With the current conflict in Turkey still occurring and no end in sight, along with the various other conflicts in north African countries such as Egypt still ongoing, many parents are less than happy about taking their families to such destinations for a relaxing sun holiday – and with good reason too.
Other European sun destinations such as those in the Canary Islands are aimed more at people looking to have week-long party sessions in the sun, so what other options are available to a family looking to have a relaxing break from wet and windy Britain?
Menorca – the perfect family getaway!
One great sun destination that is perfect for those with families is Menorca! Part of the Spanish Balearic Islands that are located in the Mediterranean Sea, Menorca is an island that is rich with history dating back to prehistoric times and offers a lot of fun for parents and children.
Flights to Mahón Menorca Airport from London Heathrow Airport are only about 2 and a half hours long, which is great as kids to get bored and play up on long flights. The flights themselves can be had for less than £100 per person if you fly using low-cost airlines, and there is a plethora of accommodation options.
There are plenty of villas for rent in Menorca, and of course there are many hotels to stay in too, so you certainly have plenty of flexibility when it comes to where you stay and how you get there!
Places of interest
If you are planning on taking in the history of Menorca, then you should check out these places of interest:
Torre d’en Galmes – this Bronze-age megalithic town is situated between Alaior and Son Bou, was developed around 1400 BC during the start of the Talayotic era, and expanded until the end of the Roman occupation. It was then occupied by Muslim refugees from the Reconquista until the end of the Muslim occupation of the island;
La Mola – this huge historic fort is situated at the mouth of Mahon harbour. Although guided tours are available there, you can also walk around freely if you wish to explore the fort by yourself. You will probably spend about a couple of hours exploring the old buildings and tunnels there;
Catedral de Menorca – if you wish to take in some religious Menorcan history, then this is the place to visit! Built between 1300 and 1362 at the request of King Alfonso III of Aragon, the design of Menorca’s cathedral follows a typical gothic Catalan style of architecture.
Alternatively, if your kids want something more fun to do, then you should consider visiting some of these places too:
Lloc de Menorca – this is basically Menorca Zoo, and features a wide range of native species from the island as well as a number of exotic animals from other parts of the world;
AquaCenter – this water park offers over 12,500 square metres of fun for all the family, activities include giant slides, water tunnels, children’s water chutes and more.