Introducing Holidays to Cala'n Blanes 2019 / 2020
Cala'n Blanes is a well-equipped resort with everything you and your family need for a fun and relaxing holiday. This part of Menorca boasts a wide variety of shops, cafés and restaurants immediately to hand, plus a water park to keep the kids entertained for a few hours during the day. The beach with its soft sand and calm waters is perfect for little ones to play and paddle, as well as being great for the adults to swim and sunbathe. Diving and water sports are available in the area too if you fancy venturing beneath the waves during your holiday in Cala'n Blanes!
If you want to explore away from the resort for a change of scene, the island’s former capital - Ciutadella - is close by. There you’ll find evening entertainment on a larger scale than the resort can offer, plus a wider variety of places to eat and drink. Taking a trip over there during the day gives you the chance to visit the shops and see the historical architecture.
The old capital of Ciutadella is within easy reach of Cala'n Blanes and has many historical buildings and old cobbled streets to explore, giving you a glimpse into Menorca’s rich history and culture. The former capital also offers a much wider range of nightlife, food and drink than the resort, so it’s recommended for a night out as well as a day wandering the streets and shops. The annual Festival of Sant Joan in Ciutadella is a vibrant tradition that’s fun for the whole family. See horses prance while locals try to touch them on the heart for luck. Watch the jousting, live music and dancing, before the whole thing is topped off with a firework display. It’s one of the most enjoyable evenings you can have during your trip to Menorca.
Mahon is also within easy reach, and also has a wide array of shops, bars, restaurants and clubs to visit once you’ve exhausted the options at the resort. Nearby, the beach of Cala'n Forcat and the surrounding resort area are within walking distance.
The wonderfully varied cuisine of Menorca reflects the island’s abundant fresh produce – fish from the Mediterranean, a wide array of meat, fruit and vegetables from the inland regions, all prepared with dollops of the delicious local olive oil. You can tuck into local seafood overlooking the beach in Cala'n Blanes or Cala'n Forcat, often prepared simply grilled to showcase its freshness, or go for the island’s famous speciality, caldereta de llagosta (spiny lobster stew) in a lush restaurant in Ciutadella. This started out as a poor fishermen’s dish but has become a local delicacy now that lobster is highly prized. You’ll also find platters of grilled meat – mainly pork, lamb, rabbit and chicken – and vegetables, along with a range of succulent stews. Menorca is also famous for its fantastic range of cheeses and charcuterie, which are the ideal accompaniment to the ubiquitous pa amb oli (country bread rubbed with tomato and a drizzle of olive oil) and a jug of local wine.
Cala’n Blanes is set around a sheltered bay, which is ideal for even the youngest children. The water is warm, clean and shallow, and older children can rent pedaloes and potter about the bay, or even go for a snorkel along the rocky coastline. Active kids might enjoy horse-riding or bike-riding along the Camí de Cavalls walking path. There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants and cafés to choose from, and your kids will be spoilt rotten by the friendly locals. There’s a small water park with a few slides and water pools to keep the kids happy if the attractions ever begin to pall, plus a little zoo at Son Bou. Several fun boat excursions run from nearby Ciutadella, a beautiful historic city that will enchant even the most museum-phobic kids.
Action & Adventure
There are lots of water sports available in Cala’n Blanes and the adjoining beaches and resorts, including kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling. The island is also very well known for diving, particularly the marine reserve on the northern coast. There are suppliers in and around Cala’n Blanes that can arrange diving trips to some of the best dive sites on Menorca. Other top outdoor activities include horse-riding, mountain-biking and hiking, and there are scores of excellent and well-marked trails. The most celebrated of these is the Camí de Cavalls, a recently restored medieval bridle path that loops around the entire island.
The beach and beautiful calm sea are the main attraction of Cala'n Blanes, offering superb sunbathing and swimming for adults and children, so it’s easy to spend your entire holiday there. You've got a good choice too, as you can head to Cala'n Forcat just a short way up the coast.
Going diving is recommended with water so calm and shallow, and there are diving schools in the area who will teach you how to dive and loan you the equipment whether you’re a new diver or a very experienced one.
The Aqua Center Water Park and Aquarock Water Park keep kids entertained on a day out if you want to combine a day of swimming and waterslides with shopping or visiting the cafés nearby.
Son Bou is a drive or bus away, but worth a visit, especially if you have children who get bored with the beach easily. There you’ll find the zoological park, where kids can get up close with monkeys, kangaroos, parrots and more. The beach at Son Bou is beautiful too, so make a day of it with a visit to the seafront afterwards.
Cala’n Blanes is not a big resort, but it has enough bars, pubs and cafés to keep things lively in the evenings. The adjoining resorts – such as Cala’n Forcat and Los Delfines – can be easily reached via an enjoyable stroll and each offers another smattering of nightspots. You won’t find much in the way of big bars and nightclubs, but there are plenty to be found just a 10-minute taxi-ride away in Ciutadella, the gorgeous former capital. Ciutadella has a host of atmospheric places to drink and party, from ancient wine bars near the old harbour to outdoor clubs that rock all night long during the summer season.
If you want to relax by the beach, enjoy some fantastic sunsets and tuck into fantastic local food, then Cala’n Blanes is perfect for you. The setting – overlooking a charming bay – is the perfect backdrop for romance, and the pace of life is slow and peaceful. You could spend the morning topping up the tan, then while away a few lazy hours at a beachfront restaurant tucking into some fresh local seafood. Spend the afternoon snorkelling around the rocky coast, or rent a kayak and seek out your own secluded cove. The exquisite little city of Ciutadella, the island’s former capital, oozes romance, and is perfect for a romantic stroll – and it’s also one of the best places on the island for nightlife if you feel like dancing till dawn.
Most of the cultural activities in the Cala’n Blanes area are concentrated in the charming city of Ciutadella, just a 10-minute drive away. Ciutadella is the former capital of Menorca, and preserves its charming medieval quarter, ‘Es Born’, virtually intact. You can stroll through the ancient streets, admiring Gothic palaces and churches, and visit the handsome cathedral. There is a fascinating history museum located in an imposing 17th-century fortress near the marina. History buffs will also enjoy a visit to the Naveta des Tudons, a Bronze Age burial tomb that was erected about three thousand years ago at the beginning of the Talayotic period.