Menorca is one of the four Balearic Island which lie off Spain’s north east Mediterranean coast. Menorca lies east of the larger Mallorca. It’s claimed that Menorca has some of the best beaches in the Med.
We spent a week in Menorca in May 2009, flying into the island from Newcastle. We stayed in the modern resort of Cala’n Bosch in the south west of the island. Cala’n Bosch is a quiet resort with most of the entertainment being hotel based. Some of the bars have live music in the evenings. It’s not exactly full of authentic local character but it’s a pleasant place to stay if the main objective of your holiday is to chill out.
Cala’n Bosch has a lovely sandy beach which is quite sheltered. There are a couple of restaurants on the beach, sunbeds for hire and showers. Most of the resort’s bars and restaurants are located around the marina. You can take a trip in a glass bottomed boat which costs around £15 for adults and £7 for children. There’s a small kids playground just behind the marina with a fun pool, mini golf and a soft play area. A westward stroll along the prom from the town centre takes you towards the lighthouse. If you head east you’ll find another two attractive beaches at San Xorguer.
Unless you have a hire car you’ll have to rely on the local bus to Ciutadella around ten kilometres north of Cala’n Bosch. You can get a bus from Ciutadella to Mahon, the island’s current capital, for a day out. Ciutadella is the former capital of the island. The town square is very beautiful with a real lush, colonial feel. There’s a fruit and produce market at Plaze del Mercat daily from Mondays to Saturdays and a general market at Plaze de Es Bon on Fridays and Saturdays.
Menorca was ruled by the British in the 18th century and one of the governors, Richard Kane, ordered that a road be buillt from Ciutadella to Mahon, Cami d’en Kane. Although the road has fallen into disrepair you an still walk along sections and appreciate the peaceful countryside of the interior.
One of the best times to be in Menorca is 22 – 24 June when the 600 year old festival of Sant Joan is celebrated in Ciutadella. Locals ride through the streets, while spectators throw hazelnuts at each other.
It’s not easy to tour the island. Even if you do have a hire car, there is only one main road traversing the island and to reach the coast you have to travel up dead end roads as there isn’t a circular coastal route.
Overall, Cala’n Bosch is a good location if you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday and is ideal for families with young children.
Posted : Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 10:55
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.