We’ve spent our summers (and some winters) on this charming Balearic isle since we were small children ourselves and our kids have followed suit. Between us the age span of our kids ranges from 19 down to 3 years old meaning that our experience of this place is really quite varied.
Over the next few days we will be posting a little lowdown of our top spots to visit/stay depending on your needs.
The first of our destinations we will be outlining is a firm family favourite:
For Lisa, with three younger ones (3years, 6years and 8years) her time is spent often in family friendly places with easy to access beaches and good amenities, Cala Galdana is a firm favourite with its gentle tide and calm waters lapping a wide sweeping sandy bay, lined with beach cafes and family restaurants. This is one of the top places we would recommend for young families looking for an easy and safe location, there are hotels, apartments and villas here that enjoy the breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful bays on the island.
The sweeping curve of Cala Galdana beach photographed from one of the clifftops.
Beach bums on Cala Galdana beach with their Menorcan cousins.
The pine trees that line the beach mean that we don't need to take sunshades with us. The natural shade that they offer up make the ideal picnic spot and playground for the kids seeking to escape the heat of the day.
We love to sit along the water's edge and watch the kids running in and out of the sea, we've had many a business meeting here between us, discussing new ideas and designs whilst the sea laps over our toes!!
Our kids have grown up riding the Tobogan water slides situated right by the beach, this buzzy family restaurant also serves up great food and has become a bit of must-go for all of our kids, even the older ones looking to feel a bit nostalgic about their days of racing down the slides against each other!!
Waiting for their waterslide tokens before they race down the slides!!
Cocktails and mocktails at Tobogan.
The Hotel Melia Cala Galdana is where our parents honeymooned back in the 70s and this hotel still enjoys one of the best views of the bay. Sunset drinks on the raised terrace here are a must.
Talking of sunset… we love to walk round to the last chiringuito on the bay, Tony’s, and have dinner as the sun sets. The younger kids run about on the emptying beach as we can sit relaxing with a drink. This is something we’ve done since my 19 year old was a baby and every summer when I sit there it takes me back to those times. The vista from this exact spot is one that never fails to bring me joy.
The beach pathway that runs around the cove and passes all of the Chiringuitos.
Watching the kids as the sun sets from Chiringuito Tony.
Rose and Jack beachside at Chiringuito Tony.
Travelling around from Cala Galdana is easy using the bus service, but we would always advise hiring a car for a few days as there are so many places worth visiting … Cala Galdana is ideally located to explore the nearby village of Ferreries, famous for its shoe-making and home to Pretty Ballerinas and Mascaro.
The old capital of Ciutadella is around 15 minutes away by car or taxi and also a must-visit for its pretty port and seafood restaurants.
The car hire company we always use:
Menorca Bus Schedule: