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Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Cardiff
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Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Hi!

We will be coming to Menorca for the first time at end June/early July, we are a family of three (me 46, her 39) with a ten month old baby. We are looking for somewhere to stay and base ourselves, and hoping for some suggestions! We enjoy the outside life , walking , etc, active and adventurous.Really love stunning beaches. We are hoping to find some self catering accommodation for 5 days, somewhere quiet and relaxed, we don't need discos! Any suggestions of your favourite places will be most welcome, your favourite beaches in particular, we would be keen to search out your hidden gems! We will be hiring a car, so will be able to get about as well. Any hotel/apartment suggestions? looking for 4 star really, 3 star if its nice.

Many thanks for your replies in advance!

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1. Re: Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Binibeca has a great beach, as does Punta Prima. There are no nightclubs or anything of that nature in those resorts. Arenal Dén Castell also has a lovely beach and has some nice walks. If you´ve got a car, I wouldn´t worry too much because you´ll be able to get to all the great beaches whereever you stay.

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2. Re: Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Many thanks for your help! will research in these areas, any hotels to recommend that do self catering ?

Many Thanks

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3. Re: Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Just come back from week away staying at Blanes Cala self catering apartments just outside Ciutadella in Cala Blanca (21-28 May). We hired bikes from Cala Blanca for the day and rode an easy ride to San Xorguer for the day - took about 1 hour steady plod to get us there. The roads are great to cycle on as the main drag has fairly wide cycle tracks beside the road. In fact for cyclist enthusiasts this island must be a joy to go round and about. Hire car for us was a must to get about and see different beaches; as our base was off the beaten track. There were stunning sea views from most vantage points around and on apartment site. Wouldn't advocate this for your holiday as you want 4/5 start accommodation and apartments maybe 1/2 star but suited me. The holiday apartments were clean, cheap and great ambience with cheery staff. My suggestions for you would be:

check out San Xoriguer appeared fairly quiet, with similar families to yourselves. Had its own beach with Cala Bosch easy walk away and fairly lively for a stroll on an evening or drink on the marina.

One of my favourite places was Santandria that has a 3 star hotel right on the beach with a few restaurants either side. Great hotel great location. Great place in a small bay. We used to swim from beach to nearby restaurant for a beer on a hot day - though places to eat and drink are here too.

Cala Gardana was also great location with more to see and do without the need to drive too often. There are pleny of beaches locally to drive to that incorporate national heritage sites and woodland to walk through before reaching more secluded beaches such as Cala Mijana and Cala Macarella.

Cala Morrel was picturesque to look at but not especially anything else. Cala Algairarens - stunning - round the corner this beach took a lot of beating - remote but stunning. You need to take snacks, drinks etc... as no nearby shops to buy anything but worth going to this remote location.

Fornells. Fell in love with this location. Fab marina with shops and restaurants around. Took a drive up to the highest point on the torre with views across the island.

Mao was great for browsing and took a boat trip from the marina to take in the Mola fortress and mini islands. Our guide book slated Mao and for the life of me can't understand why.

My only advice would be hire a car as the island is so accessable to cover in a week without losing that slow pace of life. You can get around be bus but to be honest with a little one a car really is a must. Loved it. Sea was very very very cold, clear and needed lots of determination to get in, but hey I was in everyday. Coldest sea water I have swam in for a long time. There were at times jelly fish to be wary of but not sure if that is normal in Minorca or not? Maybe someone else can enlighten you about that.

This reply is purely my opinion from a first timer like yourself. Next time I venture into Minorca I might stay exactly where we stayed this time in Cala Blanca as Ciutadella isbeautiful with marina to match and so very very pretty and great to wander anytime, but especially on an evening after the beaches and swimming day has been done. Who knows instead of a day might base myself at Fornells - stunning too in a different way. Whatever you choose to do enjoy..

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4. Re: Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Agree with Raff re the beach at Binibeca. I’ve been holidaying in Cala Torret (near Binibeca) for the last 20 or so years and I love the place. I don’t know much about accommodation, but there are a good number of apartments to rent in Cala Torret, however with only 2 adults and the baby you might find under occupancy charges apply. Having said that it has been very quiet in recent years and a good number of apartments have not been fully let so you could get a good discount. Try searching Owners abroad sites for Cala Torret or San Lluis. You could also try the company Redorka, which owns/services property in the area. Binibeca is a 10 minute walk away (Binibeca beach is only 5 minutes, being on Cala Torret’s doorstep) and there is property there. It is a very picturesque Moorish fishing village created for the holiday market and if you stay in the village you may find it a bit noisy. Nothing like the Costas, but the properties are very close and 2 or 3 storeys high, so normal sound is exaggerated and on a hot night you might want the windows open.

Nothing is very far in Menorca so you might find accommodation in the countryside around San Lluis that suits. You might also have more luck at the Ciutadella end of the island which is more commercialised.

If you’re going walking then you might find Menorca Tour and Trail map (ISBN 1-904946-03-8) useful along with Walk Menorca (ISBN 1-904946-02-x).

S’albufera and Es Grau on the east coast north of Mahon are in a nature reserve area with nice walks.

If you’re out and about then I agree with other postings on this site and recommend Monte Toro at Es Mercadal, the fort, Sa Mola at the northern mouth of Mahon harbour (it’s big enough for a nice short walk, with great views. Fort Marlborough is on the south side of the mouth of the port at the very end of the Me2 road. It’s nowhere near the size of Sa Mola, but entrance is free on Sunday morning. Something else that is free on a Sunday morning is a trip to Illa del Rei, the old military hospital on one of the islands in the middle of the harbour. See http://www.islahospitalmenorca.org/ A boat takes you across to the island at 09:00, where the hospital is being renovated, you get a guided tour (sometimes only in Spanish), time to have look around, a free breakfast and the boat back at 11:00. It is really interesting and it is home to a very rare lizard, The Balearic Lizard. You can see them scuttling about. All the organisers ask for is a voluntary donation towards the renovation. The boat leaves from a jetty below the Hotel Agamenon in Es Castell which is off Carrer Fontanilles, which is off the Me2 heading east from Mahon. The easiest way to find it is to Google the hotel Agamenon and look at the Google map.

I would also go to Lithica http://www.lithica.es/ which is a spectacular old quarry. There are also numerous ancient ruins dotted all over the island. If you find accommodation, I’m sure contributors to this site will pitch in with their favourite ruins.

For a bit of fun the trotting races (6pm Saturday) just north of San Lluis on the Me8 provide a couple of hours entertainment. You can have a bet on the tote or just watch the fun.

As for beaches, I don’t know much about the many remote ones. As for my favourites they’ll all be reasonably quiet still in June or early July. I like Binibeca but Son Bou, Sant Tomas, Santa Galdana on the south coast are excellent and family friendly. Cala Mesquida north of Mahon on the Me3 can be quieter and Es Grau is good. A tip if it’s very windy. If the wind is blowing from the south go to the northern beaches and vice versa if the wind is from the north as seaweed, jellyfish and flotsam and jetsam get blown in. They are very good in Menorca about scooping the rubbish out of the water, with special ‘trawlers ‘. They even scoop up the seaweed off the beaches and put it back in the sea at the end of the season.

Hope you get sorted.

ZeeZeeNE

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5. Re: Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Also agree with Binibeca.We stayed in Cala Torret and it is very peaceful with fantastic restaurants overlooking the sea.It doesn't matter where we stay we always re-visit Binibica for the day and spend a few hours on the beach and at the restaurants.Nearby is Punta Prima and Cala Alcaufar,with the latter having a wonderful safe and peaceful beach at the end of an inlet.

wherever you go,enjoy.

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6. Re: Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Many thanks for your reply! W ewill be hiring a car, so should get to see all teh places you mention.

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7. Re: Can anyone suggest a destination for first timers ?

Many thanks for your reply! We will be hiring a car, so should get to see all the places you mention.

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