Introducing holidays to Santo Tomas 2017 / 2018
You’ll get the best of both Spanish worlds in Santo Tomas on the south coast of Menorca. If you want to stay in the resort you’ll find a wonderful long beach and quiet, family-friendly living. If you want to explore Menorca’s fascinating culture, the capital city, Mahon, is just down the road and some of the island’s livelier resorts are close on hand for an evening or two of partying.
Santo Tomas is all sea-front strip, the beach is 3km long, with a gentle slope and lots of safety precautions that mean you’ll be happy to let the kids off the leash.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 25m
When to go
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The coast is the top attraction on Menorca, and probably where you’ll spend most of your time, but the island’s capital, Mahon is well worth a visit too. The town has strong British historical links, including the pretty Town Hall, one of many fine historic buildings. The Church of Santa Maria has one of the best organs in Spain if you fancy catching a recital. City squares are perfect for embracing the laid-back Menorcan attitude, helped with fabulous cake shops that feed the locals’ sweet tooth, gin from the 18th century Xoriguer distillery that you can tour, and some very fine fish restaurants.
Ciutadella was the capital before the British moved it to Mahon, and has a longer history that’s still very much alive in its cobbled streets and medieval churches.
Life's a Beach
Settle back on the sands of Santo Tomas, safe in the knowledge that everything is take care of. The beach is the longest on the island at 3km in length and the local authorities are doing everything they can to look after their main attraction. It’s beautifully clean and its naturally gentle slope makes it safe for kids. Lifeguards and warning flags throw in extra levels of peace of mind for parents. There are good water sports facilities on hand, but if you want a sunbed you can hire one for just a couple of euros.
The beach at Son Bou is just as good and has a few more facilities. You’ll be pleased to see the Blue Flag for water cleanliness flying proudly along this coast and beautiful dunes behind the shore are a pleasant diversion for walkers. A little further along the coast is Atalis, an isolated cove where you’ll find some priceless peace and quiet if you don’t object to nude bathing.
The Placa des Borns is one of the prettiest squares anywhere in Spain and the harbour is the starting place for Pirates of Menorca cruises that are one of the island’s most popular family attractions.
You’ll get good family value out of a trip to Lloc de Menorca in Son Bou too. This kid-friendly animal park is set in beautiful parkland and has all the creatures that children love to meet, from monkeys to dwarf goats, with plenty of chances to safely get up close to the residents.