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we r going to menorca in may 2011 2 58year olds a 30 , 27, 28 year olds and 7 year old and a 9,month old we fancy a villa near cala en blanes but r open to suggestions any ideas also what is the best way to and from the airport bearing in mind this is the bank of mum and dad

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I think the best way from airport is rather dependent on whether you are booking the villa independently+own flights or with an Package Villa operator. Also first or 2nd half of May? there will be alot of price swings and roundabouts unfortunately. You too big a party for a cheap hire car.

First half of May ( in financially troubled times) on Menorca in beach resorts can be quite lonely/shops not open

Edited: 03 November 2010, 21:12
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Is there any reason in particular that you are considering this end of the island as the transfer times here from the airport are the longest and therefore most expensive if you are not on a package trip.

Once you are in your accomodation you will find that provided you have picked somewhere that you like and are happy to spend most of your time in it is not going to be difficult to travel into places like Cuitadella , Mahon or anywhere else relatively easily so can you please confirm whether it was the particular villa or the resort that grabbed your attention most ( and if the latter what features of it seemed to fit your wish list the most) ?

As MenorcaIsland boy says,it would be very helpful to know the timing of your trip - the first couple of weeks will be very much quieter than the end of May ( school half term holidays etc. mean more guests although so far as i am aware, in 2011 this generally falls in the week commencing 30 May 2011)

With 5 adults and two youngish children I assume that you are talking one set of grandparents, one couple plus 2 children and one more adult so presumably you need at least a 4 bedroom villa or possibly two apartments or smaller villas. Could you please confirm what things about the area you want to be based in that are important to you - ie a large beach essential/not interested particularly, prefer somewhere aimed at british tourists/ prefer somewhere more spanish etc., need plenty of nightlife /prefer a quieter location with a good mix of restaurants for a quiet evening meal etc. etc.

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thanks for reply yes we are the grand parents of the group! we are going in early may cant take 2 much heat. we would love it to be more spanish with good restaurants and nice coves for the children good walks bit of a harbour and maybe a bit of night life nothing to frantic!

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First of all, be very carefull about the Villas location. There is some what advertise as being in Cala Blanes, when in fact they are on the Cala Blanes-Ciutedella old road, 25 min walk to the centre of Cala Blanes, 40 min walk to the middle of the main street.

The areas to look at are Villas on Carrer de Mestral or Avinguda Tramontana or Villas advertised as being in Los Delfines, Cala Brut or Cala Forcat. Cala Brut is 20 mins walk to the centre of the resort, all other areas less then 10 mins. Here is a link to the resort area map, www.menorca-minorca.co.uk/forcat_map.htm. The Villas mentioned at the top and in Los Delfines are not on main through routes, so a lot more private but close enough to local shops/bars etc.

Dont be put of by comments about it being a lively resort, unless your out at 2am you will not see or hear it. In fact their is one Hotel what for 6 weeks of the season is more or less all over 50's.

One concern is you saying more spanish and harbour, there is no harbour in this resort, and in terms of spanish food in restraunts, its limited to 3 or 4 places, as the resort was built with british holidaymakers in mind.

There is a choice of 3 beachs, what are coves. They are at best average, but ideal for children, as the water levels arround Cala Forcat (in the area by the rocks) does not get over 3 foot deep, and at Cala Blanes, you have to walk over 400 yards out for it to be 3 foot, and I can still stand up at about 800-1000 yards out (I am 6 foot 2).

Where this resort has the edge on others, is things to do for the 7 year old.

The water park does cheap tickets after 1pm, and is open till 6pm. At night, all bars are family friendly (but I would stay clear of Jimmy Hills 2 and Blue Breeze after midnight if the children are with you). Lorenzos has playstations in it, Tropical Kiss has video games, playing soft music its ok for all the group. There is a couple of bars what have bouncy castles, and The Square at Cala Picas have live entertainment most night, things like Abba Tribute, Fake That etc.

If the grandparents baby sit, there is bars open till at least 4am. Blue Breeze is a cocktail bar with music, and Jimmy HIlls 2 form midnight is more like Disco. The town of Ciutedella has a lot of night live, Bars till 4am, then the night club in the Port till 6am, then bars over the road open at 6am. The bus to get their will run till about 1030 in may, bas back start at about 6am, but a Taxi would only be 15 euro ish. During the day, your also only a 15-20 min bus ride to Ciutedella, what will cost about 1.50 euro per person over 5, each way. Bus is every 30/45 min (a bit less regular on Sundays).

With Transfers, by Car/Taxi its 1 hour, but but shuttle transfer, up to 90 min is the average.

Note you can not get a Cheap Shuttle transfer to a Villa, but if you post here what Villa, it might be there is a complex close by you can get it to.

Taxi for 4 off the rank is 65 euro each way, and you would need 2. (Off the rank you will not have child seats, as they are not required under local law in a Taxi). You can pre book Taxi with child seats, but this will normally put the cost up by about 10-15%

Budget Shuttle transfer if you can get it, is £150 return in total for your group

Private Mini Bus (up to 8 people and 8 cases), £230 return.

Shuttle and Private bus was bassed on www.traxtransfer.co.uk but to compair prices, shuttle menorca also get good reviews here.

Edited: 04 November 2010, 07:44
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5. Re: holiday advice

If you are going in early May ,then all of the resorts including Forcat ( which in my opinion isn't the nicest location anyway) are going to be quieter than they get later in the season so you could find yourself in a semi ghost town environment if you pick somewhere that is predominently a summer season "resort". I personally think that if you are going that early in the season ( when the weather is likely to be quite unsettled by the way so you may not avoid rain) it would be much better to look at the other end of the island completely, in particular the areas around Es Castell where things are going on all year round rather than only in the tourist season because it is a mix of residential and holiday homes so it functions all year round. MenorcaIslandboy is pretty knowledgable about this region and Raff lives in the Eastern part of the island so she should be able to advise as well. Es Castel has waterfront bars and restaurants overlooking the entrance to Mahon Harbour ( you can sit and watch the boats,ferries and liners come and go as you sip a coffee or beer) and is only a short journey into Mahon by bus or car (or you may even try the water taxis http://www.watertaximenorca.com/english.html ), There will be things to do and see within a reasonable distance of Es Castell such as Fort Marlborough, Castell de San Filipe, the fortress at La Mola, the isolation hospital island in the middle of Mahon Harbour etc. - for more inf on these sorts of things and the island generally go to http://www.menorcaexplorer.com/en/ . The only negative thing about Es Castell is going to be the lack of large beaches nearby but in early May it isn't going to be very warm in the sea anyway ( or in villa pools as most are unheated) so this may not be as important as in high season.

If I were you, I would try and think about going slightly later - I understand not wanting it to be too hot as I do not like it too hot myself but the end of May/ early June is never baking hot and the weather will be much more reliable plus the island generally has pleasant breezes to keep you feeling comfortable.

Wherever you chose to go, as Magicbeer has said, it is important to check the precise location on a map - postal addresses can be misleading especially in resorts because they take the name of the local town/municipal area

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6. Re: holiday advice

The best rule of thumb for early May in Menorca is

Stay around (walking distance for evening restaurants etc ) of either Ciutadella(Santandria) or Mahon(Es Castell,Sant Lluis,Punta Prima ) and take advantage of low price Hire Cars circa 100-120 Euros /per week then you wil be able to do everything and go to a new deserted Virgin beach every day-bliss!. The lower accom. and flight prices mean the Hire car becomes much more viable at early season rates.A taxi fare(s) will easily get upto 25 euros for a trip at any time of year, so a hire car is very economical.

As said above owners are not being 'sneaky' about address,but an actual road is the only way to position a villa as Postcodes and places names are often 'political' (and often meaningless )

Edited: 04 November 2010, 18:02
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we want to go about 13 may because the cost shoots up dramaticaly and cannot take too much sun. we have no particular villa or resort in mind but have discounted cuidadella and vacitinity because of the cost of getting to that side of the island. [would rather spend the fare a

good meal in a resturant] now we are looking more at the mahon end of the island we dont want to hire a car and quite like using local buses to get around you get a feel of how the locals live.we prefer coves to beaches they seem more interesting, somewhere to walk to ie harbour, marina, a promenade bit of night life [not ayia napa] lots of spanish resurants not fish and chips

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8. Re: holiday advice

Just to add something to this, was you planning on getting a hire car during your holiday?

If you was, then an airport collection and return would be a better option, as your driving it yourself.

Most hire companys give you maps, and there is very few main roads on the island and you can get directions here, so what ever resort you go for, you will find if your getting a car, doing it from the airport would work out better.

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To Magic

hairbymary has just said ( in post no 7) that they "dont want to hire a car.." (plus as a party of five adluts and two children they would need a minibus or more than one car).

To hairbymary

Are you now asking for recommendations for the best places in the Eastern end of the island ie in the areas mentioned by MenorcaIslandboy or are you OK looking yourself now? If you pick somewhere on the far side of Mahon Harbour be aware than it might be more than just a gentle stroll into town but if you use something like google maps you should be able to check out anywhere that you find reasonably easily.

By the way, if once you get there, you fancy going across to Cuitadella for the day you will find the public transport very easy.

Edited: 04 November 2010, 21:34
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Whoops, have just noticed a typo in my last post - should be aduls not adluts SORRY !

Edited: 04 November 2010, 21:37
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