This time last year my family and I were on holiday in Santa Tomas Menorca. It was our first time visiting the island and we certainly weren’t disappointed. Menorca is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands near the Mediterranean sea but unlike the neighbouring islands of Ibiza and Majorca it is a little quieter which is why we chose it as our destination whilst travelling with young children.
We decided to stay in an all inclusive holiday complex but instead of choosing a hotel we chose to stay in an apartment as we find the extra room is so important when taking the boys with us. It means that they have space to just relax, play with toys and unwind out of the sun without us all being cramped in one room. It’s also great for when they fall asleep and we want to stay up a little longer and can relax in the lounge instead of perching on the end of a bed with the lights out praying we don’t wake them up by talking too loudly.
The complex we chose was brilliant and it had everything we needed on site, however, when on holiday we still like exploring the local area and seeing what is going on and Santa Tomas Menorca is excellent for this. It is a wonderful little village that is truly beautiful, a hidden gem if you will. With only a handful of hotels in the area and a few villas it is certainly less touristy than other places we have visited and as a result more natural, laid back and picturesque. The beaches are only a 2 minute walk from where we were staying and we embarked on a coastal walk with the boys one day which although a little challenging in parts for them it was absolutely worth the views when we reached the top. We managed to walk all the way to a nearby town and although still lovely the contrast between this much busier town and Santa Tomas were vast and reiterated what a wonderful idyllic location we had found.
Santa Tomas Menorca is not only beautiful by day but also becomes the back drop for some of the most magnificent sun sets we have ever seen, which made for some beautiful photographs. Even the boys were eager to join us on our evening strolls down the promenade or across the beach to jump waves as the sun set, casting glorious colours across the sea. As it is such a quiet, small village there was never more than a handful of people dotted about at any one time making it feel even more special and safe to be out after dark.
Everybody loves holidays for different reasons, some like to party, others like adventure but for us it’s all about the quality family time. The ability to switch off and unwind and relax in the peace and slower paced day to day living.
If you are looking for a holiday then I highly recommend you look at spain, in particular Santa Tomas Menorca. Always make sure you shop around before you book and check if you are better getting a package holiday or accommodation and flights separately. Saving money on the holiday frees more up for spends!
(This post was written in collaboration with Holiday Gems).