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This week, I am very excited to be featuring Mummy Tries’ wonderful family holiday to Menorca – a place which she, and others, have recommended as a great country to visit with little ones. She has some fabulous tips about the area including an unplanned trip to caves and enjoying the delights of the popular beaches on offer.

Over to you Mummy…

What do you look for in a holiday?

I’d say I look for a good mix of everything out of a holiday, bit of beach time, bit of culture and sigh seeing, good food is an absolute must. With kids in tow now holidays (like other aspects of life) becomes all about them. My girls love going to the beach, swimming, and eating which is lucky as it means they are fairly easily entertained!

Where did you go?
Cala en Porter in Menorca.
Why Menorca?
Friends of ours have been going for years and told us about how child friendly it is. We weren’t disappointed, everywhere in Menorca is really geared up to cater for families. Plus it’s only a two hour flight from London, and less than 20 mins taxi from the airport.
Who went?

Myself, hubby and our two girls who were almost four and fifteen months at the time.

Where did you stay?
We had a two bed apartment that we booked through Owners Direct as we wanted to self-cater. It was a lovely apartment, fully furnished and equipped for our needs. We have lots of allergies in my family so cooking myself was the only option. We were able to get food from the local shops and make meals similar to what we have at home. Most days we did this for breakfast and dinner, and ate out at lunchtime.
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Were there plenty of activities for the kids?
We had great weather and were mainly on the beach. There are play parks on the beach, and in the garden of most restaurants which always helps.
What was your most memorable moment/s of the trip?
The day trip we took to the capital Mahon was fab – not least because it’s where we had some of the best tapas I’ve ever tasted. Also the little wander we took to Cova d’en Xoroi was great – it’s a cave that has been converted to a bar/nightclub. We stumbled upon it purely by accident but it ended up being a highlight for us. The views are just stunning.
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Was it good value for money?
Definitely, although we went in term time because our eldest hadn’t started school yet. We briefly looked into going this summer and the same holiday would have cost us almost four times the amount. OUCH!
Your top tip/s for the area?
Book an apartment or villa close to the beach, you really don’t need a fancy hotel here. Do a day trip to Mahon, it’s a lovely place with fab shopping and food.
Menorca 3Which photo is your favourite and why?
I have two! The one which was taken at the cave I mentioned – we’d had a really bad night with our eldest and just happened upon this tourist attraction while having a walk. Although we weren’t expecting anything we all had such a fab afternoon in the blazing sunshine. Hubby and I enjoyed a G&T and the kids had a ball. My second favourite was taken just chillaxing on the beach, which is what we mostly did on this holiday and sums it all up for me.
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Would you recommend to a friend?
We have recommended it to lots of people and know several people who actually went this year as a result! I’m sure we will go again at some point ourselves, too.
Menorca 2What five holiday essentials could you not live without?
• Activities for the plane – a good trick is to take a few of their small toys away a while before going, then wrap them up like gifts and present them in times of need to avert a meltdown.
• Portable DVD player and a few films for the kids, although the accommodation might have this already.
• Kids fave bedtime cuddly toys to help with going to sleep.
• Spray on clear suntan lotion, just the idea of thick gloopy cream makes my skin crawl.
• Nappies for baby, because they are always extortionate on holiday.
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