Travel – Cala’n Bosch Menorca

Cala’n Bosch (also known as Cala’n Bosch or Cala en Bosc) is a lovely, family friendly beach, marina, hotel, and apartment resort  situated on the southwest coast of Minorca. We have been holidaying in this resort for the past few years and find it to be a place that addresses all of our needs – beautiful beaches, a good range of restaurants and a few shops for when the sun goes down.

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The Marina

The Marina is the hub of activity in Cala’n Bosch, most of the restaurants and shops are situated around it, and it is a lovely place to take a leisurely walk around after dinner. Known as Lago, there are always plenty of boats in the marina which certainly pleases my boat mad youngster. You can also take a trip on a glass bottomed boat from here which will take you to a range of beaches on the coast. We used the Amigos boat and it cost about 50Euros for 2 adults and 1 child. This was for a 3 hour trip and was a lovely way to spend an afternoon – the audio gave information about the beaches and the history of the island, and there was also a small bar onboard for refreshments. We had an hour on a beautiful beach that we would not been able to get to otherwise.

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On the Amigos Glass Bottom boat

On the Amigos Glass Bottom boat

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View from the Glass Bottom Boat

 

There are some local artisan stalls set up around the marina during the evening. These handcraft everything from necklaces and name plates, and also bead hair – very popular with the young.

 

Children

Goody Goody is  a mini play. swim area that is great for children. It has two pools and water slides. The pools are free to use, but you must pay for your sunbed (Just 3 euros for the day – great value.) You also have to pay for the slides and other attractions – a full day ticket for your child is 12 euros, this includes use of the slides, bouncy castles, trampolines and other activities. You can also play crazy golf here and have a meal. Joe just wanted to use the pool and slides so we got a 6 euro ticket which also included a child’s meal.

It has to be said that the food is great value at Goody Goody, the meals are reasonably priced and contain more chips than you could ever eat. Goody Goody is open well into the night so is great for children to have a play after dinner, when, it has to be said, it is cooler to use the bouncy castles.

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Goody Goody is open in the evenings too

Waterslides in Goody Goody

Waterslides in Goody Goody

There are a couple of other amusement arcades in Cala’n Bosch, but don’t any ideas about Blackpool, these seem very dated with very old games, but do the job just the same. Joe enjoyed the air hockey and the football games.

Enjoying the football games

Enjoying the football games

Beaches

There are two main beaches in Cala’n Bosch. Both are beautiful and very popular – neither are that big. Cala’n Bosch seems to have cove beaches rather than a strip, but they are both great for watersports or just paddling. We stayed closer to Son Xoriguer beach which is quite rocky – you do need to watch where you step. But the sea is amazing – the waves just crash and can take your bikini bottoms with it (I do suggest a one piece!). Son Xoriguer has shops and restaurants right on the sea front, so it is lovely to be able to come off and have a snack during Mad dogs time.

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Son Xoriguer beach

 

Son Xoriguer beach in the background

Son Xoriguer beach in the background

The second beach is Bosch beach, this is just off the Marina area and also has toilets, restaurants and shops nearby. You can hire sunbeds (about 8 euros for the day) and there are also pedalos which are great fun – each has their own slide for hitting the cold water.

Shopping

Cala’n Bosch isn’t a huge shopping town, but it does have a few nice places to pick up a bargain or a present. Maribel seems to be a chain that can be found all over Menorca and is the perfect place to find a gift – it ranges from tacky souvenirs to pretty pottery, silver jewellery and some really nice straw bags.

There is a good perfume shop that also sells a good range of Lacoste and Hugo Boss tops, whilst there are other shops that stock Pou Nou linen and cotton pieces, a sports shop with the latest Real Madrid tops, and Torres shoe store which stocks Desigual, Clarks and Ipanema pieces. There are also supermarkets – Top Markets stocks great pastries and sandwiches for a day at the beach, and there is a spa too. Some of the shops shut between 1.30 and 5pm, but many stay open. For more shopping, you can get a bus to Ciutadella which is around 9 Kilometres away and costs 1.95euros on the local bus.

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Torres shoe shop

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Food

If I’m honest, we were half board, so mainly ate in our restaurant in the evenings. At lunch time, we enjoyed the tuna salads that were fresh and tasty.

In the Marina area, the Chinese restaurant Long Cheung is very good, the set menus are tasty and the Sizzling dishes (Sizzling Chicken  China and Sizzling Beef China) are super tasty.  El Pato is another good restaurant, with the children’s meals served in boats and planes boxes that really delight youngsters. The pasto and Menorcan dishes were really good too.

It is worth looking out for lunchtime specials – some places offer lunch menus for just 2 euros.

In the Chinese restaurant

In the Chinese restaurant Long Cheung

El Pato

El Pato

Cute fish pizza!

Cute fish pizza!

Have you ever been to Cala’n Bosch?

A trip to Mahon

I have been to Menorca on many occasions, it is our holiday destination of choice since we started taking Joe abroad. However, I had never actually been to Mahon – we had merely used the airport, then jumped on a coach to our holiday destination. We decided that this year we would take a proper trip to Menorca’s Capital city and have a little explore.

I have to say I totally fell in love with Mahon. It combines stunning coastline (it is Europe’s 2nd largest natural harbour) with interesting architecture that shows a range of influences on the city historically.  Much like Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca that I will be featuring in a future post),  Mahon has a large, central square that is used for a rather vibrant market daily from about 10am – 2pm. The city then spreads off in all directions with an unusual array of shops selling everything from clothes, to locally distilled gin.

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Getting to Mahon

We used the local Torres bus company and paid around 15 euros for three single tickets. The journey from Ciutadella to Mahon is around 55 minutes, but the buses are air conditioned so it is not too unpleasant. Buses pull into a central bus station from where it is easy to get to the main city square.

Getting around

One great way of seeing the City and the harbour area is by the mini train tours. These can be joined at various areas around the city, and cost around 20 euros for 2 adults and 1 child. The tour costs 45 minutes and there is a great stopping point where you can take some pretty beautiful photographs of the harbour and coast. Unfortunately, there was no audio, so buying a decent guidebook may help you to find out what you are actually seeing. Other than that, just sit back and enjoy the view.

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Viewing point for the port

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The harbour and Port area, as you would expect, has a real maritime feel. There are giant anchors, and memorials to those lost at sea. Mahon is a cruise port, so you will often see a huge cruise ship in the port – this was very exciting for my ship-mad 6 year old.

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Memorial for those lost at Sea

Memorial for those lost at Sea

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Shopping

There is a great market that takes place in the main square most days of the week. This sells a range of leather goods, jewellery, brightly coloured sarongs, and lots of clothing made from cool cotton and linen.  I got a gorgeous cotton kaftan top that is very similar to the style that Alexa Chung wears at Coachella and have been wearing it to death.

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In terms of ‘big’ stores, Menorca is not like Majorca which has a lots of High Street names. Mahon has a great Mango that is spread onto four floors, and also has Stradivarius, Desigual, a good selection of sports shops and perfumeries. There are also some good shoe shops selling a great selection of Pretty Ballerinas – these are made in Menorca and are total lust haves.

The Main shopping Street in Mahon

The Main shopping Street in Mahon

When a cruise ship is in the port, a small market is often set up on the steps and the harbour area. This makes this area lovely to visit, bustling, vibrant and colourful.

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Food

The Fish Market in Mahon is now a fabulous, vibrant destination for tapas and snacks. It has a range of bars and eateries and is reasonably priced to. Situated just around the corner of the harbour steps, it is well worth a visit.

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There are lots of little cafes with tables outside to eat in the sunshine. We chose an unusual one called Bar & Shoes meeting point. This was at the top of the harbour steps and was an unusual building – bare stone walls, Vespa Motorbikes on display, and also selling local designer products. The food was lovely – fresh tuna, crusty bread – very rustic. They also did the most fabulous, James Bond style Martini for 3 euros.

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Have you ever been to Mahon – do you have any hints and tips for people traveling there this year?

A few more views

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F&F Scarf Print sundress reviewed

I’m back in the UK after enjoying a pretty amazing couple of weeks in Menorca. So now it’s time to get back into the swing of blogging, and I’m starting with a review of a pretty scarf print sundress that I was sent by F&F Clothing. The dress is a perfect piece for either throwing over the bikini when you head for a spot of lunch, or wearing for an evening occasion as the sun sets but the heat remains. The dress is now very low stock, and has been reduced to just £7, so you may just be able to grab a bargain if you can find this in your size in store.

F&F Scarf Print Sundress   Write a Review £7.00 click to visit F&F Clothing

F&F Scarf Print Sundress
Write a Review
£7.00 click to visit F&F Clothing

This is the ultimate sundress. A pretty knee-length style, with adjustable shoulder straps and a drawstring waist which helps you to create shape to the dress. The dress also has one of my fave features any dress can have – pockets! The scarf print is just lovely, and is actually much more vibrant than it looks on the website – a much deeper shade of both yellow and blue. The fabric is 100% viscose and literally weighs nothing – so a great holiday option if you are traveling hand luggage only.

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I teamed this dress with a cute pair of silver sandals that I had picked up on my hols, a simple basket bag from Pou Nou and a pair of Michael Kors sunglasses (similar here.) I wore the dress for a trip to an evening market and dinner and it was cool and comfortable.

F&F have a really lovely range of sundresses currently in stock, the quality is lovely and the prices are very affordable. You can also find a lot of pieces that are perfect for holiday season in the current sale, which is well worth a look.

*I was sent this dress in return for a honest review.

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