexes are located. It’s a 20-minute walk end-to-end. 

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

Binibeca’s accommodation is almost all self-catered, mainly in whitewashed villas and apartment complexes – the ones closest to the beach are in high demand. Try Booking and VRBO.

BINISSAFULLER

Binibeca merges into dreamy Binissafuller (also spelt Binisafua), a secluded inlet cove with crystal clear water, fragrant pines, and a small beach. It’s quieter and more picturesque than Binibeca, and also lacking its commercialisation. If you’re searching for an off-the-beaten-track treasure, peace and quiet, and to be amongst nature, then you might well be happy here.

There are one or two restaurants in the area but no amenities to speak of. Its an easy 5-15 minute walk (depending on which end you start from) along the coast to Binibeca, however, be aware that the path is not lit at night.

Binissafuller and Binidali are both south of the airport runway and get occasional aircraft noise, depending on wind direction.

Transfer time: 16 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

There are a handful of vacation rentals – see Booking and VRBO

BINIDALI

Binidali is a quiet village in a ruggedly pretty area with a small enclosed sandy beach. The even more secluded Cala de Biniparratx is just around the corner.

The village itself consists of a small grid of low lying streets with villas and restaurants tucked away behind oleander bushes. It’s very relaxed and best suited to those who can entertain themself, and who have a car (although a bus does run along the coastal road). There are a few larger supermarkets in the wider area.

Transfer time: 10 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

There are no hotels in Binidali – check VRBO for rentals.

ES CANUTELLS

The last in this series of small cove hamlets, Es Canutells is similar to its neighbouring south-east coast resorts  – a small village of whitewashed houses perched on cliffs surrounding two cove beaches. It’s quiet, with one shop and a bar or two. The beaches boast some dazzling turquoise waters but are quite short on sand space.

Transfer time: 15 minutes from Menorca airport

STAY THERE

As is typical of these small villages, accommodation here is mainly private rentals that wind along a shallow hill. VRBO has a number of villas with pools available. 

And there is one package hotel in Es Canutells – the family-friendly TUI Grupotel Mar de Menorca, where you’ll also find an on-site shop for beach essentials. 

CALA EN PORTER

Small waves at sandy Cala en Porter beach

sunset at cliffside club Cala en Xoroi

Cala en Porter is the first of the blockbuster resorts along the south coast and is arguably the best resort on Menorca for families. It has a similar cove-beach landscape but is on a bigger scale. Here, there is room to stretch out on the beach – and enough space for an organised section of loungers, pedalos, and a lifeguard. The calm waters slope gently and are a dazzling turquoise. The beach itself is backed by parking, toilets, a few cafes, and a nature reserve.

Cala en Porter is a relaxed resort, with enough to keep the kids and adults entertained. The resort itself is up on the hill overlooking the beach. This is the downside of Cala en Porter – it’s a steep walk between its Blue Flag beach and the town. There’s a choice of 200 steps or a walk down the road which is less steep but longer. In high season there’s a tourist train to help you out. There is also parking at the bottom of the road though in summer months – it helps to get there early.

The intriguing Cales Coves are nearby, and the area is packed with great walks, snorkelling, and cliff jumps. And the cliffside Cova d’en Xoroi is one of the most Instagrammable bars that you’re likely to visit, and at night it morphs into the island’s main club.

Transfer time: 15 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY IN CALA EN PORTER

Cala en Porter is a solid favourite with the package holiday crowd, and you’ll find a wide variety of accommodation catering to the couples and families with small children that the resort attracts.

Fans of a good view will appreciate the clifftop Old House which is not far from the Cova d’en Xoroi.

Hotel Sa Berrera is an adults-only 3-star with spacious pool area. If you’re bringing the family then the Nelva Resort will look after you, or you can book the Playa Azul through TUI.

Inland, Torral Benc is a smart rural hotel with 4-star facilities. Decor is whitewashed traditional chic, and there’s an emphasis on local food and wine in its restaurant. It’s a 10-minute drive to Cala en Porter.

SON BOU

turquoise sea at Son Bou beach

Son Bou is one of Menorca’s most popular resorts and is slap bang in the middle of the south coast. It’s also where you’ll find the longest beach on Menorca, with over 2km of impeccable sands and Blue Flag waters.

Unlike the island’s many cove beaches, this endless beach is backed by dunes. As it’s one of the larger beaches, you can also find a good range of watersports and activities here, making it ideal for families with older children. There’s plenty of parking available behind the beach, and more deserted beaches to discover in the wider area.

The resort of Son Bou is medium-large (at least for Menorca) and spread out. Son Bou itself is behind the eastern end of the beach. Most of the resort’s accommodation is in an area called San Jaime which is separated from the beach by a conservation area. Expect a 5-10 minute walk to the beach. The Torre Soli Nou area is behind San Jaime and further from the beach.

The town has a small commercial centre where you can find amenities and a lively selection of cafes, bars, and international cuisine. It’s the best spot on the island for beach amenities and is also well connected by road. There are a few large hotels but, like most places on Menorca, it’s not overly developed.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

For families, the Royal Son Bou Family Club is an established 4-star resort hotel which has one of the best locations close to the beach and is one of the best places on the island if you have kids in tow, with ample pool zones and entertainment.

For aparthotel facilities try Apartamentos Mar Blau. There is a good selection of self-catered accommodation on VRBO.

Camping Son Bou offers pitches, tents, and bungalows in a pine forest setting.

SANTO TOMAS

A few miles further down the coast is the similar resort of Santo Tomas, which occupies a similar stretch of dune-backed beach. The resort is relaxed and popular with mature travellers as well as families and has a more intimate feel than Son Bou. However, buggies or wheelchairs might struggle with the number of wooden boardwalks. 

One plus of being located in Santo Tomas is that you can catch the bus in either direction to Mahon or Ciutadella. You’re also very close to the untouched beach of Binigaus, which is popular with naturists. There is no coastal road linking Santo Tomas with Son Bou, but it’s a popular activity to walk from one to the other and taxi back.

Transfer time: 25 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY IN SANTO TOMAS

Several large resort hotels are located by the sea, slightly uphill and behind the hills but with direct beach access via pleasant boardwalks. They’re tucked in amongst vegetation which lends the resort a pleasant feel.

The Hotel Santo Tomas and Sol Beach House (adults only) are both clean and airy 4-stars overlooking the beach.

But the adults-only Globales Lord Nelson has the best location if you want to be close to the beach.

Apartamentos Mestral is an apartment complex set around a pool.

If you don’t mind being further from the beach then the spacious Valentin Sou Bou is also an option.

Of the villas, Lucia B17 has appealing grounds and a pool.

CALA GALDANA

Cala Galdana's iconic crescent beach

Straddling what is arguably Menorca’s most beautiful beach, Cala Galdana is a deservedly popular beach resort. It’s located in a particularly scenic bay at the end of a gorge, with a graceful and general crescent of fine sand, irresistibly clear sea seas, and a fragrant pine forest setting. The Blue Flag beach is popular with families and couples and you’ll find all sort of watersports and activities in the bay.

It’s not a noisy resort though, and those looking for lively evenings will be disappointed entertainment is mostly in-hotel. There’s a wide range of accommodation and amenities here, and enough. But the main attraction is the beach and the scenery.

Cala Galdana is also a great base for exploring the stunning coastline without a car. Menorca’s other most beautiful beaches – the coves of Mitjana, Turqueta, and Macarella – are a short boat trip away, or you can hike along the cliffs. Snorkellers will not be disappointed either.

The main drawback of staying at Cala Galdana is that during the summer it gets extremely crowded.

Transfer time: 35 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

Melia Cala Galdana is one of the best beachfront hotels in Menorca, sitting in a plum position in the middle of the bay (it was built before current planning restrictions). It has recently refreshed itself with 5-star facilities including hot tubs and an adults-only infinity pool overlooking the sea (though you will need to purchase a VIP package to access). Families are not forgotten though, with child-friendly pools and rooms available.

If you prefer an adults-only environment, the Artiem Audax has soothing minimalist interiors and a well-equipped spa.

For packages check TUI and Jet2.

3-bedroom Miramar I is perched upon a hill and has epic views from its pool – perfect for sunsets.

CALA EN BOSC

the main beach at Cala en Bosc

Sitting on the south-west tip of Menorca is the popular purpose-built resort town of Cala en Bosc which sports two beaches and a marina.

The main town beach is a deep cove beach, and within a few minutes you can also be at the secondary beach of Son Xoriguer which has excellent watersports facilities.

But life in Cala en Bosc centres around its marina, which is ringed with palms and laid back cafes and eateries. If you get easily bored in the evenings without a variety of restaurants, bars, and entertainment then this is one of the better resorts in Menorca for you. Its range of facilities for all ages makes it popular with those looking to stay longer than one week, as well as with its regulars. There’s also a frequent bus service to Ciutadella.

Transfer time: 45 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

There are a number of resort hotels are centred around the beach:

For self-catered look to the area west of the marina. 

CALA BLANCA AND CALA SANTANDRIA

Just a few kilometres south of Ciutadella, Menorca’s charming and historic second city, you’ll find the twin resorts of Cala Blanca and Cala Santadria. Both have popular cove beaches in pretty bays with fine sands and blue seas, and could almost be considered beach suburbs.  

Cala Blanca has a larger beach with beach bars, cliffside trails and some family facilities, whereas Cala Santandria is more of a local area and has a quieter beach and a peaceful atmosphere. However, there are more restaurants at Cala Santandria, which is more residential and merges into Ciutadella as you head north.

Both beaches can get very crowded in July and August due to their proximity to the city. It’s a 15-minute trip by bus into the city, and there’s also a bus route south to Cala en Bosc.

Transfer time: 45 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

You’ll find a choice of resort hotels in Cala Blanca, and the highest-rated are:

In Cala Santandria, the adults-only Hotel Playa Santandria Menorca is right on the beachfront and has a modern feel.

Cales de Ponent Apartamentos has fresh white rooms not far from the beach.

Tucked away in the hills you will find many villas and apartments  – check VRBO for rentals

CIUTADELLA

historic Ciutadella in the sun

traditional fishing boats in Ciutadella harbour

Mahon may be Menorca’s capital now, but once that title was claimed by charming west coast city Ciutadella. Arguably it’s most beguiling. Until the 18th century, this was the most important city on Menorca, and it still bears a Baroque and Gothic grandeur that the current capital lacks.

It has quite a distinct look, with honeyed hues, ornate brickwork, green shutters, and labyrinthine backstreets reminiscent of Sicily and Malta than the clipped mansions of Mahon. It’s one of the loveliest small old towns in the Mediterranean (and one of the least-known).

These days Ciutadella is a weekend break destination for Spaniards and the chicest place to stay on the island. It’s becoming something of a hotspot for boutique abodes. The areas to the north and south of the city are prime package tourism destinations so it also gets its fair share of daytrippers. It’s a short bus ride fro Ciutadella to Menora’s most exquisite (though hardly undiscovered) coastal scenery.

Transfer time: 45 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY IN CIUTADELLA

The city has an excellent selection of lovely boutique hotels:

On a budget? Check out Hostel Menorca which has dorm beds and private rooms. The Hotel Cala Bona-Mar Blava is a seafront hotel close to the beach with budget rooms, a small pool.

CALA EN FORCAT AND CALA’N BLANES

To the north of Ciutadella is a family getaway set in a picturesque area of inlet cove beaches, a resort which mushroomed in the 80s. It encompasses several areas which have merged into one – Cala en Forcat, Cala’n Blanes, Caka’n Brut, and Los Delfines – so there are a few beaches to choose from (although none are particularly big and get very crowded in high summer).

This is not the place to come if you’re looking nightlife or shopping – or for a slice of authentic Menorca. It’s pretty much a British enclave, calmer than it used to be, but there is a focus on British food and bars. 

But it’s popular with families that have young children and you’ll find hotel activities, amenities, restaurants and play areas catering for the little ones, shady beaches, and a generally flat area that is easy to whizz around with a buggy (although some of the beaches involve a few steps).

Transfer time: 45 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

For package deals to Cala’n Forcat:

For apartments and villas, see VRBO.

CALA MORELL

scenic bay at Cala Morells

One of a handful of small resorts on Menorca’s north coast, the white cube houses of Morell are surrounded by craggy scenery and glistening turquoise waters that look like they’ve been borrowed from Greek islands or Malta. It’s a hidden gem and has a (sometimes windy) wilderness that’s missing on the south coast.

The rocks have a reddish tinge and the sand is stonier and darker than the southern beaches. But as well as the cove beach there are numerous rocky platforms that are popular with swimmers, snorkellers, and sunbathers. 

Cala Morell is best suited to those looking to escape the crowds. It’s popular with daytrippers and locals, but is otherwise quiet, with just one bar and restaurant and a cluster of apartments and villas. Walking trails run through the village, and there are intriguing prehistoric cave tombs nearby.

Transfer time: 40 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

 Apartamentos Sa Cala is a traditional low-rise aparthotel with a pool and snack bar.

There’s family-run country house charm at Agroturismo Biniatram which is 1 mile inland.

Check VRBO for villas.

FORNELLS

The next stop is halfway along the north coast at fishing village Fornells (not to be confused with Cala Fornells on Mallorca), a charming village of white houses with orange tiled roofs set around a harbour. Its waterfront promenade is lined with palms and cafes.

Fornells has a traditional Menorquin feel and is renowned for its seafood restaurants (it’s a great place to try the local speciality lobster stew).

The beach (Playa Fornells) It can get windy on this part of the north coast, but Fornells is located on a peninsula at the entrance to a natural harbour (Fornells Bay) – which makes it ideal for fans of windsurfing and dinghy sailing. There is plenty of unspoilt coastline to discover, with some of Menorca’s most beautiful untouched beaches in the wider area.

On the other side of the peninsula is Playa de Fornells, a smart landscaped resort complex on the beach of Cala Tirant. It’s peaceful and upmarket, consisting of a few all-inclusive hotels and apartment/villa blocks. The beach is a wide crescent of sand and shallow waters, suitable for small children.

It’s a 5-minute drive or 30-minute walk between Fornells and Playa de Fornells.

Transfer time: 30 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

In Fornells:

The clean modern rooms at the Hostal La Palma guesthouse are good value, with harbour views and an outdoor pool.

In Playa de Fornells:

SON PARC

Son Parc has two obvious appeals. The first its beach – long, sandy, and backed by dunes. It’s spacious and has an organised section with watersports available.  The other attraction here is its 18 hole golf course. 

There’s not much to the village itself beyond a handful of restaurants and shops along one small road, and a warren of purpose-built tourist accommodation in landscaped grounds. Son Parc is quiet in the evening – the aparthotels have in-resort entertainment – but there are a few bars.

Transfer time: 30 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

There are 3 large aparthotel complexes:

You can also find studios and villa rentals:

ARENAL D’EN CASTELL

golden sands at Arenal d'en Castell beach

Arenal d’en Castell (or simply Arenal)  is a contender for the best family beach resort on Menorca is thanks to its sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay. It’s a hit with little ones thanks to its golden Blue Flag beach, watersports, boat trips and resort hotels with waterparks. 

There is an increasing number of all-inclusive hotels pitching mainly to a British crowd.

The resort is on a hill, with most shops and restaurants at the top and buildings cascading down to the beach in an amphitheatre effect. This makes for some great views. There’s enough to keep you occupied for a week or so, and there are frequent buses to Fornells and Mahon.

The golf course at Son Parc is a short drive away, and within walking distance over the hill are the traditional harbour villages Na Macaret and Port d’Addaia which are popular with second homeowners, yachties, and older couples.

Transfer time: 25 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

The big family-friendly resorts to check out in Arenal are:

For self-catered accommodation:

ES GRAU

A fishing village on the edge of the wetlands of the S’Albufera Natural Park, Es Grau is a little pocket of traditional Menorca. There is a small beach of dark sand and extremely shallow waters which attract local families for paddling and seafood suppers. It’s a roll-your-trousers-up kind of place, with a small quay and whitewashed fisherman houses.

Transfer time: 25 minutes from Menorca Airport

STAY THERE

You’ll only find self-catered accommodation in tiny Es Grau.

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Cala Macarelleta: © Paolo Gallo / Shutterstock

Cala Presili: © tuulijumala / Shutterstock

Cal Mitjana: © Naeblys / Adobe Stock

Cala en Porter boardwalk: © Pawel Kazmierczak / Shutterstock

Map of Menorca: © The Mediterranean Traveller

Mahon: © kite_rin / Adobe Stock

Es Castell: © Rulan / Adobe Stock

 Punta Prima: © photobeginner / Adobe Stock

Cala en Porter: © lunamarina / Shutterstock

Cova d’en Xoroi: © DoKuPiX / Adobe Stock

Son Bou beach: © lunamarina / Shutterstock

Cala Galdana: © pkazmierczak / Adobe Stock

Cala en Bosc: © Ibfotomotor / Adobe Stock

Cala Santandria: © Gareth Bevan / Adobe Stock

Ciutadella: © tuulijumala / Shutterstock

Ciutadella harbour with boat: © Kite_rin / Shutterstock

Cala Morell: © Anibal Trejo / Adobe Stock

Arenal d’en Castell: © Pawel Kazmierczak / Shutterstock