The Spanish town of Punta Prima is the quintessential Menorcan coastal destination. Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and soak up the laidback atmosphere of this family friendly resort.
Punta Prima has a spotless blue flag beach which offers the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the sun and look out onto the lapping turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Along the beachfront you will find a few bars and plenty of restaurants serving both Spanish and international fare. There are also a good number of shops, including some selling gifts and souvenirs, as well as a couple of supermarkets where you will find all the essentials you could possibly need.
When you’re not lounging on the beach there are plenty of things to see and do in and around Punta Prima. Here you’ll find there are several walking routes that take you into the heart of the picturesque Menorcan countryside. The coastal walks towards the two nearest resorts of Cala Alcaufar and S’Algar are particularly scenic and give you the opportunity to explore these two popular destinations.
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Located on the south eastern coast of the Balearic island of Menorca, just 15 minutes’ transfer from the airport, Punta Prima is one of the island’s longest running, and most popular, beach resorts. The long stretch of white sandy beach makes it the ideal spot for enjoying the famous Mediterranean weather and relaxed pace of life. And the island’s capital, Mahon, with its vibrant shops, bars and restaurants, is within easy reach for those seeking something more lively.
Punta Prima’s blue flag beach is the focal point of the resort, and the clean, warm water makes it a brilliant beach for swimming and snorkelling. The beachfront has good amenities, with a few bars and restaurants scattered along the water’s edge.
While Punta Prima is a lovely place to just while away your holiday enjoying the beach, the sun, and the friendly eateries, it’s also a fantastic base for exploring more of the island of Menorca. If you’re a fan of hiking, the Cami de Cavalls (Path of Horses) coastal path has over 180 km of trails to keep you busy. There are also lots of picturesque neighbouring towns and beaches to visit in the area. And, of course, Menorca’s capital city, Mahon, is less than half an hour’s away – with all of the culture, history and nightlife you’d expect from a bustling capital city. This little corner of Menorca has plenty to discover.
- Currency: EUR: Euro
Language: Spanish and Catalan. English is widely spoken.
Approximate flight time from the UK: 2 hours and 30 minutes if flying direct, many flights have a stopover in Madrid.
Time zone: GMT +01
Coastal walks: Punta Prima couldn’t be better placed for enjoying stunning coastal walks. The Cami de Cavalls offers great options for walks to the west and the east of the resort, with breath-taking ocean views, small coves, and 185km of well-marked routes to explore.
Families: Punta Prima’s beautiful beach and shallow waters make it a great beach resort for families. Do be aware that there are some strong currents around this point of the island and make sure you take note of the flag system on the beach, which tells you if it is safe to swim.
Day trips: The location Punta Prima enjoys is ideal for heading out on easy and convenient day trips. You can explore the rest of the island of Menorca, without having to waste much precious holiday time travelling to your destination. The capital city of Mahon is a particularly great option, and is just 20 minutes’ drive away.
Splash Water Park
Take the family for a fun day out at the nearby Splash Water Park, just 7km away in the village of Sant Lluis. Part of a hotel complex this water park has plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained. Choose from the white knuckle Kamikaze slide, black hole, and giant toboggan, or get everyone playing together on the race slides or the rafting rivers. There’s also a Jacuzzi and a children’s play area, along with refreshments, sun loungers and umbrellas for relaxing in the shade.
Address: Urb. Biniancolla, 07710 Sant Lluis, Menorca.
Opening hours: 11am – 6pm every day
Entry cost: 20€ admission for adults, 12€ for children under the age of 12.
Official website: http://www.hotelsurmenorca.com/en/splash-sur-menorca/#_=_
Follow the coast along to the west for about 5km and you’ll come across the beautiful village of Binibeca. Actually built in the 1970s, it has the style of a traditional Menorcan fishing village, and the whitewashed buildings; cobbled streets, quaint harbour front, and large sandy beach mean Binibeca has a lot of charm.
Popular with families thanks to the gently sloping, clean beach and the village’s mini-train, this is a great destination for a day trip from Punta Prima. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants along the seafront to enjoy.
Address: Binibeca, Menorca
Menorca’s capital Mahon (or Mao) has developed around its harbour (the second largest natural harbour in the world at 5km). Built on the cliffs surrounding the port, Mahon is an intriguing blend of British and Spanish architecture and culture, thanks to their lengthy reigns in the 1700s. Just 12km, or 20 minutes’ drive, from Punta Prima, it’s within easy reach for exploring.
The city has a lively hub of bars and restaurants around the marina, and its narrow streets are great for exploring and discovering the many boutiques and historic buildings Mahon has to offer. If you’re interested in history, particularly military history, there are various museums and sites of interest to visit, which tell the interesting story of Menorca’s past.
Address: Mahon, Menorca
Official website: http://www.menorca.es/contingut.aspx?idpub=8520
Somni Dancing Horses
This equestrian show is a uniquely Menorcan experience. Designed to showcase the beauty and talents of Menorcan breeds of horses, the Somni dancing horses display their dressage skills typically found in Menorcan fiestas. ‘Somni’ means dream in Spanish, and the show tells the story of a girl’s dreams and her wish to own a horse to have adventures with. The 90-minute show is both a dazzling display of equestrianism, and a creative, touching story that will appeal to horse lovers and novices alike.
Address: Ganaderia Son Martorellet, Ctra. Cala Galdana, KM 1.7, 07750 FERRERIES
Opening hours: Runs from May to October every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30pm.
Entry cost: Prices vary according to seat choice.
Official website: http://www.sonmartorellet.com/en/show-somni.php
Wine lovers should head to the Bodegas Binifadet vineyard, and enjoy a guided tour of the winery, a wine and cheese tasting, or just some excellent food in the restaurant. Just ten to fifteen minutes’ drive from Punta Prima, this winery was established in 1979, and has gone on to produce top-quality wines thanks to Menorca’s sunny, dry climate and chalky soil.
Tours are free, leaving you to spend your money where it counts – on wine, cheese and dining.
Address: Cami De Ses Barraques, S/N, 07710 Sant Lluis, Minorca.
Opening hours: Nov to March: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. Call +34971150715 to pre-book a guided tour in winter. April to Oct: 11am-6pm, with guided tours at 12pm, 1pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm. The kitchen is open to serve food from 12pm to 12am.
Entry cost: Free
Official website: http://www.binifadet.com/en/
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