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Emerald seas lap at golden sands in a bay surrounded by white limestone cliffs topped with green pines and cypress. Cala Galdana on the island of Menorca, Spain, is one of the most photographed resorts in the Mediterranean. Its environment is pristine, and the beaches rated safe and clean.
Picture you and your family in this setting, in a resort that is not just family-friendly - it welcomes children with open arms. Restaurants cater to children and have children's menus. The beach is safe for even toddlers, as it has shallow waters and small waves.
Cala Galdana is a small but picturesque resort that is away from the huge crowds of summer. On this island of over 120 beaches, Cala Galdana is nicknamed Queen of the Calas, or coves. The Santa Galdana beach was awarded Europe's highest award for beaches - the Blue Flag award for safe beaches where environmental protection is a high priority.
The large horseshoe-shaped cove has shallow waters and is protected from the prevailing north winds. Clean, golden sand is the perfect place to relax on a sun lounger. The warm summer waters abound with tame fish. Snorkeling is a favorite pastime here.
Family-friendly hotels abound on Cala Galdana. You can choose between rooms, suites, apartments, or even privately owned villas. As the resort is small, everything is within walking distance of the beach, shopping, and activities.
Two restaurants of note are the Sa Lluna (on the premises of the Alta Galdana Apartments) and Es Barranc. These two restaurants have consistently received rave reviews from visitors. Both offer children's menus.
If you should tire of relaxing on the beach or eating at fine restaurants, Cala Galdana offers other activities. The dive school Sea Gypsy Divers has patient, friendly instructors and dive masters. Over 23 dives off Cala Galdana explore caves, wrecks, walls, and coral beds teeming with marine life. Also available in town are boat trips, miniature golf, cycling, and a water park that is popular with children.
All in all, a family vacation on Cala Galdana is one you and your family will not soon forget. In fact, many first-timers book next year's vacation before they even leave the island. Many families return here year after year, which is possibly the best recommendation anyone can give Cala Galdana.