Ciutadella & Resorts
Ciutadella & Resorts
From pine-forest clad cliffs to spectacular natural bays and golden family beaches, the unspoilt north coast of Menorca is a fantastic place to stay.
With a small string of peaceful resorts near the historic, picturesque town of Ciutadella, tourists come here for an unhurried, relaxed holiday and to enjoy the natural beauty of this little island.
Cala Blanca is one of the newer resorts, which being on the extreme west coast, is perfectly placed to make the most of those wonderful Menorcan sunsets. And as well as the stunning beaches with plenty of watersports, shallow waters and golden sands, it's a haven for families. But, it's not all about the beaches. Getting out into the countryside, and the renowned Cami de Cavalls, the coastal pathways, is easily navigated from Cala'n Blanes, and a walk around the marina at Cala'n Bosch, a treat.
Out and About
Once the capital of Menorca, Ciutadella is full of old-world charm quite different to the rest of the island.
Located on the extreme west coast of Menorca, and boasting a lively port and old quarter with characteristic Baroque and Gothic churches, there's much to entice visitors to this corner of the island.
The picturesque port is very much in working order, but it also serves as a wonderful place to eat. Lined with wonderful water-front restaurants, bars, clubs and boutique shops, this is somewhere to lose many leisurely hours walking around, watching the fish hauled in on the boats, admiring the yachts bobbing up and down at the water's edge and enjoying a delicious tapas or seafood supper. Get there in the morning and you might want to take one of the many boat rides out along the coast to stop and bathe on some of the island's most beautiful white-sand beaches.
Prepare to be transported to a time gone by when you enter the town with its elegant mansions, 13th century Gothic cathedral, and historic quarter - Es Born. Medieval streets lead to picturesque squares, all bursting with palaces, churches and fortresses. The Placa d'Es Born is particularly picturesque.
It truly is an enchanting place to stroll around, and enjoying a coffee at any of the squares such as Placa de la Catedral, Place Des Ses Palmes or of course, Placa d'Es Born is a real treat. Once you've spent time browsing the shops, looking for Menorca's famous footwear or fantastic clothes in its little boutiques, or visited the covered market at the Placa Libertat, you can seek refuge in one of the town's charming cafes for a spot of people watching.
Don't want the fun to end? Head to the harbour to make the most of the bars and clubs, some with roof terraces to really soak up the stunning surroundings of this beguiling old city.
Cala'n Bosch seems to understand exactly what is required to keep the whole family happy on holiday.
Set amongst the lush, wild countryside of south-west Menorca, this beautiful horseshoe bay is a resort that fits perfectly into its surroundings. Whitewashed villas really add to an authentic Balearic feel, and then there's the beautiful beach that fits snugly into the cove. Golden sands, shallow waters for the kids, sunloungers for you and pedalos for the whole family is a great start. And for a second beach, Son Xorigeur is only a 10-minute walk away. Boasting a fantastic water sports centre, here's where to head if you're looking to do a spot of windsurfing, sailing or scuba diving.
The real highlight of Cala'n Bosch though has to be its marina, which resides at one end of the beach. Here is enough entertainment to keep the whole family happy, and it exudes a rather upbeat atmosphere. Ringed with bars and restaurants, this is a lovely place to walk day or night and watch the yachts bobbing up and down on the small harbour.
For the children, there's plenty. Goody Goody Park with its amusement games, trampolines and bumper cars is a real 'hit.' Then there's the resort's waterpark - Aquarock, and even a paintballing centre. For a quieter affair, why not settle down for a long, lazy lunch by the Marina or sit for a caricature - a great reminder of your holiday.
Head out in the evening and soak up the lively atmosphere, Dine out on sumptuous seafood and relax with an after-dinner refreshment whilst the kids enjoy their ice-creams, watching the sun set.
If you can pull yourself away, there is a mini train that runs to Son Xoriguer, and for longer journeys, bus services to Cala Blanca, and even the historic city of Ciutadella, Here you'll get to see a fantastic old town bursting with baroque and gothic architectural wonders, and a bustling port lined with more superb bars and restaurants.
Along with Cala'n Bosch and Son Xoriguer, Cap d'Artrutx is set on the south west coast of Menorca. And if you're looking for a peaceful, rural affair, with livelier resorts nearby, this could be the place for you.
Staying at Cap d'Artutx is a great base for family fun. Aside from the beach resorts close by with water parks, a marina and fantastic beaches, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and a supermarket within walking distance.
And don't forget the iconic lighthouse. On the southern headland, this is an idyllic place to see the sun setting, and with a restaurant underneath, you can take your time here to do so. If you look hard enough you may even spot a dolphin or two.
Watch the sun set at this tranquil little town on the west coast of Menorca, because this is the place to see it.
Known for its mesmerising sunsets and fantastic beach, Cala Blanca is pretty special through the day too. A small sandy cove surrounded by low cliffs and pine trees, it's a perfect place for families to make the most of beach life.
Whilst children paddle around in the shallow, turquoise waters, you can relax on a sunlounger under the shade of an umbrella, as there are plenty along this little stretch of beach. If you'd like to get out in the sea, swimming here is idyllic as the sun slowly warms up the cool waters, and because of the fantastic rocky setting, snorkelling is most definitely encouraged.
Nearby you'll also find Cala Santandria, another beautiful pine-fringed bay with golden sand and crystal-clear waters, which is slightly more remote. Between these two bays you'll find plenty of small shops, supermarkets and watersport facilities to keep everyone happy though.
A coastal path along Cala Blanca’s low cliffs offers perfect walking and cycling opportunities, and is a great place to watch the sun set on Menorca. And, if you do like to walk, the Cami de Cavalls - an island network of paths, can take you further into the island's enchanting countryside.
Want to get back out on the sea? Daily boat trips operate, giving you the chance to visit neighbouring coastal resorts for a picnic or stroll around.
Then, worn out from a day spent swimming, snorkelling and walking, visit the many restaurants where you'll find everything from tapas to sumptuous seafoods and typical Spanish fare. And later into the evening, bars and hotel venues stay open, with some light entertainment to finish off a fantastic day.
For a fun-filled family holiday, one of Menorca's newest resorts has stepped into the arena. Cala'n Blanes on the west coast of Menorca, along with its neighbours Cala'n Forcat and Los Delfines, has something for everyone. They may be petite in size, but all three together create a fantastic holiday experience.
Hailed by some as one of Menorca's finest beaches, Cala'n Blanes boasts pine-fringed soft white sand, crystal-clear waters that are shallow enough for children to have fun in, and perfect picnic spots surrounding the bay to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this lovely little spot.
If you're looking for adventure, don't forget your snorkel. The rockiness of the cove means ample opportunities to see all kinds of marine life beneath the surface of the transparent blue waters. Or, if you don't want to get wet, take a ride on a glass-bottom boat and enjoy sea views from above. There's also a diving centre between Cala'n Blanes and Los Delfines, so there's plenty to do. And for the children, aside from messing around at sea, for younger children there is a water park near by.
Got any fussy eaters amongst you? This shouldn't be a problem around Cala'n Blanes. With an abundance of bars and restaurants serving everything from seafood to tapas to British fare and traditional Menorcan food, you will be well-served. After hours, head out to Cala'n Blanes or neighbouring resorts for a delicious dinner and light entertainment for all the family. You might even find a karaoke bar or two.
Getting out into the countryside is certainly encouraged here. Thanks to the Cami de Cavalls, there are a series of coastal paths that run around the island, so you can stroll or cycle around taking in Menorca's fine scenery. Flying the sustainable tourism flag, Menorca takes care of it surroundings and celebrated coastline. Pony trekking may keep the children happy.
Located right near the historic city of Ciutadella, a visit is well-advised. Boasting a bustling harbour and an historic centre bursting with architectural wonders, you can certainly get your culture fix, before heading back to the beach for a late afternoon bathe.
There's something for everyone when staying on the south and west coast of Menorca. From the rural retreats around Ciutadella to the family-sized villas with swimming pools in Cap D’Artrutx, Cala Blanca, Calan Blanes and Cala’n Brut, we have hand-picked properties perfectly suited to your individual needs.
Not to be missed
Snorkelling at Cala Morell is a must. Boasting a natural, large bay amongst spectacular rock formations, this is certainly a place to appreciate below the sea, as well as above it. Then, take a walk around Cala’n Bosch's buzzing marina with the family, and relax, watching the sun set at Cala Blanca.